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Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore - Game Only

Step into the spotlight and become an idol. Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore delivers the most realistic recreation of the American Idol experience with an all-new next generation game engine and 40 smash hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. Grab the mics and challenge your friends to find out who will be the next superstar and face the music as Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson critique your performances. Millions share the dream. Now you can live it!
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Welcome To KR: AI Encore : )
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Posted on:5/2/08
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Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore for the Xbox 360 is the first KR game to be released on the 360. I had been waiting a very long time for this game. The last time I had played a KR game was about four years ago on the original Xbox - KR Party. It has been quite some time since Xbox gamers have seen a Karaoke Revolution game, as the last one to appear was KR Party, and that was in November 2005. After a few years of absence, and with the release of Rock Band, can Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore deliver? You begin the game by choosing from a variety of characters, and then modifying them to your liking. You can select from a variety of clothes and hairstyles, and as well as even creating a name for them. Unfortunately you can not create a character from scratch, which is disappointing. Furthermore it would be nice to use the Vision Camera to take a picture of your face to use on a character. The games does make use of the camera though. On a few select stages, one can see themselves in the background. When completing a song, the judges Simon, Paula, and Randy critique you based on your singing. Over time the novelty wears off, and thankfully one can skip the judging. Players can unlock a few songs, videos, and dancers when completing certain goals. Unfortunately most of the unlockable content is nothing amazing, and leaves much to be desired for. Another downfall is that only USB connected headsets and microphones will work with this game, so if you want to play with others, make sure you have extra - and yes, the Rock Band microphone is compatible with this game. The American Idol branding is an excellent idea to make the KR games receive more attention, but what gamers really want is a decent song list along with great multiplayer options. Unfortunately, the song list is not very good. It is very aggravating seeing only 40 songs in this game, when previous iterations had more. Furthermore over 20 of them are not even worth singing to. Everyone has their own music taste, and for the most part everyone will agree the song list leaves much to be desired. Luckily there is downloadable content, which will have many songs to download, but as of right now there is none. But what KR: AIE fails in song power, its strength lies in multiplayer. For the first time ever, KR is online. Up to eight people can play online together, and that is a wonderful addition. The best mode is Head to Head, in which two players can see who can sing the best, and if the other player can not do as well, then the song ends. This is also the only mode online in which you can see your character and the other singers. The other modes just show a data bar. While KR: AI Encore may not have been all it could have been, it certainly will please casual singers and makes for a great party game, offline and online. Hopefully when the downloadable songs are released, it will breathe some more life into the game. For the price, its really only worth it if you are a hardcore Karaoke Revolution or American Idol fan - but for most gamers a rental will suffice. Presentation: An American Idol themed interface, which is very well done and clean. The cartoonish look is now gone, and possesses a more realistic feel. The judges come to life in the game, and at times feels as if you are really auditioning for the show. The animations are a bit strange though, and there certainly could have been more content added to the game. [8.5] Gameplay: You sing with a microphone, either progressing through tournaments or just a single stage, and unlocking things as you progress. There are a variety of difficulty levels to choose from if a player wants more of a challenge, which further adds to its longevity. The use of American Idol is a good gimmick, and adds life into the game. Making the game online was an excellent addition, and it rocks. However, it would have been nice for this game to have more features, such as a few mini-games of some sort. [8.0] Graphics/Sound: T
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