E3 2008: Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 Hands-On

We got to sing in front of the virtual judges in the upcoming American Idol game from Konami.

People can't seem to get enough of American Idol, so Konami is back with Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2. Like the previous singing games, not too much has changed except that there are more venues, new songs, and the three judges: Paula, Simon, and Randy are back with more commentary. We went through the song list, sang a duet, and found that the formula remains unchanged, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because there really isn't much to work with when it comes to a singing game.

There is still a Quickplay mode for those who just want to sing a song and be done with it. American Idol Competition mode will send you through the auditions as you try to sing your way to the top. You can croon with a partner in Duet mode or battle against him or her for the best score. There is a karaoke option where the song will play and no score will be recorded; you just sing like you would at a karaoke bar, minus the heckling from the audience.

We were told that there will be about 40 songs when the game ships with 11 or 12 venues. They will also offer downloadable content, aiming to release four to five songs every two weeks. We only had access to a short list, but we saw a mix of songs from the '80s, as well as some rock, R&B, and ballads. A few examples include "Maneater," "Eye of the Tiger," "Maggie May," "Wait for You," and "Enjoy the Silence."

Visually, the graphics are much sharper now and the interface is incredibly easy to navigate through. If you really enjoy being criticized by the judges, then American Idol Encore 2 is a great way to get your American Idol fix. The game is set to be released this winter and will be on available on the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
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19 comments
leekong
leekong

cool.... WRITE A REVIEW ALREADY!!!

Blitzman
Blitzman

Wonder if you are going to be able to play downloaded music from the first game.... would be a shame not to.

monetary
monetary

Relax you haters! This is the BEST and most AUTHENTIC Karaoke game around. You have to remember that as a karaoke enthusiast, my options are pretty limited: Singstar doesn't allow you to turn off the original vocals, and Rock Band/ GH World Tour obviously don't cater to those of us who like to sing Country, Pop, R&B, and Motown. Singstar sucks; this game has a much more rounded library and THE ABILITY TO TURN OFF THE ORIGINAL VOCALS. I don't understand why no one else realizes this brutal oversight in Singstar other than me! Karaoke is about singing bad on purpose; that's the whole fun of it (and btw: it would be nice to hear your opponent's vocals during an online game, but I'm not sure if modern bandwidth allows).

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

Why ? Why ? Why ?Why ? Why ? Why ?Why ? Why ? Why ?Why ? Why ? Why ?

Sharvie
Sharvie

Not another karaoke game. :x

scorch-62
scorch-62

Do we really need more American Idol?

tyzwain
tyzwain

Yes more money for Mr. Cowell. Bet hes not feeling the credit crunch.

shinian
shinian

bunny: If they make them that means people do buy them

ognen
ognen

American Idol lol :D

gmax
gmax

This is almost lol funny... But I mean, come on - Eye of the Tiger! :roll:

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

i can't believe we another singing game

cdronm
cdronm

PS3: SingStar Xbox 360: Lipz Wii: Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 Wii fans/owners should be excited... if there's finally downloadable content.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

So many karaoke and music games... are they all needed? are the all wanted?

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

nope, ii won't play this unless i'm drunk or something

grambyte
grambyte

Can't understand there's even a market for this stuff.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Man, so many new music games coming out. I think I'd rather go with SingStar.