Top 5: Best Karaoke-Based Video Games

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I should just go ahead and say it: Karaoke is one the best inventions in history. But who needs a karaoke bar when you have a living room and some of the games below? In this article you’ll find some of the best karaoke video games ever made and to make this list I took into account the music they came with and some of the features that were fresh different back when they came out. Feel free to share some of your favorite karaoke games in the comments.

5. Def Jam Rapstar (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Def Jam Rapstar Gameplay

So what if you like karaoke, but your favorite genre is hip hop and rap? Then I would recommend you to get Def Jam Rapstar, a rap-themed karaoke game that has songs from Drake, Kanye West, Run DMC, 50 Cent, Tupac, Nelly and Outkast, among other artists. It may not have a universal appeal, but if you’re into rap music, you’ll be hard pressed to get a better game that Def Jam Rapstar. By the way, the servers of this game have been shut down and some of the major features are no longer available.

4. Karaoke Revolution (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii)

Karaoke Revolution

Like other games from this list, the Karaoke Revolution franchise has been around for a long time. In fact, Harmonix developed some of these games and the best features made it into the Rock Band series. The Xbox 360 version is the best one because it has updated graphics, licensed songs and achievements.

3. Lips (Xbox 360)

Lips Gameplay

Lips was Microsoft response to PlayStation’s Singstar series. Apart from supporting single-player, there are duets and some competitive modes. One of Lips’ most innovative features was the possibility of connecting an iPod or Zune and play music from those devices and since the game doesn’t have difficulty settings, singing along to your favorite music was great. The game received average reviews, but was successful enough to span some sequels, including Number One Hits, Party Classics and I love the 80s. There have also been localized versions in Spanish, German and other languages. Also, the microphones were motion sensitive and wireless which sounds convenient. It’s worth mentioning that the game’s servers and store are no longer available.

2. Singstar (PlayStation 3)

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This PlayStation-exclusive has been around for a long time. In fact, dozens of installments have been released ever since the first version came out for the PS2 in 2004 and that’s because there have been several non-English releases in some European countries (believe it or not, there are around 70 games in the series.) Since there are so many Singstar games, you should be the one to decide which is best, though I can say that Singstar for the PS3 is a great place to start.

1. Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Rock Band 3 (PS3)

Although Rock Band has always been more than just a karaoke game, you can certainly treat it like one. The best part about the Rock Band series is that it’s available on a variety of platforms, there are literally thousands of downloadable songs and there are band-focused games that includes The Beatles and Green Day. The only problem I have with the karaoke portion of this game is that you can’t improvise in any way and if you’re playing on harder difficulties forget about deviating from the songs. Also, there’s drop in/drop out gameplay, good-looking visuals and great on disc songs.

Other not as good karaoke games include Disney’s Sing It, Get on da mic, Band Hero, Boogie Superstar and Guitar Hero 5.