SingStar Country Review


The SingStar series of games continues to march along on the PS2, one of the latest of which is SingStar Country. Each release of the game has left the gameplay itself untouched, essentially using each new release as a substitute for the lack of support for downloadable content on the PS2. This is not really a bad thing, because the core gameplay certainly does what it does well enough - provide a fun way for friends at a party to enjoy a little video karaoke. It's more of an issue with us game reviewers, who dread having to come up with six or more ways to describe the gameplay each time a new iteration in the series is released. Well, I finally give up. I will from now on take the easy way out and direct those new to the series to my review for SingStar Pop where you'll be able to learn everything you want to know about how the game works. In this review I'll focus specifically on what the Country iteration of the game brings to the party, and that begins and ends with the song list:

Alan Jackson - "Chattahoochee"
Alan Jackson - "Good Time"
Big & Rich - "Save A Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
Blake Shelton - "Home"
Brad Paisley - "Online"
Brooks & Dunn - "Boot Scootin' Boogie"
Brooks & Dunn w/ Reba McEntire - "If You See Him/If You See Her"
Bucky Covington - "It's Good To Be Us"
Faith Hill - "Red Umbrella"
Gretchen Wilson - "Red Neck Woman"
Jessica Simpson - "Come on Over"
Jewel - "Stronger Woman"
Johnny Cash - "A Boy Named Sue"
Johnny Cash - "I Walk the Line"
Josh Turner - "Another Try"
Keith Urban - "Days Go By"
Kellie Pickler - "Red High Heels"
Kenny Chesney - "Big Star"
Lady Antebellum - "Love Don't Live Here"
Martina McBride - "A Broken Wing"
Miranda Lambert - "Kerosene"
Montgomery Gentry - "My Town"
Montgomery Gentry - "What Do Ya Think About That?"
Rascall Flats - "Bless the Broken Road"
Sara Evans - "Born to Fly"
Taylor Swift - "Our Song"
Terri Clark - "Girls Lie Too"
Trace Adkins - "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
Trace Adkins - "You're Gonna Miss This"
Willie Nelson - "Pancho and Lefty"

I think I can speak for all music country fans (OK, I'm not a fan myself, but what the heck) when I say: "finally!"  It's about time country music fans got a karaoke game of their own.  I can't rate this track list as a true C&W fan could, but I can say that as an outsider to the genre there are several tunes here that I recognize, including a few that I didn't realize that I recognized until I sang them.  If you're a country music fan, an urban cowboy, or just want to add some variety to your karaoke parties, then you'll want to add this to your SingStar collection - or use it to begin your collection.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 80%. The most innovative thing about this entry in the SingStar series is the track list, and since country has been ignored up until this point it's a welcome entry.