SingStar Country Review
SingStar Country box art
System: PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: SCEE 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SCEA (SONY) 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 28, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
Country Croonin’
by Amanda L. Kondolojy

Over the years the SingStar series has taken on several different genres. From Pop music to rock, and even Bollywood, the SingStar series has definitely created a varied music landscape for the world to sing along to. But surprisingly, the SingStar series has never ventured into the twang- -infused world of country music, until now. SingStar Country has been long overdue for fans of the genre, but now that it has arrived, it isn’t as great as fans of the genre may have anticipated.

SingStar Country screenshot

As any SingStar fanatic will tell you, the success of any iteration of the series depends upon it’s song catalog. And I have to say that SingStar Country does not do as well in this department as some of the other genre-focused titles. To its credit, there are some big songs in SingStar Country such as “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big and Rich and “Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson. There are even some classic country tunes like Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” and “A Boy Named Sue” as well as Willie Nelson’s classic “Pancho and Lefty”.

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However, this title misses a lot of huge artists like Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood in favor of American Idol runners-up like Bucky Covington and Kelli Pickler. This game also includes multiple songs by artists like Brooks and Dunn, Trace Atkins, and Montgomery Gentry, which really decreases the game’s song variety. The world of country music is quite expansive, so I am not exactly sure why they included so many repeat artists, especially when the tracklist is still composed of only thirty songs.

SingStar Country screenshot

But other than the disappointing song selection, SingStar Country is a pretty standard SingStar title. In case you have never played a SingStar game before, the main gameplay mechanic consists of you singing into a mic and the game showing the notes you’re sing onscreen. If you sing a note correctly, then a little clear bar will fill with a blue light. However, if you don’t sing at all the bar will remain empty, and the notes that you actually do sing but miss will be shown outside the bar.

SingStar Country screenshot

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