Karaoke Revolution Glee Volume 2 is a game that will press all the right buttons for some, before they even turn on their Wii. And even for those who take a little more convincing, you have to admit Konami has identified an irresistible mix: just take one truly funny show with some great singing talent, add a dash of some cheezy-but-funny at-home singing, then pour the mix into your Wii cauldron, and stir briskly with a Singstar-like microphone. Awesome, right?
Well...kind of. I’m hesitant to completely sledge what is, at its core, a light-hearted bit of social fun that gets people to breach boundaries and sing in front of other people. At the same time, I also have to admit it wasn’t all that much fun trying to keep up vocally with inordinately good singers, belting out ‘Glee-ified’ arrangements of popular songs. Because this is essentially what Karaoke Revolution Glee Volume 2 consists of: a replay of the singing bits from Season 1 of the TV show, overlaid with a music staff and phrase meter that tracks how poorly you sing along.
There, I said it. And it’s a shame, because I do generally like singing out loud, and also do have a (secret) like for the TV show [Me too - Ed.]
There’s a bit more to it than that, of course. There are several different modes of play, including Quick Play, which lets you launch straight into your favourite songs, all with one- and two-player options. There’s also the could-be-hilariously-awesome Marathon Mix which makes players take on all twenty songs in the playlist in one go, and the not-awesome-at-all Shooting Star Mode that lets up to six people “play” at once: only two people actually sing however, and the other four have to console themselves with shooting stars on-screen with their Wiimotes.
The best of these modes, however is Scrapbook Mode, which lets you “create your very own Scrapbook based on themed Glee items”. While the scrapbook part itself isn’t particularly interesting, you do get to take on specific character-based challenges, and can unlock stickers to adorn your scrapbook with when you meet these goals. Gleeks out there will love being able to sing through a particular character’s repertoire, and work towards completing all of their goals - though pragmatists may note that songs are repeated across different characters and this all may be an evil ploy to get you to sing the same songs over and over.
In terms of the songs themselves, if you aren’t familiar with the music covered in the show, they include a mix of modern pop, old-school classics, and the genuinely queasy: