At gamescom this month Nordic Games too the opportunity to showcase their latest instalment in the hugely popular We Sing karaoke videogame franchise, We Sing 80s. Potentially the last hurrah for We Sing on current-generation systems, exactly where the developers will take things next remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: they’re not about to let We Sing fade away quietly.
Over the last three years and six releases in the UK alone, We Sing has evolved into a comprehensive singing suite, offering gameplay modes that cater for solo players, duets and beyond, and difficulty options that put Guitar Hero and Rock Band’s paltry ‘Easy’ to ‘Expert+’ range to shame. The menu with We Sing videogames is the elegantly designed key that unlocks a striking amount of customisation, and of course We Sing 80s is no different. The popular Blind and harmonies gameplay options return, only this time statistics delivered upon completion of the track are far more detailed. In addition, the algorithm for measuring success seems to have had even more fine tuning; not necessarily in the sense of making it more difficult, but in ensuring that the singing lesson gameplay mode is more accurate.
The soundtrack for We Sing 80s is, as would be expected, a representation of the most popular chart music of the 1980s. Some titles are edgier than others, with indie artists such as Musical Youth with Pass the Dutchie joining the likes of Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky. Of course, Smokey Robinson’s Being with You and DeBarge’s Rhythm of the Night are the exception to the rule, the bridge ably connecting the two arms of chart music of the era, while Roxette’s The Look and Spandau Ballet’s True mark the opposing poles of mainstream audiences. Exactly where Yazz and the Plastic Population’s The Only Way Is Up fits into this spectrum depends entirely on your personal view of the decade.
There’s unlikely to be any tracks which stand out from the crowd, anything that’s unexpected or rocks the boat, but that was never We Sing’s intention. Guitar Hero is your rock catalogue while Rock Band intends on encompassing anything with a six string instrument; for a family audience that want to sing it’s Lips on Xbox 360, SingStar on PlayStation 3 and We Sing on Wii.
Set for release on 28th September 2012, Electronic Theatre can reveal today, We Sing 80s will come packaged in the predictable selection of solo software or microphone bundle ahead of the Wii U console’s launch. The Wii release schedule is becoming increasingly thin, and for a family audience looking to get one last party out of their investment it’s looking as though We Sing 80s is more than likely to fill that same void that Nordic Games’ series has claimed as it’s own.