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Singstar Ultimate Party Review

Singstar makes it debut on PS4 by stripping the game back to basics. What I mean by this is that Sony has taken away a lot of what you'd know had you played a previous game in the series. Gone are the various gameplay and difficulty modes and in their place is a simplified karaoke game which literally anyone can play.

I'm not sure if Sony just didn't like the way it had designed the game before, plenty of other people did, but with this latest version, known as Singstar Ultimate Party, everything is a lot cleaner. The interface looks like a modern metro style system when scrolling along to find the songs you would like to sing and once you have chosen, you simply load up the song and sing along.

The standard mechanics are still there of course as your singing ability is once again marked by a bar filling up as you hit each note and the more accurate you are, the better your score will be at the end. If you have the PlayStation Camera, the game will still take snapshots of you and record your best bits on video for your to share with the community and of course, you can still watch every video previously recorded throughout the years, should you wish to see how you compare to other players.

Given that the presentation of Singstar seems to have got with the times, it's perhaps no surprise that the party aspect of it has too. Players can now download a Singstar Mic app from the iOS and Android stores, meaning that you can now use your mobile as a mic. This means that anyone in your house can join in with the singing and although we only tried this with two people it seemed to work quite well during the songs. Unfortunately when watching our videos back there was noticeable lag between the singing from the artist and our recorded voice, which is a bit disappointing, but hopefully this can be fixed down the line.

If singing into a mobile is not your thing, then you can still use any wired or wireless mics that you have lying around in order to play the game.

Going back to the singing, one of the features I do really like on the PS4 version is the ability to customise your videos. When singing and by pressing down on the trackpad, you are able to swipe up and down, left and right to change the background filters, lighting and add masks to the people on the screen. This has some pretty hilarious effects as you can see in the picture above and the video below. It's a simple feature sure, but a great addition to the game.

Another feature worth mentioning is star events, these are challenges which task you with hitting perfect notes, getting a high ranking and other tasks, such as singing a set amount of co-op songs and the like. Achieving these will then reward you with stars, levelling up your profile and rank within the community. It's more of an added bonus than anything else, but it's still welcome.

As far as the songs go, the Sing Store is packed with hundreds of tracks at around £1.15 a pop, while there are also 30 songs on the disc which I have listed below. Unfortunately the singstore has not been updated since around January, so if you are looking for something a little more up to date then you may be out of luck, however there is still a good range of genre's to choose from.

There's not really a lot else to say about Singstar Ultimate Party really. It does what you'd expect by providing an excellent Karaoke style party game for the PlayStation 4. Some people may not like the fact that some of the features from previous versions have been taken away and replaced with a more simplified system, but I'm ok with this, because at the end of the day, all you want to do in a singing game is to sing, not mess around with menus. Sony has made this easy with Ultimate Party, so grab a mic and enjoy.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Good range of songs
+ Simple, easy to use menus
+ Mobile app works well


- Some may miss old features
- Highlight videos seem to suffer from lag when using mobile app to sing


5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
Avicii – Hey Brother
Bridgit Mendler – Ready Or Not
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Coldplay - Magic
Demi Lovato – Let It Go
Disclosure Feat. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Icona Pop Feat. Charli XCX – I Love It
John Newman – Love Me Again
Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Lionel Richie – Hello
Lorde – Royals
Naughty Boy Feat. Sam Smith – La La La
Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
One Direction – Best Song Ever
One Republic – Counting Stars
P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
Paramore – Still Into You
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Plan B – She Said
Selena Gomez – Come And Get It
Swedish House Mafia Feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
TLC – No Scrubs
Train – Drive By

Edited On 24 Oct, 2014

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