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Clap your hands, move your feet to the beat…

It seems that everytime we think the PS2 is down and out, Sony pull a trick from up their sleeve. Last time it was the Eyetoy, and we all know how crazy the world went to get one of those little blighters sitting on top of the TV didn’t we?

This time round is Singstar, a title doing for karoke what dance mats did for pose. Out in April, the game includes two USB microphones and using groundbreaking technology analyses the player’s vocal skills, based on their pitch, tone and timing as they sing into the USB microphone, and provides feedback based on how well or badly they have sung.

SingStar features three gameplay modes that allow for between one and eight players to join in together. Sing Mode encourages players to simply pick up the mic and start singing, either alone or battling against a mate. Pass the Mic is the ultimate party game, encouraging duets and team competitions; and Star Maker allows budding stars to follow their dream from singing in the bedroom to performing in a sold-out concert for their adoring fans. The only downpoints in the track listing being Busted and Blue. Oh well, there’s always next time…

However, as you wail away to Ace of Spades (is that even sing-able?) you can plug in your Eyetoy and see yourself prancingaround on-screen. The thing they forgot is how the hell do you plug in the Eyetoy when your two microphones are using up the USB ports? Where there’s a will there’s a way I suppose….

Liberty X–“Just a Little”
Ricky Martin–“Livin’ la Vida Loca”
Bill Withers–“Ain’t No Sunshine”
The Darkness–“I Believe in a Thing Called Love”
Madonna–“Like a Virgin”
A-ha–“Take On Me”
Roy Orbison–“Pretty Woman”
Pink–“Get the Party Started”
S Club–“Don’t Stop Movin'”
Deee-Lite–“Groove Is in the Heart”
Motorhead–“Ace of Spades”
Sugababes–“Round Round”
George Michael–“Careless Whisper”
Elvis–“Suspicious Minds”
Avril Lavigne–“Complicated”
Busted–“Crashed the Wedding”
Petula Clark–“Downtown”
Village People–“YMCA”
Sophie Ellis Bextor–“Murder on the Dancefloor”
Good Charlotte–“Girls and Boys”
Daniel Bedingfield–“If You’re Not the One”
Blondie–“Heart of Glass”
Carl Douglas–“Kung Fu Fighting”
Dido–“Thank You”
Rick Astley–“Never Gonna Give You Up”
Atomic Kitten–“Whole Again”/”Eternal Flame”
Westlife–“World of Our Own”
Blue–“One Love”

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is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in June 2002.

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