Now That’s What I Call Sing! review – Deep as a Justin Bieber lyric
Sometimes the action and puzzle solving becomes too much and all a gamer really wants to do is sing. Or at least that’s the hope as Now ... Sing! tries to plug a gap in the next gen console karaoke market.
6.5/10 ; PS4, XOne; Voxler Games
Now ... Sing! is a straight forward karaoke game, the sort we’ve seen before on numerous occasions. It even works with the majority of existing USB microphones, which is nice if you opt for the cheaper digital download option.
There are no visual innovations to talk about, it’s the same style of lyrics and visual cues layered over music videos that we’ve seen before. It’s clean, functional and effective.
There are very few distractions before getting to the music, to the point where you might search for an additional menu with no joy. This is a double-edged sword, allowing quick access at the risk of a niggling feeling that the content is lacking in depth.
Now Sing features thirty songs and boasts 17 number ones. This sounds like it might make a great album, but with other entertainment titles going the route of live updates and huge back catalogues, Now Sing feels lacking.
To take it a step further, the majority of the content is from the last two years and most definitely pop. Any hope of the title delving through the Now That’s What I Call Music extensive back catalogue are dashed as you struggle to find a song you know or want to sing. This has a lot to do with my 30-something self, Now Sing obviously wasn’t designed with me in mind, but this does impact the game’s family appeal.
If you’re in your late teens and a fan of American pop chart music, Now Sing is probably right up your street. The game features seven game modes, most of which are geared for parties. There’s pass the mic, an elimination mode and other competitive spins that offer all you could really want from a karaoke game.
A juke box mode will play through the music videos without any gaming element, a handy feature for those party moments when everyone is too full of cake to move.
Coming in at around €60 with a microphone (€40 without,) Now Sing is cheaper than most new releases, but not quite cheap enough to completely excuse the lack of content. If you look at the song list and love every number, this is the karaoke game for you. Everyone else will find a short-lived game that lacks choice and originality.
- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem
- Avicii Wake – Me Up
- Avicii – The Nights
- Bastille – Pompeii
- Calvin Harris – Summer
- Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside
- Charli XCX – Boom Clap
- Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love
- Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
- Demi Lovato – Let It Go
- Ella Henderson – Ghost
- Fun feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
- George Ezra – Budapest
- James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
- Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
- Jessie J, Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
- John Legend – All Of Me
- Kiesza – Hideaway
- Lady Gaga – Applause
- Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
- Lorde – Royals
- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
- Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
- Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
- Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato – Up
- Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
- Sam Smith – Stay With Me
- Sia – Chandelier
- Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – Changing