Conclusion: If you’re a fan of the SingStar series, throwing a party, or just feel like screaming your lungs out, SingStar Pop Hits is well worth taking a look at, but as with most mass-market products, don’t expect something deep and engrossing that’ll keep you entertained for a long period of time.
Conclusion: With the arrival of SingStar on the Playstation 3, where you can download individual songs and share your performances online, the Playstation 2 version feels very antiquated, but if you're not willing to make the large layout of cash required to upgrade to that console, these expansion discs are the only way you're going to get new songs to sing.
Conclusion: Given the current PS2 market, Sony isn’t about to invest millions of dollars to drastically change the series on PS2. I mean, why bother? The PS3 version has a wonderful download store, a great online community, high-quality videos and so much more. Going back to this latest PS2 offering felt like I was time traveling to a long forgotten era. It’s amazing just how vastly superior the series is on PS3.
Excerpt: It's time to get up and embarrass yourself in front of your friends again. Yup, SingStar's back. It's time to kiss your PS2 goodbye for a few months as your sister/wife/girlfriend steals it for endless rounds of karaoke. This time it's Pop Hits (read: a random selection of songs) that get the SingStar treatment, including Britney, Girls Aloud and My Chemical Romance. As with the other SingStar games, the premise is simpler than writing a Xmas card.
Excerpt: The rhythm genre is one of the fastest growing genres in videogaming today, largely thanks to games like Guitar Hero and Singstar. And while the aforementioned two made the appeal of rhythm games much more mainstream, they're far from being the pioneers of it all. That said, Singstar, along with Karaoke Revolution, are pioneers of karaoke games. The first Revolution game landed at the end of 2003, and Singstar followed shortly after in early 2004.
Excerpt: Just as with Singstar Rocks! , don't look for custom-created and personalized avatars and cool costume selections in Singstar Pop . What you get is a very minimalistic user interface with some cute graphics for your ranking, along with music videos playing in the background of each corresponding song. While it's interesting to see the videos, they can become a bit of a distraction if you are trying to watch your pitch and read the words to the song.
Excerpt: There are always two contrary opinions upon the launch of a new addition of SingStar, and the eighth release, Pop Hits, will bring them both to life again. Cynics will say that SingStar isn't even a real game, and another disk of songs deserves even less attention than a basic PC expansion pack. They will berate the fact that the formula of SingStar has stayed mostly unchanged, and point fingers at the selection of tunes on offer.