Christmas is mere moments away. That means many things. A day of gluttony, a day with family members that you may not usually choose to visit, and the desperate bid to find something that everyone can join in with. A level playing field is the key to happiness at a family gathering or at least the path to neutrality. What better way to do that than through a good old sing-along? Fortunately, there’s no need to suffer Songs of Praise Christmas edition as there’s the chance to let your hair down courtesy of We Sing Rock! The exclamation mark in the title demonstrating the excitement we should all be feeling.
Offering 40 tracks in all, each supplied with their official videos, there’s a fair mix of rocking that’s ideal for all the family. We Sing Rock! is a PEGI 12 certificate but as any track with strong language has been censored appropriately, it’s fine for most of the family assuming that no child in the group is too young.
The tracks available are a rather varied bunch. There’s the traditional rock n roll songs, such as Elvis’s Suspicious Minds, but there’s also room for emo rock like My Chemical Romance’s Welcome to the Black Parade. Amongst all that is more conventional rock such as Ace of Spades, Poison, My Favourite Game and Here I Go Again. Yup, it’s leaning on the soft side of rock a little with the noticeable absence of the Foo Fighters for instance. It’s hard to complain too much though. At least if you look past the evils of Limp Bizkit’s Rollin’. Coldplay with Violet Hill is also a slightly odd entry that’s bound to irritate some.
Ever dependable gameplay keeps the fun flowing nicely regardless of musical differences. The fun is limited in single player mode, unless you want to spend hours before the Christmas bash honing your singing ability. We Sing Rock! is pretty unbeatable when it comes to sing-along multiplayer fun though. Up to 4 players can participate at any one time, just like with previous We Sing games which is an ideal setup to ensure there are plenty of different modes to try out. Pass the Mic, First to X (reach the set score before the other player) and Group Battle Mode are all highlights. For the truly competitive, there’s Expert mode removing the pitch bar and lyrics. For the ever confident, there’s Blind mode which removes the lyrics and sound of each track randomly.
The game’s engine does a decent job of keeping track of people’s performances too although it does feel slightly forgiving at times, especially on lower difficulties. Who can blame it though considering its party game background. Throughout, We Sing Rock! is simple to navigate making it an ideal game to leave the kids or technophobes in front of.
The only flaw in this package is that, excluding the change of tracklist, We Sing Rock! is much the same as previous We Sing instalments. It’s steady and consistent, just like any seasonal tradition. This encourages that reviewing cliché, if you liked previous games you’ll love this, otherwise you’ll be unimpressed. It’s accurate in this case though. For the player seeking a fun party game for all the family, this is an ideal effort. For the loner gamer, it’s predictably worth a miss. Who wants to be that grumpy over Christmas though?
MLG Rating: 7/10
Platform: Wii Release Date: 11/11/2011
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a a review of We Sing Rock! by freelancer Jennifer Allen. The title was reviewed on a PS3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.