(http://lips.xbox.com/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  Lips: Party Classics is a continuation of the Lips Karaoke game series for Xbox 360. It is a stand-alone game with a new set of songs that does not require owning any of the previous Lips games. The Party Classics in the title refers to the 40 songs classic songs you would find at any Karaoke institution. There are classics such as Black Velvet by Alannah Myles, I Touch Myself by Divinyls, and American Pie by Don McLean.

(http://lips.xbox.com/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB.  Lips: Party Classics is a continuation of the Lips Karaoke game series for Xbox 360. It is a stand-alone game with a new set of songs that does not require owning any of the previous Lips games. The Party Classics in the title refers to the 40 songs classic songs you would find at any Karaoke institution. There are classics such as Black Velvet by Alannah Myles, I Touch Myself by Divinyls, and American Pie by Don McLean.

 

 

Nothing major has changed in the Lips game play. There are still Versus modes such as Vocal Fighters where your performance dictates an on-screen battle, and there are co-op modes such as Kiss and Bomb defusal; where your co-op performance leads to success in either getting a couple to kiss or to defuse a bomb. But for the first time, you can now use any USB microphone for Xbox360, instead of being previously limited to Microsoft wireless mics.

       

As with any karaoke game, the song selection is the crucial factor when determining if this game is a buy or pass. This Lips game is easy to recommend due to the variety of songs offered and the fun-factor on the songs. This game will be an instant hit at any party due to hilarious classics such as “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred and “YMCA” by Village People. The more serious singers can try their vocals on the more challenging songs like “Red Red Wine” by UB40 or “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge.

       

One feature I wish were implemented was the ability to rip songs off the disc to play with other iterations of Lips. Otherwise, when choosing a song that isn’t on the disc and isn’t downloadable content, you are required to switch discs to play it. Thankfully though, Lips makes it very easy to enter the marketplace and preview new songs to play. Downloadable songs can be played in any version of Lips, it is only the on-disc songs that would require disc-swapping.

       

If you are a karaoke fan, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Lips: Party Classics. I enjoy the song selection on this version more than prior versions. But it is all a matter of taste. Fun can be had with any version of Lips, so the best way to maximize your fun is to buy ALL versions of Lips to ensure your karaoke song catalog is complete and ready for any party!

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