|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.
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.
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.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor