Xbox 360 Review: Lips: Party Classics

Still a good party?

Lips and Lips Number One Hits are two decent karaoke games for the 360, now a third game is out a mere few months after the last game…is it too soon for another expansion pack and is the line-up of songs worth the price tag?

Here’s the list of the 40 songs you get with Lips Party Classics:

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

Black Velvet – Alannah Myles

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Doctor Jones – Aqua

Love Shack – The B-52’s

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas

Word Up – Cameo

Tubthumping – Chumbawamba

Rhythm Of The Night – DeBarge

Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite

I Touch Myself – Divinyls

American Pie – Don McLean

Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Laid – James

You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

Rock and Roll All Night – KISS

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

To Be With You – Mr. Big

These Boots Are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra

True Faith – New Order

Live if Life – Opus

When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

Every Rose Had Its Thorn – Poison

Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders

Shiny Happy People – R.E.M

I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

Wannabe – The Spice Girls

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

My Sharona – The Knack

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

Red Red Wine – UB40

Y.M.C.A. – Village People

Is This Love – Whitesnake

You probably recognise most of these songs and while I’m not exactly fond of all the songs, there are some classics in there that will warrant a good time regardless of if you are playing solo or with friends and family. My personal favourite songs in this line-up has to be Is This Love, I Want To Know What Love Is and of course, I Touch Myself (insert gag here) It would have been nice to have some more recent songs like something from Florence and the Machine or Paloma Faith (whom I adore) but I would imagine that will come in the form of DLC over the coming months.

The interface for Lips’ songs is the same as in past games, so don’t go expecting anything drastically different. The good news is that now you can use any USB microphone for those who don’t want to splash out on the wireless microphones. Another Lips game is just around the corner which will cover 80’s songs and I expect the same will apply for that.

It looks like instead of a proper sequel, Lips games keep coming out like expansion packs just like SingStar. It’s a bold move to make, but they must be selling well for them to keep pushing out extra content as DLC or on discs. It’s a shame that you still have to swap discs between games for the tracks you want to play (if you have more than one Lips game) instead of implementing some kind of import feature that makes one disc all you need. You can still shake the wireless mic to keep in beat with the music and even make your avatar dance, but it’s purely for show…although it does add a nice chunk of points to your total.

<b>The Verdict</b>

Besides the new songs, nothing else is new here. That said, Lips: Party Classics is still a good addition to your Lips collection of you are bored of your current songlists. In the end, Lips is a good alternate to SingStar for 360 owners…and that’s good enough for me.