on your boots, slap on your cowboy and wail offkey
for hours, until someone shoots you. by
25, 2006 - Karaoke
Country is the first karaoke game ever devoted specifically
to country music fans. "We is gonna' have a time
tonight. You light the fire, Slim will go and pick
up the Pirdy twins, and I'll find someone that can
read the instructions for us."
there's one thing that American Idol and its many
spin offs such as CMT's Nashville Star, have contributed
to society, it's a slightly more educated listening
audience. Let's face it, if you're tone deaf what
right have you got to make any judgement on a singer?
I'm sure most people don't think Simon is as bad as
they thought he was four years ago. It's not that
he's gotten softer, it's that he's helped to train
peoples' ears to be more critical and discerning.
You're more inclined to agree with him now because
you can finally hear that he's right.
karaoke singers may be able to escape Simon's wrath
but at least this game includes pitch detection software
which lets you know in no uncertain terms that you're
singing flat or sharp. The more in tune, and in time,
that you sing, the more points you will earn - not
to mention the less peoples' ears you will hurt. Want
a tip? Never sing in public unless you can hit that
meter right at least 95 per-cent of the time. You'll
be doing the world a favor.
there's one drawback to this game it's the song selection.
While 35 may sound like a lot of songs, that adds
up to a little more than two hours of tunes. It's
less than most karaoke games offer. Keep in mind that
even though these songs are country songs, that doesn't
mean that all country fans will like them all. There
are old classics such as Patsy Cline's, Crazy, and
Kenny Rogers,' The Gambler, mixed with contemporary
hits such as Gretchen Wilson's, Redneck Woman, and
Big & Rick's, Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy. First
off all, I'm sure that most singers that like Save
a Horse could give a rat's ass about Crazy. Not to
mention that some of these songs are very gender-specific
so you won't find too many guys willing to attempt
Redneck Woman. In this way the song list is rather
limited. This "something for everyone" concept
would be more aptly titled, "not much for anyone."
You'll be lucky if you find fifteen songs that you
want to sing. But then again practice makes perfect
and you might just end up singing a few songs over
and over and over until you get them right. I hope
you live alone.
songs are well recorded. There are background vocals
that provide harmonies and even a lead track to guide
you through the melody. You can adjust the volume
to your liking so that you can still hear it but not
so that it's overpowering your own voice - then again
maybe it sounds better that way.
songs have their signature vocal gimmick. Instead
of the annoying free-style scale scats that are popular
in pop and R&B, country has a certain twang component
to it that you might want to consider how to master.
It's sounds like someone reaching puberty. It's a
break in the pitch almost like a Southern drawl that
has a slight yodel characteristic to it. And it's
every bit as annoying as the scale scat. But the pitch
detector won't be able to register any of this twang
if it's not an integral part of the song. If you try
to slur and rise up to the pitch instead of hitting
it dead on, you'll wind up losing points - even if
it sounds brilliant - but I doubt it.
can create your own character, beginning with the
body type and moving on to accessories such as that
damn cowboy hat you'll probably want to try on. If
you're really feeling foolish, you can import your
own face on to your avatar via the Eye Toy camera.
It will capture an image of your mug and render it
on the performing character. It's a novelty to be
sure, but it doesn't look bad. I may still look bad
regardless, but that's not the fault of this feature.
the party mode you can have a sing-off with seven
of your friends. If they don't want to play along
you can sing until they go home, which will probably
be somewhere between Johnny Cash and Waylon Jenning's
rendition of the theme from the Dukes of Hazard. Please
act out the parts for full impact.
are also included so that you can get used to sharing
the stage, and the shame, with another singer. You
can even try your hand at singing harmony which can
be a real tricky skill to cultivate. Keep in mind
you're going to need two separate microphones to pull
this off correctly. Each singer will have his or her
own words and melody interface displayed at either
the top or bottom of the screen.
songs are relatively easy to sing. The words are big,
well timed and appear on the screen with an arrow
that indicates the relative pitch of each word. If
you don't know the exact melody, and you do need to
know it exactly, you can turn up the lead vocals and
listen to the song a few times until you get comfortable
with it. Your avatar will be moving and grooving to
the beat, getting more confident as you win over the
crowd. There's a Crowd meter to the right of the screen
which will show you how you're doing. Performances
will take place in various neon-lit honky tonks and
concert venues. It all looks somewhat hokey and cartoonish.
for a game that focuses solely on one genre, this
collection of songs is too varied to please all country
fans. It would probably make a fun rental for a weekend.
Don't buy this package unless you're a true fan of
I mean country songs.
of the greatest country songs ever recorded including
hits like Redneck Woman, I Like It I Love It, The
Gambler, Stand By Your Man, and Save a Horse (Ride
in two microphones and perform duets and a variety
of other fun multiplayer and party modes for up
to 8 players
your character's body type, hair, clothes and accessories
Create a 3D model of your head using the EyeToy
USB Camera (for PlayStation2) and see yourself perform
constant rewards for top performances including
new songs, characters, accessories and more
a PlayStation 2 compatible USB microphone or headset