Developer: Nordic Games
I've got a lot of love for Nordic Games' We Sing series. There's nothing more cathartic than being able to bellow out your favourite songs, especially in front of a group of slightly tipsy friends, and the plucky publisher has weathered the storm of bigger-budget competitors to keep on providing fun karaoke titles on Nintendo's ailing console. With UK Hits, Robbie Williams and Pop already on the shelves - not to mention the surprisingly brilliant We Sing Rock that packs one of the best music game setlists ever assembled - Nordic are looking to the 80s for their next singalong song selection.
The formula and foundation still remains unchanged after years of iteration. You can sing songs in singleplayer, learn the ropes via some singing lessons and strive for achievement-esque challenges. Music videos can be viewed in full using a virtual jukebox, while the meat of the package is to be found in a bevy of cooperative and competitive multiplayer gametypes for up to four simultaneous crooners. Tone detection works well, the interface is slick and intuitive and queuing up a playlist is absolutely effortless. If it ain't broke, it doesn't need fixing, and We Sing's framework is absolutely fit for task.
What matters, then, is the setlist - and We Sing 80s has some great source material to draw upon. The decade may have resulted in some utter disasters and copious amounts of cheese, but it also brought us any number of bona fide anthems that we still hum along to today. The likes of Bon Jovi's Living On A Prayer. Take On Me. White Wedding. Tainted Love. Sledgehammer. Hungry like the Wolf. Love Shack. Every Breath You Take. In the Air Tonight. And so many more besides.
None of which make an appearance here. Depressingly, We Sing 80s had the opportunity to provide a 'greatest hits' collection, but ended up resembling one of those cheap and nasty compilations you'll find in motorway service stations that sandwiches a few standout classics between mediocre filler.Click here to read more...
We Sing 80s, the latest Wii karaoke title from Nordic Games, will be releasing on ZX Spectrum, Atari 2600 and NES next month... and least according to a nostalgic new spoof trailer.
Featuring thirty period tracks (such as Toto's Africa and Queen's I Want To Break Free), We Sing 80s is going to be all about the cheese. You can read our hands-on impressions for more details.
The Wii U may have finally gotten an imminent release date, but with many gamers concerned about the recession-unfriendly price point, it's clear that the Wii will still command a sizeable install base desperate for something to play. You can usually rely on Nordic Games to get on base with a decent karaoke title, surprisingly innovative dance game or ill-advised Karting clone (best forgotten, really), so with Christmas party season looming, there's never been a better time to release another We Sing game. With UK Hits, Robbie Williams and Pop already covered, not to mention the sensational Rock setlist - Nordic are looking to the 80s for their next singalong song selection.
We Sing 80s is built upon the same foundation as its numerous predecessors, which is to say that it's functionally identical. Nordic has iterated on the interface over several years, providing a slick and accessible way to choose a few tunes to belt out as loudly and proudly as possible using USB microphones. One to four players can get involved; either competiting, cooperating or swapping the mikes depending on how seriously you're willing (sober?) enough to take it. As an Eighties-themed title, however, cheesy garish neon is the order of the day (see also: Double Dragon Neon), providing one of the most colourful and engaging overlays we've seen yet. You've still got a range of singleplayer modes and comprehensive training tutorials, a jukebox mode that allows you to watch the music videos and, most importantly, a suite of multiplayer and party gametypes designed for tipsy afterparty karaoke.
So, what's the track list like?
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Love it or hate it, Nordic Games' We Sing series has been thriving on the Wii, granting its players the opportunity to belt out some themed tracks, watch the official videos and thoroughly embarrass themselves in front of friends and family. We were wondering whether they were running out of niches since We Sing UK Hits, We Sing Rock and We Sing Pop released over the last few months, but it appears that the ninth title will focus exclusively on the 80s. Expect many power ballads.Click here to read more...