Karaoke Revolution

Review

posted 12/16/2003 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: PS2
Are you a karaoke fan? If so, Konami has a game for you. Get a microphone and hook it up to your PlayStation 2 as you get set to sing to your favorite tunes in Karaoke Revolution. Just make sure you’re alone if you have a really bad signing voice.

Karaoke Revolution features several gameplay features that lets you use your singing voice. You can choose from one of eight characters represent you on screen at eight different locations. The game features songs from various artists and various decades with an expansion disc available in the future. To play the game, you have to follow the rhythm and pitch of the song. Lyrics don’t count so you can sing anything you want. The game scores on how close you are to the pitch and rhythm. Substituting Weird Al lyrics yielded no differences. Difficulty levels determine how forgiving the game is so even if you don’t have a really good voice, you can play the game on easy levels and do well.

While the song plays, an arrow on the left side display the level your voice is to the game. As the words scroll by, there are also pitch bars that scroll along with it. A vertical bar lets you know when to sing what as the song passes by. There’ll be moments where you have to hold a note or sing a long section with varying pitches. The closer you are to matching the bar, the more points you score and the more the crowd is into you. You’ll also hear your voice lightly incorporated into the game’s audio. Cough into the microphone at the beginning and you’ll hear it echo out back to you.

And pleasing the crowd is a priority. On screen, you’ll see the crowd react to how well you are doing. The more people around you the better you are. If you’re really doing well the crowd will dance along with you. Your character will also react to how well you are singing. If the character is lively and dancing around on screen, than you know you are act is being successful. Slumping around and moping while singing will show that you’re probably going to be booed off if you don’t pick it up soon.

The characters are simple but nicely modeled and move very well. One of the videos on the game shows you some of the motion capturing they did for the game. Because of this, the characters move very realistically. The environments also have some nice effects and react to how well you do. . If you’re really rocking, some psychedelic effects or pyrotechnics will explode on screen. At certain venues, you’ll see some movements around in the background to make the environment a little livelier.

36 songs are available for your singing pleasure and they are from various genres and time periods. You’ll work your way from the slow and easy Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones to the ultra fast End of the World by R.E.M. With an expansion disk in the works, you can even request the song appear on it by going to the office website. With 36 songs, there should be a few to please most everyone and there’s a good variety of difficulty in songs to sing to.
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