Unlike other karaoke video games, with “SingStar Pop” (the follow-up to 2006's “SingStar Rocks”), you not only perform with the artists' recordings, but do so to the actual music videos. You don't have to unlock any of the songs, you can choose from any of the 30 tunes right away.
There's something for everyone, from pop princesses (Panic! at the Disco's “I Write Sins not Tragedies,” Britney Spears's “Baby One More Time”) to emo lovers (My Chemical Romance's “Helena”) and alt rockers (Snow Patrol's “Chasing Cars,” the Raconteurs' “Steady as She Goes”). You can even test your flow skills when a special rap meter pops up on songs like Gorillaz's “Feel Good Inc.”
Basically, there are three difficulty levels to conquer. You earn points by singing the lyrics that appear at the bottom of the screen and also by matching the pitch of the songs shown in note bars that appear over the music video in the middle of the screen. Little comments pop up – Cool! Good! Awful! – to let you know how you're doing.
You purchase the game bundled with two custom, high-quality microphones and an adapter to plug right into your PS2. If you have the EyeToy USB camera you can watch and even record your performances.
The number one reason to get this game is to play it in Party Mode, which let's you compete or play along with up to seven of your pals. So, let go of any insecurities about singing anywhere else besides the shower, and party on.
“SingStar Pop” is currently available.