What do you remember about the eighties? If I recall them times I remember big hair, leg warmers and people wearing bright neon nail varnish. It was a time where summers lasted forever, girls wore bubble gum flavoured lipstick and wearing pop socks was in fashion. It was a decade where everyone seemed free and music was the ultimate recipe for partying on the dance floor.
Lips: I love the 80’s allows you to relive them days on the Xbox 360 so you can become the eighties popstar you’ve always wanted to become. No more dancing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush, them days are gone. Bring the eighties to your front room with this karaoke singing game which allows you and a friend to team up together and sing to your hearts content. Just grab an Xbox 360 wireless microphone to star in your own eighties performance. Mimic your avatar’s moves, if you dare and earn yourself some extra points.
With Lips: I love the eighties you can be ready to jump in at anytime. Jump straight to the menu and press A to select the song you want to sing. It’s so easy. Take centre stage and be ready to sing. If you wish to play in VS mode, you and a friend can team up together and start a sing off to see who is the best performer.
In Co-op mode players can team up and trade verses and harmonise with each other. Trigger star Stream as a duo to double your stars and boost your overall grand ranking. Jazz the pop scene up a little more with a song’s visual backdrop to add some club atmosphere. Each singing session enables players to customise their invidual singing sessions. Voice reduction reduces the recorded vocals of a song to let your voice shine through.
Watching the interface in sing mode allows you to watch as the pitch wave passes over the chart bubbles displayed on the screen. Try and match your singing to the timing and pitch of the track to fill the chart bubbles. The better you fill the bubbles, the higher the score.
Players can fully immerse themselves in this eighties karaoke experience with the opportunity to shake their mic as the wave pitch passes over the noise maker bubbles. When the avatar appears on the screen during a song, players can try and imitate the gestures to gain extra points. An awesome performance depends on how well players fill up their star stream meter. Tilt your mic up once to activate your star stream and sing along to collect the stars. The more stars you collect, the faster you can advance your grand rank. Players should fill each chart bubble to increase their combo multipler. When your confidence is at an all time high, check your rankings to see how you rank against the rest of the world. Lips will display your rankings and you may even be able to win a prize cup if your performance is good enough. Accuracy and rhythm is the key to the best performance. Hit the majority of the performance gestures in a song to earn performance medals. If you don’t want to sing along, try and recruit your friends to play back up. Rub shoulders with the elite bands on this new title from this Lips franchise.
I’ve played the majority of the Lips karoke games and out of all of them I’ve enjoyed this one the most. There’s something very reminiscent about singing along with the likes of Kim Wilde singing ‘kids in America’, to the rather weird times of Culture Club ‘Do you really want to hurt me’, which always reminds me of ‘The Wedding Singer’ movie. The list of bands and eighties pop stars is classic for this era. I was surprised how many bands I had forgotten over the years. Each one of these timeless songs brings back good memories of youth often missed and reminders that life back in the eighties seemed a more carefree decade.
The game offers some terrific videos, even if the hair was a huge and everyone wanted to look a bit scary in some way or another. While some songs brought back good memories, some just reminded me of songs that I would rather forget. Such as the ones from Tony Basil song called ‘Mickey’ which let’s face it was catchy at the time, but bloody annoying as well as she recklessly rang around the screen as an adult, but secretly pretending she was twelve. Another one that drove me up the wall was ‘Don’t leave me this way’ by The Communards, of which I would hope someone would leave them there and hopefully they would never resurfaced. Let’s face it, the eighties were full of songs that reminded us that although our youth was filled with people doing strange stuff or wearing something unbelievably insane, it was the eighties and that we are grateful for. I think this karoke style game will appeal to a wide selection of audiences due to the fact that people like to embed themselves in classic eighties hits once in a while. We don’t always like to admit it, but everyone has a favourite eighties song.
I really liked the videos in this game too. I had forgotten what it was like to watch Aha’s comic sketched video in ‘Take on me’ and how Morten Harket hadÂ managed to hit that high note. Much as I tried to hit that high note, I couldn’t do it. Another video I recall was Banarama singing ‘Cruel Summer’ as they danced around in a circle with their big crimped hair looking funky. You do forget some of them old videos I guess over time, but this game brings it all flooding back. If you were a fan of the eighties era or even a child growing up in them times then this is the ultimate karoke game to invest in. It may not bring back your youth and I can’t promise you’ll be able to keep up with the likes of ‘Video killed the Radio Star’ by The Buggles, but I do believe you’ll have an incredibly fun time trying.
- â€œThe Look Of Loveâ€ by ABC
- â€œForever Youngâ€ by Alphaville
- â€œCruel Summerâ€ by Bananarama
- â€œDreamingâ€ by Blondie
- â€œVideo Killed The Radio Starâ€ by The Buggles
- â€œYouâ€™re The Inspirationâ€ by Chicago
- â€œDonâ€™t Leave Me This Wayâ€ by The Communards
- â€œDo You Really Want To Hurt Meâ€ by Culture Club
- â€œBoys Donâ€™t Cryâ€ by The Cure
- â€œLetâ€™s Danceâ€ by David Bowie
- â€œWhip Itâ€ by Devo
- â€œCome On Eileenâ€ by Dexys Midnight Runners
- â€œRioâ€ by Duran Duran
- â€œMirror In The Bathroomâ€ by The Beat
- â€œA Little Respectâ€ by Erasure
- â€œA Good Heartâ€ by Feargal Sharkey
- â€œRelaxâ€ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- â€œThe Power Of Loveâ€ by Huey Lewis & The News
- â€œDonâ€™t You Want Meâ€ by Human League
- â€œCenterfoldâ€ by J. Geils Band
- â€œBad Reputationâ€ by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
- â€œToo Shyâ€ by Kajagoogoo
- â€œWalking On Sunshineâ€ by Katrina & The Waves
- â€œBette Davis Eyesâ€ by Kim Carnes
- â€œKids In Americaâ€ by Kim Wilde
- â€œCelebrationâ€ by Kool & The Gang
- â€œOur Houseâ€ by Madness
- â€œBlue Mondayâ€ â€™88 by New Order
- â€œThe Riddleâ€ by Nik Kershaw
- â€œLove Is A Battlefieldâ€ by Pat Benatar
- â€œRoxanneâ€ by The Police
- â€œDonâ€™t Get Me Wrongâ€ by The Pretenders
- â€œSuper Freakâ€ by Rick James
- â€œAlive And Kickingâ€ by Simple Minds
- â€œTainted Loveâ€ by Soft Cell
- â€œGoldâ€ by Spandau Ballet
- â€œShoutâ€ by Tears for Fears
- â€œMickeyâ€ by Toni Basil
- â€œViennaâ€ by Ultravox
- â€œDonâ€™t Goâ€ by Yazoo