Initially I quite enjoyed singing my way through the set list in We Sing Encore, but after a while it gets far too repetitive for its own good and you find yourself becoming bored. In addition to the game you'll also get a couple of microphones, so you and a friend can perform duets in your living room, all for £27.08 from Choices UK, which should save you over £2.50 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.
Sales suggest that the music/rhythm genre has been dying a slow and painful death over the past year or so, but that didn't stop 2010 from producing some of the finest exponents of the genre yet. Activision released arguably the best Guitar Hero since GH3, Rock Band 3 broke down the wall between gaming and being that guy at the party, and Def Jam Rapstar finally proved that it was possible to do hip-hop oriented karaoke without being a wild inaccurate pile of rubbish.
And then there was the dancing. You can refresh yourselves with one of the videos after the jump. I fear they'll be burned into my memory (and YouTube) for many many years to come.
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Developer: Le Cortex
Publisher: Nordic Games Publishing AB
Seeing as how singing isn't my forte, I approached We Sing Encore with trepidation and not much hope of receiving a rewarding gameplay experience. When it comes to music games I like to see a bit of variety not only from the set list, but also from the roles that you can take, whether that's standing up with a guitar controller strapped around your shoulders or sitting down hammering away at the rubber pads on a synthetic drum kit. However, there's none of that with We Sing Encore, it's purely vocals based so chances are you'll either be stood up tapping your foot to the music or slouched into your couch in a hypnotic stupor as the words flash across the screen and you fire them out like a zombified cat perched on top of a fence wailing into the night.
The list of songs that you have to choose from is a little bit on the low side especially when you compare it to some of its rivals or even a song book at a karaoke night, which is a real shame because after a couple of hours you'll have covered just about everything and probably won't have a great desire to rush back into it because nothing about it really stands out. I can see what the developers have tried to do with the songs, they've attempted to include a little bit of everything to cater for the wide range of music fans that are likely to check out the game. Unfortunately, this is its biggest downfall because it's more than likely that you'll scan through the set list to find that you're only really interested in going over one or two songs and couldn't care less about the rest, which was certainly the case with me and left me feeling that the set list was about as sparse as a spartan warrior's living quarters in terms of the songs that I actually wanted to have a go at.
Taking part in the game doesn't really feel like a simulation of the career of an up and coming pop star, it feels more like a simulation of a person who's too lazy to get up of their arse and phone a few mates to arrange a trip to the local pub for a bit of karaoke, which believe me would be a lot cheaper than buying a copy of the game complete with all of the microphone peripherals. As you're singing the words scroll across the screen and the background is quite simply just the music video for the track, which as you can imagine after one or two play throughs starts to feel a bit too familiar.Click here to read the rest of Tom's review...
If like me you're vocally challenged and prefer to wield a musical instrument controller rather than picking up a microphone and belting out the lyrics to your favourite songs, then it's probably best to steer clear of We Sing Encore.
You can pre-order the game from The Hut for £17.93, which'll make you a saving of almost £4 on the next best offer of £21.79 coming in from Choices UK.
The set list is comprised of songs representing the last few decades and includes the likes of Simply Red, Coldplay, The Supremes, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Whilst you'll be able to find at least one song that you'll enjoy belting out, there are nowhere near as many tracks as you'd find in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, so it should only take you a couple of hours to work your way through all of them.
There aren't any characters to choose from and all you'll see on the screen are the words scrolling from left to right, whilst the music video for the song plays in the background. As a result the game feels like a trip out to a karaoke night at the local rather than simulating the experience of being an up and coming pop star struggling up the long ladder of the music industry.
The game has a couple of features that I thought were particularly nice touches, which included a countdown timer for the tracks and singing lessons to help you improve your performances.
Even if you're not the greatest singer in the world, We Sing Encore is still great fun to play especially when you're backed up by a couple of friends.
If you want to find out more about the game then why not check out my preview here.
Driving in my car, which by the way has no air conditioning, to a car park, followed by a 10 minute walk to the tube station, all of which occurred before a 45 minute train journey with no water in sight, had put me in somewhat of a bad mood before I got to the welcoming PR company where we got to have a look at We Sing Encore. However, being somebody who rarely sings due to my incredibly poor grasp of vocal keys and pitch, I was shocked to discover that we were being led into small rooms containing a few complete strangers, with the expectation that we'd then be sitting around singing, or certainly in my case, murdering the tracks that are present on the set list. So, I flopped onto the sofa, quenched my thirst which also conveniently repaired my vocal cords, and picked up the microphone for an experience I'd been dreading. What then occurred was two hours of non-stop singing whilst we worked our way through the majority of singles and managed to have a great time doing so.
Unlike the Rock Bands and Guitar Heroes of the gaming world, this title is focused entirely on the vocal aspect of the music universe. You can have a maximum of 4 players singing at one time, although if you do you'll probably want to turn the volume of the microphones down, so that you're TV speakers are prevented from broadcasting a sound that'd cause a martians head to explode. The list of songs is made up of pop hits that span the last few decades, including stuff by Coldplay, Simply Red, and The Supremes, and you'll definitely find something on there that you can have a crack at. Unfortunately, the number of tracks seems incredibly sparse in comparison to Rock Band, and you'll only need a couple of hours to work your way through all of them.
There are no characters to choose from or extravagantly designed sets for you to perform on, instead the music videos for the singles play in the background and the words appear at the bottom of the screen, which really makes the game feel like a karaoke experience in the pub rather than converting you into an accomplished pop star. You can't fail the songs whilst singing them, so you'll have to work out how you're doing by the on-screen score, comments, and the breakdown of your performance, which you'll be provided with once you've reached the end.