SingStar Amped

Worth Singing About

SingStar Amped and SingStar '80s friggin' rock. Buy them both. Now.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: October 8, 2007
I'm going to try something a little different with Sony's latest pair of SingStar games: I'm going to review both at once. Why? Simple, the games are pretty much equally fantastic, and aside from the song lists, the features are literally identical to the previous American releases of the series.

What that means is that you'll still have the normal single-player modes that let you croon all by your lonesome, but there are plenty of multi-player modes like Pass the Mic, Party Mode and of course the sing-off Battles. It also means you'll get the same set of basic EyeToy features, meaning you can record clips during "SingStar Moments" (a little EyeToy icon hovers above the normal singing interface indicating a chance for you to pose with friends), and your full vocal performance can be played back with a handful of effects like robo-voice, vibrato and echo, though they're largely there to played with once and never touch again.

All that leaves, then, is the song list, and in both Amped and '80s, the track lists are absolutely fantastic. Not only are the games together the best 60 songs that have appeared in a karaoke game, but each individual game has a track list that's packed with more great songs than both SingStar Rocks! and SingStar Pop combined. Given that a game like this lives and dies by the songs that appear in it (especially considering no other features were added).

Short of just listing the songs and calling it a day (which I'll do in a bit because I'm lazy), about the only other thing that could be said about the games is that it's rather obvious that the various folks at Sony's London Studio have since moved onto incorporating new features into the PS3 SingStar. As a result, you're basically shelling out a buck a song (which, not surprisingly, is likely going to be the price of the PS3 version's downloadable songs), and when the soundtrack is loaded with this many recognizable songs... well, let's just say it makes the wait until the PS3 version hits that much more bearable.

And now... the list! Seriously, how could you not like at least half of these songs?

[SingStar Amped]
Alice in Chains -- "Would?"
Audioslave -- "Cochise"
Blink-182 -- "I Miss You"
Blue Öyster Cult -- "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
Boston -- "More Than a Feeling"
Cheap Trick -- "I Want You to Want Me"
David Bowie -- "Changes"
Fall Out Boy -- "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"
Foo Fighters -- "Best of You"
Free -- "Alright Now"
Iggy Pop -- "Real Wild Child (Wild One)"
Judas Priest -- "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
The Killers --"When You Were Young"
Motörhead --"Ace of Spades"
Nickelback -- "Savin' Me"
Nirvana -- "Come As You Are"
O.A.R. -- "Love and Memories"
Ozzy Osbourne -- "Crazy Train"
Pearl Jam -- "Alive"
Poison -- "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Queens of the Stone Age -- "Go with the Flow"
Quiet Riot -- "Cum on Feel the Noize"
Radiohead -- "Creep"
Ramones -- "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Steppenwolf -- "Born to Be Wild"
Stone Temple Pilots -- "Vasoline"
Sublime -- "Santeria"
Talking Heads -- "Burning Down the House"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- "Gold Lion"
Yes -- "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
ZZ Top -- "Gimme All Your Lovin'"

[SingStar '80s]
Billy Ocean -- "Caribbean Queen"
Billy Joel -- "Uptown Girl"
Blondie -- "Heart of Glass"
Culture Club -- "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"
Cyndi Lauper -- "Time After Time"
Dead or Alive -- "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
Dexys Midnight Runners -- "Come on Eileen"
Duran Duran -- "Rio"
Erasure -- "A Little Respect"
Europe -- "The Final Countdown"
A Flock of Seagulls -- "I Ran"
Foreigner -- "I Want to Know What Love Is"
Kim Wilde -- "Kids in America"
Madness -- "Our House"
Madonna -- "Material Girl"
Men at Work -- "Who Can It Be Now?"
Nena -- "99 Red Balloons"
The Pretenders -- "Brass in Pocket"
R.E.M. -- "Stand"
Run D.M.C. -- "It's Tricky"
Simple Minds -- "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
Soft Cell -- "Tainted Love"
Squeeze -- "Tempted"
Starship -- "We Built This City"
Survivor -- "Eye of the Tiger"
Tears for Fears -- "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
Thompson Twins -- "Hold Me Now"
Tina Turner -- "Simply the Best"
Twisted Sister -- "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Wham! -- "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

If that isn't a pair of dream tracklists, I don't know what is.
The Verdict