A title especially for fans!
31 titles that overwhelm the repertoire of these hitmakers. This Let’s sing features the band’s major hits and the most recent “I Still Have Faith In You”, the first single from their latest album “Voyage”. Okay, but little by little because you shouldn’t be hoping to unlock any bonus titles.
If the choruses are well known, the various passages are much more delicate. Relatively short, each title is quite rhythmic and sometimes it is necessary to work well on its phrasing and tone. The fans therefore have a big advantage. However, each track integrated into the game can be freely replayed via the Jukebox mode, as long as it is unlocked.
The texts are understandable even for a low level of English. But it remains sung only in English, which potentially excludes the young audience while the Viking cartoon design of the avatars itself matches them. The privileged target of this work by ABBA therefore remains essentially adult, lulled by these successes of the 70s.
However, we regret the development studio’s lack of risk-taking. It offers us a copy / paste of the Queen edition or the annual variety editions with just a calibration of the new songs. If the main attraction for us was to be able to sing about ABBA’s hits, evolutions remain very rare indeed. It’s clean, tidy, generally effective, but still the same, our feeling after taking charge of this new title.
Let’s Sing follow each other and they all look alike
The mechanics of the general public of Let’s Sing is well oiled: you choose a 6 mode (the jukebox being a listening mode, you classify it separately), you select your song classified according to a level of difficulty ranging from one to five stars. You sing and whoever scores the most points wins. These points fill a gauge that will allow you to level up, up to level 25 max. As you level up, you will be required to unlock four playlists for a dedicated mode or various customization items for your avatars, often inspired by the outfits actually worn by the band on stage. The potential of the game runs out quickly, only your love for the group will push you to bring it out more or less regularly.
Like any karaoke software, the lyrics are displayed at the bottom of the screen. A bar scrolls to show you when to sing and let you see your progress. The texts are also indicated on the bar which represents the height of the item to be reached and the syllables. Depending on the modality, in addition to the color code, it is necessary to take into account who must sing in turn or at the same time. It is relatively forgiving gameplay because even in the event of a mess or non-compliance with the text, if the pitch of the notes is correct, you earn points.
Who says Switch, says portable mode. You suspect he has limited interest. It is played with a headset. you can play alone with AI or participate in online games. This mode, here called World Contest, is now essential as we have experienced imprisonment. But the concept of karaoke is first of all singing in front of an audience or several people in front of your television. Aside from the Legend mode which is only played alone, it is best to play in docked mode.
It also means that the Lite is not the best solution. It only has a USB-C port which doesn’t match the microphones. Application is therefore essential. It is not possible to connect more than two microphones at the same time. The show is therefore to use the Let’s Sing Mic application, transforming your smartphone into a compatible microphone to play more than two. Unfortunately, we haven’t noticed any noticeable progress in compatibility since the last episode of Queen. The smartphone is more sensitive than the microphone, so plan to distance yourself a little more than a telephone operator to avoid accidental interference from voices.
Regardless of the device used, voice detection is of a good standard. The game, however, seems a bit more tolerant of low voices than high voices in taking note pitch into consideration.
Some technical drawbacks
We will talk about disappointments, which are mainly technical. First of all we will complain about the level of the AI never really giving the impression of having a real opponent to stimulate us. Then there are display problems. Some lyrics, especially in Feat mode, become so impressive that they no longer see the tone lines of the voice, unnecessarily complicating the gameplay.
Added to this is the lack of visual indications to warn us that a very fast passage is coming soon, it is a gameplay clearly pushed to learn by heart.
The real disappointment remains visual. Is it by choice to stay in a limited volume of data to fit a small cartridge or not take too long to download? We can only regret the still images and the 45 rpm covers too pixelated for our tastes. A very Wii visual effect that stands out with the 1080p resolution. The background clips are based on old recordings and do not appear to have been remastered. But it’s less creepy because you’re focused on the game interface and the texts are clearly visible.
We remain on two recurring reservations on Let’s Sing, not correct on this work by ABBA. The former is the less obvious four-way game to find the way between text and note pitch. The bigger the screen, the more comfortable you will feel in this mode, so there is an economic parameter that should not be underestimated. The second is the lack of settings, in particular to allow a better retouch of the sound volume of the original voices, too low on some songs, to block the melody correctly. Fans of the late Singstar will regret some missing settings, but that’s how Let’s Sing remains the only big candidate on the market today.