It’s that time of the year again where you want to bring the family around and all have a sing on the microphone — karaoke style, of course! Thankfully, NOW That’s What I Call Sing is available on Xbox One today, so get ready to Sing along to the biggest chart-topping hits. Or maybe not….
NOW That’s What I Call Sing might be a game that many of you haven’t even heard of before but don’t let that put you off. The aim is to capitalise on the empty Xbox One karaoke market; the bottom line is that the long running musical series “Now That’s What I Call Music” has become an Xbox Game. After all, NOW That’s What I Call Music is the most iconic compilation brand globally with a history spanning 32 years, 91 volumes and in excess of 100 million albums sales in the UK alone.
Firstly, the Song list. I’ll be honest, it has just over 30 tracks – which I’ll list below – and after a few hours you’re pretty much looking for more already. So unless they have some DLC planned for the future or unless you LOVE these songs it might get boring faster then you think. On the plus side there are some good artists and songs in there and a selection of the biggest chart-topping hits (of years past) from Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and who can forget James Blunt? Not me, certainly. Oh, and there’s always Let It Go.
- Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
- Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
- Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem
- Jessie J, Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
- Sam Smith – Stay With Me
- Avicii – Wake Me Up
- Calvin Harris – Summer
- Kiesza – Hideaway
- Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
- Demi Lovato – Let It Go
- Sia – Chandelier
- Charli XCX – Boom Clap
- Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato – Up
- Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
- George Ezra – Budapest
- Fun feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
- Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside
- Avicii – The Nights
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
- Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love
- Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
- Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
- James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
- John Legend – All Of Me
- Sigma feat. Paloma Faith – Changing
- Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
- Bastille – Pompeii
- Lorde – Royals
- Ella Henderson – Ghost
- Lady Gaga – Applause
The game modes in NOW That’s What I Call Sing (or NTWICS for short) include stalwart “Classic” and “Duet” modes, but you’ve also got plenty of other variations that are fun to play with friends or on your own. Excitingly, you can plug in up to four USB microphones at any one time! “By Heart” is a new game mode similar to “Classic” mode, however many of the lyrics will disappear during the round giving you the chance to test your lyrical memory. Seems like all those viewings of Frozen have finally paid off? They definitely have when it comes to “Expert” mode: this will completely test your memory by refusing to provide any on-screen lyrics or visual cues. Personally, “Pass the Mic” mode was best for me, as if you only have the one USB microphone laying around you can still play with the kids, friends or family and have fun.
Game Modes in Full
- CLASSIC: Sing a song solo or play against your friends.
- BY HEART: Like “Classic” mode but some of the lyrics will disappear during the round.
- DUET: Sing a real duet with your friends.
- EXPERT: Test your memory in the “Expert” mode which has no on-screen lyrics or visual cues.
- PASS THE MIC: Let’s you play with a partner sharing one mic.
- FIRST TO 20,000: Compete against your friends and gain points. The first person to reach 20,000 points wins.
- ELIMINATION: Start with a full bar of energy which depletes with every wrong note. If you lose all your energy, you’re out. The last Player standing wins.
The things I do find positive about the game are how good the response from the microphone really is. It will pretty much pick up if you’re messing around (drunk or not) or trying to sing the song at least tidy-ish. Also, the music videos and songs they have picked fits the game perfectly.
I do think they have missed out on some karaoke classics, though. I mean, what about ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele, or going back the classic ‘Killing Me Softly’ by Fugees? Okay, maybe asking for that last one might be too much, and things like this are normally due to copyrights and can become pretty much take what you get, but with the franchise as big as these guys you’d think they could really pick what they want.
Overall I think the game is worth the RRP of £34.99 because it’s fun and hugely entertaining, and that’s what matters. Yes, the song list could be longer, but certainly not better; it does include 17 number ones, which isn’t so bad at all.
The game also includes a USB microphone with it, so no need to worry about buying one separately. Time to get the party started.
Time to get the party started: there is finally a karaoke game on the Xbox One!