Xbox 360 Review: Lips: I Love The 80s

Lips takes you back to the 80s…

Ah, the 80s. A time famous for spandex and bad hair. Now I was born towards the end of the decade, I do know a lot of these songs and although some aren’t as good today, Lips: I Love The 80s will appeal to anyone who loves songs from that era.

Here’s the full tracklist:

The Look Of Love – ABC
Forever Young – Alphaville
Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Dreaming – Blondie
Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
You’re The Inspiration – Chicago
Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Whip It – Devo
Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
Rio – Duran Duran
Mirror In The Bathroom – The Beat
A Little Respect – Erasure
A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey
Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Centerfold – J. Geils Band
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Kids In America – Kim Wilde
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Our House – Madness
Blue Monday ’88 – New Order
The Riddle – Nik Kershaw
Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar
Roxanne – The Police
Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders
Super Freak – Rick James
Alive And Kicking – Simple Minds
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Gold – Spandau Ballet
Shout – Tears for Fears
Mickey – Toni Basil
Vienna – Ultravox
Don’t Go – Yazoo

I can’t claim to be a huge fan of all these songs, but a few choice ones like Gold, Tainted Love, Roxanne, Relax and Rio are ones that I listen to often. It would have been nice to see some songs from Whitesnake like Here I Go Again and they aren’t available to download, so I wonder what is going on there? Well, Is This Love is available for Lips: Party Classics, but not Here I Go Again…which is odd.

If you have played a Lips game before, you’ll know exactly what to expect. The menus, interface and goal is identical. If you haven’t then essentially its easy karaoke but you can shake the mic at specific points to gain more points and make your avatar dance. You build up a power meter which you can unleash for extra multipliers by also shaking the remote, so you have to be careful when to shake it.

It’s not a bad line-up of songs, all the classics from the 80s are there…at least, the ones that I remember. There may be some missing that you were expecting, but the good thing is that they are probably available as DLC, or will be at some point down the line, and with the rate they are bringing out further games, your favourite songs are bound to end up on Lips at some point…although I do wonder about the specialist SingStar games like Queen, Take That and ABBA. Does SingStar have exclusivity to these songs or can Lips eventually get them? Time will tell…

The Verdict

Lips: I Love The 80s is full of classic songs for those fans of the era. While it won’t appeal to all, there are some great tracks here and the library of Lips keeps on growing. The more songs the better, I say. Although a longer break between disc based versions couldn’t hurt…