Bonafide phenomenon Glee has hit home with the release of Karaoke Revolution: Glee. You can sing along with New Directions to your favorite songs from the mega hit show.
Well, you can assuming your favorite song made it on the measly 30-track list.
I’m a gleek, okay? I’ll admit it. I love the show, I love the songs, and I love these music games. Well I love Rock Band. I don’t have much experience with Karaoke Revolution games, at least not before the Glee version.
Basically however, this game should be an exact fit for me. I should eat this thing up, right? Well, I didn’t. In fact, I found it pretty boring after a while. And by “a while” I mean about 45 minutes.
The problems start with the track list. It’s missing some key songs like Safety Dance, Take a Bow, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and all of Lady Gaga (including the excellent version of Poker Face) and Madonna (the extremely shortened version of Papa Don’t Preach is included but that’s it). Also missing are songs sung by guest stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff. This might seem like a small issue, but in truth with the extremely limited capabilities the Wii has for DLC it really hurts the replayability of the game. Once you get through the songs why would you go back?
This lack of songs also means that they get repeated for each character. See, the menu has a setup where you can select your favorite character and sing their songs. Except, a lot of the songs are sung by most of the cast so these sections often have repeated songs.
In case it’s not clear, I really found myself disappointed by the song list and the lack of variety.
Essentially, the game is hurt by the limitations of the Wii system. The Wii can’t do HD (and the graphics are poor in general) and there’s the Wii’s lack of storage as well. The game looks really bad on my HDTV, a problem which I am sure many Wii fans are more than familiar with.
There are also the extremely annoying sound effects and noise meter mechanics. As you sing, you fill up the Glee meter. Once it’s full, you hear “Glee!” shouted out. This as well as the ridiculous noise meter (there is crowd noise when you’re singing well) sucks you right out of the song. Who wants to start screaming during “Imagine” for crying out loud? Whether or not Karaoke Revolution has the noise meter in general, it would be better if it were left out of this title.
What about the positives? Well, it is fun for a while and it is extremely easy. While playing, it seemed like I could stay in tune no matter my pitch. Maybe it was too loud and the game track was overpowering my vocals? I dunno, it just seemed pretty easy. The video footage is a nice touch and it makes it feel like Glee for sure, if only for the short time you can enjoy playing it.
To be honest, the annoying sound effects and poor song selection really steal the thunder from what should have been a great experience for Glee fans. If you are okay with a limited song selection (and don’t except any theater type songs either—they are, for the most part, woefully absent) or just need a major Glee fix between episodes then pick this up.
For me, this was a major missed opportunity that feels just plain lazy. You could have more fun singing along to your Glee CDs. CDs, who am I kidding, I meant iPod.
Karaoke Revolution: Glee is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Lyrics and Suggested Themes.