Another year, another karaoke game. After a disappointing debut PlayStation 4 instalment, Sony’s London Studio is back with SingStar: Celebration, another title in the publisher’s new lineup of PlayLink games. Available to play with microphones, a PlayStation Camera (remember those?), or the Singstar Mic mobile app, this year's edition of the long-running singing series certainly is accessible – but its party game credentials are severely let down by the fact that only two people can play simultaneously.
That being said, aside from the usual two-player Battle and Duet modes, the game's Party mode is designed to mitigate the lack of simultaneous players. Up to eight players divide into two teams, a member of which is randomly selected in each round to perform a random song in a random gameplay style. These modes usually consist of either singing an entire song or being the first player to hit one million points, but there are also ones that utilise all eight players. Pass the Mic is about what you would expect, but there are also Medley and Micro-Medley modes, in which the players switch after singing each medley.
Party mode tries to mitigate the player problem, then, and while it is fun, it still doesn't compare to four players singing simultaneously. What is good about Party, though, is that it lasts for as many rounds as you want it to, allowing for huge marathon sessions if that's what you want.
You probably won't want to, though, because the tracklist is very limited. While there are exceptions – such as Oasis’ Wonderwall and Kings of Leon’s Lose Somebody – the overwhelming majority of the 30-something tracks are modern pop songs, which will be well-received by some but can turn a lot of people off. There is, of course, a store of over 600 songs to buy from, but it would've been nice to at least include a more varied tracklist, since not everyone will enjoy singing along to Ella Henderson, Meghan Trainor, or Zara Larsson once, let alone multiple times.
The Singstar PlayLink app is useful in some respects as it allows up to four players to choose the next song on the playlist, but it has no functionality outside of the game, and since only two players can sing at the same time, there's no point in having more than two people with the app installed.
London Studio's latest karaoke effort may have a decent Party mode and PlayLink functionality, but its one-note tracklist and lack of four-player functionality make it a poor choice for a party game. SingStar: Celebration certainly doesn't live up to its name, then – it's only marginally more fun than a Jehovah's Witness' birthday bash.
One day I will have to buy one of these for my daughter. I really hope these games improve much more until that day comes.
I'm getting this for a family member's Christmas present. Should probably get them some store credit as well so they can download more songs. The ability to use your phone as a mic sounds great because it means we won't have to have microphones lying around forever more!
Can't say I actually like the review. Too short and the reasons for its low score don't make much sense to me. Sounds a lot like someone not interested in karaoke games reviewing a karaoke game.
Also, tracklists are incredibly subjective. I think it's perfect for the kind of people actually interested in this sort of game. Had it been old songs that no one had heard of, I'd agree. But not in this case. Mom's spaghetti.
@naruball I dunno, seems fair to me. If you like the songs then I guess it's easier to recommend.
...here's the full tracklist (oddly omitted from the review).. there's a nice balance of old and new on there... it looks like it's been scored harshly because of musical taste, rather than the actual game itself... :/
ABBA Dancing Queen
Amy Winehouse Rehab
Avicii Wake Me Up
Blondie One Way Or Another
Brandi Carlile The Story
Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again
Calvin Harris & Disciples How Deep Is Your Love
Ella Henderson Yours
Elle King Ex’s and Oh’s
Fun. Some Nights
Hilary Duff All About You
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Fancy
Jason Derulo Want To Want Me
Kings Of Leon Use Somebody
Lost Frequencies Are You With Me
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Meghan Trainor All About That Bass
OMI feat. Nicky Jam Cheerleader
One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
Roxette It Must Have Been Love
Shawn Mendes Stitches
Sia Cheap Thrills
Tegan And Sara Closer
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey Closer
U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Wham! I’m Your Man
Young Rising Sons High
Zara Larsson Lush Life
I feel sorry for @Anchorsam_9, he got all the bad PlayLink games.
Karaoke isn't my forte, despite popular belief, so I can't comment on the game itself.
@1ManAndHisDroid agreed. Also, good idea to provide it, since the review doesn't.
I loved SingStar on PS2. Don't remember two player being too few to have fun.
@get2sammyb It's not just what you, personally, like, in my opinion. For example, I don't like Lady Gaga or Iron Maiden. But I'm aware of how many people do and which songs of theirs have been the most popular.
Review does indeed seem way too harsh.
@naruball @get2sammyb - I think the review of this needs revisiting - the game is technically accomplished, probably providing more options than ever before, and as far as 'singable karoake' tracks - there's an awful lot of crowd pleasers to suit all ages on here (whether you like them or not is irrelevant) - and think this really stands out as a bad score for no good reason...
@Incognito_D I'm definitely a fan of the game's PlayLink functionality - it's much better than having a load of mics lying around like you say!
@naruball Fair enough, that's your opinion. I'm a big fan of karaoke games - you can see my reviews of earlier ones - but I just felt like this game's tracklist wasn't as varied as other titles like Now That's What I Call Sing and the like. Reviews are subjective, so maybe you'll like the tracklist more than I do.
@1ManAndHisDroid Thanks for providing it - the reason I didn't include it in the review is because it would be a slog for people to read through, and we never usually provide the entire tracklist in karaoke reviews. Like I said in the review, the game suffers because of its lack of four-player functionality which really kills its credentials as a party game, which is why I gave it a low score as there are plenty of karaoke games on PS4 that have this functionality.
@Octane I'm actually a pretty big fan of PlayLink as an idea, and I'm looking forward to Hidden Agenda as it's an excellent concept for a game. This is probably the only game on PlayLink that I wouldn't have bought.
@Useyourname That's fair enough, but as I said in the review I think that Singstar is first and foremost a party game, which is why I was disappointed at the lack of four player support.
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@Anchorsam_9 - so a lack of 4-player modes means a 4/10? and how many karaoke games have a 4-player mode!??! (that are of the calibre and have the back-catalogue of Singstar? I'd argue none...) come on, I know it's a tough call changing scores, etc. - but clearly this one reason can't mean a 4/10 - you listed 2 songs you liked (both rock) - clearly you're not a fan of pop and this has had a direct impact on the score (which it shouldn't) - no harm in admitting an error of judgement... :/ 6/10 or even 7/10 is probably more fitting (with the caveat that mileage may vary on whether you like the songs)
That tracklist is vile.
Just give me Singstar Queen again and I'm happy.
@1ManAndHisDroid And still no Meatloaf
It's about time they made all my PS3 tracks work on the PS4.
I always said of you buy any game like this new then you should put in a code to have the songs downloaded to your console to save swapping discs. End of the day you pay full price and so that would cover licenses.
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