Game Review: Singstar + Dance
Developer: SCE London Studio
Available Platforms: PlayStation 3
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
If you’re at all self-conscious about singing around people, Singstar may not be for you. On the other hand, if you’re tone deaf and have no shame, then your microphone has arrived. Singstar + Dance is the latest in the Singstar franchise, this time adding PlayStation Move support and thus bringing dancing into the mix. Unfortunately, my PlayStation is not Move equipped. However, my dance skills are unmatched, so I don’t feel the need to show off my skills when in reality it’s the singing that maintains center stage here.
Singstar is all about casting you as the vocalist in popular songs, both new and old. It does this job very well, giving you quick access to a good library of songs. You can tackle these songs as either a solo artist or a duet. The music video for each song plays in the background while the lyrics show on screen. This works great for newer videos, but some of the older ones definitely show their age. I’m looking at you, Cindi Lauper.
The microphones are high-quality and sturdy with a good weight to them. There is plenty of cord in case you have a big living room or plan on Move-ing around a lot. The menus can be navigated with voice commands, so you don’t have to be switching back and forth between the mic and a Sixaxis controller after every song. Also, the load times are nearly nonexistent in this game. The time between selecting a track and the start of the video is literally a second. Once it’s time to sing, Singstar does a great job of showing the lyrics with what pitch you need to be singing at. One of my favorite features is the playback mode. Once you’ve completed a song, you can choose to play it back with your voice during the video. You can save these to torture, I mean serenade, your friends later.
While Singstar is successful in making you feel like a world class vocalist, it comes up a bit short in the track list department. It’s great fun singing Baby Got Back and Poker Face, but some of the older tracks just feel like filler in my opinion. I don’t really want to sing the Jackson 5, for instance. Of course, my musical taste will be different from yours. That being said, I think the track list is a little weak for a game such as this. I would have liked to have seen bigger hits from the Black Eyed Peas and Gwen Stefani, for example. The inclusion of DLC will be nice, but it’s still too early to tell if that will help.
Even without being able to maximize my enjoyment with Move, I was impressed by what Singstar + Dance brings to the table. The ability for two people to be able to sing a song together out of the box is a great feature and one that adds a fun dimension to the gameplay. The microphones are great quality and will stand up to a toddler quite well (trust me, I know). The song list might leave a lot to be desired, but if you can’t find something you like on it, you’re not trying. Unfortunately, the replay value once you’ve exhausted the song list is on the low end of the spectrum.
- High-quality in every way.
- Zero load times.
- Song list needs more current hits.
- Is that Soulja Boy song in every dance game?
Final score: 6 out of 10