We Sing Pop was just released by THQ Nordic, providing a great selection of tracks spanning decades worth of hit music. Available for Xbox One and PS4, we played the Playstation version for this review.
There’s an interesting trend in the music-based videogame genre. The genre peaked in the PS2/PS3 era, when microphones, instruments and motion controllers popularized the singing and dancing genres. Although far less popular these days, franchises like Singstar, Just Dance and We Sing continue to be popular with a dedicated crowd of music-loving gamers. The big trend, however, is that many of them seem to be gravitating towards music platforms rather than individual games.
We Sing Pop still fits firmly into the latter – an individual release with a tracklist and no (optional) subscription model. There are pros and cons to this approach, but I believe that in the case of We Sing Pop the pros far outweigh the cons. With a subscription model or a model where you buy individual songs (which Singstar does now), you are likely to have a music collection that is perfectly suited to your own tastes. The downside? It’s easy to get carried away and spend a fortune building a track list – way more than you used to pay for a disc-based game.
Of course, the downside of disc-based games is that there’s a risk of unnecessary filler content on the disc. No one wants to pay full price for a game like this and then only play the same four songs over and over again because the rest are too obscure or even covers of the original. This is where the latest We Sing title comes in as one of the strongest singing games released in recent years – a killer tracklist with something in there for everyone where it’s almost impossible to point to tracks as “filler”.
The game features modern day favorites like Alan Walker’s “Faded”, Coldplay’s “Adventure of a Lifetime” and Calvin Harris’ “Summer”, but it also has plenty of classic singalong tracks like ABBA’s “Mamma Mia”, Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and Queen’s “I Want to Break Free”. Sitting in between are tracks that are five to ten years old, but still popular: Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” is in there, as well as tracks by Bruno Mars and the Scissor Sisters.
Of course, the basic formula remains the same – hit the right notes at the correct moment and hold them for the right amount of time to score points. It’s no different here than it was during the PS2 days of Singstar, and We Sing Pop features the actual recordings and music videos for all of the included songs as well.
We Sing Pop is a great singing game for lovers of modern and classic pop music – its tracklist, which makes or breaks a game like this, is one of the best I’ve seen in years. The only downside I can think of is that singing game enthusiasts might already own a good selection of the included tracks, which might see them thinking twice about buying. If you’re starting out or are looking to build your collection, then this is a great place to look!