Top Music Games of All Time
Music is great for listening to on the morning commute as you try to drown out the noise of people barking down their mobile phones or kids shouting at their mate because he hadn't seen the latest Miley Cyrus twerk or obtained a new Moshi Monster.
Music has also found itself at home on video games consoles, first with rhythm action titles like Amplitude, PaRappa the Rapper and Vib Ribbon, later with Guitar Hero and eventually moving onto full band titles and recognition of The Beatles.
In fact it's hard to argue against the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games as some of the best party/multiplayer games there has ever been. Either competing for the best scores in competitive multiplayer, or working as a team with a lead guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and singer, you're onto a killer evening of entertainment.
And let's not forget the role of the karaoke games, made popular on PlayStation through the SingStar series. Sony's singing titles are more prolific than any other, and there's a huge online catalogue of downloadable tunes to extend your repertoire.
It's not a particularly responsive game, especially compared to the technically superior Dance Central but for what it is, Michael Jackson: The Experience is an enjoyable one.
The series has never taken itself too seriously, and if you assume the same frame of mind - something which is harder to do with Dance Central - it's hard not to have a good time.
Rhythm Thief hits a few bum notes along the way, but its performance is worth a round of applause.
Theatrhythm's real star is undoubtedly its music, which appeals far more than its cumbersome RPG elements.
Not much can be said about SingStar '90s. If you like SingStar and like the thirty tunes listed on the box, you'll love it.
Sony's latest is brilliant, and could tempt a whole new kind of non-gamer to the wonderful world of video games.
Sony has once again produced a well-considered sing-along and once more broadened the range of genres and styles covered by SingStar.
Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula.
It's easy to recommend Patapon to almost anyone with a PSP, especially if you've got a soft spot for catchy little tunes and don't mind annoying everyone around you while you play.
Worth the cash for the harmony duet mode alone.