Hereâ€™s another SingStar for your performing pleasure. Sony continues to pump them out, and this time around we have SingStar Amped, which shares the same title as an American version of the game.
As always, this SingStar contains no new modes or any other extras to differentiate it from its predecessors. It will, like all the other dozen or so PlayStation 2 titles, live or die by how much its track list appeals to you. Amped, like the title suggests, seeks to blow you out of your seat with a collection of fast-paced, rocking numbers. Youâ€™ve got fun additions like â€ś(Donâ€™t Fear) The Reaperâ€ť and â€śReal Wild Childâ€ť, and Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, and Fall Out Boy keep things going. All in all, it could be a worse lineup of tracks.
But what really gets me is that itâ€™s almost completely different from the American version of Amped â€“ in a bad way. Itâ€™s like they took that game and removed nearly everything that made it fun, such as The Killers and Foo Fighters. Donâ€™t believe me? Check out the track list here, and if you think our version of the game is better, then by all means, go out and buy it.
It really is disappointing that Sony didnâ€™t get more licensing rights to the better songs off the original Amped. And some song choices are, once again, dubious â€“ surely theyâ€™re scraping the bottom of the (shallow) Silverchair barrel, right? And while Iâ€™m quite fond of Faith No More, â€śEvidenceâ€ť is a strange choice of song for SingStar.
All in all, the lineup of songs isnâ€™t terrible â€“ it just lacks any compelling set of standout songs that hold everything together. The filler isnâ€™t nearly as bad as some other SingStar titles I could mention, but many of the songs just arenâ€™t all that fun to sing. Sony seems to have forgotten one of the key things about karaoke: it doesnâ€™t matter if a song is terrible; if itâ€™s hilarious to perform, it should be included.
But thatâ€™s just me â€“ check out the full track list below and judge for yourself whether itâ€™s worth your money:
4 Non Blondes - "What's Up"
Blink-182 - "I Miss You"
Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"
Chiorboys - "Run to Paradise"
David Bowie - "Changes"
Divynls - "Boys in Town"
Faith No More - "Evidence"
Faker - "This Heart Attack"
Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't A Scene...It's An Arms Race"
Free - "All Right Now"
Grinspoon - "Chemical Heart"
Iggy Pop - "Real Wild Child"
Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"
Judas Priest - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Kasabian - "LSF"
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
Quiet Riot - "Cum On Feel The Noise"
Regurgitator - "Black Bugs"
Robert Palmer - "Addicted to Love"
Silverchair - "The Greatest View"
Skunk Anansie - "Weak As I Am"
Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"
Spiderbait - "BLACKBETTY"
The Cure - "Primary"
The Saints - "I'm Stranded"
The Subways - "Rock & Roll Queen"
Tonic - "If You Could Only See"
T-Rex - "20th Century Boy"
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"