SingStar: Chart Hits


By: Tristan Clark    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Friday 23 Jul 2010 8:00 AM
 
 
 
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Okay, this whole business of sticking a score to something like SingStar is getting a little ridiculous, don’t you think? New features are added every now and again, sure, but by and large, every iteration is identical except for the collection of around 30 songs on the disc. And when it comes to the song lineup, you either like it or you don’t — it’s not up to me to decide your musical taste for you. But oh boy, if it was, we’d be drowning in Bruce Springsteen, Queen, and Leonard Cohen, I can tell you.

As a side note, can you imagine SingStar Leonard Cohen? Now there’s a party starter.

However! You are here to read about SingStar Chart Hits, the latest in a long, long line of SingStar titles. As you can guess, this one’s focused on super-popular pop songs from the last few years, so Lady Gaga mixes it up with the likes of The Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, and Mika. There are a smattering of older hits as well, the most incongruous of which is probably Wolfmother.

And in actual fact, there is some useful information I can impart about it beyond the songs, and that’s how fun the songs are to actually play. I mean, I like U2, but songs like “Vertigo” and “Beautiful Day” are boring as all heck to sing along to. So the standouts for me ended up being songs like Wes Carr’s “Feels Like Woah” (in spite of that truly terrible title), OneRepublic’s “All the Right Moves”, the Lady Gaga songs, and Ben Lee’s “Catch My Disease”. I might have felt hideously dirty after singing all those songs, but they are a good fit for SingStar. And in the best tradition of SingStar collections, I can guarantee you’ll know many more of the songs than you think you do.

Oh, and sorry Lucy, but “Jai Ho!” just kinda felt… average to sing. Please don’t beat me.

As is the (unfortunate) norm these days, the PS2 version come with five fewer songs. Why is this, Sony? In any case, here’s the tracklist:

• 3Oh!3 - Don’t Trust Me
• Michael Bublé,- Haven’t Met You Yet
• A.R. Rahman feat. The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
• Mika - We Are Golden
• Alex Lloyd, Amazing
• Milli Vanilli - Blame it on the Rain
• Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
• Natalie Bassingthwaighe - Alive
• Colbie Caillat - Fallin’ For You
• Nelly Furtado - Turn off the Light
• Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
• Pixie Lott - Boys and Girls
• George Michael - Outside
• The Presets - This Boys in Love
• Guy Sebastian feat. Jordin Sparks - Art of Love
• The Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
• Kate Miller Heike - The Last Day on Earth
• Vanessa Amorosi - This is Who I Am
• La Roux - Bullet Proof
• Vitamin C - Friends for Ever
• Lady GaGa - Poker Face
• Wes Carr - Feels Like Woah
• The Last Goodnight - Pictures of You
• Wolfmother - New Moon Rising
• The Living End - White Noise

And these are the extra tracks for the PS3 version:

• Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
• OneRepublic - All the Right Moves
• The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
• Wes Carr - Yeah
• Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Someday Soon

And that’s really all I can say about SingStar Chart Hits. It’s a fun collection of songs if your music taste swings that way. If you’re like me, of course, it’ll just leave you wishing every darn pop artist on the planet (or, more accurately, their songwriters) could actually write decent lyrics. Seriously, Leonard Cohen needs to set up a boot camp for this sort of thing.


The Score

SingStar: Chart Hits
"So pop-focused that you'll need to take a shower after"
6.8
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Rating: PG   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 5 Min

 

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SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 23 Jul 2010 12:35 PM Posted by SpawnSeekSlay NZGamer.com VIP
Great selection of fine music
LOL

my gf would prob like it though... but i wont tell her about this haha
 
 
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Kate
On Monday 26 Jul 2010 3:35 PM Posted by Kate NZGamer.com VIP
Singstar: Leonard Cohen would need a gravel-o-meter, and I don't think that technology exists yet.

This playlist looks like itemised failure. I would though, a little bit, like to sing that Vitamin C song.
 
 
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