Lips: Number One Hits Review
Lips: Number One Hits box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: iNiS Corp. 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft Game Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As far as production values go, Number One Hits is solid. The visuals in the game are crisp, with high-definition menus, music videos, and visualizations. The game's animations are also very clean, and the avatar integration makes for some fun visuals. The audio is also of excellent quality, and if you have stereo speakers, you'll definitely be able to appreciate the audio quality in the song. The quality of the player vocals is also fairly good, although you can hear some cracks in the audio occasionally.

Lips: Number One Hits screenshot

One subtle improvement that has been made to the Lips package is the Microphone. While it looks and performs the same as the Microphones from the original Lips, the new Microphones are now compatible with other music games on the Xbox 360 like Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band. This is a great option, as the Lips Microphone peripheral is one of the best available for the Xbox 360.

Play value in Lips is hit or miss. While having a game like Lips is great at parties, the lack of really great multiplayer options hinders it from becoming a true party staple, and if you already own the original Lips, then you may be frustrated by the lack of new mini-game options. However, if you are playing it by yourself and are working towards unlocking some of the game's avatar awards, then there is plenty of replay value, as you can constantly try to improve your score or earn extra vocal trophies to work towards your goal.

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Lips: Number One Hits is a great expansion pack. The new songs and avatar support will certainly please fans of the first. However, the trouble is that Lips: Number One Hits is being sold at full retail price as a standalone sequel to the original Lips. But, with a hit-or-miss song catalog, no new mini-game choices, and the continued lack of multiplayer support, Number One Hits fails to impress as a true successor to last year's title. Sure, there is Avatar support, and certain facets of the gameplay have been improved, but there isn't enough added to the experience to warrant a $60 purchase. If you already own Lips, then you're better off just buying new tracks from the Lips store.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
The game looks slick, and the Xbox 360 avatars look great in-game
4.1
Control
Mic-based motion controls work very well, and using the controller for secondary noises can be a lot of fun.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There aren't that many songs on the disc, and some of the included "hits" were a little puzzling.
3.5
Play Value
The game is still fun, but aside from Avatar support, not much has changed since last year's iteration. Still no online multiplayer.
3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Interactive wireless motion sensitive microphone. Featuring stylish lights that pulse to the beat of the music, the microphone responds to singers' actions and can be used as a percussion accompaniment. Movers and groovers can trigger Star Stream Power Bonuses by gesturing, shaking or posing with the microphone. With the freedom to rock out like never before, players can live out their singing dreams in style.
  • Constant flow of new music. With songs from "Lips" and "Lips: Number One Hits" and the ability to download new tracks regularly from Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the in-game music store, singers can continuously find new music to bring people together and keep the party going. And now with the launch of the new Xbox LIVE Music Channel, it'll be even easier to find, sample and download the latest hits to build your catalog for even more singing fun.
  • Strike a pose. Using the motion sensitive technology in the wireless microphone, players will earn extra points when expressing themselves by matching song-specific gestures. Bonus points can only be won based on your timing with the song.
  • Calling all Xbox LIVE avatars. Initiating avatar integration into the "Lips" franchise for the very first time, "Lips: Number One Hits" features players' custom avatars in the in-game menu. In addition, players who sing their hearts out will be rewarded with unique unlockable accessories for their avatars.
  • Great visuals, along with great vocals. Most of the master tracks will feature their original music videos; others will include custom visualizations.
  • Play along. Using the standard Xbox 360 Controller, up to four people will be able to join the fun and choose from a variety of percussion accompaniments to play along with the music in "Lips: Number One Hits." By placing control of various tambourines, claps and a cowbell at the fingertips of anyone with a controller, "Lips" creates a social entertainment experience for friends, co-workers and kids alike.


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