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SingStar Queen (PS3)

SingStar Queen (PS3)


Are you a closet Freddie Mercury? Do you like to prance around your living room singing along to Queen songs? If so then this might just be right up your street. Granted you can’t pick up the drum kit or guitar which might reduce the potential audience but surely this game offers something for music fans?

Developer SCE Studios London have already released an ABBA version of this karaoke style game last year and the latest to hit the market is a QUEEN version. Queen have probably been one of the biggest rock bands of all time and although their popularity is perhaps not as huge in the USA as in Europe there is still a broad enough audience for this game to sell in the millions. 85 different discs in the Singstar franchise have sold over 13 million copies on the Playstation 2 already, which is a figure not to be sniffed at.

The core of the game is straightforward enough, the words appear at the bottom of the screen and empty pitch/timing bars pop in above this so you can fill them in with your voice, that appears on the screen as a colour. Additionally there is a sophisticated online section built into the game and you can download songs as well. Not only that but you can upload videos of your performance and share party photos while rating and watching other people’s content.

You can choose to sing alone, battle someone beside you, or you can duet or face off in an up to eight person match by passing the microphone along. When a line of text ends you get rated onscreen and the comments range from words like ‘awful’ to ‘cool’ as well as getting some points in the process. It is a simple enough mechanic which works well within a party environment which is the whole point of the game – no one is meant to be standing alone in a room singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody (right?).

Another One Bites The Dust
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Don’t Stop Me Now
Fat Bottomed Girls
Hammer To Fall
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free
Killer Queen
One Vision
Play The Game
Radio Ga Ga
Save Me
Somebody To Love
The Show Must Go On
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Tie Your Mother Down
Under Pressure
We Are The Champions
We Will Rock You
Who Wants To Live Forever
You’re My Best Friend
A Kind Of Magic

When the performance is over you can listen to audio playback and if you have a Playstation Eye you can look through video clips called “Golden Moments” as well as browsing through snapshots. All of this can be stored to your harddrive for future use. This gallery can hold 60 videos and around 100 pictures as well as 60 audio playbacks.

Many people have held Singstar parties and I have to be honest and say to properly review this game I asked a few of my friends (with their female partners) around to the house and cracked open some tins of beer. There were a few muffled complaints about the content of the gaming session but once I fired up the Playstation 3, everyone joined in the fun. The only issue is, not everyone liked Queen music, and as this game is strictly just for fans of their music there was nothing else to choose from. Sure the same could be argued for the recent Metallica and AC/DC Guitar hero packs, but at least you could pick up the guitar or drums and join in. But I digress, if you are a Queen fan and like singing, then this will be right up your alley.

Quite why the publisher didn’t feel it a wise decision to bundle the game with deals on the microphones is the topic of debate on many forums across the globe and rightly so. Purchasing everything separately adds a considerable amount to the overall expense. The Singstar wireless microphones for the Ps3 and PS2 for instance cost £29.99 in the UK as I write this – when you add this to the price of the game which is currently around 25 quid, then its a considerable outlay.

As a game there is really not much more to say, the Playstation 3 could handle this game with half the processors idling and the graphics hardware is only dealing with video content and a bunch of onscreen interface systems. Sadly the game is still missing the trophy options which is a bit of a continuing oversight, especially with the high visibility manner Sony are promoting them.

All in all the Singstar games are good fun with a group of friends who are all having a laugh, but the price for the game and the microphones is high. Sure, Queen are a brilliant band and their catalogue is very well known, but at the end of the day only you can weigh in the cost with the longevity. It is basically the same as the ABBA version released a while ago with a new skin and 25 Queen songs. I personally think this game is becoming a little dated when compared with Rock Band and Guitar hero. Still enjoyable though.


If you like to sing and enjoy Queen’s music then why not? If you don’t then you wouldn’t be reading this anyway.
Videos are sadly SD but they do the job. Nice collection of Queen’s pioneering video work throughout the years however.
Hard to rate the sound! How well can you sing? Turn off Freddie Mercury’s vocals and take over.
The core of the game is a little dated in 2009. Needs some reinvention to continue to exist in such a competitive market.

Good party game that will appeal to many people.

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Stuart Davidson

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