SingStar Legends Review
SingStar Legends 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: Nov. 4, 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
SingStar Goes Legendary!
by Amanda L. Kondolojy

SingStar has certainly been on a roll lately, with more than ten distinct titles coming out this year alone. It has definitely established itself as a powerhouse in the realm of karaoke gaming, even in the face of would-be competitors like Lips on the horizon. But the very genre-focused SingStar releases this year have done a terrific job of catering to specific music fans. SingStar Legends, however, loses the niche genres and goes all-out by providing a very inclusive track list featuring major and iconic vocal performances from the past fifty years. But be warned, it isn’t so easy to be a Legend!

SingStar Legends screenshot

One of the biggest things that SingStar veterans will notice about Legends is the difficulty level of the game. Because the songs here are generally known for their amazing vocals, you might expect a little bit of a challenge from this title, but those who are used to playing this title on hard might be in for a little surprise when they attempt Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Of course, there is no way to “fail” a song in the SingStar series, but it is a lot easier to get the shameful “Tone Deaf” on these more challenging songs.

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In addition to “I’m Your Baby Tonight” SingStar Legends has plenty more songs that fall into “legendary” status that reach back over fifty years. Included in these songs are Patsy Cline’s country classic “Crazy,” Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” and David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” There are also some contemporary pop classics here as well, including “Papa don’t Preach” by Madonna and “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie. And if that still isn’t enough, there are plenty of other legendary tracks from the likes of The Jackson 5, The Smiths, Ray Charles, and James Brown. The tracks in this title definitely live up to the “Legends” title of the game, and chances are good that you’ll probably know all the words to these songs before you even reach for the mic.

SingStar Legends screenshot

But aside from the more difficult songs, pretty much everything else is SingStar Legends remains the same as it has always been. There are 30 different tracks that are unlocked from the beginning, and you can hop right in and sing songs by yourself or with a group of up to eight friends. The core singing mechanic features on-screen note bars that are filled with a blue color when you sing the correct note. If you don’t sing the right note, however, the bar will remain empty, and the game will show the actual notes that you hit on-screen.

SingStar Legends screenshot

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