If you know me, you know I love to sing. I'm not great at it or anything, but I collect music games. I'm not sure if I'm going to want this one, though. Ubisoft is releasing a music title called Just Sing this September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and I plan to be there from the beginning to sing my heart out...if it actually grades your performances and functions more than a singing toy. It looks more like it's in the vein of Just Dance, especially since it's hosted on the Just Dance website.
It's hard to tell for sure from the announcement, that says players will "sing or lip-sync their way to living room or online fame." It seems to me that the game is about recording your voice or lip-syncing to the 40 included tracks, with music videos captured via the Just Sing Companion App for iOS and Android, Kinect for Xbox One, or PlayStation Camera. There are two different modes: Party mode, where you can create videos with up to four players, or Battle mode, where players face off against each other. None of that sounds like Singstar or Rock Band, both of which grade your vocals (even though the superior Lips was better at it). It sounds like a glorified mobile app to make terrible lip syncing videos. If that's what it is, I'm not sure why anyone would want this.
I mean, there are "bars" you can see in the announcement video, but if it's anything like the grading Just Dance implements, it's basically useless anyway. I hope that's not the case, because some people shouldn't be encouraged to sing and share videos they create. Just saying.
The included songs are as follows:
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Drag Me Down - One Direction
What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
I Want To Break Free - Queen
Chandelier - Sia
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
One More Night – Maroon 5
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
There are more (purportedly over 40), but it's not immediately apparent if every song is licensed. I would hope so, but it's not something we can assume anymore these days.
In any case, the game releases on September 6. Hopefully it's worth playing, because I'm really hoping to add it to my music game arsenal, but seeing as it doesn't come with a USB microphone and all you use to play is your smartphone, I can't see paying full price for this over some sort of cheap karaoke app for your phone.