14th Jan2020

‘Let’s Sing 2020′ Review (PS4)

by Phil Wheat

The karaoke game train rolls on with the only video game franchise in the ever-diminishing genre, Let’s Sing, still around! Now in it’s 2020 iteration, the RavensCourt/Voxler title is now seemingly the only karaoke game left in a market that used to be completely saturated. So maligned is the genre that Sony recently announced it’s closing the Singstar servers and there’s nary a sight of a new We Sing game. However… Let’s Sing is STILL flying the flag for a genre that, only a few years ago was flourishing. So what happened?

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Well I blame TikTok… I joke of course, but as a super-fan of karaoke games I can’t understand why we can get a myriad of Need for Speed games no one wants, a ton of Assassin’s Creed titles that are – essentially – all the same game yet it’s the karaoke genre that’s dying out. A genre that can be revitalised every year given the right set of songs and the right game mechanics. For shame gamers, for shame! Though judging by the traffic our reviews of Let’s Sing, We Sing Pop and Now That’s What I Call Sing still get years later, a LOT of other people love these game too! So again, why do game developers still ignore the genre?

As with last years game, Let’s Sing 2019, Let’s Sing 2020 made its debut digitally BEFORE coming to retail later this month. Thankfully my worries last year, that the series would be facing a digital-only future is not on the cards. As I stated then, going digital only would not bode well for the future of the series, or the genre as a whole. But it seems the digital debut is only a few weeks before the physical release and, given how quickly the online leaderboard charts are changing each session, it seems fans have realised this and, unlike last year, are grabbing the digital version. So if we ARE headed down the digital route, why not offer year-round digital-only updates rather than having to wait a year between releases?

Sorry. I’ll stop complaining. After all at least we get one Let’s Sing game a year. With that being said, lets crack on with the review. Which we’ll break down in the same manner as ALL our previous ones (we’ve reviewed a lot of these games by now!)

The Songs

Let’s Sing 2020 comes in two versions: the standard version and the Platinum Edition. The difference? Well, just like last years release, the latter gives you all the currently available DLC for the game: the two new song packs released with this edition of the game as well as ALL the DLC that accompanied the 2018 and 2019 versions of the game.

It seems RavensCourt/Voxler have learnt slightly from last years release and made the basic tracklist for Let’s Sing 2020 a little more well-rounded – yes the the line-up of songs still feature current radio-played songs but these are balanced out a handful of with older tracks, which means, at least for me, this version of Let’s Sing has to be most well-balanced collection of songs in the standard version I’ve seen in ages. Of course in the Platinum version this balance is multiplied ten-fold with such a wide variety of tracks that Let’s Sing 2020 is THE perfect multi-generational karaoke game!

Check out the Let’s Sing 2020 tracklist below:

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  • Ava Max – Sweet but Psycho
  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Marshmello & Anne-Marie – FRIENDS
  • Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
  • Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These Days
  • Robin Schulz ft. Erika Sirola - Speechless
  • Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack – Rise
  • Dean Lewis - Be Alright
  • Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
  • George Ezra - Shotgun
  • Imagine Dragons – Natural
  • Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
  • Lukas Graham - Love Someone
  • Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
  • Selena Gomez x Marshmello – Wolves
  • Tom Walker – Leave a Light On
  • Jonas Blue ft. William Singe - Mama
  • Alice Merton – No Roots
  • James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners -This Girl
  • Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa - No Lie
  • Shawn Mendes – Stitches
  • OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • Nelly Furtado – Maneater
  • Linkin Park - Numb
  • Robbie Williams - Angels
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Queen - The Show Must Go On
  • Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
  • Ofenbach ft. Nick Waterhouse – Katchi

Not only is the track list balanced between old and new, it’s also well balanced in terms of difficulty, with songs ranging from easy to hard – and those labelled “hard” are actually harder than last years tracks, meaning there’s a considerable increase in challenge this time round. Especially if you want to get on those worldwide leaderboards!

Controls

Nothing much has changed when it comes to the controls in Let’s Sing 2020 – the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” springs to mind. Once again you can use any console-compatible USB microphones. We found the game worked with a PS3-gen Rockband mic and generic USB Logitech microphone from the days of the Nintendo Wii AND the mics from the another karaoke franchise on the PS4, We Sing. And ALL worked perfectly fine.

There is also the option, as with the last game, to use your mobile phones as a mic by downloading the FREE Let’s Sing mic app for the game and connecting your phone to your console over wifi. Which means there’s also more opportunity for playing – players can join the game through a combination of USB mic or phone app, allowing up to 4 players per track (also handy if one of the 2 USB ports on the front of the PS4 is taken up by an external hard drive like ours!). Thankfully the “sing to activate the mic” option once again appears within the latest Let’s Sing game, which means players can jump in and out of the fun, choosing to partake in a particular track or not on a song-by-song basis. Thankfully the app, originally downloaded last year for Let’s Sing 2019, worked like a charm with Let’s Sing 2020, connecting quickly and easily with no phone reboots required.

Gameplay & Presentation

Theupgrades from last years iteration: the addition of avatars; a global-asynchronous-versus-multiplayer-mode; and a new “Create your own Mix Tape” mode, are all present here along with the samet clean look and feel for the menu system. Surprisingly the slight delay in response when flicking through the track listings is still present in this version AND there is a slight “freezing” when launching a song, something that I feel could simply be addressed in an update (as the devs have for the bug that caused the game to crash when accessing the PS Store through the game) or it could be my old PS4 struggling to keep up(!). The rest of the game is pretty much the same as last year… The global-asynchronous-versus-multiplayer-mode – or “World Contest” as its known in the game – is back as are the unlockable avatars and the updated score multiplier from Let’s Sing 2019. Anhere’s still plenty of trophies (and in turn avatars) to collect, along with bronze, silver, gold, platinum AND diamond records. Which means – as usual – for trophy hunters there’s plenty to go at in Let’s Sing 2020.

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Conclusion

Honestly, Let’s Sing 2020 isn’t much of a change from last years iteration but when that game was without a doubt THE best karaoke game ever made – especially in the Platinum Edition which also gives you access to SEVEN extra DLC packs. RavensCourt and Voxler know what works and they’ve stuck to the winning formula… It seems that, at least for now, there’s no way to improve on perfection (which the last game was), merely the ability to tweak things slightly for a smoother experience. But – like I said in the intro – why not offer year-round digital-only updates rather than having to wait a year between releases? Now THAT would be a huge improvement to the franchise and prevent each release from becoming sale. After all, who’s still playing a Let’s Sing game 9 months after release? With constant updates I feel this would be a constant go-to in my household and probably yours too!

Ultimately, if you like these kinds of karaoke games (like I do) you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of Let’s Sing 2020 now. Right now.

***** 5/5

Let’s Sing 2019 is available now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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