|Release date:||20 June 2008|
SingStar is back with brand new tracks, Harmony Duet mode and Remote Play for PSP.
SingStar is back on PlayStation 3, but there's no danger of it suffering from second album syndrome; there are enough classic tracks from all genres to keep everyone happy. Among the 30 songs are massive hits from The Killers, Eminem and Gorillaz.
There's a new mode called Harmony Duet, in which two players sing different lines of the same song, at the same time. It offers the perfect opportunity to show off your harmonies on songs like California Dreamin' by The Mamas & The Papas or We All Stand Together by Paul McCartney & the Frog Chorus.
Song collections are easier to browse than ever, thanks to a slick new design interface.
Remote Play for PSP allows you to access SingStore, where you can download more than 300 new tracks and create playlists on the move. You can also share your best and worst performances, rate other people and leave comments at My SingStar Online.
- 30 new tracks covering all genres
- Create beautiful music with a friend in Harmony Duet mode
- Remote Play for PSP lets you access your SingStar account on the move
- Head over to The SingStar Rooms in PlayStation Home*, have a boogie on the interactive dance floor and even attend VIP events.
*Please note that PlayStation Home is only available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
You can duet!
SingStar returns to PlayStation 3 with a stellar track list, Harmony Duet mode and Remote Play for PSP.
Starting up SingStar Vol.2 for the first time is a familiar experience; SCEE's London Studios has resisted any urge to overhaul the look of the game to retain accessibility and promote uniformity across the series and its incredibly popular community hubs, My SingStar Online and singstargame.com.
The main difference between Vol.2 and its predecessor is, of course, the track list. It's a credit to the SingStar team that after several collections on both PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, they are still able to come up with such an excellent selection of music. There seems to be something to cater for all ages and all tastes in music; from Street Spirit by Radiohead to Spandau Ballet's True, to Eminem's Without Me.
As with the PlayStation 2 titles, you can press the SELECT button and change the disc, allowing access to all the tracks from the original SingStar on PlayStation 3 without having to restart the game.
The second noticeable difference to the previous game is the new Harmony Duet mode, which allows two players to sing different lines to the same song. This is an excellent new addition, thanks to the inclusion of songs that complement it brilliantly, such as California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas. Each player's lyrics are colour coded and positioned at opposite ends of the screen to prevent confusion and the parts in which both voices come together for a harmony - which carries the incentive of bonus points - feel extremely satisfying if performed well.
The third major new feature is Remote Play for PSP, which allows you to access the SingStore and all of the community features at My SingStar Online while you're on the move. As long as you're within range of an Internet connection, you can download tracks ready for when you get home, create playlists, share performances with friends and view their videos using your PSP.
It all works smoothly and quickly, and it removes the inconvenience of having to wait for downloads and create playlists while you and your friends are itching to sing.
The game's community hubs, My SingStar Online and singstargame.com continue to go from strength to strength. Thousands of users have shared videos that are available for all to watch, rate and comment on, and uploading your own performances is easy using PlayStation Eye and following the simple in-game instructions.
Similarly, the SingStore is continually updated and now boasts hundreds of tracks across all territories.
SingStar Vol. 2 is more of a second album that a sequel, in that it adds to the SingStar experience without dramatically altering it. Harmony Duet mode and Remote Play are welcome additions to an already winning formula, and judging by the size of the game's community, one that has captured the imagination of PlayStation owners.
The 30 songs included on the disc alone make this title a worthwhile purchase, and the added features are the icing on the cake. With the SingStar team consistently coming up with excellent track lists and with SingStore, My SingStar Online and singstargame.com growing all the time, the future is looking bright for bedroom superstars.