|a game by||Blitz Games|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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I can think of lots of ways this genre-defining karaoke game falls short. The singing mechanism, which detects how close you sing to the true pitch and gives points based on accuracy, causes a couple problems. On the forgiving Easy or Medium setting, you'll la-la through the single-player, winning all platinum albums in a matter of hours. But the overly precise technology doesn't allow for improvisation, and unless you can sing with the accuracy of a Gregorian monk, Expert difficulty is too challenging. Also, it breaks a cardinal commandment of karaoke: Thou shalt allow people to sing duets! But--how can I say this delicately?--none of that s*** really matters. A fun game that helps you sing better is a true entertainment breakthrough. It had stone-cold sober dudes singing "Ladies Night" on a Tuesday afternoon in the office. I personally witnessed Shane using the game's pitch-o-meter to warble around until he found, amazingly, the correct notes to "Wind Beneath My Wings"--a painful yet stunning experience for all concerned.
I'm all about bringing the embarrassment, insanity, and fun of karaoke bars into living rooms across our nation--this is a game that anyone can pick up and instantly enjoy. Seriously, hand the headset mic to your mom, little brother, or mailman and they'll be gleefully crooning along in no time. Don't get me wrong, there's tons of room for improvement (how 'bout duets, customizable characters, and Eye Toy support in a sequel?), but this is still a monumentally fun party game. Oh, and pay no heed to Carrie's whining about a lack of tunes-Konami plans add-on discs aplenty.
I agree with Jennifer that it's easy to beat single-player, even with a horrible singing voice. But personally, I'm glad Konami made the game accessible to the vocally challenged. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no J-Lo, but I had little problem nailing "Waiting for Tonight" on my first try--without knowing the song. My biggest gripe is that there are way too few songs. Even if you really, really love karaoke, you'll tire of the meager selection.