I'll get it out of the way now...this is a great game for HSM fans, and I wholeheartedly recommend it (if you can find it anywhere!).
If I could have given 4.5 stars, I would have done. But oh well...more about the game, for those who are interested...
Rather than go for super-realistic graphics, the developers have gone for a nice cel-shaded look. All the characters are instantly recognisable, but with a very unique look. Lots of bright colours, and dance moves replicated very well from the movies. The in-game menus are very slick and easy to navigate too.
Speaking of characters, as well as the main six characters (Troy, Sharpay et al), there is a decent selection of unlockable characters, including Zeke, Kelsi and...er...Ms Darbus(!).
There's plenty of unlockable songs too. The game starts with just the HSM1 soundtrack, but by getting good grades in songs, you can unlock the HSM2 songs, as well as a load of extras from the Cheetah Girls, Aly & AJ and other similar acts.
There's also a lot of unlockable arenas and new outfits for the characters. It will take a good while to totally complete the game.
The only real drawback of the Wii edition is that PS2 gamers get two microphones with their version, while this only comes with one...and for a higher RRP. This means that friends or siblings will have to buy a copy of the game each to play together, and pretty much puts a dampner on the idea of party play.
But still...for HSM fans, this is a must have. The songs, although cover versions, are excellently done and are all a lot of fun to sing (all lyrics are included the manual). A small variety of extras also comes on the disc, including a Zac Efron interview and a few other bits and bobs, and all the unlockables should keep wannabe Troys and Gabriellas playing for ages.
Overall, a HSM fan's dream package. I deducted a bit for the lack of a second mic, but consider it a five-star game otherwise!