Lips: Party Classics Review

Lee Abrahams

For those of you that have already tired of belting out You Can’t Touch This from the last Lips add on pack – assuming you can ever get tired of that song, of course. Then here is some more sweet relief in the form of the Party Classics compilation. This time around there is no set theme as such, just forty more classic - and not so classic - tracks for you to sing along to. While this title can be played as a full game, it is more likely to appeal to most players as DLC for the original Lips which makes more sense considering the lack of new ground covered here.

Young man, there's no need to feel down...

After the lovely new revamp that Number One Hits brought with it, including avatar involvement, rhythm sections and worldwide leaderboards and trophies, this new iteration is sadly devoid of any new ideas. So for those of you seeking any shiny new features, be prepared for disappointment. There is a Performance Viewer option, whereby you can save your best performances and then watch them again and again. In theory this could have been a great idea, as you could view the song and see which areas you were strong at and which notes needed some improvement. However, all that actually happens is that the music video plays, without a note chart in sight, while your best score and medals scroll up the side of the screen. Awesome... or not in this case.

So what you are basically getting, for an admittedly bargain price if you shop around, is forty new tracks with which to party to. Yet again this is a game that works infinitely better when played in co-op, as singing on your own soon gets tiresome and a touch embarrassing. Get some friends around and the whole thing picks up immensely. The songs on offer are solid but not mind blowing. True anthems like the Village People's YMCA, The Cure's Friday I’m in Love and Don McLean's American Pie rub shoulders with rather more bizarre choices like Opus' Live is Life and Right Said Fred's I’m Too Sexy. Though it all comes down to taste and even singing the cheesiest song can be a lot of fun as long as you throw yourself into it. One strange issue with the game is the fact that you cannot select any of the original Lips songs to play from the menu. It does show the Number One Hits songs (assuming you have them), but not the original set list. What makes this even more peculiar is that if you put either Lips or Number Hits in the tray you will be shown the songs from all three games – clearly an oversight of some kind.

Must. Stop. Singing. YMCA.

Once again you have another 250 points to aim for which will be fairly easy depending on how much time you put into the original game. This time around you need to have racked up 1,500 medals and 200,000 stars, which you could theoretically have done on the first two discs. The only problem now is that the star system has been nerfed spectacularly – as you no longer get credit for the second players total and the songs themselves seem to dish out less. When you are only amassing 200 or so stars a song, then the quest to the final goal is a drawn out one indeed. The other points are easy enough to come by as you just need to sing every new song, do some freestyling and view some of your efforts. Though getting a Cool rating on every page in co-op is a bit more taxing, but not impossible.

Overall this is a good value set of songs, that would certainly cost you a lot more to individually download, and can add a bit more selection to your impromptu karaoke sessions. Do not expect any sweeping changes though and be prepared for a major grind to get through all of the achievements too. This game is really only for fans of the first two discs, as although it can be played as a standalone game, the songs and content here are just not as strong as what has come before. A fun addition if you were bored of the songs you had, but not really to everyone's taste.

A decent, but not spectacular mix of songs, and at times the sync feels slightly off between what you sing and what the game picks up.

Pretty drab menus and a few music videos is hardly earth shattering stuff, still it does what it has to do.

Great fun in a group, but this is strictly DLC stuff for people who have grown tired of the songs already available.

The same package for the third time pretty much. Some new features would not have been too much to ask for really, so maybe next time there will be a proper sequel to move things forward.

Just a rehash of tasks that have come before and having to play through every song becomes a chore rather than a delight. Not to mention the frankly ludicrous need to get to 200,000 stars.

A decent add-on pack, but one that has a rather sub par song selection and absolutely no new features of note. New players should definitely stick to the original game, though this does act as a rather cheap DLC pack for those people desperate for some new material.

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