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.