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SingStar Guitar

Vocal chords.

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Nice moves.

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And it was already pretty high, to be honest.

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18th November 2010

SingStar Guitar

8th November 2010

SingStar Dance

Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony London, Liverpool and Evolution hit.

Sony has cancelled a number of games in development at its UK first-party developers and made an undisclosed number of people redundant.

Projects at Sony London, Sony Liverpool and Evolution Studios have been axed.

"It has been decided that production on a small number of projects within London Studio, Studio Liverpool, and Evolution Studios will be streamlined or closed due to a portfolio review and project prioritisation," Sony said in a statement issued this afternoon.

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SingStar Guitar

SingStar Guitar

Vocal chords.

SingStar Guitar's intro video gives you an idea of how Sony intends it to be played. The camera arcs around a pair of blue and red virtual fretboards as the instantly recognisable chiming riff from The Cult's She Sells Sanctuary kicks in. As we swoop past floating notes and giant volume dials a short, soundless video clip appears, showing a slightly nerdy-looking chap playing his Generic Third-Party Guitar Controller (TM) while a woman his girlfriend, perhaps cosies up to him, crooning into her wireless SingStar microphone. They're your archetypal SingStar couple, and the perfect audience for this guitar-based spin-off.

Zoom out from the telly into my living room and you have a prime example of How It's Not Meant To Be Played (coming soon on BBC3). I'm sitting down on my settee, hunched over my coffee table, clutching the Warriors Of Rock guitar I just bought from Toys 'R' Us for the purposes of this review and leaning forward into a scuffed Rock Band mic propped up inside a coffee cup that's resting on a collection of books and magazines I've piled up so I can actually see the screen. I really should have picked up that mic stand from Maplin while I was out.

So yes, the single and the friendless need not apply unless they have the appropriate accoutrements. SingStar Guitar is essentially aimed at people who like to play videogame karaoke but don't want to leave their partners out. To whom the obvious recommendation would be to buy Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but for the purposes of this review, let's pretend for a minute they don't exist. After all, that's essentially what Sony's done here.

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SingStar Dance

SingStar Dance

Nice moves.

The world may have had enough of games involving plastic guitars and rubber drum kits, but that doesn't mean the music genre is dead. Dancing titles like smash hit Just Dance and Kinect-enabled Dance Central are making sure it's stayin' alive. But is there room for one more, or is SingStar Dance a step too far?

From the moment you boot up the game it's obvious this is a much slicker, more self-conscious offering than Ubisoft's effort Just Dance. There's a glossy intro movie starring a trendy man in a checked shirt (for the love of God, men, don't any of you own any other clothes?) and a hot lady who looks like a Latina Louise Redknapp. There she is again on the title screen, gob open, mic aloft, daring the world's filthy-minded Photoshoppers to do their worst.

Just as with regular SingStar you can play alone or with friends, competitively or co-operatively. You can battle it out online with people from your Friends list. And you can visit the SingStore to download extra tracks. At the time of writing, this wasn't worth the effort - there aren't any extra SingStar Dance tunes available.

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Sony announces SingStar Dance, Guitar

Sony announces SingStar Dance, Guitar

New mechanics for singing series.

Sony has announced two new SingStar spin-offs that introduce guitar playing and dancing gameplay for people to do in the background.

SingStar Guitar will work with any existing PS3 guitar peripheral - Activision and MTV make about 48 of them if you're after one - but has no release date.

SingStar Dance will use PlayStation Move - out 15th September in Europe - and PlayStation Eye to measure your shape-throwing skills. A Sony America game list claims it's out in November.

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