Lips: Number One Hits

by Wencke Schuncken
author awarded score: 60/100

Lips: Number One Hits Review
Developer: iNiS Corporation
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Format Reviewed: Xbox360
Reviewed by: Wencke Schuncken

First of all I would like to thank my partner, my cats, and my neighbors for their patience and understanding that soar ears will heal in time. Without their patience I never could have reviewed “Lips: Number One Hits”, the latest karaoke game available on the Xbox360! Secondly, why were you too shy to sing in front of the TV, whether with or without me …
And there were so many songs to choose from, and I was pretty sure that some of my friends easily would and could sing without the karaoke text on screen, but no, I’m not going to blame them for not participating. Anyway, let’s take a look at the track list:

lips number one hits

"(I Just) Died In Your Arms" - Cutting Crew
"Around the Way Girl" - LL Cool J
"Big Girls Don't Cry" – Fergie
"Broken Strings" - James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado
"Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat
"Don't Matter" – Akon
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
"Heart of Glass" - Blondie
"Hey Baby" - DJ Ötzi
"How You Remind Me" – Nickelback
"I Get Around" - The Beach Boys
"Loser" - Beck (U.S.)
"Love Generation" - Bob Sinclar
"Lovefool" - The Cardigans
"Millennium" - Robbie Williams
"More Than Words" – Extreme
"She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals
"The Look" – Roxette
"The Tide is High (Get the Feeling)" - Atomic Kitten
“Always On My Mind” - Pet Shop Boys
“Apologize”- Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
“Barbie Girl” - Aqua
“California Love” - 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
“Disturbia”- Rihanna
“Don’t Phunk With My Heart” - Black Eyed Peas
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” - Tears for Fears
“Heartless” - Kanye West
“Hey There Delilah” - Plain White T’s
“I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” - Scissor Sisters
“I heard it through the grapevine”- Marvin Gaye
“I’m Yours” - Jason Mraz
“Just Dance” - Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis
“Just dance”- Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’Donis
“Karma Chameleon”- Culture Club
“Oh pretty woman”- Roy Orbison
“Push the Button” – Sugababes
“Ready, set, go”- Tokio Hotel
“The Fear” - Lily Allen
“Touch My Body” - Mariah Carey
“Viva la Vida”- Coldplay

lips number one hits

As you can see, there are a lot of songs to choose from, but my favorite still is “U can’t touch this” from MC Hammer but I’m so glad that there’s no camera or camera gameplay included which also judges your dance performances. It’s already embarrassing to sing in front of an audience, so glad that there are no camera’s around. But of course you can make a great impression with the wireless microphones, by swinging them around and creating a lightshow that goes along with the beat and dance moves. You can even use them as an instrument to play music! Use them wisely to score those extra points to succeed as a professional Lily Allen, Fergie or Rihanna. Where on earth is Madonna by the way? She had dozens of number one hits…maybe in another sequel of Lips (Hint to Xbox: Lips Madonna, although that sounds a little strange, doesn’t it …)

More and more games include the so called party games and Lips: Number One Hits includes even three of them! If your singing is good enough, can you stop a timebomb from explosion? Move the mic and sing to fill a glass of water which prevent the bomb intention to blow things to pieces. Another rather “violent” party game is to knock down the competition on stage, by singing of course. The last pasty game is a more romantic gaming mode which requires the singer to do her ultimate best and to sing good enough to cause a connection between two characters on screen. If you’re good enough they’ll kiss in the end …

lips number one hits

Although my friends aren’t into karaoke, up to four players can play with a co-op sing battle between two and four players. But as a shy player, or with company like me it’s still fun to try to make the best of it. Switch of your surrounding and pretend to be a superstar, the more you try, the better you’ll perform! There is even the option to rock with your Xbox Avatar which joins the game and by earning high scores, you unlock exclusive accessories for your avatar! Maybe there’s one of those crazy outfits from Lady Gaga included? Another extra bonus included is the possibility to expand your track list with 5 free songs which can be downloaded.

This certainly is an excellent and enjoyable type of game for those who love to sing and perform. Be a star while the video clip is on the screen (like on MTV) along with the song text and tone heights. For those who rather sit on the couch and wants to control a game by bashing buttons, or doesn't want to show-off her vocal talent, please don’t try this game at home and/or near friends, cats and partner!