More singing, this time with an eighties theme.
With the nights drawing in and the holiday season rapidly approaching, publishers of the more alcohol-fueled party games are presenting their wares, ready to get people interacting and enjoying themselves at any gathering with a console present. For the more physical amongst us, Just Dance 4 was recently reviewed and Microsoft’s Kinect dancing title has a new installment which will be reviewed very soon. But for those who fancy belting out a tune rather than relying on fancy footwork, there really is only one choice – Nordic Games’ We Sing for the Nintendo Wii.
Over recent years, Nordic Games have released many different flavours of their popular Karaoke singing title. Whilst the gamesplay itself has remained consistent, simple yet enjoyable, the different offerings loosely pack together songs within a different theme. We have had compilations such as Pop, Rock, UK Hits and even Robbie Williams specific tracklists. How much enjoyment you can get from a given title really does depend on you own taste in music. The same can be said for the latest title, which takes us on a trip back to the eighties.
If you have yet to indulge in some We Sing action, you have obviously been going to the wrong parties. Never mind, the basics are quite simple. We Sing is a Karaoke game in which the players have to sing along to a given song, using the words that appear on the screen for reference. The game will measure the tone of your voice and score you according to how close you are to the original song, something which can be monitored whilst playing thanks to the handy scrolling bar on screen. Players are able to play solo, in duets with some songs offering different parts for each singer, or in a variety of party modes for up to four players. As with the previous offerings, some singing tuition is offered for the more nervous singer, and players can sing along in a classic Karaoke style without scoring, or even just watch the music videos that accompany the included songs.
The We Sing games have always been very good at what they do. They are straight forward and to the point, more interested in getting the party started than forcing players to work through multiple menus and options. It is difficult to know what could be improved over the core gameplay in the We Sing games, and for the moment Nordic Games seem happy not to concern themselves with this either. The gameplay is solid, party, singing action.
Which brings us to the only difference between these games, the tracklist. The latest offering, We Sing 80s, comes to us with 30 classic tunes from that particular decade. Given that some of the previous titles in the series have revolved around a particular genre or sub genre rather than a time frame and have already included many popular songs from this decade, choosing the tunes for this particular tracklist must have been difficult. Don’t get me wrong, the decade has plenty of great music to choose from, but there does seem to be some very obvious choices missing.
I was born in the seventies and worked my way awkwardly through the eighties listening to any music that I enjoyed, I have a broad musical taste. But looking through the tracklist, there are some big anthems missing. Still, we can’t complain about what is not included, so let’s focus on what is.
The game is packed full of cheesy pop songs and memorable ballads from the decade. Classic Karaoke choices such as Eternal Flame from The Bangles and Queen’s I Want To Break Free are joined by the perhaps less obvious singing choices of Sade’s Smooth Operator or The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Compared with the previous We Sing games, We Sing 80s feels much more hit and miss with its song choices. Songs like I Should Be So Lucky will no doubt prove to be popular, whereas trying to warble your way through Do You Really Want To Hurt Me could be likened more to torture than party fun. The songs are a mixed bag and, whilst they will all be relatively well known to your party guests, they are not all enjoyable to actually sing.
That being said, a party really is what you make it. If the party theme is the eighties, then Nordic Games have done all of the work for you.
We Sing 80s doesn’t have the broad range of Karaoke hits that can be found in the previous We Sing titles. But, as always with these games, it really does come down to personal music taste. If you get out of bed every morning and relive the eighties, then this is the party game for you.
The full tracklist for We Sing 80s is as follows:
– Blondie – The Tide is High
– Sabrina – The Boys (Summertime Love)
– Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
– The Bangles – Eternal Flame
– T’Pau – China in Your Hand
– Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
– Duran Duran – Rio
– Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
– Queen – I Want to Break Free
– Toto – Africa
– Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love
– Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
– The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
– Sade – Smooth Operator
– Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long (All Night)
– Cameo – Word Up!
– Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
– Tears for Fear – Shout
– Yazoo – Only You
– Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World
– Paula Abdul – Straight Up
– Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
– Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
– Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
– Spandau Ballet – True
– Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
– Yazz and the Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
– DeBarge – Rhythm of the Night
– Smokey Robinson – Being With You
– Roxette – The Look