Summer brings out the best in all of us. With the sunshine, holidays and feel-good factor riding high, it's no surprise that it sometimes makes you want to burst into song. And while some of your friends may not agree with your vocal talents, why not show them just how good you are by challenging them to the appropriately seasonal interactive singing game, SingStar Summer Party?
The charm of SingStar comes from the fact anyone can pick it up and play. If you're not already familiar with the sensational sonic phenomenon, the set-up is wonderfully intuitive. Simply plug in the red and blue SingStar USB mics and boot up the game. There you'll be given a range of 30 tracks to choose from; then when you're happy with your selection warm up those vocal chords. The original music video will come up on your TV screen with the lyrics for you to follow, which means it's your cue to sing your heart out.
Your performance is scored by accuracy, pitch and timing, and you don't just have to go alone or always take on your friends and family to see who's the star of the summer. Duets can be played co-operatively as well as competitively, and if there are eight of you in total the Pass the Mic mode lets you play in teams against each other while the songs are picked randomly. But the best way to play is in Battle mode and compete for the highest score.
Summer Party comes with 30 feel-good favourites to join in with, giving you plenty of choice to keep you crooning across a wide range of genres:
- Adele - Chasing Pavements
- Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
- Blondie - The Tide is High
- Blur - Girls & Boys
- Booty Luv - Shine
- Chesney Hawkes - The One & Only
- David Bowie - Let's Dance
- Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
- Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang You're Dead
- Dodgy - Good Enough
- Elton John - I'm Still Standing
- Five Star - System Addict
- Girls Aloud - Call The Shots
- Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
- Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet
- KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See
- Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)
- Madness - House of Fun
- Mel & Kim - Respectable
- Mika - Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)
- Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
- Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
- Pulp - Disco 2000
- Razorlight - In The Morning
- Rihanna - Umbrella
- Sugababes - Red Dress
- Texas - Summer Son
- Toto - Hold The Line
- Wham! - Club Tropicana
- Yazz - The Only Way Is Up
With such a selection there's no excuse to avoid getting involved in the fun - and regardless of whether you're a wannabe Diva or merely a summer loving Crooner, SingStar Summer Party is a hugely enjoyable frolic, able to take even the shyest members of your party by surprise with its ability to bring them out of their shell for the occasion. It's a great game for absolutely anyone.
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Even after you've had your fun singing along to all of the hits, Summer Party has got plenty to keep you entertained as it also allows you to connect an EyeToy USB Camera to your PS2 and watch yourself perform on TV instead of the original video. Not enough? Then upload your videos to the official SingStar website and let the world witness your glorious routine. You can find fame -or fleeting pop infamy- at last, without ever needing to leave your home.
With its multitude of modes and songs, SingStar Summer Party has the longevity to keep you going all through the summer - and beyond. No matter what the season is, this is one Summer Party that's a perfect way to blast away the blues.