|System: PS3, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev:SCEE||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCE Studios London||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug.4, 2009||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|
Still, despite my qualms with the lack of varied content, there was one completely new feature that debuted in Singstar: Queen: vocal menu selections. This feature allows you to select songs by simply just speaking into the microphone. This feature also allows you to filter songs by genre and artist, which is great if you have content purchased through the SingStore. Though this might not initially sound like too much of a big deal, it keeps you from having to juggle the mic and the PlayStation controller. This was especially useful for songs like "We are the Champions", where the lyrics start immediately and its easy to miss if you are still fumbling with the controller.
When it comes to aesthetics, Singstar: Queen keeps things in line with its predecessors. Menu layout is beautiful, and the PS3 version includes some pretty sweet hi-def wallpapers. Of particular interest was the video quality of some of the older Queen videos. It's hard to believe, but songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody" are almost 35 years old, so the cleaned up video makes a huge difference, although you can still see some occasional noise.
Singstar: Queen is definitely a niche title. If you love singing, and you love Queen, then you have to purchase this disc. Not only does it contain some of the band's greatest hits, but it also is quite challenging, even for hardcore Singstar enthusiasts. However, if you're looking for something besides the same old Singstar game, then this entry has nothing to offer other than the menu upgrades, so you might as well wait for the next inevitable Singstar release to come along.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Writer