As we approach Christmas, most of us are probably getting excited about meeting up with friends and family members and having some fun get-togethers. They might involve a bit of singing.
While you can crank out the karaoke machine if you have one, it’s not required if you have a console or PC knocking about thanks to the Let’s Sing series. It’s been around for more than half a decade now, and in that time it’s been gradually expanded with more modes and features. It’s a shame, then, that the latest incarnation is perhaps the least essential yet. But if you’re after a new selection of songs to belt out in the comfort of your home, Let’s Sing 2022 still might be worth picking up.
Launching Let’s Sing 2022, anyone that has spent some time with Let’s Sing 2021 will have a considerable feeling of déjà vu. Its main menu is pretty much identical, and as you browse through the options on offer you’ll find the same selection of modes, too. For some, then, Let’s Sing 2022 will feel like a standalone expansion pack, offering 30 new songs for them to sing along to at the best of their abilities. New tracks will be released for it periodically, too, though you’ll have to pay to add them into the mix.
Of course, the familiarity won’t be an issue for those who haven’t previously stepped foot into the world of Let’s Sing. Instead, they’ll probably be impressed by its selection of modes. Classic mode is the bread and butter of the series, letting players choose any of the songs on offer before seeing if they can do them justice either alone or with up to three others singing alongside them. Each player gets their own score, so you can make it competitive if you wish.
There are many other ways to compete in Let’s Sing 2022 though. Mixtape, for example, is pretty much the same as Classic, but instead of just choosing a song you choose a mixtape category. What follows is a mashup of five songs that keeps you on your toes. Let’s Party mode is the package’s best competitive offering, making up to eight players split into two teams before going to head-to-head across numerous songs. As well as putting in a decent performance, players will also need to pay mind to the daft minigames that run throughout. You might have to stop singing when the game tells you to, for example, or attempt to sing while the words are obscured.
Acknowledging that you won’t always have people to sing with, or that you won’t always want to sing with others, Let’s Sing 2022 also has a couple of single-player focused modes that are worth taking part in. Legend mode is a true single-player campaign, tasking you with making your way to numerous bosses and conquering them. To do that you’ll have to sing, of course, with victory achieved by completing a wide range of objectives. Sometimes you’ll have to hit a set number of golden notes. Other times you might be fishing for compliments – reach the required amount and you pass.
World Contest is another single-player mode, but one that pits you against players from around the world. Jump in and you’ll be presented with a selection of competitors and songs – choose the one you want to challenge and away you go. Sing your heart out and achieve victory and you’ll move up the rankings. Fail, and you might move down them. It’s like online multiplayer only without the waiting around and disconnects, making it a worthwhile time sink for those who like to use their vocal chords.
The worst mode in Let’s Sing 2022 is Feat., a duet mode which can be played with another player or the AI. It often splits songs up in weird but not wonderful ways, making it messy and confusing at times. Still, those who do persist with it might like the fact that it gives them a compatibility score at the end.
To play Let’s Sing 2022 you’ll need microphones. Actual USB microphones are the best way to play, as they’re made specifically for the task and are nice to hold. But if you don’t have any mics, you can use your Android or iOS smartphone; simply download the Let’s Sing app, put in a code, and you’re ready to go. We did run into a couple of issues using our phones, however. Sometimes they just didn’t pick our voices up very well. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, players that had ceased to sing midway through a performance sometimes found that the voices of others actually registered for them. In some cases it even improved their scores. It’s something to bear in mind.
For anyone that has an earlier version, the value of Let’s Sing 2022 lies solely in its selection of songs. It does have some belters on it such as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, and Wham!’s Last Christmas. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix, then, but at least it means there’s something for everyone. It’s just a shame that there aren’t really any new modes or features. But then, what could be added at this point? In any case, for those new to it all, this is a great starting point.
Let’s Sing 2022 Review – GameSpew’s Score