(http://lips.xbox.com/Rated Teen by ESRB. Lips: Number One Hits is the follow-up to the 2008 Karaoke game Lips.  Developed by iNiS, Lips: Number One Hits expands upon the original by bringing a stunning song list consisting of only number one hits from various global music charts.  It also features a slew of new features to make your singing experience more robust than before.  Like the original, Number One Hits also features the music video in the background as you sing.

(http://lips.xbox.com/Rated Teen by ESRB. Lips: Number One Hits is the follow-up to the 2008 Karaoke game Lips.  Developed by iNiS, Lips: Number One Hits expands upon the original by bringing a stunning song list consisting of only number one hits from various global music charts.  It also features a slew of new features to make your singing experience more robust than before.  Like the original, Number One Hits also features the music video in the background as you sing.

 

Exclusively for XBOX360, the new Lips game comes bundled with one wireless Microsoft microphone.  The Microsoft wireless microphone is a thing of beauty.  It features flashing lights and motion sensors which your inner pop star can shake to simulate bongos, maracas, and other musical instruments.  At the time of this review, there is no retail copy of only the game, so you’ll either have an extra mic (if you already bought the original Lips), or have to buy a separate wireless mic.  Unfortunately, Lips only works with Microsoft wireless mics and not rock band or guitar hero microphones.

 

 

The make-or-break defining decision of any karaoke game is the track list.  Thankfully, Lips: Number One Hits does not disappoint.  With 40 master tracks of number one hits, there will always be a song for everyone to sing.  The featured theme song for this title is Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.  The song list can be supplemented for paid downloadable content via the in-game marketplace.  The marketplace has received a makeover since the original Lips game, so now we can view the accompanying music video preview as well as sorting by popularity and most recently released DLC songs.

  

Game play wise, you just have to sing!  It’s that simple.  One improvement iNiS made this time around is that they added a small preview of the following lyrics to the end of the current lyric-phrase you are singing.  This helps so that the singer will know what the upcoming lyrics will be and also be aware of the timing of the next phrase.  Some of the improvements that iNiS has made to the game is the addition of scoring combos, trophies which seem to be based on your global score ranking, and avatar award.  It’s also very fun seeing your avatar incorporated in the menus.

 

In addition to your basic singing and scoring game mode, there is also vocal fighters and bomb defuse game modes which are returning from the previous Lips.  These modes are a short distraction from the main singing mode, but still a welcome addition.  This time around gestures are a bigger part of the game; the game asks you to shake your mic to the beat, similar to using the mic to hit percussion in Rock Band.  Another nice improvement is enhanced motion recognition for activating the star gathering mode while singing.  The previous lips required that you make a big arm gesture to activate but now you only need to do a quick motion.

         

I would have liked the ability to filter out original Lips songs out of the song selection.  All the lips songs show up but if you choose a previous Lips song, the game asks that you swap discs.  This kind of kills the mood in a party setting so it would have been helpful to be able to filter based on which game.  Another small gripe is that loading times on marketplace songs.  I wish there would have been an option to enable to allow greater caching of data so menus would be more quickly populated with images and previews.  Regarding achievements, Lips: Number One Hits shows up as Lips so there is only an additional 250GS to be added to the original 1000GS for Lips; bad news for achievement hunters.

 

Despite these desired improvements, Lips: Number One Hits is still the best karaoke offering for XBOX360.  So gather up some friends, and fire up those wireless mics.  This game is guaranteed to get your party excited.  There’s nothing better than getting your crazy friend to sing MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This and trying to make he or she do the dance along with it.

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