Singstar ’90s (PS2)

Singstar has been one of my favorite games of the last few years, even if I can sing at all. I also grew up listening to the radio in the 1990s, so the combination of Singstar with songs from the 1990s is something that was right up my alley. Individuals that have played Singstar before will be familiar with how to play Singstar ‘90s; essentially you pick a sing, pick up the microphone, and try to score the highest score you can (or, if you are playing with another individual, to beat their high score). If you aren’t in a competitive mood, you can “pass the mic” in a number of ways, either in the traditional sense or in a duet.

What will get individuals the most excited about this iteration of Singstar is the fact that the songs are all new, and are largely familiar to anyone that grew up during the nineties. There is decidedly an early-nineties bent to most of the songs that were chosen for this game, but they were all big hits in the time period in which they were originally released. The songs representing the earlier years of the nineties include Arrested Development’s “Tennesee”, Boys II Men’s “Motownphilly”, Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up”, while the later years of the nineties are covered by songs like Len’s “Steal My Sunshine”, The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, and Santana (Feat. Rob Thomas)’s “Smooth”. The genres covered by the game are legion; there is hair rock (Poison’s “Unskinny Bop”), pop (Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On”), grunge (Nirvana’s “Lithium”), and rap (MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This”). The choice of tracks present on this edition of Singstar allow for a number of sequels to be made in this line.

Specifically, giving ‘90s (Volume 2) more in the way of later tracks could ensure strong sales of both games. Where some individuals may not have wanted to play Singstar in the past because they were not familiar with the more current tracks that were on a Singstar Pop or Singstar Amped, the older tracks here ensure that individuals that appreciate tracks from a few years back will be able to play (and likely win) over younger music fans. Singstar ‘90s should be picked up by fans of the Singstar line, and could represent a way to get previously recalcitrant parents to buy youth the game. Make sure to pick it up and sing these nineties radio standards.

Rating: 8.8/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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