Singstar: you either love it or loathe it.
The self-styled saviour of mainstream gaming, Singstar is more often than not found slung beside the ‘house’ PS2, summoned frequently during bouts of drunken enthusiasm and less so in fits of sober madness. Even if you can’t carry a tune, you’ll still have your own favourite song that doesn’t make you feel quite so uncomfortable scaring all the cats away (we like Rio by Duran Duran).
The format remains the same, there’s been scant need to mess with a winning formula down the line, just polish it up. Inevitably, what each subsequent incarnation of Singstar comes down to is the track listing. There’s always going to be great debate about how essential a disc is chiefly because there is usually something for everyone and, by the time your fourth song comes up, you’re usually passed out in a pool of your own popvomit.
Singstar 90s is no different. From REM’s classic Everybody Hurts to Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam even the quiet one at the back, sipping his whisky and intently telling anyone who will listen that he’s definitely not singing tonight is going to be inexplicably drawn to expensive karaoke.
The generally acknowledged Singstar champ is 80s. While Singstar 90s doesn’t come as close to being nearly quite as essential (there is Barbie Girl after all), it’s fair to say that no party is going to be complete without someone belting out Radiohead’s angst-anthem Creep as a million Student Union flashbacks occur up and down the country.
Don’t say you weren’t warned. But somehow, we don’t think you’ll care.