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New karaoke game That's What I Call Sing coming to PS4, Xbox One


All about that bass, baby
Jul 10
// Vikki Blake
There are a lot of people who couldn't give a tiny rat's ass about karaoke games. I am not one of those people. Surprised? Yeah. ME TOO. Turns out that I need a release from all the blood and shit kill:death ratios of my typi...

Review: The Voice: I Want You

Nov 08 // Brittany Vincent
The Voice: I Want You (Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3 [reviewed])Developer: bitComposer GamesPublisher: Activision Release:  October 21, 2014MSRP: $39.99 Perhaps a bit of background information is in order. I've played nearly every single karaoke title available to me. That spans the older generation of consoles up to the current round of systems -- everything from Microsoft's short-lived Lips series to Disney: Sing It. I also like to write and record song parodies. I don't think I'm an excellent vocalist, but I have a smattering of gold ratings in Rock Band, namely "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "Space Oddity." I've plunged the depths of musical despair with the karaoke app on Xbox 360, and I spent four hours at Duet 35 on my last trip to New York wishing I could live and die in that tiny room with phonebooks full of instrumentals music. And yet, while playing through this game, I found myself longing to return to titles that should, by all intents and purposes, be lesser games, like the Karaoke Revolution PlayStation 2 series or even Smule's mobile Sing! Karaoke app.  [embed]283579:56259:0[/embed] It's immediately apparent as soon as you begin the game proper that if you purchased the game looking to channel the vibe from the popular television show, you've been duped. There's no sign of Christina Aguilera or Blake Shelton anywhere. There's not even a Gwen Stefani or glimpse of Pharrell. It's only you, faceless silhouettes that act as "judges," and the cold of your living room.  It's not as if the game is broken, however. It's simply generic to the core, from its default WordPress template menus to its everyman and everywoman singers that accompany you during songs. You can head into quick play to choose from a meager listing of songs, check out Voice Coach mode for a slim selection of quick and dirty vocal lessons, or play a "season" that mimics the actual television show. If you've got friends over clamoring for a turn (and enough mics) you can play Party Mode with seven different players. The modes are surprisingly robust, and would be welcomed in any other game.  However, several different modes of play mean nothing if the track listing and songs themselves fall flat, which they do. Big time. Once you get started, you might notice there's something a little off about the track list, which includes upward of 20-something songs -- Alicia Keys' "Fallin'" and the venerable "What Does The Fox Say?" rounding out tracks that both please fans of new music and obfuscate others. It's the most random assortment of songs since Elite Beat Agents and its inclusion of Deep Purple's "Highway Star."  I couldn't be sure whether the goal was to appeal to those who enjoy music straight off their local pop station or if these were simply the cheapest songs that could be obtained easily. For every "September," you've got "Stay." For "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" there's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," sung by a male artist and completely altering the landscape of the song. It's bizarre.  This was no doubt a move to keep things cheap on the studio's part, but if asked directly, Activision might respond with the fact that cover songs help channel the spirit of The Voice on NBC, where several different singers take on tunes that aren't their own. Either way, they're embarrassingly low-quality. They would be serviceable covers if this were some sort of high school musical that couldn't afford the real songs. When it comes to a game that judges you on pitch, phrasing, and how close you can get to the singer's range, timbre, and vocals, altering the original song is absolutely unacceptable. The cover artist can never match the nuances of the recording artist's performance exactly, and if you're meant to match the vocal tubes of each song to one you've heard hundreds of times over, you're already being set up to fail. It becomes less about finding your own voice and more about mimicking a lesser version of your favorite tune. It's painful.  With regard to vocal coaching, the "lessons" are simply laughable. You'll receive such sage advice as breathing between phrases, what the notes in a song are like (long and short!) and "advanced" topics like implementing vibrato. It's understandable if you've  never sung before, but the coaching mode is so rudimentary that it's unfair to even call it coaching. It's a series of text and accompanying examples to "practice" with. You'd be better off looking up videos on YouTube of proper breathing techniques and scale practice. Besides, the only feedback you'd be getting within the game is what the game can match to your vocals with the included microphone.  Playing a season is just as underwhelming, where coaches "competing" to have you on their team amounts to a few simple exclamations of "That was a solid performance!" and similar airy quotes coming from a set of "professionals" assigned to a specific music genre. They may as well all be the same person, and your only real input when it comes to having them choose you over AI-controlled opponents is, well, singing the song. Match the correct pitch at least some of the time and you'll be golden. There's no real reward for participating in a season, and the different qualifiers mean little more than the fact that you sang a song and managed to not fail. Congratulations? What's frustrating is the fact that The Voice: I Want You could very well have been a decent game. It had every opportunity to take what it was given and work with it. Even simple tweaks, such as improving the quality of the vocal covers or offering better and more nuanced coaching would have improved it tenfold. As it stands, The Voice: I Want You is a title that you may be able to spend about an hour with before reaching for something meatier in the realm of singing games. And, when you're seriously considering going back to the American Idol karaoke titles on the Xbox 360 because at least Simon, Paula, and Randy were included in the game, there's something very, very wrong happening. Pass up the The Voice on consoles and just catch it on television. Or, sing in the shower. You'll get more out of it. 
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Do you live for the thrill of belting out your favorite songs whenever you've got five minutes to yourself? Are you an amateur singer looking for guidance, or a professional looking for something fun to brush up your vocal te...

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The Voice

The Voice still looks like garbage, but I want to play it


♫ I got garbage~~! On a clooooudy day~! ♫
Oct 16
// Brittany Vincent
Let it be known that I play any and all karaoke games, no matter how bad they are. Hell, I even bought Disney's Sing It because I thought there might be a couple Hannah Montana songs I could rock out to. But I think Activisio...

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The Voice

Sing your heart out with The Voice


...or don't, depending on the songs included.
Sep 10
// Brittany Vincent
Let me preface this post by saying that I don't watch The Voice, or any of those other horrific singing shows. But I do sing a lot in my spare time. Not great or anything, but I do it for fun. And there aren't enough karaoke ...
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SingStar

This SingStar PS4 trailer is awful, but I still want to play it


Before it came into my life I missed it so bad
Jun 04
// Brittany Vincent
I'm not ashamed that I want to play the new SingStar. I am ashamed that this trailer is so awful. First of all, I just don't care about Carly Rae Jepsen anymore, and I'm going to need to see some more updated songs. I do, ho...
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SingStar

SingStar resurfacing on PS4 later this year so you can sing your heart out


And believe me, I will
May 21
// Brittany Vincent
There isn't any decent karaoke where I live and I'm not in San Francisco or New York, so I turn to games like SingStar for my singing fix. SingStar is coming to PS4 in a big way later this year, and I couldn't be more ex...
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Japan's famed Karaoke Joysound now out in America


Sing me some Nickelback
Nov 01
// Dale North
If karaoke is your jam, then you probably know about Japan's Karaoke Joysound hit franchise. North America's very first taste of this comes in the newly launched Wii title, which adds new minigames and avatar customization to...
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E3: Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 has mini-games


Jun 08
// Samit Sarkar
I gave up on Glee midway through the show's second season (the most recent one) when the storylines got too ridiculous for me to swallow, but I don't think FOX is missing my viewership; the show seems to be as popular as eve...
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GC 10: We Sing Robbie Williams


Aug 22
// Hollie Bennett
Naturally, I don't really have anything dramatic to put here, this game does what it says on the tin. It is a singing game that is all about the UK's finest export (other than BritToid of course) known as Robbie Williams. Fo...
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Finally, your first look at Karaoke Revolution Glee


Jul 22
// Nick Chester
Because you've been dying to see them, here are your first images of Konami's upcoming sure-fire blockbuster, Karaoke Revolution Glee. Okay, you probably don't care. But I do. And what's the deal with all of the Rachel in the...
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E3 10: Get your Gleek on with some Glee gaming love


Jun 18
// Matthew Razak
Let me fill you in on my fiancee's reaction to the news that a Glee version of Karaoke Revolution was coming out. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Let me fill you in on my reaction. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Yea,...
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E3 10: Yes! Karaoke Revolution: Glee is totally a thing!


Jun 16
// Nick Chester
This fall, Konami is going to deliver what you've all been asking for -- a karaoke game featuring your favorite songs as sung by the cast of the hit show Glee. It's called Karaoke Revolution: Glee, and it's based on the ...
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Lips: Party Classics releasing in early March


Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
March 2. Starting on that date, you will begin seeing Lips: Party Classics in the Xbox 360 section of your local videogame-carrying stores. While you probably won't buy the thing, you will surely witness the hidden pain of th...
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SingStar Viewer enables embarassment without a disc


Dec 15
// Nick Chester
Buying karaoke tracks and watching people has never been easier than with the upcoming SingStar Viewer application for the PlayStation 3.  Available for free from the PlayStation Store, the SingStar Viewer is a standalo...
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Lips: Party Classics will have you singing 'Y.M.C.A.'


Dec 03
// Nick Chester
Are you ready to party? Well, why just listen to party down classics like The B-52's "Love Shack" or the Spice Girls' "Wannabe"? Microsoft thinks you should be singing along, and as someone who can't wait to see YouTube ...
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Lips: Number One Hits is obsessed with Xbox Avatars


Aug 17
// Jordan Devore
We need to give credit where credit is due: the original Lips did a terrific job of providing post-launch content. A lot of time and effort went into establishing the brand name, and the sequel, Lips: Number One Hits, looks t...
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Lips: Number One Hits will feature Lady Gaga and more


Jul 29
// Colette Bennett
I really dig singing games, but I will admit that I never got around to picking up Lips for the 360. What can I say -- I know I don't listen to much of the norm when it comes to popular music, but I just wasn't that attracted...
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Konami secures Jackson 5 tracks for Karaoke Revolution


Jul 21
// Nick Chester
Konami has announced that not one, but five Jackson 5 songs will be featured in the upcoming Karaoke Revolution. While a host of Jackson 5 content has been licensed for the series, the songs "I’ll Be There," &...
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June Lips DLC lets you sing 'Ice Ice Baby' for points


Jun 15
// Nick Chester
If you know me, you know that I love me some karaoke. I also own Lips, but admittedly haven't played it since some time last year. But they keep pumping out downloadable content for it, so someone must be playing it. Right? T...
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SingStar Queen hits retail August 18, will be amazing


Apr 16
// Nick Chester
Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that the new standalone disc for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2, SingStar Queen, is headed to North America on August 18. As you can expect, it's simply SingStar with Qu...

Preview: Karaoke Revolution

Apr 13 // Nick Chester
Karaoke Revolution (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii)Developer: Blitz GamesPublisher: KonamiTo be released: 2009With the series arguably waning in quality since the first release in 2003, Konami has to do something to make the series more relevant in the space of games like Sony's SingStar and Microsoft's Lips. Its first order of business is taking the game "next-gen," leaving older consoles in the dust; this new version of Karaoke Revolution will be available for the Wii, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. In the past, Karaoke Revolution has relied on re-recorded versions of popular songs, something that today would be completely unacceptable to gamers and music-enthusiasts alike. Karaoke Revolution will feature 50 brand new songs, all licensed master tracks, ranging from contemporary hits like Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" to classic sing-a-longs like Elton John's "Rocket Man."The game's character creation has been given an upgrade as well. Gone is the big-headed, cartoony look of previous games; the game's avatars now have a sleeker, more realistic appearance. The character creation features should be highly customizable this time around, with Konami promising facial and body morphing. Venues are even customizable as well; in addition to the ten included venues, there will be six venues that players can personalize.Game modes emphasize party play (always Karaoke Revolution's greatest strength), with a Party Mode that supports up to 16 players. If you're lonely and friendless, there's something for you in the Career Mode, which will also be the way you'll unlock new venues and accessories for your avatar. Despite the fact that the game is hitting three platforms, it appears that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will have the fullest feature sets. Both games support system specific cameras (Xbox LIVE Vision Camera, PlayStation EyeToy), and both will support downloadable content, while the Wii version will not. Plans for additional song downloads (again, all master tracks), venues, and clothing for avatars are already being planned. Once the masters of the rhythm game, Konami has been pushed out of the market over the course of that last few years. In a karaoke game, consistent content and presentation is key. After the abysmal reception for Rock Revolution, Konami has a lot to prove. We'll see if they still have the chops when this new, super-serious Karaoke Revolution ships later this year.
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Karaoke is serious business around Destructoid headquarters. Don't believe me? We have video proof that we don't mess around when it comes to the fine-art of the instrumental sing-a-long. Konami has long brought karaoke ...

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As expected the wireless SingStar PS3/PS2 mics have no wires


Feb 19
// Nick Chester
Sony has finally decided to pull the cloth back on its big-gun secret that will win the console wars, revealing the wireless SingStar mics that will ship later this year. You may remember that Sony Computer Entertainment...
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SingStar fans, Sony has an early Christmas for you: backwards compatibility!


Dec 16
// Colette Bennett
That SingStar PS2 titles are not playable is a major annoyance -- especially if you sold your PS2 when you brought your shiny new PS3 home. Or at least, it was -- it seems Sony has decided to make these incompatibilities a th...
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The iNiS Corp-developed karaoke title Lips should be available in stores today, and with it Microsoft has revealed the first batch of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 exclusive. Starting tomorrow, November 21, Micro...

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Lips commercial will either crack you up or give you nightmares


Nov 18
// Colette Bennett
 Our own Joe Burling was a little distressed by this commercial for the upcoming Microsoft karaoke game Lips, but I had quite the opposite reaction -- I found it pretty hilarious, in that way that utterly ridiculous thin...
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SingStar ABBA is SingStar with ABBA


Sep 10
// Brad Nicholson
If yesterday’s announcement of SingStar Country wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, perhaps this exciting addition to the SingStar family will. Today, Sony has announced SingStar ABBA for the PlayStation 2 and Play...
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Easter egg! Hidden karaoke game in Castle Crashers works with Rock Band mic


Aug 28
// Niero Gonzalez
[video]101484:250[/video]Congratulations to everyone over at The Behemoth for the breakaway success that is Castle Crashers. It seemed like everyone on my XBL friend list was playing it this week ... that, or designing anothe...
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Australian Singstar Amped needs more Bowie


Aug 02
// Brad Nicholson
Aside from being playable at Lollapalooza this year, Singstar Amped’s Australian track listing has been revealed by Gamespot. Amped is all about rock, but I use that term pretty lightly. It’s more like, “stu...
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First pics from upcoming iNiS title Lips


Jul 11
// Colette Bennett
I was excited about Lips when info about it was first leaked last month -- despite visions of Frank-N-Furter's dramatic red mouth from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (thanks for that, Jim), I'm a sucker for any game in which I...
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Gaming's Guilty Pleasures: Karaoke Revolution


Apr 25
// Chad Concelmo
I stand proud and tall with the microphone in my hand. The crowd cheers in front of me, swaying back and forth in an odd, hypnotic pattern.The lights come up. The music starts playing.My melodious voice ...

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