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POSTED 1/11/10


SINGSTAR GUITAR

Sony
PS3

It’s SingStar, with a rudimentary Guitar Hero rip-off added for those friends who mope in the corner too coy to let their lungs loose on anything resembling a song. That’s about it.

It’s also seriously broken. Playing over a dozen songs, we experienced freezing issues EVERY SINGLE TIME. Hopefully the SingStar team’ll stop piss-farting about with stupid, unwanted features (instead of adding stuff people actually want, like HDD transfer) and patch this, ’cos as is it’s a waste of time.

Which leaves us with just another 30-song disc (it’s compatible with guitar-free SingStar) - but there is good news. The track selection – noting we’re in Australia and it’s had six local songs inserted – is the best yet for PS3 (save for Keith Urban – bleurghy!). It even has one of our fave car singalongs – Eskimo Joe’s ‘From the Sea’ – which overjoyed us… until we reached the chorus. Ruined, by what we call ‘Ruby’ syndrome. You know it if you’ve played SingStar; parts seemingly transcribed by robots expecting you to sing lead AND backing vocals. Nonsense!

To prove our point, we gave our mate Kav from the Eskies a buzz... He said he doesn’t like puppets – boom-TISH! But seriously, when we asked if he can sing the lead AND backing lines in ‘From the Sea’ his response was “fuck off!” We think it was an expression akin to “no way”, and not an abrupt way of telling us to relocate ourselves…

Look at the name. SingStar exists because of singing. If you can’t actually sing the songs properly due to the basic human requirement to breathe then it’s stupid.

As a guitar game this is bleak, though as a track pack – Pixies, Muse, Kasabian, Bloc Party - it’s ace. But, due to its name, we must rate it thusly…

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