We Sing Pop – Review


Title: We Sing Pop

Genre: Party

System: Wii

Developer: Le Cortex

Publisher: Nordic Games

Say hello to the latest addition to the We Sing family, We Sing Pop! Time to get the vocal chords intact once again, as We Sing Pop promises some great hits. It boasts 30 of the best Pop songs from the 60’s right up until now, so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. To me, We Sing Pop is a song expansion pack to We Sing UK Hits, which includes some of its fine features and modes. There are many game modes to choose from, which includes options such as changing the difficulty setting, singing with the original artist or with just the instrumental track.

We Sing Pop is a party game, so this is intended for two or more players, but it comes equipped for those of you that actually enjoy playing on your own. The game is played using the relevant Logitech microphones packaged with the game, or with any of the previous titles.  If you are singing alone you can set up playlists to sing through, or you can just pick individual tracks to try out. Your aim throughout is to set new high scores and unlock some achievements. Also included in Solo Mode is ‘Lessons’, where the individual can gradually improve their singing skills through practising the Solfege scale: Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, Si. In each of the exercises, hitting a green note means you have hit the correct pitch, whereas red means you are off pitch. I’ve had more red notes than green!

Party Mode is where the fun is at and can be enjoyed with friends and family and has a variety of modes. ‘We Sing’ is where up to 4 players play in unison or as a duet and is non-competitive. Go head to head in ‘Versus’, sees players go head-to-head for the most points throughout a track. ‘Group Battle’ is quite similar to ‘Versus’,  but puts two teams against each other. ‘First to X’ sees players select a score limit that they think they then compete to reach. ‘Pass the Mic’ sees players take turns to show off their skills, where each person sings a section of a song before the mic is passed on to the next. Slightly more advanced is ‘Blind’ and ‘Expert’, which are both available in single and multiplayer. ‘Blind’ allows players to battle it out to sing the song correctly, as lyrics and sound disappears at any point during the song. ‘Expert’ is for the ultimate know it all, no pitch bars, no lyrics. Just the song and the score.

The tracks on offer will determine whether We Sing Pop is the game for you, it all depends on your musical tastes. However, the track list is quite varied in an effort to cater for its large audience, selecting thirty chart-topping hits from the likes of recent hits from Adele (“Rolling In The Deep”), Bruno Mars (“Just The Way You Are”), and Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance” and “Born This Way”), all the way down to Hanson (“MMMBop”), Village People (“Y.M.C.A”) and Sonny and Cher (“I Got You Babe”). Some of the tracks are quite difficult, for instance we have just shown the neighbors that there is no Florence + The Machine in this house. And there never will be, ever.

Conclusion

We Sing Pop achieved what it set out to do, it fleshes out a great karaoke game experience with a worthy track list of 30 songs. It’s solid track list will keep the majority of players going, but be prepared for some rough sound and video quality. The videos would look great on a HD console, but to be fair, the developer can only work with what its given and as a result has given it a great finish. It’s great fun for a party, so be prepared. An online store would be great too, just to purchase some extra tracks to enhance the experience.

Orla’s Score – 8/10

Track List:

  1.  Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  2. Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  3.  Coldplay – Clocks
  4. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  5. Enrique Iglesias – Hero
  6. Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
  7. Flo Rida ft. David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me
  8. Florence + the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
  9. Hanson – MMMBop
  10. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  11. Jessie J – Nobody’s Perfect
  12. Kelis – Milkshake
  13. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
  14. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  15. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like A Bird
  16. Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
  17. Outkast – Hey Ya!
  18. Owl City – Fireflies
  19. Peter Andre ft. Bubbler Ranx – Mysterious Girl
  20. Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
  21. Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music
  22. Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin
  23. Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe
  24. The Killers – When You Were Young
  25. Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner – Written in the Stars
  26. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
  27. Village People – Y.M.C.A.
  28. Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around
  29. Wham! – I’m Your Man
  30. Wretch 32 ft. Example – Unorthodox
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