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Konami Europe Dates 'Karaoke Stage 2' (PS2)

by Rainier on Oct. 21, 2005 @ 3:28 a.m. PDT

Konami of Europe announced today that it will release Karaoke Stage 2 for PlayStation 2 in March 2006, with the original game's singing elements expanded via a number of innovative gameplay additions, such as Duets, and Sing and Dance mode.

Based on the US game Karaoke Revolution Party (the fourth in the successful US series), Karaoke Stage 2 retains the core gameplay elements of its processor, but now includes duets and a unique 'Sing and Dance' mode that is compatible with dance mats used in Konami's companion Dancing Stage series. Selecting a character from the extended roster now available, players are invited to pursue a singing career by crooning into a special microphone along to a series of well-known, licensed tracks.

Starting in small venues and making their way to huge arenas, a clever rating system judges how well the player can pitch and hold a note and their timing. An onscreen crowd then reacts accordingly, with anything over 'Good' met with adulation, while bum notes and 'Poor' ratings see the fickle crowd desert in droves. Karaoke Stage 2's song-list comprises 50 new tracks, covering all aspects of the sing-along spectrum.

New solo tracks include 'Drive', 'Fly' and 'Crazy in Love', while the new game also benefits from an all-new duet mode. Songs such as 'The Time of My Life' and 'Endless Love' are designed to challenge the co-operation and voices of two singers via two compatible microphones, with the ratings bars reacting to the different voices during the songs.

Also new to Karaoke Stage 2 is an all-new 'Song and Dance' mode. Using both the microphone and a dance mat controller, players are charged with both hitting the high notes and performing a pre-determined routine in a game mode that will sort the stars of stages from the hapless wannabes! A series of new sub-games designed around the player's vocal range have also been added to the mix. The player can also truly 'star' in Karaoke Stage 2 by using Sony's EyeToy® USB Camera for PlayStation 2 to create a 3D model of your head for use in the game, while the screens in key venues will also show the user as they sing and dance!

Complete song list:

  • (I've Had) The Time of My Life
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  • Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
  • Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  • Always
  • American Woman
  • Brick House
  • Call Me
  • Crazy
  • Crazy in Love
  • Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  • Drive
  • Dust In the Wind
  • Endless Love
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Everywhere
  • Fame
  • Fly
  • For You I Will
  • Headstrong
  • Here I Go Again
  • I Don't Wanna Be
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  • I Love Rock and Roll
  • I Will Always Love You
  • If You Could Only See
  • I'll Be
  • Material Girl
  • Me and Bobby McGee
  • Pain
  • Pieces of Me
  • Play That Funky Music
  • Start Me Up
  • Superstition
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Take On Me
  • Taking Care of Business
  • That's Amore
  • The Game of Love
  • The Greatest Love of All
  • Time After Time
  • Truth Is
  • Turn The Beat Around
  • Unforgettable
  • Uptown Girl
  • Waiting For A Girl Like You
  • What I Like About You
  • Who Can It Be Now?
  • You're My Best Friend

Karaoke Stage 2 will be released for PlayStation 2 in March 2006.

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