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POSTED 28/10/14


SINGSTAR (2014)

Sony



Birthdays are to celebrate!

Well, usually. To mark SingStar’s turning 10, Sony’s London Studio seemingly thought it appropriate to take every single thing that people loved about their party staple and chuck it.

At this juncture we must stress that we’re not trying to be all cool and shit by crapping on SingStar because it’s not “hardcore”. We LOVE SingStar. Well, the real SingStar...

Remember how anybody, even the shyest, could participate as there were different difficulty levels? Gone, in favour of one relatively hard level. There’s no song length option, either.

Remember how there were numerous party modes? You can sing the same track with another player now and that’s about it – plus this defaults to on.

Remember those songs that you forked out big bucks for sitting on your carousel begging to be squawked in any key from A through H? The majority have disappeared. Of over 100 DLC songs we paid for, a mere 14 are now available. Also, one button to download all previously-bought songs would be a given, yeah? Nah. Queue ’em one by one baby, and only 10 at a time. Still, the latter’s admittedly not problematic when most have vanished...

Then there are inconsistent sound levels between songs, let alone menus being so loud that dives for volume or mute buttons are necessary between every song. Also, following each performance you must enter your name if you achieved a ranked score. Every single time. Oh yeah, scoring’s entirely different now, too.

But hey, viral video yourself or use a phone as a mic – apparently what every developmental second was wasted on.

Adding zero disc backwards compatibility, pick up a cheapo PS3 and game on, for SingStar on PS4 is utterly useless.

Somebody please call the Child Protection Service, for this 10-year old has been cruelly subjected to unspeakable abuse.

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