SingStar Amped - PS2 - Preview 1
“I want you to want me. I need you to need me. I’d love you to love me. I’m beggin’ you to beg me.”
In what world can a grown man happily sing Cheap Trick’s “I Want You to Want Me”? In a world where it has been placed in a video game that makes it fun (especially if you have a beautiful woman to serenade, which is very likely once the ladies discover the new game you’ve purchased).
Oh come on, it can’t just be me…
Whether you’re willing to cave or determined to sing the manliest of tunes and not a sappy note more, SingStar Amped will get you amped for karaoke. Boasting a 30-song lineup of rock, pop, and R&B hits (and the occasional rap), SingStar Amped is one of two SingStar sequels hitting PlayStation 2 this September. The other is SingStar 80s, a karaoke tribute to the days of big hair everything, as well as some seriously classic tunes like “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears.
The Amped edition could be described as a direct sequel to SingStar Pop, as it features a cluster of old and new hits. Start with Blink-182’s “I Miss You,” then go back a decade to Radiohead’s “Creep.” Jump back further with Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” then leap forward to modern times with The Killers’ “When You Were Young.”
The sound and video quality are on par with SingStar Pop, primarily due to the use of original track recordings and music videos. SingStar is the only karaoke game series that features music by the artists responsible for each song in the lineup. In other words, O.A.R.’s “Love and Memories” was taken directly from the album you see on store shelves. No cheesy knock-offs present – just real recordings. If you’re a Foo Fighters fan, chances are you’ve seen the video for “Best of You” online or on MTV. That, along with videos for the other 29 tracks, will be included in the game.
If you’re new to karaoke in PlayStation form, SingStar is a series that merges vocal highs and lows with on-screen responders, creating an interactive experience. Your performance is guided by a vocal line that pinpoints the way you should sing, plus a vocal arrow that shows your voice’s location (ex: sing high and the arrow moves up; sing low and it moves down).
Music videos are displayed in the background with lyrics appearing on screen as a helpful guideline. With an EyeToy camera equipped, the music video backgrounds may be replaced by visual effects-enhanced images of the players screeching their favorite tracks. Point the camera in your direction, strike up a classic rockstar pose, and kick it up a notch with trippy color and picture changes.
It all sounds pretty complex but is one of the easiest concepts to understand after seeing and/or playing the game. It’s also one of the easiest games to pick up. You don’t have to be a gamer to “get it.” Honestly, you don’t have to like video games at all, which is where the dream of serenading a beautiful lady could become a reality for you – even if she despises the thought of picking up a controller. You handle the Dual-Shock 2 (press the X button – so simple a cave monkey could do it) and give her one of the mics.
SingStar Amped will, like its predecessors, be offered in two flavors: with two microphones and without. The former is obviously for new players, because at this time you don’t need more than two mics to play the game. You’ll need two mics for battles and duets. But since I already have them, I’m perfectly content with paying less money to acquire the disc and nothing more.
Turning karaoke into hours of interactive fun, SingStar Amped has “star” written all over it. Those who have dreamt of being a successful recording artist – and those of you who just love to sing for the fun of it – should keep an eye out for the game’s release this September.
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