Every gamer has a genre that they would like to say is their guilty little pleasure, and for me it has to be the Karaoke games. I can’t believe it has taken two years for the Xbox One to get it’s share of singing and then two come a long at once. With Christmas and New Year just around the corner that means plenty of drunken parties and that’s the best time to break out the mics and have a good old sing song. VoxierGames have just released Now That’s What I Call Sing, but can it do enough to win over singers that may not want to go for an extensive rock song library?
If you are a music fan then you will be familiar with the plethora of “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations. VoxierGames and RavenCourt have collected thirty hits spanning the last few years, including 17 number ones and bundled them in to a well presented Karaoke title for the Xbox One. The menus are simple to navigate and everything is accessed just a button press away, so no complicated menus or settings to get snowed under in. The overall presentation is fresh and clean and keeps to the form that singing fans will be used to. The team have thrown in a variety of modes to make sure everyone is kept happy at the party.
Solo singers can get lost in three game modes testing all their skills in not only the vocal area but also in their memory. Classic mode is the mode everyone will be most comfortable with and you can either have the vocal background on or off. Heart Beat mode will test you to see how well you can remember a song as it will blank out certain lyrics which I found really fun. The third and final sole mode is of course expert. This will remove the lyrics and any visual cue’s as to when to start singing and in what pitch. If you fancy yourself as the next X-Factor winner then be sure to try out all thirty songs and see how you get on. The games engine does a great job at detecting you voice tone at the same time allowing you to sing quite quietly. While I’m no Bruno Mars or Olly Mirs, I still enjoy a sing song now and again, I was able to get a few perfects on classic.
There is also a multiplayer side to Now That’s What I Call Sing and to be honest it is really good. The game comes packed with a USB mic and if you don’t have a second you can still play a mode called Pass the Mic. As you sing there will be certain points where you will be instructed to pass the mic on to your friends. There is also Duet mode, First to 20,000 and Elimination. The later will give each singer a full bar of health, and for every wrong note you sing you lose health. This will really show who knows the songs best. Not all modes will be opened at first, you will have to sing your way through the tracks to complete the challenge required or to earn Vox Points to unlock them. It’s a nice touch to add that extra little challenge although fear not as you will easily start raking up those Vox Points.
When it comes to this type of game the biggest selling point is of course the on disc songs especially if there is no DLC to keep things fresh. I myself am in my thirties and with the magnatude of songs the team could have chosen from, they have decided to choose more recent titles. The obvious stand out hits include Uptown Funk, Bang Bang, All About the Bass, Bleeding Love and Party Rock Anthem. All the songs include their official videos, which you can also just sit back and watch in the handy Jukebox mode. Me personally would liked to have seen a much more varied choice throughout the decades rather than just the more recent hits. It seems to be missing the more classic karaoke classic you would expect to be in this type of game, but then maybe I am just showing my age.
The Good Things
- Dedicated Karaoke game finally hits next-gen consoles.
- Fun game modes catering for both solo singers and parties.
- Great voice tone detection engine.
And The Bad
- Personally I would have liked to have seen a more varied song choice.
- No Sign of any DLC to come.
- It’s great to finally see a dedicated karaoke title hit the Xbox One, it might have taken near on two years but we finally have one. As far as Karaoke games go this keeps to the same trend as before and does a great job doing so. You can cut out the vocals to give you that true Karaoke feeling and the Expert mode will give regular singers the challenge they want. This will also be a party favourite thanks the the multiplayer modes and duet mode. The modern and varied track list may not be to everyone’s taste. The only thing that let’s the title down is the lack of any DLC. If the track list is more to your flavour (check the full list below) then this makes a great party title to pick up.
Finally a dedicated karaoke title for the Xbox One.
FULL TRACK LIST:
- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
- Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem
- Jessie J, Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
- Sam Smith – Stay With Me
- Avicii – Wake Me Up
- Calvin Harris – Summer
- Kiesza – Hideaway
- Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
- Demi Lovato – Let It Go
- Sia – Chandelier
- Charli XCX – Boom Clap
- Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato – Up
- Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
- George Ezra – Budapest
- Fun feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
- Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside
- Avicii – The Nights
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
- Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love
- Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
- Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
- James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
- John Legend – All Of Me
- Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – Changing
- Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
- Bastille – Pompeii
- Lorde – Royals
- Ella Henderson – Ghost
- Lady Gaga – Applause