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BEST RHYTHM GAME EVER? – American Idol (PS2)

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I, along with millions of other oblivious wannabe singers out there, have fascinated at one point about being the American Idol. As a child, I was obsessed. But, even as I grew, I still watched the show religiously until its 12th season in 2013. There’s something so mesmerizing about witnessing the good, the bad, and ugly of home-grown singers transforming into nationally-recognized stars.

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson were a perfect trifecta of judges for the show.

Nothing compares to their undeniable synergy. Simon Cowell was deliciously blunt, often saying exactly what the audience is thinking. Paula Abdul was the former pop-star that showered contestants with a sprinkle of positivity exactly when they needed it. And Randy Jackson, oh Randy Jackson. He’s the reason why Gen-Xers across the globe have started saying “It’s a no for me dawg.”

Even though I no longer watch the show, I believe American Idol reestablished a truly American sentiment in modern society: anybody can make it. Even I can make it, in pajamas mumbling along to Britney Spears’ Hit Me Baby (One More Time) using a PS2 controller as an impromptu microphone.

The American Idol video game is a perfect slice of 2000s nostalgia. From the incredible array of bangers to the so-bad-it’s-good “out of tune” vocals, there’s so much to eat up from such a simple video game.

The premise is simple: you are a contestant on American Idol working your way towards the finale of the show. But no, you won’t have to belt your heart out in order to win the hearts of Simon, Paula, Randy, and the American public. You just have to be able to press buttons at the right time.

This is absolutely perfect for someone like me. I was a childhood-long choir singer. But, I knew in the back of my mind that singing wasn’t exactly the sharpest tool in my toolbox.

But with the American Idol video game in just a matter of hours and with no singing ability at all, you can become America’s next Idol.

There’s So Much Good Music it’s Ridiculous

American Idol’s song list is surely firing at all cylinders when it comes to the talent featured. Some of the many artists featured on the American Idol video game are NSYNC, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, and the Backstreet Boys.

This game isn’t perfect; that’s obvious. The sheer concept of this game, tapping buttons to make your low-poly character sing better, is mind-boggling if you think about it for too long. Going through the competition gets extremely repetitive after a while. Remember, you’re just pressing buttons. As for replayability, there’s not much to see here unless you’re dying to sing C’est La Vie one last time.

Corny, Cheesy, and Easily Lovable

What is memorable about the American Idol video game is that it’s a time capsule of the early 2000s. As you go from stage to stage of the competition, clips of the second season of American Idol play. In between each stage, you can style your character in the finest of ridiculous 2000s fashion. It captures the decade semi-authentically while delivering a wild, and bumpy ride through the 2000s showcasing fashion, music, and popular television of the time. It’s what makes the 2000s such a fantastic decade to look back at: corny, cheesy, and easily lovable.

And, even as a virtual character sporting a gaudy floor-length cheetah print gown, I still felt goosebumps while I “sung” “A Moment Like This” in front of thousands of screaming fans. I guess that’s the magic of American Idol.

What’s your favorite American Idol moment? If you were never an American Idol fan, what’s your favorite television show of the early 2000s? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts 🙂 

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