Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2

 
More Glee goodness for fans of the TV show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the songs might contain some words inappropriate for young children, the game teaches children the power of expressing themselves through music.

Positive role models

There's the usual high school drama subtext in the clips shown, but the characters are all generally upbeat. It also showcases a wide variety of races, body types, and genders.

Ease of play

If you can read the lyrics and have even a slight sense of rhythm, learning to play is easy. Hitting the notes and pitches is a little more challenging, though.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Several of the lyrics in the songs can be a bit suggestive, particularly some from "Bad Romance," such as "I want your psycho, your vertical stick". The clips from the show that play in the background also feature characters performing provocative dance moves.

Language

Some song lyrics contain "damn" or "hell". The one most likely to raise eyebrows is the regularly repeated "Hope it gives you hell" from the All American Rejects song.

Consumerism

The game is based on the TV show Glee, and can be viewed as a marketing vehicle for the Fox televison series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 is a music game based on and using songs from the hit Fox TV series Glee. Players sing lyrics that scroll across the bottom of the screen while clips from the show (essentially music videos) play in the background. The lyrics are toned down somewhat (for example, some questionable lines from "Bad Romance" have been removed), but there are still some words that might be objectionable. And some of the dance moves could be considered risque.

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What's it about?

After striking gold with a karaoke game based on the hit series last year, Konami is back with more Glee goodness. Once again included with a USB microphone, Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2 is a greatest hits of the show's first season, featuring songs such as "Bad Romance," "Gives You Hell" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Players can play in scrapbook mode, earning badges for stellar performances or Quick Play, simply singing along without judgment. New in this version is Shooting Star mode, which lets two players sing, while up to four others use their Wiimotes to shoot at stars onscreen. Performances feature footage from the TV show showing cast members singing and dancing in the background.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you like Glee and you find yourself humming its songs after it airs (or rushing to iTunes to buy a copy for yourself), you will absolutely love Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. The game is a greatest hits version of the show, letting you sing along with Rachel, Finn, Puck and the rest of the cast on such memorable songs as Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Rick Springfield's "Jesse's Girl". Fans will be especially happy that the game includes duets with Neil Patrick Harris' Bryan Ryan character and Jonathan Groff's Jesse St. James. Even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket, the game is forgiving and, worst case, Gleeks will have a lot of fun rewatching the videos from the show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the television series Glee has become so popular.

  • Families can also talk about the emotions the music elicits from listeners.

  • Is publishing this game a smart marketing ploy for the TV show? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:April 5, 2011
Genre:Music and Dance
ESRB rating:T for Mild Lyrics, Sexual Themes (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 11 years old July 21, 2012
age 11+
 
LEARNING

Love it!!!

I played this at a friend's house, and i loved it!! i love the show, so naturally, I love this game! It is fair for learning because if want to become a singer, this a good way to learn.
Teen, 14 years old Written byjason24589 April 10, 2011
age 11+
 

Good for music lovers

This game is OK for music lovers but sometimes the song lyrics contains some not good language and sexual words mostly from Lady GaGa's Bad Romance. You'll love this game! ;)
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Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great role models

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