STAFF REVIEW of Let's Sing 2022 (Xbox One)

Monday, December 13, 2021.
by Adam Dileva

Let's Sing 2022 Box art I’m a terrible singer and can’t hold a tune, but that doesn’t stop me from doing so in the shower or during the car ride to work. I absolutely love doing karaoke, as everyone turns into the best singer in the world after a few adult drinks, myself included. So what do you do when you enjoy singing and gaming? That’s where Let’s Sing 2022 comes in.

Everyone has that ‘one song’ that they know they can belt out near perfectly, wanting to be that singing sensation that you see on TV and online. Let’s Sing 2022 rounds out their playlist from numerous genres, generations and artists to hopefully satisfy your audio tastes to sing along to. It’s alright if you don’t know the words, as they’ll be scrolling across the screen for you to sing along with. With 20 songs (plus ten more with the free DLC) you should hopefully at least find a few classics or bangers you’ll enjoy to hear and sing along to repeatedly, not just by yourself either, but with up to eight singers or online against other vocalists, regardless if you have a USB microphone or not.

As for the musical selection itself, musical taste is completely subjective, and while there were a couple I quite enjoyed singing along to, the list of 20 included songs are as follows:

The Offspring - "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)"
Master KG feat. Nomcebo - "Jerusalema"
Rag'n'Bone Man - "Human"
Amy Winehouse - "Back to Black"
Wham! - "Last Christmas"
Madcon feat. Ray Dalton - "Don't Worry"
Topic & A7S - "Breaking Me"
Joel Corry x MNEK - "Head & Heart"
Backstreet Boys - "Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)"
Jax Jones feat. RAYE - "You Don't Know Me"
Lady Gaga - "Stupid Love"
Imagine Dragons - "Bad Liar"
Calvin Harris feat. Rag'n'Bone Man - "Giant"
Billie Eilish - "everything i wanted"
Ava Max - "Kings & Queens"
Zoe Wees - "Control"
David Guetta & Sia - "Let's Love"
Ofenbach & Quarterhead feat. Norma Jean Martine - "Head Shoulders Knees & Toes"
David Bowie - "Ashes to Ashes"
Nathan Evans (220 KID x Billen Ted Remix) - "Wellerman (Sea Shanty)"

With the Let's Sing 2022 International Song Pack (a free DLC), you can boost your song selection up to 30 total, which include:

Ariana Grande - "positions"
Jason Derulo & Jawsh 685 - "Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)"
Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber - "Monster"
Aladdin - "A Whole New World"
Sia - "Snowman"
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - "Leave The Door Open"
The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
Depeche Mode - "Enjoy The Silence"
Crazy Town - "Butterfly"
P!nk - "What About Us"

And of course, there’s an online song store where you can purchase numerous other songs and packs, but these come at a cost of course, so this review is solely based on the 30 songs listed above that come with a purchase of Let’s Sing 2022.

So how exactly can you sing and have the game recognize your voice you ask? There’s actually a few different options for you. You can plug in USB microphones, so if you’ve been hoarding those old Rock Band microphones, they’ll final pay off. If you’re a gamer, you most likely have a headset for chatting to your friends online, and if it’s a wired version that plugs into your controller you can opt to use these as well. It should be noted that it seems they have to be wired headsets, as none of my wireless ones would register my voice at all.

Lastly, anyone can sing along, even non-gamers as you can use any phone or smart device into a microphone by downloading the Let’s Sing Microphone App (iOS and Android). This is done basically in the same way as the Jackbox games work, having players input a room code to sync their device to the specific lobby. Choose your song(s) and up to eight players can all sing together in certain modes. You’re also able to mix and match devices, so you can have a maximum of four smartphones, 2 USB microphones and 2 headsets if playing an eight player mode.

Speaking of Modes, there’s eight different ones to test your vocals in: Legend, Classic, Mix Tape 2.0, Jukebox, Playlist Creator, Feat., World Contest and Let’s Party. Classic Mode is essentially a quick play option, choosing a song and get to singing to rack up the high scores. Mix Tape 2.0 Mode gives you an interesting playlist every time, so no two times should be the same with dynamically generated mixes. Legend Mode is what you could think of a career or campaign, as you need to earn a certain amount of start to progress and eventually challenge your rivals.

Feat. Mode has you pairing up with a friend or AI to try and sing the best cooperatively. Can you elevate each other to reach new stardom together? Singing alongside an icon was a cool touch I didn’t really expect. World Contest Mode is essentially your online play. Here you’ll challenge friends or strangers online to see who the best singer of them all truly is. Let’s Party Mode is where you’ll be if you happen to have a bunch of friends over that want to impromptu karaoke at some point during the night. This is where up to eight players can all sing together, so get everyone to download the app and they can join in with one another in randomly chosen game modes with two teams. Playlist Creator Mode is just that, giving you the freedom to create any session with the mode and songs you enjoy the most. Lastly is Jukebox Mode where you can simply have music on in the background for your party, though with the 30 song track list, this will obviously start to repeat long before last call.

As for the gameplay, if you’ve ever played any iteration of Let’s Sing, Rockband or any other vocal game, you’ll know exactly how to play. The music video plays in the background with the words at the bottom of the screen. Scrolling in the middle of the screen are the notes, indicating the octaves and tone you need to hit to earn the most points. Even non-gamers will be able to figure it out, and while the voice recognition was iffy at times, myself, my wife and child all had fun when we were singing, even if we were trying to mumble or hum the words in tune at times.

I did run into the odd issue here and there when I had more than two smartphones connected for microphones, randomly dropping in and out, eventually having to re-sync to the sessions with a new room code. Of course this meant we missed a lot of notes and words, and I’m not sure if phones have different quality microphones, but my phone compared to the wife’s seemed to pick up my voice much better than hers, though mine is also a much newer device.

With a song selection limited to 30 included songs, I have to admit that the longevity did wear off after a few days. Sure there were a handful of songs I quite enjoyed, but there’s only so many times I can sing Backstreet Boys - "Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)" before growing tired of it. Again, musical taste is completely subjective and I have a feeling that your purchase decision is going to almost solely be based on what you feel towards the track listing that’s included more than anything else.

**Let’s Sing 2022 was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series X**

Overall: 6.8 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.5 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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