Review: Singstar Queen

If you know me, you know that I love to sing. Granted, I’m not that great at it – but that doesn’t stop me, not at all! I’m also quite the rhythm game fanatic, so I will drop the cash on anything and everything even remotely related to music (yes, I bought Jam Sessions, and regret it). When given the chance to experience a volume of Singstar featuring the classic melodies of Queen, I jumped at the chance. I popped that sucker out of the case faster than Freddie came out of the closet, and I was thoroughly satisified.

Singstar, for the uninitiated, is a glorified karaoke machine. Singstar is to Sony as Lips is to Microsoft, in that both games are released only for their respective systems. Singstar is much less complicated than Lips, however, and is geared toward a much more casual audience in that the only real scoring you receive is how on-pitch you are, and that isn’t too difficult to ensure you’re doing correctly. You’re given a spread of songs accompanied by their original music video (if applicable), as well as mics that are meant only to function with Singstar titles. Without the mics (a red and a blue for both the soloist and duet partner or multiplayer mode), Singstar may as well be useless.

Singstar requires you only to choose a song from a typical 20-30 tracks per title, choose a difficulty, and then belt out some tunes. In the case of Singstar Queen, every song on the roster is a classic from Queen. 20 career-spanning songs are included, ranging from “Under Pressure” to “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “I Want to Break Free.” Each song does include the music video when applicable, and if there isn’t a video to accompany the song, you’re treated to a short montage of Queen-related imagery in order to take its place. Thankfully, most of the songs on here were released as music videos as well so there isn’t much of that to sort through.

This version of Singstar is admittedly no different from the rest of the pack, whether you’re playing the 80s edition, Amped, or any of the previous iterations (save for the PlayStation 3 Singstar, which is a totally different tune), so if you’ve played and enjoyed one of them before you should feel the exact same way about this version. If you’re a fan of Queen at all, this selection of hits is enough to make you drool. I appreciate the fact that you can select the parts of the song that you’d rather sing when it comes to the complex harmonies of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a tough song to sing if there ever was one.


It would have been nice if there had been more than 20 songs included, or some Queen-specific game modes, but in reality this version is only a re-skinned Singstar base with newer songs. For its value price, however, it’s still a great pick. All in all, if you enjoy singing without fancy game modes, abundance of multiplayer modes, or frills, then Singstar is the game to choose if you just want to be alone with the music, a great video, and your own terrible singing voice. Seeing that this is the Queen edition, I am full of nothing but glowing recommendations. Really, how could you go wrong?

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