Review: Lips

14 01 2009

A high note of a review for…

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Before I start the review I will have to say if you dont like karaoke or singing then you probably wont want this game, but then I will highly advise you to get it anyway!!

The main excuse I hear from/about people not playing this game is because they “Cant Sing?!”. The point is it doesnt matter, thats the best part of it. I cant sing to save my own life but I still rack in the high scores! The game would be boring if we were all beyonces (because of the vocal chords not the booty!)

Lips is a very simple yet very effective Karaoke game it has a simple layout with easy to navigate menus…

Sing mode. This is the bread and butter of the game the basis of this mode is simple you choose a song from the alphabetised list and you sing it Lips comes with 40 songs standard. After choosing a song you are taken to the video select screen. You can choose to sing along to the normal music video or you can choose from a list of “Party Games” to play while you sing wich are better played cooperatively….

Virtual Music Video. The character within the video reacts to your gameplay, the more you perform and the better you do the character will dance and lip-sync along with you.
Time Bomb. In this game players work together to perform well to build their star power meter and when full players can perform a gesture which then puts out the bombs fuse for a short period of time. The object of the game is to complete the song before the fuse runs out thereby exploding the bomb.
Kiss presents two lovers trying to reach each other to kiss. Players must perform well to build their star power meter as the characters run towards each other, when the meter is full the gestures for both players will appear, at which time players must activate their gesture at the exact same time making the on screen characters kiss. However if players dont match their gestures then there are some nasty consequences!
Vocal Fighters. This is the game for the competitor in all of us as it is a one-on-one competition to win the most fans. The object of the game is to perform better than your opponent to boot one another off the stage to earn points. At the end of the song who ever has the most points wins.

lipsvideochoice(Choosing which music video / party game to play.)

Once you have chosen you music video you can then choose to sing the full song or a shortened version of it.

The object of the game is to not only sing songs but perform them. You are awarded points for doing certain things within songs also dependant on how well you perform.

– Star Power – As you sing you earn star power which is indicated by a bar than runs above the on screen lyrics. Once the bar is full a character will appear displaying a specific gesture you are required to perform in order to activate your star power.

– Gestures – There are a variety of gestures for you to perform in order to activate your star power, all of which have you shaking and waving the microphone around in different positions, e.g. up in the air, around your head, up and down, under your leg.

– Stars – Once you have activated your star power using a gesture the coloured bar that runs with the lyrics changes to gold and the bars fill with sequential gold dots, these are stars, while you sing in star power activated you collect these stars which then add towards your total at the end. There is an achievement for earning 100,000 stars so you will be kept busy!

– Medals – Aside from earning stars you can earn medals. There are six medals that can be earned for each and every song you perform, these are…

– Pitch – Get accurate pitch.
– Rhythm – Match your vocal rhythm to that of the song.
– Performace – Successful use of mic gesturing during breaks in singing.
– Party – Successful use of the ‘Noise Makers’ on the Xbox 360 controller.
– Technique – Use of vical expertise i.e. vibrato
– Stability – Stay on pitch for the duration of the notes.

lipsvmv(You can see on the left, this player has just earned the Technique medal)

– Noise Makers – Although the game relies heavily on the use of the microphones, it does not make the Xbox 360 controller obselete. You can use the buttons on the controller to add your own sound effects in game to boost your score and earn medals. The noise makers are usually just symbals or clapping sounds to accompany your singing. As you use noise makers, and stay on beat with the song, a light begins to glow at the top of the screen when it is at its brightest you can shake your microphone during breaks in singing to earn star power alot quicker!

Jukebox Mode – This mode provides the music to your party, you can select from your favourite songs or select a play list and the game will play through your choices displaying the music video for that song. A brilliant feature of Jukebox mode and that of the Lips Microphones is that at any time during Jukebox mode you can simply shake your microphone to activate it and join in the song, at which time the game displays the lyrics for the current song and you can continue to sing as you do in normal Sing mode.

Get Music – This mode gives players the endless singing freedom they want and have always desired from karaoke games. Get music allows players to add their own music from external devices such as the Xbox 360 Hard Drive or from their iPod or other  MP3 player. Once a device is chosen all available tracks appear then players simply choose which songs they want and add them to Lips. A word of warning however to sing songs from an external device the said device must be plugged into the Xbox 360 Console, otherwise they become unavailable!

lipsgetmusic(The Get Music menu option, the icons floating above are all of the songs I have added)

.After adding music to Lips you are going to want to sing them. These songs however are not the same as the pre-loaded ones and are sung in Freestyle Mode. This mode displays random visualisations during singing and there are no lyrics displayed. Although singing songs you know and have added yourself is fun it does have a few downsides, since there are no registered lyrics you can find yourself struggling (Unlessof course you really know the song) Also since there are no defined lyrics there is very little to score from. Im not entirely sure how the scoring works in freestyle mode, but you do not earn medals and you earn very few stars.

My Lips – This mode is the home base for all of your Lips statistics. It is split into three columns…

– My Profile, this column displays your current star count, your total medals, your average song rank, your total songs sung and total unique songs sung, it also displays your current challenges wins.

– My Friends, this column displays all of your friends list, form which you can issue challenges to whomever you wish. Obviously only people with the Lips game themselves will be able to accept and take part in those challenges.

– Top Ten, this column shows you the top ten songs you have performed, it shows how many times you have performed each song and how many times it has been performed worldwide.

Options – This screen gives you the opportunity to edit you Lips experience to suit you. It offers you the choice to change your main menu theme, the colour of your sing bars whilst playing a song, you can turn your Microphone LED lights on or off, and you can choose whether you want sounds effects and noise makers on or off.

The only negative I would have to say is that Lips is a game that should be enjoyed in company, meaning if you play it often by yourself it can become very boring, also constantly singing the same songs gets annoying.

So finally all in all I give Lips – 9.5 out of 10.

This game is very fun indeed, With a brilliant achievement list and many singing opportunities it is fun for all the family!

Enjoy and Thanks

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 40 achievements with a total of 1000 points.


Been to Get Music 5
Entered Get Music for the first time
Welcome to My Lips 5
Entered My Lips for the first time
Try Freestyle Mode Out 5
Played Freestyle mode for the first time
Fight for the first time 5
Sent a song challenge to a friend for the first time
One Hit Wonder 5
Sang 1 song in short or full
Platinum Artist 25
Sang 10 different songs
Lips Anthology 30
Sang 40 different songs
I’m Kind Of A Big Deal 40
Achieved the rank of “Infinity”
Wishing on a Star 30
Gained 5,000 total stars
I’m full of stars 40
Gained 50,000 total stars
Superstar! 40
Gained 100,000 total stars
100x Medalist 30
Awarded 100 total medals
500x Medalist 40
Awarded 500 total medals
Perfect Pitch 30
Awarded 30 Pitch medals
Time Machine 30
Awarded 30 Rhythm medals
Like A Rock 30
Awarded 30 Stability medals
Technician 30
Awarded 30 Technique medals
Ham Star 30
Awarded 30 Performance medals
Life of the Party 30
Awarded 30 Party medals
Rebirth of Cool 30
Got “Cool” 10 times in a row
What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? 30
Got “Cool” in every page
I Got You Babe 5
Participated in Co-op mode for the first time
In Synch 25
Scored 1,000,000 pts in Co-op mode (Awarded to all signed in players)
Battle Tested 10
Played VS mode 10 times in different songs
Figure 8 25
Got 8 medals total in one song (Awarded to all signed in players)
Full Medal Panic! 40
Got 12 medals total in one song (Awarded to all signed in players)
Clap Your Hands Everybody 25
Noisemakers were perfectly in sync (Awarded to all signed in players)
Gotta Have More Cowbell 30
Used the cowbell 50 times (Awarded to all signed in players)
One Small Step For Man 5
Added a song to Lips from external sources
One Giant Leap for Mankind 10
Added 20 songs to Lips from external sources
This is madness! 20
Added 300 songs to Lips from external sources
Throw Your Hands Up 5
Triggered a gesture in the Virtual Music Video
Rising Star 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Lounge Act”
Big Name in Lips 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Hit Maker”
Call Me Superstar 40
Achieved a Grand Ranking of “Superstar”
Defending Champion 25
Got 20 challenge wins
Let’s Get This Party Started 10
Activated Jukebox mode. Will be awarded to all players who are signed in
First Kiss 35
Participated in 2P Kiss game ranked as “Match Made in Heaven” (Except in Freestyle mode)
Nice Duds 35
Successfully stopped the bomb from exploding in Time Bomb (Except in Freestyle or Short mode)
Fan Service 35
Participated in a Vocal Fighters game with a 4 point difference (Except in Freestyle mode)

(Achievement Information from xbox360achievements.org)

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4 responses

14 01 2009
the clarkin8tor

Another good review and i gotta admit i want LIPS soooooo badly :0)

14 01 2009
gamingpigeon

cheers matey, ye Lips does rule!

15 01 2009
Lianne

I wish I had an X Box so I could play Lips. It sounds well good. I’m already addicted to SingStar on Playstation!!

15 01 2009
gamingpigeon

It does rule, get chris to get it! its defo worth it!
Glad you like the review hehe 😉
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