Singstar Ultimate Party review

I am a big music lover, and having asien blood in my veins, I am bound to love karaoke, right? Yeah that stereotype is holding up, at least with me. I’ve been singing on all sorts of different karaoke machines.

That means I am easily a fan of the Singstar games. Having a man in the house who are into gaming makes that an easy choice for me, as it is just about a disc in a tray. He came home from Gamescom in Cologne earlier this year and told me there was a new Singstar game coming, and that’s always good news. Singstar is so much fun when the girls drop by.

Singstar Ultimate Party has been promoted heavily to the public with the fact that you don’t need a microphone for it to work anymore – just a smartphone that can run the app released on the digital app stores and you can sing down your phone to get points and perfects in Singstar. That makes it a wee bit easier for many as you don’t have to pass along the microphone to the next in line. Sound is of course affected by the phone’s microphone quality, but overall it sounds fine to me. You can tweak the sound in settings if you feel the need to.

So here’s the full tracklist;
5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Avicii – Hey Brother
Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Coldplay – Magic
Demi Lovato – Let It Go
Disclosure Feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Icona Pop Feat. Charli XCX – I Love It
John Newman – Love Me Again
Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Lionel Richie – Hello
Lorde – Royals
Naughty Boy Feat. Sam Smith – La La La
Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
One Direction – Best Song Ever
One Republic – Counting Stars
P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
Paramore – Still Into You
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Plan B – She Said
Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
Swedish House Mafia Feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
TLC – No Scrubs
Train – Drive By

All in all a really good looking tracklist. Mind you, that if there’s only a handful songs you want from this list, you can always keep some of your pocket change and go buy those songs in the Singstar Store from the Singstar Hub through the dashboard instead. I do believe the microphone-via-smartphone update is applied to the Hub as well.

With games going more mainstream – rhythm games more than other genres – you got to have some social features, and the developers has been focusing on that. It’s easy to send a challenge to a friend and you can watch your friend singing if they have their Playstation 4 camera plugged in which makes for some hilarious moments. It also boosts your self esteem when you realise that you aren’t alone in not being able to sing like the super stars.

The background on the screen when a song is running is the music videos from the songs, so I can’t really say that there’s anything wrong with the graphics by the games simple nature of simplicity.

Rounding this up, Singstar Ultimate Party is great to kick-start the party at home, so if have a bunch of friends that loves to sing, there’s really nothing to discuss, it’s an easy pick up.

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