Singstar 80's
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2008-04-02 PS2 Music/Rhythm T (Teen) SCEA / Londson Studio

When I tell people that I love 80's rock, they wonder how would I remember the 80's when I was only ten at the time. I always have the same answer... When I was ten, I was in 5th grade, listening to Def Leppard and Bon Jovi during our drawing/art class. And it all started there, pretty much. I was listening to 80's hits through the 90's, and even today my musical tastes are mostly stuck in the 80's. I love the music in the Wedding Singer, and in GTA Vice City Wave 103 and V-Rock were the choice radio stations.

Singstar 80's came as an added bonus with Singstar 90's, because the nice people at SCEA ran out of 90's bundles and sent the 80's bundle in case I didn't have microphones. At the sight of an 8 and a 0, I went all gitty. No, really. I knew every song listed on the back cover, to an extent... a couple of them I've heard, but don't really know the lyrics. The rest... well, let's just say I'm a very happy camper!

So once again, out came the PS2 for some karaoke fun, and let me tell you, that really was fun. The intro definitely gets you in the mood, with Twisted Sister invading someone's house and they sing "We're Not Gonna Take It" (that's in my mp3 playlist, I love it!).

Some of the Wedding Singer hits are in there too: Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round", "Hold Me Now", Nena's "99 Red Baloons" and Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" (take it away, George!).

I was happy to see that one of my favorite big hair bands was there. No, not Bon Jovi, everybody knows them... I don't think many people have probably heard of these guys on this side of the Atlantic. They're Swedish and they were called Europe (they had some really nice ballads). The Final Countdown is on the songs list, and that's a song I still listen to frequently.

Then we have Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), Come On Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners), I Ran (Flock of Seagulls), I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner), Material Girl (Madonna), Tainted Love (Soft Cell) and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!), to name a few more. I think that at least 70% of the 30 songs in this compilation are in my mp3 collection.

The videos are great. I mean, only in the 80's someone would have that kind of hair or men would wear blantantly obvious makeup and extravagant clothing... It's hilarious to just leave the game running on Freestyle to watch them. Even if some are a bit grainy (this stuff is 20 years old after all).

Singstar 80's kept me a lot more entertained than 90's, even with the synchronizing issue. If you didn't read my Singstar 90's review, you should, so you know where this is coming from and the afternoon of testing I had to do. To make it short, said delay happens from the time the PS2 sends the signal to when my plasma HDTV actually displays it. There are also reports of the same happening with other rhythm-based games. Don't have a plasma HDTV? Then ignore what I just said and get back to gaming.

To sum it up for Singstar 80's, once again, there are no new elements in the basic gameplay. Still the same Solo, Freestyle and Party modes, three levels of difficulty, and the pre-set medley selections plus a lot of EyeToy fun if you own one. But hey, it's the 80's... they had me at the title! Now excuse me while I empty a can of hairspray on my hair for my next performance...

Special thanks to Kimberly Weber and SCEA for providing a copy of this title.