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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 13 out of 29
  1. 80
    While there could be some more old school songs for the mix, the songlist as a whole is an excellent cross spectrum. You have to start somewhere, and these are already some of the most fun to learn rap songs out there. Holler!
  2. The sound-alike performers are okay, but it's a big problem that the interface offers too little guidance and no feedback as to what you're doing wrong - you can't tell if you're ahead or behind. [Holiday 2004, p.92]
  3. A barely-average game. The karaoke aspect isn't bad until you realize you can trick the system very easily. Nonetheless, the excellent track list helps propel the game a bit to fans of the music.
  4. There's just a guilty pleasure that is inherent in the karaoke experience that helps this game despite its flaws.
  5. Nice idea, let down by dodgy controls. Without the incentive of hitting high notes, it's a lot like singing along to a tape. [GamesMaster]
  6. It was amusing to play in a party setting, getting to watch people get into the music who would not normally. An average title.
  7. The off-sync graphics are more humorous than they ought to be, the lyrics display makes it tough to keep up with subsequent verses, the censoring on some tracks is hit or miss, and the arrangement of some tracks puts focus on verses and choruses that aren't the main parts of the rap. Individually, any of those problems could be forgiven. Taken together, they make it tough to recommend this game to longtime fans of rap and hip-hop.
  8. Had it featured the original songs by the original artists and had a more workable interface, it could have been lots of fun.
  9. 55
    Tries and fails to make a singing game with some hip-hop flavor, but in the end it's little more than a slightly interactive hip-hop karaoke program with a good selection of songs.
  10. There are plenty of great rap songs there but when you actually try to play the game torture begins. [Jan. 05]
  11. Get On Da Mic does offer other options such as the opportunity to spit your own sounds and a multiplayer freestyle battle but both are about as appealing as a new Dizee Rascal record. If 'cool' is what Eidos was aiming for it has missed by an 8 mile.
  12. A poor delivery and shoddy production values ruin Get On Da Mic. [Dec 2004, p.177]
  13. 50
    It hurts me to give this game a low score, because it really is a good concept that just failed in execution.
  14. It's a rap-flavored karaoke program with a minor gameplay element and nowhere near enough songs. It's a missed opportunity... and that's whack, yo.
  15. One of the saddest stories of 2004, as it's a game that's chock full of everything a rhythm game should have, but it trips and falls off the stage because the actual singing aspect has been so poorly developed. It's just heartbreaking to sing a song perfectly and score fewer points than someone who's making it up as they go.
  16. Where "SingStar" can distinguish a merely bad singer from a woeful one, Get on Da Mic has a hard time differentiating between a skilled rapper and a baby dribbling into the microphone.
  17. It's not really a game. It's a glorified karaoke machine with a really, really poor interface.
  18. The minute you discover the lack of true voice detection, all the fun is spoiled.
  19. Plagued by gameplay issues and amateur graphics and sound. Get On Da Mic? Get off da shelves.
  20. A disappointment from top to bottom. The soundalike song performances are sketchy, the entire gameplay and lyric display systems are deeply flawed, and the decision-making that went into the editing and censoring of the game's songs is totally scattershot.
  21. Aside from the novelty of trying to rap a few of your favorite songs, this game is more than lame. It would be useful for up and coming rappers to hone their chops but do we really need to perpetuate this dumbed-down art form? Get the karaoke game and learn how to sing.
  22. 40
    Humming the words or making any sound at all into the microphone will get you through these so-called challenges. And that's just plain wack.
  23. 40
    The censoring of the songs is often amusingly stupid. Apparently, "dope" is now a bad word. While it might cater to suburbanites with hip-hop dreams, this is an unintuitive mess that's almost impossible to play.
  24. The various hip-hop accoutrements that GODM outfits its players with do little to alleviate the fact that the core element, actual rapping, is weak. [Dec 2004, p.106]
  25. 34
    To say that Get On Da Mic is a letdown is a huge understatement. It instead feels like a game that never made it past the first stage of testing.
  26. Even if players know a song front to back, the pace is awkward and destroys a sense of rhythm. [Dec 2004, p.104]
  27. If Gamenikki scored games with singers instead of numbers, Get On Da Mic would be Milli Vanilli.
  28. When all is said and done, Get on da Mic fails at just about everything it sets out to do.
  29. Sets the stage for success with an awesome track list, but fails miserably with its totally weak skills. Please, put down the mic.

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