Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3

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Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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"Gleeks" will love singing songs, but some have teen themes.

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Positive Messages

While the music and songs in this game contain some inappropriate references to alcohol (like in the song "Blame It" - by Jamie Foxx) and some suggestive imagery (in the song, "I Know What Boys Like" one of the female singers shakes her chest in the face of a boy), many of the songs inspire and encourage teens to express themselves through song.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The supposedly high-school teens in these music videos are acting out songs and while it is meant to be fun, there are some elements that aren't positive role models for teens. For example, in the song "Blame It" the teens simulate drinking alcohol and then act like they have hangovers. However, these characters are generally upbeat, learning to navigate failures in life, supportive of one another, and showcase a wide variety of races, body types, and genders.

Ease of Play

The menu is easy to navigate, the lyrics are well displayed and easy to read, and the pitch meter is easy to follow. The only downside here is that the "career" mode is essentially a list of achievements, photos from the show, high scores for the songs, and the like.

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Sex

There is cleavage shown in several songs (such as the maid's costume in "Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"), and girls are often seen wearing short skirts and other apparel emulating the fashion of high school girls. One song makes a reference to "prostitute."

Language

Song lyrics contain sexually suggestive words ("It doesn't mean I'm a prostitute") as well as references to drug and alcohol.

Consumerism

Like most of the Karaoke Revolution games, there are songs available for download, and the game quite obviously is tied into the television show with show characters and scenes used throughout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are seen simulating drinking alcohol from shot glasses ("Blame It") and pretending to be drunk. All the scenes take place in the high school and the teens are merely acting out the songs. One song makes a reference to "dope."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 is based on the songs performed on the weekly television show and the game depicts some of the themes of the show. The game can come bundled with a microphone (it is also sold without it), but in order for more than one person to perform duets, a second microphone will need to be purchased. There are some settings that contain sexually suggestive images and behaviors that simulate drinking. The game can connect to the Internet for leaderboards and downloadable content.

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Kid, 9 years old January 12, 2012

Believe it!

It is a very nice game, but I think it's a little more for teens than my age and younger. But other than that LOVED IT!
Teen, 13 years old Written byapple 101 January 31, 2012

Yeah I like this!

I have never watched Glee in my life but my mum bought this game the other day for my brother and me so we would sing more. It's a good game I really like... Continue reading

What's it about?

KARAOKE REVOLUTION GLEE: VOLUME 3 is a karaoke game where players sing a song from the list of 34 songs that run the gamut from older classics ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way," Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are") to more contemporary songs (like "Loser Like Me" by Sixpence None the Richer and Katy Perry's "Firework"). Players sing the lyrics and record points by hitting the right pitch. Modes of play include duets and battles (where players try to get the highest score).

Is it any good?

There is little doubt that the cast members of the TV show Glee can sing, and this is a fun way for fans of the show to join in on that singing. But if you're not a fan of the show, the music videos and some renditions might leave some people a little cold. The first time through it's a blast, but you need to be a "Gleek" to want to play it again. This would be a decent party game, though, and the game's graphics are certainly well done. The bundle of the game with the microphone is a nice touch. This is a polished game, to be sure, particularly for fans of the show.

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