Karaoke Revolution


posted 12/16/2003 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: PS2
Using the included Logitech mic, I did have some troubles with the microphone picking up my voice. Even going through the mic setup, there were times it did drop out and the game wasn’t registering my singing. I’m more inclined to believe its hardware based rather than software but I did find the best results resulted when I held the mic to my mouth rather than wear the headset. I do hope some company comes out with a handheld USB mic as it would fit the theme of the game, kind of like having maracas for Samba De Amigo or the dance pad for Dance Dance Revolution.

Karaoke Revolution has various unlockables that can be accessed by scoring enough points to earn either a gold or platinum album. From songs to outfits, you’ll be able to unlock new materials if your singing voice can make the grade. You can play a few hours and unlock everything there once you become accustomed to the nuances of the game.

A ‘career’ mode called Showtime allows you to take an avatar and go through eight different arenas in order to show off your talents and move up in the world. Starting at a local karaoke bar and moving to the big stage, you’ll also unlock the various environments for play after each stage completion in Showtime mode. It won’t take you too long to get through the eight environments. The Showtime mode is rather short and doesn’t really offer anything deep but will keep you entertained for the short time.

Just like other music games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Samba De Amigo, the game is at its best when you are in a group, preferably with alcohol in tow. You can also hold an American Idol like competition with the other participants placing secret votes on how well you do. If the embarrassment of showcasing your horrible voice isn’t bad enough, you can see what others think of your performance on a score based level.

The game comes in two flavors: with or without a microphone. The microphone is a USB microphone that’s by Logitech. If you already have one, you can save yourself $20 by purchasing the game itself. Otherwise the packages are completely the same.

Karaoke Revolution is a unique music game that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for karaoke lovers. Even those that aren’t singing fans will probably find some fun in this game. You won’t need long to unlock everything there is and the game might even help improve your singing voice. Playing with a group is a blast and a great time can be had that way. There’s nothing too complicated about the game and it’s simple enough for anyone to enjoy.

It's fun at parties and can even help improve your singing. Karaoke Revolution's a unique game that has some fun qualities.

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