Review: NOW That’s What I Call SING (PS4)

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Title: NOW That’s What I Call SING
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PlayStation Network Download (UK) (3.5 GB)
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Publisher: Ravenscourt
Developer: Voxier Games
Original MSRP: €29.99 (EU), £24.99 (UK)
PEGI: 12
NOW That’s What I Call SING is also available on Xbox One.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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You’ve probably seen and own some of the NOW That’s What I Call compilations that began life in the UK and have amassed more than one hundred million album sales worldwide. It would seem that SingStar now has a competitor on the PlayStation 4 with NOW That’s What I Call SING. I plugged in the USB microphones that the publisher kindly sent along with the game and got the family together.

Gameplay:
This game doesn’t really care if you are all that good or bad at singing, it just wants you to have fun. You can even get away with just humming the tune if the words evade your mind just like my youngest did when we put a tricky song on.

It looks dangerously similar to the PS3 SingStar game so fans of that series will feel right at home here. The music video plays in the background and the words are displayed at the bottom and top depending on the amount of players. A pitch line or two scrolls along as the song plays out and a visual indicator appears letting you know how the singers are doing.

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Hitting the right notes awards points that tally up at the end of a song, getting enough points or singing the same song a couple of times unlocks different modes. These too are of similar fair to its rival game. Duet and Classic are obvious modes and unlock very early. Other modes, Expert, By Heart, Elimination, Pass the Mic, and First to 20,000 are all self-explanatory.

While the different modes offer some variety to what is essentially a very simplistic game, the songs are what makes all the difference and make it fun, at least for my family and friends. If it didn’t have Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars and Meghan Trainor singing All About That Bass then my girls would have quickly given-up and wanted to play something else.

After hearing Uptown Funk for the eighth time I put on Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, which has a fun music video. My girls did an admirable job trying to sing it. Both remained within a few hundred points at the end of each song, even when one hummed a couple of lyrics instead.

… no way of buying additional songs …
I skipped Sam Smith and his offer to Stay With Me as we had heard that played too many times over the last couple of months, in actual fact with seventeen UK number ones you will have probably heard most of these and with a total of thirty music videos you are sure to find at least one or two that you like.

After some Maroon 5, Leona Lewis, James Blunt, John Legend, and Lady Gaga, we had exhausted our vocal cords for the weekend and decided to have a rest. My girls enjoyed the song selection more than the recent SingStar game but with no way of buying additional songs it might suffer in the long-term.

You can use any USB microphone and seeing as I also had some spare wireless SingStar mics I thought it best to check those, but sadly they didn’t work with the game. It was worth a shot I suppose. When compared to the mobile phone connectivity and online social aspects of the SingStar game, this title seems feeble and slightly dated.

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Visuals:
Each and every song has its own music video playing and the quality is great. You can even set it to continually play in jukebox mode where it’ll run through each and every video without any on-screen interface. So if you like all the songs, this is a good way to have something playing in the background while you party/study/write a review.

There isn’t much else to write about with regard to the visuals. The menu interface is clean and easy to understand with each song being clear and prominent. It doesn’t take long to scroll through the entire song list and almost anyone could navigate it without any problems.

… the song list is a major factor in deciding …
Audio:
This section is a little odd to comment on as it isn’t really about the music or sound effects that you usually find in a game but instead on the assortment of music you have available. The song list is a major factor in deciding if this game deserves a place in your collection and I can’t really decide that for you. My family enjoyed most of the songs available.

Song List

Online/Multiplayer:
The game contains no online features which is a bit sad when you compare it to its one and only competitor, the Goliath that is SingStar. What you do get is a fun and competent offline multiplayer party game just as long as you have the USB microphones and a USB hub for more than two players.

Other players do get the opportunity to log in to their PlayStation Accounts when a USB microphone is plugged in and everyone can earn trophies which is nice.

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Conclusion:
My family enjoyed singing most of the songs featured in the game but wish it had an option to get more. The NOW That’s What I Call back catalogue is huge and tapping into that would have been amazing. An easy to understand menu layout and jukebox mode means anyone can play or listen to the songs with ease.

NOW That’s What I Call SING is an enjoyable party singing compilation game that hasn’t got the depth and online social aspect of its competitor but is still an enjoyable experience just as long as you have enough USB microphones.

Score:
7.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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