There's nothing quite as good for the soul as opening those lungs up and bellowing out a mighty tune. That's what we reckon anyway, placing us firmly in Konami's target audience for their latest take on the rhythm action genre: Karaoke Stage. The game allows you to have your finest (and worst) performances rated, as you sing away into a USB microphone to a variety of classic karaoke numbers, such as 'Wind Beneath my Wings', 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun', 'Billie Jean' and 'You're The One That I Want'.
Using voice recognition software created by Amplitude and Frequency developer Harmonix, the game rates your performance and shows you how the warbling output of your vocal chords relates to the actual song. An on-screen crowd also reacts to your performance, applauding and cheering like crazy if you're good, or drifting off in disgust if you're particularly tone deaf. The public can be so fickle.
The song list has something for everyone, from classics to modern day hits (including songs made popular by REM, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback), and different genres spanning rock, pop, ballads and R'n'B. A career mode also allows single players to enjoy the game, as they make their way from backstreet dives to entertaining thousands in oversized indoor arenas. Get ready to sing, sing, sing...
- Have your voice rated against a variety of well-known songs
- Includes karaoke classics such as 'Wind Beneath my Wings' and 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'
- Virtual crowds react to your performance
- Climb your way to the top in Showtime mode