SingStar Rocks! PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
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  1. This is a great package but the song list is always going to be a bone of contention with singers as the variety of songs is too wide to please everyone. There are already five different variations of this game released in Europe and we should see more focused song lists in the future.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    A good selection of both old and new rock classics plus some not-so-classics that make you want to grab the microphone and sing. Well done! [April 2006]
  3. PSM2 Magazine UK
    As an expansion of you SingStar library, this is arguably more essential than "80s" and "Popworld," depending on who your friends are. If only it worked with a guitar. [May 2006, p.57]
  4. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    The name is a little misleading, but it's still probably our favourite Singstar setlist so far. [May 2006, p.93]
  5. The only question is whether or not you like the sound of the track list, so take a gander, and maybe join me in a never-ending quest to collect noise pollution charges.
  6. 80
    The karaoke system works very well, both in single-player and in multiplayer, and the original music videos improve the overall presentation of the game. The only problem I can see in this title is that 30 tracks won't be enough for whoever buys it, just because it's pretty addictive.
  7. Even on outdated hardware, it's impossible not to have a blast with SingStar Rocks.
  8. The core, though, is fantastic, and so long as you're partial to Top 40-ish hits, SingStar Rocks! does indeed rock.
  9. Really not a bad starting point for the series' North American debut. A bit more focus on the set list and this will be doing alright.
  10. The microphone sensitivity may be adequate for the mass marketing of the game, but these microphones are not that good.
  11. While SingStar Rocks! boasts 30 new songs to add to their repertoire, the song list leaves something to be desired.
  12. Games Master UK
    Solid, uninspiring, but another worthy sing-along all the same. [June 2006, p.79]
  13. The important thing is there were a lot of songs I enjoyed, and unlike "Guitar Hero II," the game let me skip the songs I didn’t care for.
  14. SingStar's American debut presents a decent song list, solid microphones, and sparse but functional game modes that amount to a reasonably entertaining karaoke package.
  15. I think it’s important that the developers allow players to drop the original vocal from the track. Not only does it make it difficult to hear yourself during playback, but it also counteracts the essence of the Freestyle Mode.
  16. SingStar Rocks can be fun for the casual karaoke fan, but the limited and unfocused track list and the game’s inability to remove the songs’ original vocal tracks limit its long-term play value.
  17. If you can track down Singstar Rocks on the cheap, though, you're pretty much guaranteed a few memorable drunken nights in. It's still as compelling and fatally flawed as it has ever been, where the ratio of good to bad songs is as frustrating as we've come to expect.
  18. 70
    Singstar Rocks! lives up to its name and is quite simply one of the best Singstar compilations yet.
  19. But - and maybe this is just us - singing these serious rock songs just isn't as much fun as belting out tracks by Blondie and Girls Aloud. We felt a bit embarrassed trying to sing serious songs by Snow Patrol and Hard-Fi. You just don't get the same fun party vibe ploughing through serious emotional songs as you do with the fluffy pop nonsense.
  20. 70
    Unless you can afford to have your own backing band or cough up for a proper karaoke machine and CD-G discs, SingStar Rocks represents the best you can do if you like (mainstream) rock music and want to sing along to it, it is that simple.
  21. 70
    The design and presentation make this release more palatable for non-gamers than Konami's series, but the limited track selection and unfortunate forced vocal tracks remove some of that value.
  22. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's great if your singing takes place mostly with a group of friends, but game-players and karaoke diehards are better off with KRAI. [Jan. 2007, p.83]
  23. PSM Magazine
    Get it if you love karaoke, but hate the "Revolutions". [Jan. 2007, p.86]
  24. That being said, the franchise has made some improvements since its inception and many wannabe rock stars may find 'SingStar Rocks!' disappointing compared to more recent instalments out there.
  25. If DDR started the whole music genre, this one made karaoke enjoyable! Cool mic and EyeToy integration translates into hours of good, clean fun.
  26. 60
    SingStar is a great time if you’ve got a bunch of mates getting knackered in your flat (whoa, got British there for a second, sorry), but it’s not as much of a "game" as Karaoke Revolution is.
  27. 53
    The formula of singing along with popular songs and being rated on you performance is done right in SingStar Rocks!, but just about everything else has been put together with such a lack of thought and design that the best part is getting two microphones with the game.
  28. Undoubtedly, if you’re not a disciple of the Rock Gods then you’ll be able to have tons of fun having some awesome parties with Rocks! and its more enjoyable brethren; but if you are a die-hard rocker, then this will be as painful an experience as listening to Radio One while sober.
  29. While the song list is acceptable, with awesome tunes (including Marvin Gaye and Coldplay) there are definitely some clunkers mixed in (KT Tunstall and Elton John).
  30. 50
    Essentially, what the player is buying is a competent music video player with microphone attachments.
  31. If you do not mind the low quality audio, short and forgettable music selection, and the fact you have to sing along instead of hearing your glorious voice emulate or taint the original tracks, then I guess Singstar Rocks! is passable. For me though, Singstar does anything but Rock.
  32. The songs, however, are mostly lame. No matter what genre you like, you'll be hard-pressed to find more than five songs you'll want to sing again and again.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 7, 2011
    The soundtrack for this game is great. This is the best Singstar game out of the whole series.