Developer: SCEE London |
Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 04/03/07 |
Genre: Music

singstar_pop.jpgIn Europe, Sony’s long-running SingStar series has been incredibly successful. Despite the success, it wasn’t until the release of SingStar Rocks! that Sony decided to bring the franchise to the North American audience. Now a few months after the first release of the SingStar series, Sony has brought the North American Audience its second title in the series–SingStar Pop. As the name implies, you are getting a lot of Pop songs that have appeared in the Top 40. But does this make the game worth taking a look at?

SingStar Pop plays exactly like its predecessor. A series of bars appear on the screen that tell you the pitch and how long to hold each note out. In the background you will find a music video of the artist playing to entertain you and those around you. Another returning feature is the 8 player mode that puts two teams of four players against each other for some wild and crazy singing fun. If you have your EyeToy camera nearby, players can put themselves in the spotlight and watch themselves in place of any of the videos.

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For those of you who pick up a copy of SingStar Pop, you probably already have a copy of SingStar Rocks! in your collection. If this is the case, you can even take out your Pop game disk, from the song menu, and put in the Rocks! disk to start singing through those songs. This feature doesn’t share any scoreboards on any other features–but this is a great design choice. Hopefully we might see the PlayStation 3 version utilize this with the PS2 games when it is released.

Due to the lack of any type of download content on the PlayStation 2, the thirty-six songs may become a bit old after a while. However, for around thirty bucks, without a microphone, SingStar Pop does make a nice addition to your PlayStation 2 library if you enjoy karaoke or have an upcoming party at your house. If you don’t already own any SingStar titles, this Pop package, with two USB microphones can be found for fifty bucks.

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Most of the thirty-six songs found within Pop are all from within the last few years. If you are like me and are a bit out of touch with the current popular artists, you may feel a bit left out. Only a few songs will be from older artists like Whitney Houston.

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Sony has already made plans to bring SingStar to the PlayStation 3. So hopefully we will soon have an even better karaoke experience on a next-generation gaming platform. Until then, if this is your kind of entertainment, you will have a blast with SingStar Pop!

By Kaleb Rutherford – 05/08/07
ESRB Details: Alcohol Reference, Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes

Screenshots for SingStar Pop