There’s nothing like a good karaoke game and unfortunately the last SingStar, Ultimate Party, was nothing like a good karaoke game. A lack of modes, poor microphone pick-up and a dismal collection of tunes meant that SingStar Ultimate Party was aptly named. If you used it as the basis for any party, it would be the last one of yours that guests would ever attend.

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It was a crying shame too, seeing one of the PlayStation’s most beloved music games being reduced to rubble like that. For over a decade, Singstar had always been a slick, enjoyable and casual social experience. Yes, its never really been any different to singing along to your favourite song on the radio, pretending your hairbrush or potato peeler is a microphone – only there were modes for more people to warble along with you, and you’re scored, which always gives you something to work at bettering.

SingStar’s back for a second go on the PlayStation 4, this time branded as one of the PlayLink games. Like the rest of the games that use PlayLink, you can use your mobile phone as a controller and microphone instead of spending money on plastic clutter. As somebody who still has a cupboard filled with aging Rockband and Guitar Hero instruments, that’s the sort of forward-thinking innovation I can appreciate. Truth is, the last dreary SingStar had that functionality as well, but it seems to be a little bit better here. The Wi-Fi connected phone seemed to pick my untrained melodies up better than it did in Ultimate Party. What is nice (and what separates it from Ubisoft’s We Sing) is that it actually measures the tone and pitch you belt out, and doesn’t just award you points for making any noise at all.

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If you do happen to have a set of SingStar microphones lying about (and I do, because I’m apparently an accessories hoarder), then you can use those too, without any of the minor but inherent delays you’ll find over Wi-Fi. There is one major advantage to using a phone though, and that’s because the app allows you to organise playlists using a mobile phone interface, which is roughly a billion times better than trying to do the same with a DualShock.

Oddly, there are no options to have more than two people singing at any given time, which is strange given the support for mobile phones – things people are more likely to have in their pockets than USB microphones. To mitigate that somewhat, there’re a few party modes available on top of the usual solo and duet/battle ones. They’ll have players passing mics along, trying to sing bits of choruses better than everybody else. It’s fun, and as with all games of this sort, it’s even more when you and your friends are sufficiently liquired up with alcohol.

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As always, games of this ilk rest almost entirely on their soundtracks. There’s a decent range of songs but taste and preference factor heavily. SingStar Celebration’s selection of tunes isn’t quite to my taste, and there’s a woeful dearth of family favourites or classic crowd-pleasers. While I’m always happy to drunkenly belt out Oasis’ Wonderwall or Blondie’s One Way or Another, I’m a little less keen on Iggy Azalea, Sia, One Direction, Jason Derulo and other artists I’ve only heard of in passing because I have a teenage daughter.

Thankfully, it is compatible with your existing SingStar library, and there are over 700 songs to buy (for around R22 a pop) on the SingStar store – so it’s likely you’ll find something to sing about.

For reference, here’s the selection of songs that come packed into the game:

  • Adele Hello
  • ABBA Dancing Queen
  • Amy Winehouse Rehab
  • Avicii Wake Me Up
  • Blondie One Way Or Another
  • Brandi Carlile The Story
  • Britney Spears Oops!… I Did It Again
  • Calvin Harris & Disciples How Deep Is Your Love
  • Ella Henderson Yours
  • Elle King Ex’s and Oh’s
  • Fun. Some Nights
  • Hilary Duff All About You
  • Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Fancy
  • Jason Derulo Want To Want Me
  • Kings Of Leon Use Somebody
  • Lost Frequencies Are You With Me
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Meghan Trainor All About That Bass
  • Oasis Wonderwall
  • OMI feat. Nicky Jam Cheerleader
  • One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
  • Roxette It Must Have Been Love
  • Shawn Mendes Stitches
  • Sia Cheap Thrills
  • Tegan And Sara Closer
  • The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey Closer
  • U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Wham! I’m Your Man
  • Young Rising Sons High
  • Zara Larsson Lush Life

Last Updated: November 29, 2017

SingStar Celebration
Summary
If this is a celebration, then it's a muted one. I'm not sure Singstar will ever relive its glory days, but Celebration is a decent karaoke game that doesn't need extra accessories and peripherals. It's fun and infinitely better than singing along to your favourite song on the radio, pretending your hairbrush or potato peeler is a microphone.
7.0
SingStar Celebration was reviewed on PlayStation 4
68 / 100

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • MonsterCheddar
    • Not everybody enoys the same things. As a case in point, while you seem to enjoy your inane babble, I do not.

    • Hammersteyn

      It’s fun at parties

      • MonsterCheddar

        Strippers are more fun at parties.

        • Hammersteyn

          Depends on one’s audience.

  • Tracy Benson

    I will never forget my one and only SingStar experience was going head to head with Craig Guild at rAge one year with Frozen’s Let It Go. Kicked his ass, obvs.

    • There is footage of that… I’ve seen it!

      • Tracy Benson

        I think we need a rematch, along with a Just Dance challenge!

        • Hammersteyn

          YUS!

    • Guild

      I was not ready 😛 rematch needed

      • Tracy Benson

        Oh it’s ON, buddy!

  • Original Heretic

    “I’m always happy to drunkenly belt out Oasis’ Wonderwall”

    I did this at my wedding with two of my best mates!

    • Hammersteyn

      I’ll sing Tubthumping at my AA meeting one day.

  • Hammersteyn

    I tried it and was banned in the first ten seconds 🙁

  • EA_CommunityAssurance

    “poor microphone pick-up”

    Maybe your singing destroyed the game.

    You can pick up a voice enhancer mod for the game for only five dollars.