REVIEW – PS4 “Singstar: Celebration”
The second Singstar title to be released on Playstation 4 are asking us to Celebrate. If you like to ‘celebrate’ by embarrassing yourself and others, then this might be the game for you. Alternatively, if you are a budding talent this could also give you the confidence to practise at home before heading to the local karaoke bar with at least two drinks of liquid courage before belting out a fantastic rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
The Playstation’s “Singstar” franchise has been around since it’s initial release in 2004. I remember getting it on the PS2 for my 16th birthday. (eep!) But — Singstar: Celebration brings some new features to the game, along with the old classics. First there was Duet and Battle Mode. A new Party Mode allows up to 8 people to sing in a team… which would be fun, if I could find 7 other people to play with me.
With shared gaming being all the rage right now, the Singstar Community is a very up-to-date idea. With a PS4 camera, you can upload videos of yourself singing along to the tracks. Share your videos to social media, perform to a worldwide audience or you can just watch others go hard on your favourite songs.
The track-list is quite awesome including;
Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again
Calvin Harris & Disciples How Deep Is Your Love
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
Roxette It Must Have Been Love
Amy Winehouse Rehab
There are about 30 tracks included for free in this Singstar: Celebration. Something for everyone? And not to mention access to the “Singstore”, where there is a HUGE online library of songs. You can buy individual tracks, or splurge with an artist or genre packs. The GREAT NEWS IS — If you had Singstar on PS3, and had purchased songs under your PSN ID these songs carry over to the PS4.
Check out the full track list on Playstation.com
Possibly the BEST feature of Singstar: Celebration is that there are no microphone peripherals required. Download the Singstar Microphone App to your smartphone to start your new singing career. Just don’t get too carried away with the the air guitar strums, that’s an expensive and necessary microphone you could potentially damage. However, good news again — If you still own the old USB or wireless Sony Microphones they will also work with Singstar: Celebration for PS4. Great for kids who don’t own smart phones, and parents who wouldn’t willingly give theirs up for the sake of karaoke.
Maybe I’m too old for it now, but the idea of singing at home into a “karaoke machine” has long since phased me. While it’s always a fun “concept” — I haven’t played a Singstar Game since 2012, when my Best Friend and I found and downloaded “Alone” by Heart and belted it out on a Tuesday Night.
Oh, and I suck at Singstar. 18 years of vocal training and I still can’t master this system.
What’s your favourite Singstar Memory from “Singstar: Celebration” or Singstar games past? Let us know in the comments below!