Singstar Rocks! Review

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With the sublime Guitar Hero currently transforming geeky gamers into axe-wielding rock gods, it’s no surprise that Sony’s Singstar wants a piece of the action. But even though this latest bout of console karaoke has embraced edgier styles of music – including indie, metal and classic rock – it suffers from the same shortcoming as its poppy predecessors.

While crooning for points is hysterical, Singstar’s selection of tracks is once again a patchy affair, and one that can’t hope to please gamers of all ages; for every ‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana or ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen there’s a plodding anthem by the likes of Keane or Snow Patrol, and while the package makes a decent stab at offering both old and new rock hits, the tracks by Kings Of Leon and Queens Of The Stone Age hardly represent those bands at their best.

However, if you’re a fan of The Undertones or The Hives, the chance to croon along to ‘Teenage Kicks’ and ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ is worth the asking price alone, and as this karaoke game stands or falls on the strength of its music content, make sure you check out the songs on offer before parting with your cash.