On Thursday 24th June, I attended the ‘We Sing Encore’ event in central London. This was an opportunity to test our singing skills, if any, on the new ‘We Sing Encore’ game on the Nintendo Wii that comes out in July.
This was the first time I’ve experienced a karaoke game with the Nintendo Wii. The other one I’ve tried is Lips on the Xbox 360. Iâ€™m not fantastic at karaoke and thatâ€™s why we were all given our own private booths to sing in. There were three of us to try out our singing skills and three of us to make fools of ourselves. After all, no one could see us unless they peered through the small window on the booth door.
There’s a selection of 40 great new songs on this title and the genres range from pop and rock to rap and R & B. The game offers a wide variety of yourÂ typical classic party hits to more contemporary ones such as Cheryl Cole â€˜Fight For This Loveâ€™, which was ok, to the more embarrassing tracks such as â€˜Donâ€™t Stop Movinâ€™ by S Club 7. Many of the tracks were artists that had recently been in the Top 40, while a few were a bit cheesy such as â€˜Iâ€™m Too Sexyâ€™ by Right Said Fred and dare I say itâ€¦.Bonnie Tylerâ€™sÂ â€˜Total Eclipse Of The Heartâ€™. Itâ€™s always good to look at some of the videoâ€™s that played in the background and recollect from times gone by, but other thoughts that crept in my head were that some of the videos were rather embarrassing. The whole problem with some of them older songs is that they boast big hair, huge collars and bright neon colouredÂ legwarmers.
I was quite surprised to see that the game offered some more recent hits from top artists who I didn’t even think would make the grade. Most of the songs I knew which was great and others I had no idea about. When it came to the songs I didn’t know I just made a small rambling noise in order to hide the fact that I didn’t know the lyrics.
Even though the lyrics are on the screen for you to follow, occasionally I just didn’t know the tune. Some hits are going to wow you, while others may just remain in the back of your mind. It was a good opportunity to learn the songs. The single player reward system offers soloists an interesting challenge, while if you team up together with friends the game offers competitive achievements designed to reward the very best singer and star performance the perfect grade. Youâ€™re graded by each song you sing and when the song has finished, the game tells you how many notes you have missed, the ones that were your star performance and the ones where you were completely out of key.
The game has a real karaoke feel mode to it which allows you to sing without the backing vocals, which is cool, but it really leaves you feeling alone out there with the microphone and your voice. After we sang more than 25 songs and our voices were sounding a little bit hoarse, we had a break where we could replay our performance. This is a chance for gamers to listen back to how well they sang. Listening back in replay mode, we sounded absolutely awful, but I’m glad to see a replay function as itâ€™s a good addition to this game. Other extra additions to this game come in the form of ‘Star Notes’ and a rather interesting ‘Jukebox’ mode which allows for nonstop music. We Sing Encore also teaches gamers how to sing with the introduction of ’singing lessons’. In this mode it allows players to sing like a professional as you’re given a step by step guide on how to sing within the musical scale. There are 30 levels within this section for you to practice with. This is ideal if you wish to take your singing to a whole new level. Most of the time it’s about experimenting and just seeing what suits you. If you don’t fancy that you can always enjoy playing back your very own performances and even adding voice effects.
Ultimately though, We Sing Encore has a great selection to suit all of your music needs. You can team up with four friends and all sing simultaneously which is a bonus and with the addition of 10 extra tracks you can see why this game plays out so well.
Overall, We Sing Encore boasts 40 tracks with 10 extra songs exclusively to the UK version which will be available at the end of July. This game will be ideal for parties or when you get together with friends and you just want to mess around and have a laugh with music.
B52s Love Shack
Black Eyed Peas Shut Up
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Cheryl Cole Fight For This Love
Elton John Tiny Dancer
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
Gwen Stefani featuring Akon The Sweet Escape
Jamiroquai Virtual Insanity
Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Kaiser Chiefs Ruby
Katrina & The Waves Walking On Sunshine
Lady GaGa feat. Colby O’Donis & Akon Just Dance
Lily Allen Smile
Lou Bega Mambo No 5
Lynyrd Skynrd Sweet Home Alabama
Mika Grace Kelly
Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten
Pixie Lott Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
Plain White Ts Hey There Delilah
Right Said Fred I’m Too Sexy
Robyn feat. Kleerup With Every Heartbeat
Simply Red Holding Back The Years
Soft Cell Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet Gold
The Supremes Baby Love
Taio Cruz Break Your Heart
Additional 10 songs include:
Girls Aloud – The Promise
Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
The Saturdays â€“ Up
Will Young – Leave Right Now
Kasabian â€“ Fire
S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Moving
Stereophonics â€“ Dakota
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
N Dubz – I Need You
Baddiel and Skinner & The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions