The We Sing franchise hasn’t been around for all that long, but it’s certainly made waves on the Nintendo Wii, with Nordic releasing a plethora of titles. And at this point, most people will have formed their conclusions about the franchise. But, that’s not good enough for Nordic – they want to try and capture an even larger slice of the singing game pie. We Sing Rock is now amongst us, trying to broaden out of their Pop niche, but it’s not too much different from everything that’s come before.
We Sing Rock gives players a jukebox filled with only the very best of rock throughout the years and, of course, a microphone so that you can sing along.
Nordic Games seems to follow the same code with each title by keeping the gameplay almost the same throughout the series, simply changing the tunes each time to try and cater for a different demographic. It generally goes as follows. Each time you sing a piece of music, the game will rate how you sound based off of how close you were to the actual artists’ voice. During each song, the official music video plays in the background if applicable.
The real fun comes within We Sing Rock’s party mode. There are a ton of different games to choose from like Pass the Mic, First to X, and, of course, Expert. The modes offer a bit of a spin on the usual karaoke experience, especially when you find that the game isn’t giving you any notes until after you’ve started singing. First to X is also really interesting since whoever gets to a certain amount of points first wins, so if you have that really killer high note in the beginning and you’re going up against a trained Soprano, things might get a bit tense. But if you want to take things up even further, playing on the traditional karaoke mode offers no vocal guidance at all just like it would be if you were at a karaoke bar.
For players worried about seeing a list filled with Panic at the Disco or My Chemical Romance, you actually have nothing to worry about. The track list in We Sing Rock is pretty diverse and even though it’s primarily a family-friendly game, they do offer tracks with vulgar language. However, these tracks are censured in their entirely so everyone can listen without having to worry about profanity. Of the bands featured, we have Motorhead, Wheatus, Heart, Alice Cooper, the ever so grungy Garbage and Faith No More. With that being said though, there are a few tracks that are questionable like KT Tunstall’s ‘Suddenly I See’ and Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’. What’s surprising is the significant lack of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and, of course, Pearl Jam. Seems like some big time 90s bands got an unnecessary cut from the title.
Although the music videos in the background are entertaining, particularly Faith No More’s Epic, they can be fairly distracting. There comes a point where you find yourself wanting to watch the video rather than sing the tune. The replay recordings are very interesting though. It’s especially fun when you listen back to the songs where you yourself believed you did really well, but come to find that you were severely flat.
We Sing Rock also has a high level of replay value offering the different party modes and the singing lessons. By doing the singing lessons often, you can also try to see if the songs you were struggling with in the past are a bit easier now that you’ve practiced. Although there will be the odd issue of switching between which games you’d like to play. One day you might be feeling like singing more pop songs, the next UK hits. Also there’s no way of combining scores between games.
The We Sing series has seen quite a few installments now, but aside from a change of tracks, this latest version doesn’t have much else to offer. The party mode mini games offer a ton of content for people who are playing We Sing Rock with a bunch of friends and the new Rock-focussed tracks are good, but at this point, the game is starting to feel like it needs a little bit more because we’ve seen it all before.
|» Party mode games are enjoyable and great for a group of people to play.|
|» Singing lessons makes it really easy to come back and play more.|
|» Decent array of tracks.|
|» Some of the songs are a bit questionable as far as the rock genre is concerned.|
|» Aside from the tracks, there’s almost nothing new.|
|» Although the game works, it’s unclear how much longer the brand will stick until it becomes redundant.|