SingStar 90s ReviewCain Dornan
If you have even the most remote interest in games, its guaranteed youve heard of the SingStar series. Sonys flagship karaoke franchise has grown to be a renowned, popular and huge money-making franchise for Sony, who set out to appeal to traditionally non-gamers through the likes of EyeToy and its karaoke counterpart. The series has become a huge success in Australia in particular, with each new addition guaranteed to be lingering around the top of the charts weeks, and sometimes months, after its release.
Sony has released countless SingStar titles to date, each of which being presented and executed in the same fashion. The only obvious difference between each SingStar game has been the different library of tracks on offer, with Sony releasing genre or audience-specific editions of SingStar to give consumers the option of mixing and matching their library of available karaoke titles as they wish. Weve seen Pop, Rocks!, Anthems, 80s and so on, each offering tracks that fit to a particular theme. SngStar Legends makes a slight change to this, offering up thirty tracks that are not targeted towards a particular genre or era. As the title suggests, Legends features a host of tracks from artists who are considered legends in their field of work, spanned across multiple genres and eras. Whether you agree with this is obviously based on your personal tastes, but there is no denying that the collection of tracks in this offering features some very well-known and much loved songs.
This latest addition to the SingStar range, released just at the beginning of the crazy holiday shopping season, appeals to a greater audience than what many previous SingStar titles have. What we have here is a collection of tracks spanning multiple eras and genres, almost guaranteeing that anyone will find a track that they like. Again, the Australian edition of SingStar Legends (of which this review is based on) features a number of exclusive region-only tracks to satisfy our love for homegrown music. Jimmy Barns and Midnight Oil make an appearance, as does worldwide phenomenon John Farnham. The Australian acts fit in perfectly with the international lineup of tracks featured, of which offers a mixture of tracks that will appear to men and woman alike although, some may argue that the lineup is more better suited towards the male audience.
Regardless, these thirty tracks of male and female artists combine to form an offering that pleases throughout. Nirvana will satisfy the rock fanatic, while Johnny Cash offers some more slower-paced western style of music. Madonna serves up some pop classic, while Elvis Presley rings out with some pure classic tunes. Its difficult to fault the lineup of tracks offered in SingStar Legends, as the collection successfully covers key genres and time periods.
The full list of thirty tracks that are offered in the Australian edition of SingStar Legends includes:
Aretha Franklin Respect
Black Sabbath Paranoid
David Bowie Life On Mars?
Dusty Springfield Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John Rocket Man
Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shows
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)
Jimmy Barnes No Second Prize
Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man
John Farnham Youre The Voice
John Lennon Imagine
John Paul Young Love Is In The Air
Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
Madonna Papa Dont Preach
Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Midnight Oil Beds Are Burning
Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
Sam Cooke Wonderful World
The Angels No Secrets
The Easybeats Friday On My Mind
The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
The Monkees Daydream Believer
The Police Roxanne
The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
Tina Turner Whats Love Got To Do With It?
Whitney Houston The Greatest Love Of All
Ultimately, the level of enjoyment that youll gain out of SingStar Legends rests solely on your interest in the tracks offered. If youre a fan of karaoke and Sonys singing series in particular, youre bound to be pleased with the collection of tracks on offer. Kids will likely be able to drag their parents onto the microphone with the collection on offer here, as theres some sure fire classics here thatll more than likely get them interested. As said earlier, its difficult to fault this latest offering, as the enjoyment youll gain is only marred by your willingness to embarrass yourself in front of a mic and the number of friends you can get around to share the fun.
Disclosure: We are provided copies of games from the game companies for some games that we review.