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This game is getting low scores from gamefly raters. I don't know why people are scoring it low when this is such a well done game. I expect its because people rent it for the American Idol name, not knowing its a Karaoke game. Karaoke clearly means singing, so obviously you need a mic or a headset.
I find this game far better than the DDR games as it challenges both your timing and more importantly your pitch. The AI judges do a great job of summarizing your true performance and you can set the judging on easy/medium/hard depending on how you feel. The song complexity is also rated so its beginner friendly and challenging as well.
The graphics look solid, and the sound has a host of options to change, everything from mic gain to music level.
The main drawback for AI fans is that aside from the judging and stage graphics, it really doesn't have much else that is AI. Not a lot of Seacrest or the trademark drama of the voting.
It really is a solid Karaoke game with some very cool AI touches. But hardcore AI watchers will be disappointed that it doesn't go all the way making you feel like you are in or won the competition. It will however make you cringe when Simon tells you that you have "redefined the word boring with that performance".
This is another must have PS2 party game. I only wish there were many more songs and the ability to play ripped music.
The only reason I can actually think that people are rating this low is because they have a lack of a microphone. Honestly people, it's a SINGING game. Do you think you can just yell at your TV and it'll play for you? I think not. KR: American Idol is an awesome game. Get a mic, and go play. A suggestion is to buy one of the other KRs in a store that comes with a mic.