This was kinda lost in the maelstrom of Sony news from yesterday, but is worth pointing out today; Sony have announced two new PS2 SingStar games. One is SingStar: Singalong With Disney, but the second? It's SingStar: Queen. That's not some corny title for a "queens of pop" collection or something, either, it's the literal application. Queen. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon. It'll be out later in the year, and will be accompanied by two Queen song packs for the PS3 SingStore, though these will probably just be ten of the better tracks from the PS2 version. Sony, listen, let's make a deal: you put "Who Wants To Live Forever" on there, and I'll take back almost everything bad I've ever said about SingStar.
This is very awesome news, however I reckon Freddie is as inimitable a voice as rock will ever have. Keeping up with his hooks and twists may prove the toughest challenge videogames have ever seen.
Seriously, I've been to a lot of karaoke parties, and seen a lot of people try to sing "Don't Stop Me Now", and even more frequently than I've seen an alpha-male stumble on the lyric "I'll make a supersonic man out of you", I have witnessed some truly horrendous vocal-cord snapping action. I have seen single moments where everyone in the room — even the sober ones — experiences a sudden undrunkening.
I will now try my hand at writing some PR copy:
"SingStar: Queen: Are you a bad enough dude to keep up with Freddie? You're Gonna Need a Lot More Beer!"
I'm pretty good!