release, same old thing, right? Wrong. They've actually thrown something new in the mix this time. Now, you can use Voice Control in the menu instead of using the controller. While it sounds like a great idea to not have to keep reaching for the controller and putting down the mic, I found it to be a little more trouble than it's worth. However, I did like the fact that they are trying new things and some people out there may prefer the Voice Control. It takes a bit of time to set it up, getting the system to recognize what you are saying and such. For me, I found that it had problems recognizing what I was asking for, but your experiences may vary. Also, I didn't like that you had to go through the motions each time you turned on the system to play SingStar: Queen
, so I found it easier to just bypass that and jump in and play.
Aside from that difference, things look a lot like previous releases. Words flash across the screen in either red or blue, depending on which player, and you sing them at the allotted time. Hitting the notes means earning points and increasing your rank. Same old.
Once again, you can purchase new content in the SingStore and the content you previously purchased is also available when you pop SingStar: Queen into your PS3, so that's nice. Maybe you need to temper your Queen mode with a little Fountains of Wayne? You can do that.
One thing I need to note is a problem I have had with the SingStore and I wanted to warn readers. I bought a slew of songs back when SingStar made its first appearance on the PS3. Then, last Christmas, my PS3 died and I had it replaced. Well, I went to either repurchase or re-download the songs I had downloaded previously because some of them were just songs I really wanted. I found something amazing had happened, but not a good amazing. I couldn't buy the songs again, because I had already purchased them. The system told me to download them again, since they had already been purchased. When I went to Purchase History to do just that, it wouldn't let me download them because it told me the songs were associated with another PS3. What?!? Ok, so it's bad enough I can't download the songs again, but how stupid is it that I can NEVER get these songs again. Sure, I could load up a different profile, but then I don't have access to all my other songs. That's just messed up and something Sony really needs to fix since its just plain stupid. Ok, rant over. As before, you can upload your performances and snapshots to friends via SingStar Online.
This probably isn't going to be the game that gets you into SingStar if you aren't already a fan, but if you like Queen, it's definitely for you. There's a great collection of Queen tunes here for you to release your inner Freddie, so break out the leather pants and the gold chains and get with it.