Format: Nintendo Wii
Developer: Nordic Games
Publisher: Nordic Games
Release Date: Out now
Nordic Games are yet again stamping their mark on the singing genre. This time with We Sing Pop and another host of chart hits old and new. Things are certainly looking up for the series as Pop includes many big names to sing along to.
The 30 tracks on the disc include old classics and contemporary hits. Big names such as Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Rihanna are including with artists suchs as Hanson, Vanilla Ice, Cher, Wham and Wet Wet Wet. The series once again showing that the game is for the whole family.
Like the previous games, We Sing Pop gives you the ability to go solo or hook up with a group of friends to create your own pop group of painful noise. As usual the words pop up on the screen, highlighting when it’s time to sing the word. To give further encouragement the actual music video plays in the background. The idea is to sing like a star and rack up enough points to give you enough encouragement to think you’re the next big thing and perhaps audition for The X-Factor. One step at a time huh!
We Sing Pop allows up to four players to sing it out in Party mode, using four separate microphones naturally. Now you can really deafen the entire neighbourhood with two extra wailing voices. These range from team to competitive modes. There’s the sing off in Versus mode and Group Battle, or the fun of Pass the Mic. There’s also First to X, which is the first player to get specific score.
Multiplayer is where the real fun is, but if you have no brave singing friends then you can go it solo. There’s Solo mode and Karaoke mode. Karaoke will be the popular mode as it takes away the vocals making you the lead singer with no help, as you’d be at a karaoke night. The words still appear on the screen and you’ll still get points based on your performance.
Scores are given depending on how well you hit the notes and your timing. More points come thanks to Star Notes which provides extra points for hitting harder notes. Afterwards you can check your personal stats, which give a detailed breakdown on your performance on notes hit and missed and an overall comment on how you performed.
There are also singing lessons to help you fine tune your voice before you take on one of the modes. This involves plenty of humming until you find the right pitch. It’s not exactly going to make you the greatest singer ever, but it does act as a good warm up session before the real singing begins. The Jukebox allows you to queue up your favourite songs as if it’s your own personal music channel. In this edition you can also replay your own performance and add different effects to your voice. Perhaps even improve it.
If singing games are your thing, then it’s easy to recommend any game in the We Sing series, as they deliver karaoke as we know it and like it at home. Pop gets the track listing spot-on for the whole family to enjoy. With the option of singing along solo or with four tone deaf buddies, plus the singing lesson option and various game modes, it’s one that’ll be great for parties.