- Format: Wii
- Release date: Out now
- Publisher: Nordic Games
- Developer: Le Cortex
- Players: 4
- Website: http://www.wesinggame.com/
With Lips for the Xbox 360 and SingStar for the PS3 being well established titles, offering a good home karaoke experience, Nintendo are in need of a serious contender which can appeal to older gamers. Previous attempts to introduce karaoke to the Wii have been unsuccessful. The Boogie titles were very much targeted at children, and whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, they were also profoundly terrible.
We Sing is targeted at a much older audience, being aimed at older teens+. It is available as both a single disk or bundled with two microphones, with a further two microphones being sold together without a game for those wanting the 4 player experience.
The track list is comprised of 30 high charting pop songs ranging from the 60’s up t0 modern day. This includes some classic karaoke tracks (Delilah, I’d do anything for Love and Country Roads) and some recent chart hits (Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and the Kaiser Chiefs).
Unfortunately, despite many genuine classics, a lot of the content is centered around ultra cheesy one hit wonders, such as Aqua’s Barbie girl and Shampoo’s Trouble. Where as these are fun to sing at first, they can become grinding very quickly. The novelty of confirming that you “really, really, really wanna zig-a-zig-ahh” is a short lived amusement and you will probably find yourself ignoring a lot of this type of content after a few drunken nights of fun. For a full list of tracks you can visit the website listed above.
One of the commendable aspects of We Sing is that all of the tracks are by the original artists and, for the most part, complete with the respective official music video. Confusingly, despite having licences for all of the songs, four of the tracks don’t have proper music videos to compliment them. Locomotion plays footage of some trains, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart offers pictures of couples holding hands, One Way or Another simply shows some flashing lights and Country Roads provides some footage of some snowy mountains. Whilst these are a bit of a mystery, since you will be focusing on the lyrics that pop up on screen, songs lacking real music videos aren’t really detrimental to the gaming experience.
Although far too much emphasis has been placed on producing a track list with a very high novelty factor, there is a good range of tracks offering something for everyone. But since the game offers no online features, what the game has to offer is inevitably short-live. That list of 30 songs is all you will ever be able to play which, considering the other two main contenders in the karaoke gaming genre offer a host of downloadable songs, is a major over-sight by Le Cortex. If you are wanting to make videos, upload your songs for the amusement of others or join some sort of online community, We Sing isn’t for you. Beyond the tracks and a few different modes of play the game doesn’t have much else to offer.
The unique selling point of We Sing is, of course, the fact that you can have four people singing away at one time. This aspect of the game works very well. It encourages people who are usually a bit hesitant about indulging in this guilty pleasure to join in and makes the competitive types all the more competitive. The host of different modes of play include “pass the mike” where the objective is to well…pass the mike, with each player singing a different part of the song. In We Sing mode players will be able to sing together uncompetitively, with the final score being a joint effort and versus mode takes the opposite approach with each player competing against each other for the top score. Group battle allow people to team up to battle it out for the top score and the most innovative option is “First to 5000”, peting your (lack of) singing talents against others as you each try to reach the 5000 point mark.
We Sing is a genuinely enjoyable game but the lack of online features is a major downfall. Although 4 player karaoke is a unique experience which will likely fuel some fantastic nights with friends and copious amount of alcohol, it just doesn’t match up to similar titles on other consoles. Priced at £60 with two mikes, it’s not particularly great value for money. SingStar is available for a fraction of the price, with only 5 songs less to start with, as well as offering a host of other features. If the Wii is your only console and you really want a console karaoke experience, We Sing is the best option. Just think very carefully before investing.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com