SingStar ABBA

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SingStar ABBA
SingStar ABBA Cover.jpg
Developer(s) SCE London Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
  • EU November 14, 2008
  • AUS November 20, 2008
  • NA December 2, 2008

SingStar ABBA is a singing/voice simulation video game released in 2008 for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.[1] It was the first band specific SingStar game,[2] followed by SingStar Queen in 2009.[3]

Development[edit]

David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, said of the release: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with ABBA to bring their tracks to SingStar this Christmas... The popularity of this iconic band continues year after year, and we know SingStar fans will be delighted to add this selection of classics tracks to their SingStar collection.”[4]

Patrick Foster reports that "Bocu, the British music publisher that acquired the British rights to ABBA’s songs more than 30 years ago... collaborated with Sony to release Singstar Abba."[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Arnold Katayev explains that the game "uses a very clean user interface, one that even a five-year-old can navigate. You can either play a practice session, or play for points and attempt to score the best record."[6] He adds, "The object is to fill the bars on screen with accuracy by singing as accurately as possible. If you go flat, you'll get color below the bar; likewise, if you go sharp, you'll get color above the bar. It's a very intuitive system, and figuring out how it works doesn't take any longer than 10 seconds."[6]

Track list[edit]

The PlayStation 2 version of the game features 20 songs whereas the PlayStation 3 version features 25 songs.[7]

Title On PlayStation 2 version On PlayStation 3 version
"Chiquitita" Yes Yes
"Dancing Queen" Yes Yes
"Does Your Mother Know" Yes Yes
"Fernando" Yes Yes
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" Yes Yes
"Happy New Year" No Yes
"Head Over Heels" No Yes
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" Yes Yes
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" Yes Yes
"Mamma Mia" Yes Yes
"Money, Money, Money" Yes Yes
"One of Us" Yes Yes
"Ring Ring" Yes Yes
"SOS" Yes Yes
"Summer Night City" Yes Yes
"Super Trouper" Yes Yes
"Take a Chance on Me" Yes Yes
"Thank You for the Music" Yes Yes
"The Day Before You Came" No Yes
"The Name of the Game" Yes Yes
"The Winner Takes It All" Yes Yes
"Under Attack" No Yes
"Voulez-Vous" Yes Yes
"Waterloo" Yes Yes
"When All Is Said and Done" No Yes

Reception[edit]

The game has received fairly positive reviews, with a Metacritic average of 70%. On one hand, Jillian Allison-Aitkin writes, "With more than 20 of the band's best songs, this one will keep the ABBA fans occupied for hours."[8] On the other hand, Greg Miller writes, "SingStar ABBA has all the moving parts that make the SingStar games fun, but the scope is so limited that I only see a tiny audience really enjoying this title. If you're not the world's biggest ABBA fan, do not buy this disc. It's not worth forking over $40 to only enjoy the three or four real hits out of this collection."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Sheets, "ABBA is coming to ‘SingStar’," St. Louis Post-Dispatch (09.30.2008).
  2. ^ Arnold Katayev writes that "ABBA is an unusual first choice for the SingStar, as far as band-specific compilations go..." See Arnold Katayev, "SingStar Abba Review," PSXExtreme (12/1/2008).
  3. ^ Huntress, "SingStar Queen: A ‘must-have’ for Queen fans; a ‘should-have’ for regular SingStar players," GamePlanet (30/03/09).
  4. ^ Brian Crecente, "ABBA Invades SingStar," Kotaku (Sep 10 2008).
  5. ^ Patrick Foster, "Tiny firm, Bocu, says thank you for the music as Abba soar again," The Times (November 29, 2008).
  6. ^ a b Arnold Katayev, "SingStar Abba Review," PSXExtreme (12/1/2008).
  7. ^ Brian Crecente, "Thank You (SingStar) For The (ABBA) Music," Kotaku (Oct 29 2008).
  8. ^ Allison-Aitken, Jillian (March 1, 2009). "Singstar ABBA". The Southland Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ Greg Miller, "SingStar ABBA Review: Oh, dear God, why?," IGN (November 25, 2008).

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