posted by memmons (AMELIA COURT HOUSE, VA) Mar 14, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
So, we got the game in the mail today (3-14-09) and was all excited to play. Most people who rent this game, would just think all you need is a microphone. Well...you go to hit play to sing a song and it tells you that you need to connect the USB Converter. What is that? We don't have a USB converter. So if you want to rent this game through Game fly, make sure you have a mic AND a USB CONVERTER. I'm very disappointed right now, I was really looking forward to playing the game.
posted by MamaC711 (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Jan 4, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
The song list on this game is awesome. I was so excited as I started flipping through the list, which by the way looked like the menu for an Ipod Touch. I mean the customization for your menu screen is such a cool feature. As you can tell I was so excited to sing. I called for my fiancée to come sing with me. I then plug in my USB mic and was ready to rock when it said you need to plug in the red and blue mic. I was like what?!? So then I checked my settings on my PS3 and everything was set to go. I then realized that you had to have their specific mic. I said to my self that that is some total garbage, but then I thought to myself if I was a company I would want customers to buy my product and my product only. So I understand their motive it's just pretty lame that I couldn't play a game I rented. The moral of my review is that read the full content of the game and what accessories that you need.
Honestly, my daughter was looking forward to SingStar. We have Rock Band games, a number of Guitar Heroes and had two microphones. Unlike others, we had no problem getting our RB and GH microphones to work. Though, we did run into a minor issue at first. You have to make sure that you have enough microphones for the players you have assigned on the set up screen. If not, it will repeatedly tell you that you don't have a microphone. We realized after a few seconds that it had us for 2 players rather than one. Fixed that and all was fine.
The song selection is great and my son was excited to see they had guitar capabilities if you paid a little extra. However, the song he really wanted to play on his RB guitar wasn't one of the available, so the guitar download turned out to be a waste of time.
Once we started playing there were things I clearly did not like. Scoring is far different to RB or GH. If you're holding a sustained note and your pitch or tone wavers even slightly, it counts it was wrong. During some songs, the original singer will drop or raise slightly, SingStar didn't account for that in the expert setting. You had to hold the note flat or else.
I also didn't like the way that your vocals are all anyone hears. Background music takes second stage. I understand that's all part of the game, but I definitely did not like hearing myself coming out of the surround sound, and I can sing. It's just really weird not having the music playing at the same volume or slightly lower.
At the end of a song you're rated. I'm not sure what a perfect score delivers, but I got as high as a jeweled crown. Most of the time, we were pulling the Chihuahua, which isn't particularly flattering.
There is a duet function. For duets you choose one of the two singers. Duets on one vocalist tracks are divided up with the two of you singing alternately or sometimes together.
After this experience, it was clear. Rock Band 3 is far superior.