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- Sing Along to 40 Top Hits
- Create your own Superstar
- Party, Karaoke and Dance Mat modes (mat Sold Seperatly)
- Compete For Auditions
- 1-4 Players
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American Idol brings the challenge and trademark insults of the hit show to your PS2!
How bad are you expecting an American Idol game to be? Well, strangely enough, it's not nearly that heinous. Basically, Codemasters' first game using its Fox TV license is nothing more than an unpolished, but promising, rhythm title. The judge commentary is repetitive, the clothing options aren't as varied as I'd like, and it only takes a few hours to become America's Idol. In addition, the rewards aren't that great; but the game is solid and the song list isn't as unspeakably painful as one would guess. It's not awesome, but it's also not without merit.
Rated: 6.25 out of 10
Editor: Lisa Mason
Issue: February 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I love her. This game has so much life and Paula? Paula is a doll. A qween!! I live.
Alot of people complained because the game wasn't an actual karaoke game and you didn't get to sing, but WHO CARES? the puzzle-like style to the game instead of singing is still fun!
The Competition Mode was pretty easy I'll admit, and I beat it on EASY the first try, but it's alot of fun trying new songs and new clothes...I definately recommend trying all levels of Difficulty, I'm on the HARD level now.
As for glitches...there are some, such as time delays between singing, cheering, the judges comments, etc. and some of the transitions get annoying...BUT...it does not take anything away from the game and you will eventually just get used to it!
The singing is good, the graphics are decent, the sound is nice, and the game is just awesome!
The game is ALOT of fun! GREAT game for an American Idol fan!
I hope they make a 2nd version!
I'D SAY TWO STARS MAX.
I really can't understand why some people love this game.
Perhaps it is the fact that you don't do the typical fight, shoot, fight, shoot of so many other games.
Let's put aside the fact that this is not (repeat NOT) a karaoke sing-along game as you would assume (and as the box description implies).
It is, instead, a way to make more money off the American Idol show by creating a "game".
(I just can't say "game" without quotes, because it seems to similate a game, rather than actually BE one.)
The graphics are fine. A lot of hairstyle and wardrobe choices can be had for your singing cartoon character.
But I wish they had spent less memory and design work on that stuff -- and more on "game" play.
Because, frankly, in my opinion, there is no subsantial game play.
It shows you an X -- you hit the X with the beat of the song.
It shows you a triangle -- you hit the triangle with the beat of the song.
It shows you a circle -- you hit the circle with the beat of the song.
It shows you another triangle, circle, circle, square.... beat beat beat beat (yawn yawn yawn yawn).
It is, simply, an overglorified, overpriced game of SIMON.
(No, not Simon the AI judge,... You remember SIMON.... 4 colorful buttons that glowed... then you had to hit them in the right order to win.)
My Sims Bustin Out game on GameBoy Advance has this same game -- as a MINI game WITHIN the main game.
(Yes... this entire game is so sophisticated it can be replicated as a mini-game within a game-boy game. Impressive, eh?)
They have attempted to make it more interesting by having your cartoon singer improve as you correctly hit buttons with the beat.
Maybe it is my game -- but even that didn't work well.
The "game" would say "great" as I hit the beat -- yet the singer would waiver notes and be flat.
The mini-competions are even worse.
While you control nothing... you are forced to listen to other cartoon wannabes sing flat.
If this game came out in 1982 and was marketed by ColecoVision -- or Intellivision -- it would have been breakthrough game play.
But in 2004 -- and with a 2004 price tag -- it is a pathetic attempt to make more money with no content.
Buy it only if you don't want to have to fight, shoot -- or think.
Sadly, the only reason I am not giving 5 stars is because you don't ACTUALLY sing to Simon and the judges. Instead, they have three of the most boring voices I have ever heard of in my life. I do admit, however, that they make the songs that I hate more interesting to me. If Codemasters makes a sequel to this game, how the entire game being karaoke, huh?
The judges sound like the actual Randy, Paula, and Simon. What is their problem? The game is too easy to master (I've won hard level American Idol 10 times). In fact, unless you are the worst video game player in the world, you never get a chance to hear Simon's rude, yet funny, thoughts. All I am saying is that they should make this game a little harder next time. Plus, the stuff they say gets repetitive.
If you are an American Idol fan, and wanted to know what Simon thinks about your voice RIGHT NOW, don't buy this game. If you are an American Idol fan and love video games, buy this game as soon as you can.
My Ratings (0-5)
Sound Quality: 4