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  • Summary: Lips is the only singing game offering wireless motion sensitive microphones and the ability to sing from your own collection of DRM-free songs. Start channeling your favorite pop star because it's you, your friends, and most importantly, your music that makes this the ultimate party experience. Two wireless interactive microphones: Featuring stylish interactive motion sensors and lights, the microphones respond to the singer's actions and can be utilized as percussion accompaniments. With the freedom and encouragement provided by the high quality wireless microphones, everyone can live out their singing dreams in style. Lips ships with a diverse selection of songs, including your favorite blasts from the past like "Bust a Move" by Young MC, as well as new songs from breakout artists like "Mercy" by Duffy, and "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John. Customize your experience with the songs that matter most by singing along with friends to any DRM-free music from your own personal collection. Using the standard Xbox 360 controller, up to two people can join the fun and choose from a variety of percussion accompaniments to play along. By placing control of various tambourines, claps, and of course, the ubiquitous cowbell, at the finger tips of anyone with a controller, you have a social entertainment experience for friends, family, and kids alike. From the songs that come with the game, to your own music collection, and the ability to download new tracks from Xbox Live Marketplace, Lips continuously provides new music to bring people together and keep the party going. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. It’s about time that the Xbox 360 had a party, karaoke style game that felt at home on the console. Everything about Lips is right on the money; the microphones are fantastic, the selection of tunes is sublime and the singing interface is the best in the business.
  2. Lips is the interesting debut of the first singing IP from Microsoft. A game with excellent quality peripherals, and with a great value-cost relation. Essential for parties.
  3. Altogether, I really enjoyed Lips, and I definitely think Microsoft is headed in the right direction with its first karaoke attempt. I'd like to see a few more modes tossed in for multiplayer, and maybe a bit more incentive for single-player modes outside of ranking up and gaining stars, but the track list, mic construction, and overall feel of the game is definitely capturing that casual yet fun style of play.
  4. If you are prone to having many house parties and find moments in which you would desperately want to embarrass yourself, or those around you, Lips could be just the game to spice the mood up a little. On the other hand if you consider yourself a ‘hardcore’ gamer or expect to enjoy Lips solo, you may be better off giving your lips a reset and wait for a successor on the 360.
  5. If you need a party game, you could do a lot worse than Lips.
  6. Lips isn’t the SingStar-killer it could have been. The game offers some original and new gameplay-options, which are fun to some degree, but ultimately lacks the polish to make it a worthy competitor for its equivalent on the PlayStation 3. People who have never played SingStar and are looking to add some spice to an otherwise boring party, are sure to have fun with Lips though. The microphones are wireless, contain a motion sensor, and look way more flashy than their PlayStation-counterparts. Thus, Lips seems like a decent step-up for more karaoke-gameplay on the Xbox 360 in the future.
  7. Lips disappoints by lacking in features in almost every area, and although the microphones set a new standard for future singing games to strive towards, the functionality is often worse than games nearly half-a-decade old.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 17, 2011
    A good game that is a perfectly fine substitute to Playstation's Singstar. In a crowded market Lips is a pick up and go, family friendly title that would be a sure hit at any house party. Microsoft could have a shinning brand new IP on it's hands as well as a really good game that could help them sell the Xbox 360. Lips keeps people around with fun mini games and a ever expanding library of new and old music of all genres. Collapse
  2. TaylorCarr
    Dec 12, 2008
    Magnificent! A great karaoke game that beats out its competition Singstar in some ways and loses in some ways. The microphones are fantastic with the wireless and lighting on the mic. The song list is great and appeals the many different people. However, the feature most hyped about, being able to upload your own songs, is very dulled down. There is no way to get the album artwork, lyrics, or music video for your uploaded songs, which makes the feature kind of pointless. Overall, if you love singing, you should get this game. Expand
  3. MattGonderinger
    Nov 21, 2008
    It's a great clone of Singstar. Sure, it's not original, but it does improve on Singstar, fixes what's broken with Singstar, and it allows users to import MP3s and use them instead of the music on the disk. Add to that the additional download support already available on XBL, and this is a hit.

    In short, if you like Singstar, you'll love Lips since it's an improvement. If you didn't care for Singstar, then Lips won't be your cup of tea.
  4. Daz
    Dec 28, 2008
    can't really compare with singstar as i've not really much experience of, but i think lips isreally good. have used it with family over xmas with very pleasing results. the songs on teh disk are a very good selection and from xbox live the downloadable songs are only about £1 which i think is very good value. I'm sure this will get quite a bit of use over the coming months. My kids (9 and 5) really like it. Expand
  5. CalebHyles
    Nov 21, 2008
    Singstar better watch out! Lips has come to the karaoke scene with guns blazing! It has a fantastic interface, a great set of songs that would rival Rock Band's depth if it had 30 more tracks, incredibly awesome microphones that are built beautifully, the ability to sing to your own songs (not a big deal though), and the option to increase your setlist with online music. While Singstar has the downloadable content warfare already under control, Lips will have to bring the DLC heat if it wants to keep up with Singstar's high amount of downloadable songs. Lips has a little ways to go before it surpasses Singstar, but as of right now, Lips provides andgood time and is one of a kind on the Xbox 360. Expand
  6. HeidiMinyen
    Dec 5, 2008
    If you are looking for a game to encourage an easy, fun karaoke experience then you have found your solution. The fact you sing along with the artists provides a comfort level for your party crowd and timid singers not found in other games. More songs need to be added to extend the value of purchase. Expand
  7. MarkTaylor
    Nov 21, 2008
    So Lips is rather disappointing: Negatives 1. The game slows down when playing. Ridiculous bug. 2. You don't seem to be able to login under multiple Live accounts, meaning that all the achievements, even with different singers, go under the one Live account. I can't believe it was designed like this.

    3. Other than the Jukebox there doesn't appear to be a multiplayer (more than 2) mode, or any other type of more complex game to play with the songs. Again, I can't believe it was designed like this, when this is a key feature and positive of SingStar.

    4. The game is far too easy, and says off key tones are correct, as if they were on key. Also for rapping you just need to sing a constant note and you get the top score!

    5. The ranking system seems daft, particularly when other singers cause your profile to move up the ranks. See 2. I guess.

    6. One of my microphones doesn't have any lights that come on during the videos, whereas the other does. It works for everything else, and the green lights come on when I connect to the Xbox. Presumably it's broken.

    7. The instrument shakers are pointless, distracting from the singing, and they just sound crap.

    8. The movements you have to perform are irritating, and again just get in the way of the song.


    1. The lights on the microphones are cute.

    2. Wireless microphones are great.

    3. There's a reasonable song choice with the game, for me at least.

    4. Great if you just want to sing with yourself, and are tone deaf.

    Summary: Don't bother and buy SingStar, although you're screwed if you don't have a PS2/3.*

    Although I sincerely hope I'm wrong with some or all of this.