What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SingStar + Dance is a karaoke game with dance elements that encourages players to get up and move to their favourite music. However, it also contains some mature themes, including suggestive dancing, derogatory language, and references to drugs and alcohol. It makes use of the PlayStation Eye to register the movements of players as well as record videos of player performances that can be shared online. Note that more than one microphone and Move motion controller are required for multiplayer games.
What's it about?
SINGSTAR + DANCE is a karaoke game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller and a PlayStation Eye to allow players to get up and dance. Players can simply sing their choice of 30 recent and classic pop hits -- some repeated from previous releases in the franchise -- or use Move to mirror dance moves shown on screen. When singing karaoke players try to match the pitch of the original artist -- an indicator can be seen in the background of music videos -- while singing the words that scroll across the screen. Performances can be recorded for playback or to post through the PlayStation Network. If two players are dancing an additional Move controller is required and the dancing becomes synchronized for two.
Is it any good?
The SingStar franchise has been around since 2004 and very little has changed in concept or execution. While + Dance adds a new element, it doesn't feel like enough to make players run out and invest in the hardware necessary to play this game. There is a bundle that comes with microphones, but the Eye and Move are sold (and bundled) separately. What's more, some of the songs featured in this game have appeared in previous iterations; "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, for example, has been in several SingStar titles. There simply isn't enough new content to make this a standout game in the music and dance genres.
Online interaction: The PlayStation Eye captures videos of player performances and these videos can be shared online. Others can comment on profile posts. No direct comments can be made to players, but videos will show player handles. Players have the ability to report offensive material viewed online.