Platform: Xbox 360
Lips Number One Hits is a sequel-expansion to the popular karaoke game released last year. It features 40 music tracks and videos from the likes of Lily Allen, Rihanna, Robbie Williams and MC Hammer. Number One Hits address the big criticism of its predecessor (there was nothing compelling in it for solo players) by including a level up system, trophies and a score chart. It's also possible to unlock content for your Xbox 360 avatars.
There are also over a hundred Lips tracks and videos available for download on XBox Live and Lips allows players to add tracks from their MP3 player or PC. This means gamers can sing along to their own songs, albeit without the video or on-screen lyrics.
However, despite the developer's best efforts karaoke just isn't much fun without an audience. Number One Hits is really best played during a party, unless you're as bad at singing as I am. Players simply pick up a microphone (sold separately) give it a shake and start singing. The microphones can also be used with the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games. Anyone without a set should consider buying the first Lips game as it comes with two and can be picked up for less than €50.
Now, how does "Barbie Girl" go again?
Rent or Buy: Buy
Game Play: 3/5
Replay Value: 4/5
Reviewed By: Bryan Collins