Welcome to the party! It’s time for the next iteration in the ‘Let’s Sing’ franchise, namely the 2020 edition. Brought to you by Ravens Court, it was released on 25 October 2019.
This review was done on the PlayStation 4.
This is the first time I’ve played a game in this specific franchise. I remember the last time I had the opportunity with a singing game on the PS4. The game was called WeSing, and it was a terrible experience. Even though the game came with two microphones, there was a terrible delay and echo in the game that made me just turn it off and want to sell it again.
I am very happy to say that Let’s Sing 2020 does not have the same issues. You can actually calibrate the microphones and set the delay indicator, so that there is absolutely no delay. You can also adjust the input volume, in case you don’t want to hear yourself that much on the television.
There is a rather impressive tracklist, which combines a mixture of the old with the new. You can either go retro and sing Bon Jovi’s “You give love a bad name”, or Ava Max’s “Sweet but Psycho”.
While this list gives a stunning karaoke performance, I am left to wonder if any more songs will be added in the life-cycle of the game. With Rocksmith 2014, we had the option to buy new songs online individually or in albums, and it would be great if Let’s Sing 2020 does the same leading up any future sequels. As much as I loved singing to these tunes, even with all the different modes, it gets a bit much singing the same songs over and over trying to perfect them.
Having said that, the children don’t mind at all. They sang their voices hoarse and still wanted to keep singing. I fell asleep to “Shotgun” still ringing in my head from how many times they sang it. The game is perfect for families and parties with your friends. But don’t expect longevity if you’re a loner.
The visuals are also rather impressive. I loved the small note ball that hops along the screen, which indicates if you need to sing higher or lower. It definitely helped the children see how the notes were going to progress within the song. One thing I learnt, though, is that you don’t really need to know the words. If there is any form of word recognition in the game, I missed it. There was a section in a song where I got hopelessly lost with the words, but kept my voice on key with the pitch. Somehow, I managed to perfect the section, even though I was mumbling. I then tested singing to a different song with my own words while keeping the pitch of the notes, and also received some perfects; together with some laughs from the family.
The different modes brings some variety to just singing to the songs. Since you can sing up to 4 players together, this can become tremendous fun. You can all use smartphones, or mics attached to your controller, or plug in 2 PS4 USB mics with 2 of the first options I mentioned. We spent most of the weekend trying to see who can sing the songs better and get the best scores. You can even level up and unlock certain items, like Avatar images and mixtapes.
Here is a summary of the different modes:
- Classic: Perform Solo or together with your friends. Hit the right notes can score the most points.
- Feat.: Sing with friends and family or also team up with your idol in the single-player mode to get a compatibility score. This is like a duet in karaoke fashion.
- World Contest: Sing against other people online. Try to reach the top of the leaderboard or just have fun with your friends – choose a player you want to challenge and try to beat other singers online. The game shows the performance of the other players as if you were singing together.
- Mix Tape 2.0: Mix different Medleys together with this innovative game mode. Each mix is dynamically generated and thus guarantees a playlist that never repeats itself and a lot of fun. – – – Create your own mixtapes with your favourite songs with the mixtape creator.
- Jukebox: Relax after your singing session with a list of songs for the next groovy party.
- Let’s Party: 8 Players, 2 Teams and randomly chosen game modes will bring the Let’s Sing party factor to the next level. And that’s not all, you can also play this mode with only one console locally with your friends.
All in all, Let’s Sing 2020 will be a party favourite and is meant to be enjoyed as a group. Sure, you can sing solo in your loneliness, but it was definitely developed to be enjoyed by a crowd. While I’m hoping more songs will be added in the future, the track record (pun intended) for games like this adding more songs is minimal, so expectation is low. Which means I may only play this game every once and a while as opposed to regularly. Unlike my children, who have lost their voices by now.
However, with the mics syncing perfectly with the game, and a wonderful list of songs for you and your friends to party to, Let’s Sing 2020 deserves a high 8/10.
**PLEASE NOTE: AIR Entertainment were supplied with a review copy of the game. This has in no way influenced my views on the game as per our Review Policy**