SingStar: Vol. 2
is the second iteration for SingStar
's arrival on the PS3, and as such, it plays exactly like it did before. You select a song from a set list of 30 songs, decide whether to play the Normal or the Short length of the song, and then you get to singing. The main difference between SingStar
on the PS2 and PS3 is the availability of downloadable content. There are several hundred songs to choose from in addition to what comes on the game out of the box. A lot of these songs have already made an appearance on the PS2 versions of the game, so you may want to pass on those, but there are plenty of fresh tunes as well. Not as many as I'd like to see, but there's a better mix there then there was for the first version of SingStar
PS3. Additionally, if you have already downloaded songs for the first SingStar
on the PS3, then those will automatically be available in-game for you to sing.
While SingStar: Vol. 2 can be played by yourself in Solo mode, it is much more of a party game and is best served as a multiplayer experience. Up to 8 players total can join in, 2 on Battle, 2 on Duet and 2 - 8 on Pass the Mic. Pass the Mic consists of a number of mini-challenges that players must pass through to win. 2 players can also participate in Harmony Duets, singing in perfect harmony to amass tons of points.
The PS3 Eye is always recording if it is plugged in, so be aware that you might not want to be singing in your robe and fuzzy slippers to be recorded for posterity. It will record a video of your performance, as well as several snapshots, and you can either keep these and upload them to share with friends, or delete them if the robe and fuzzy slippers event occurs.
Since SingStar: Vol. 2 is a karaoke song, your main focus will be on timing and pitch. SingStar doesn't really care what words you sing, as long as they match in time to the actual words. The lyrics will appear across the bottom of the screen and there is a colored bar that approaches the words to alert you as to when to begin singing. They are also color-coded according to red and blue to indicate which player sings which lines, if you are playing with two people. There's a pitch bar in the center of the screen to tell you where your pitch should fall. Your goal is to match the song in both pitch and timing to get a high score and a good ranking. That's about it!