I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the guts to stand in front of a bunch of people and make a complete fool out of myself over some Karaoke. So instead I choose to make a fool out of myself in front of my TV screen, and maybe my dog, if it can stand my voice. Well for those of you who are like me and would rather do Karaoke in the comfort of your home, Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 for the Playstation 2 is a game that was set out to do just that for you. Is this a worthy Karaoke game or are you better off going to the local pub? Read our review to find out!
For those of you who haven’t been following the Karaoke Revolution series, you have been missing out because they have been really great games. The Karaoke Revolution series has allowed you to sing along, via USB headset/microphone, to some of your favorite songs. The game judges you based on how well you hit the notes, proving that accuracy is very important in the world of Karaoke. At first all three of these games can be tough to get the hang of, but after a while you will be holding your notes like the next Celine Dion.
There are few different modes to choose from in Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 which include Quick Play, Showtime, Medley Mode, and Multiplayer. The quick play mode allows you to jump right in and just start playing. The Showtime mode is the games career mode which is actually quite a simple and fun to play career mode that really doesn’t have all that much depth.
The most significant addition to the gameplay this year is the full multiplayer support, which lets you and a friend try to sing in unison and will be scored accordingly. With that being said, you will have to make sure that you have plenty of time on your hands, because it takes quite sometime to really get down exactly what the game is looking for.
Probably the most entertaining mode to speak of is the sing-off mode, which allows you to go up against some competitors to see who has the better voice. The game allows you to compete alternating who is singing and then seeing who can rack up the highest score.
For the most part Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 is more of an expansion pack than anything, as it just adds some different music, a little bit more depth in the gameplay department and some minor tweaking to the gameplay mechanics. With that being said the game is still a really well constructed game that works really well at what its trying to accomplish, and that’s making an entertaining Karaoke experience.
When you look at the music genre in general there has never really been any graphically friendly games or ones that even came be remembered because of its graphics. For the most part it seems like the music genre takes the visual department as the least important part of their games.
Karaoke Revolution continues the same sort of trend, not giving me a whole lot to talk about with the graphics. The characters are pretty colorful giving you quite a bit of variety between the characters you can choose from. Although you probably won’t see much of the environments because you will be so focused on the lyrics, the game actually hosts some decent looking environments that aren’t all that bad.
For the most part the graphics of Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 are exactly what you would expect from the game giving you just enough to have nothing to complain about.
The one thing about Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 is that it really is a very entertaining game to play, just by yourself or with a group of friends. There is nothing like the feeling of getting up, letting go and just singing. Singing is a great way to just express yourself in whatever mood you may be in, and this game does a great job of letting you do that. It also has the more competitive modes which gives you even more reasons to get up and sing. With all of that being said this is one game that makes for plenty of laughs and just an overall good time.
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 is a great game but is definitely more of an expansion then anything. If you have previous volumes of the game and are wondering if you should upgrade, it all depends on if you like the new tracks or if you really want to be able to sing duets. For those of you who haven’t played this series and love to sing this game is one you should pick up today.
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