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POSTED 17/2/10


KARAOKE REVOLUTION

Konami
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii)

You know, if Konami sometimes skulk in the corner cracking the sooky-sooky-sulk-sulks then we can’t really blame them. They were basically first cab off the rank for karaoke videogames, not to mention guitar and drum arcade blasts as well, yet they’ve ended up bridesmaids in all three categories.

So, the Karaoke Revolution series soldiers on defiantly, however this time it gets a few more things right. For starters, they’ve finally twigged that people hate cruddy covers, so the content is all original. Oh, and the song list numbers an impressive 75 tracks – suck on that SingStar with your pissy 30 per disc – although to be honest a pile of them will be useless to most of us as they’re for the Euro market. Mickie Krause? Tim Toupet? Nope, us neither.

This may bum out those wanting to play the one big ace KR has that the competition lacks – a career mode. Gradually assemble chunks of a ginormous record (or ‘vinyl’ in today’s parlance, we guess), by attempting various challenges, many of which are song specific. So, congrats to those who can squeak like La Roux, you’ve got us trumped – but we’ll whup yo’ asses on ‘Man on the Moon’ any day!

On PS3 SingStar still rules the waves, especially with its inclusion of actual band vids and formidable array of downloadable songs (KR has provision, but only cover versions so far (BLEAH!)), whereas it’s a line call with the 360’s Lips, as KR has as good an assortment of songs but adds online play.

Buck up Konami, you’re on the right track.

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