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Sing 4 - Wii Review

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Sing 4: The Hits Edition

Wii | Crave Games / Voxier Games | 1 Player | Out Now (North America)
Controller Compatibility: Wii Remote (pointer); USB Microphone
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25th January 2012; By Patrick

Music games have been incredibly popular in the last two generations; games where you play along to the rhythm, play an instrument (plastic or real) to a licensed song, dance, or even sing along with licensed songs. As the idea goes, competition drives quality up.
Sing 4 is here to defy expectations.

    I'm just going to jump right in here: Sing 4 is a failure of a game through and through. The first thing I noticed? The entire game was displayed in an incredibly low-resolution with black bars on the sides. As it turns out, this was because my settings were set to 16:9 and the game only supports 4:3, though it chooses to do it in a different way than many other Wii games that solely support 4:3. Upon changing my Wii's settings, the image quality sunk even further. Go figure.

    The game costs $50 and comes with a Logitech USB Microphone (which can be purchased separately for cheaper, if that is your reason for purchase). The game features mostly modern pop songs by artists such as Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, The Black Eyed Peas, and...Lynyrd Skynyrd? It seemed to me that the devs applied for tons of licenses and included any that they could get. If there are not enough tracks for you for some reason (there are 40 on disc), the game supports highly overpriced DLC tracks for $3 a pop. I am unaware if these songs are on the disc as I have not purchased any of them, however I would assume so as the songs available for download at launch are the songs available now.

The menus honestly look like an MS Paint job gone wrong, then quickly re-sized for a TV screen. When you choose the song you want from these horrific menu screens, you are "treated" to a low resolution music video while you sing the song. The entire game looks like either 360p or more likely 240p, and while I'm not graphics obsessive (my current console of choice is the 480p Wii), the visual presentation in the game shows next to no effort at all and wouldn't be acceptable for a tech-demo
before the console's launch, let alone a finalized game 5 years into the system's life.

    As for the actual singing -- the entirety of the gameplay -- it’s not even worth bothering. It's common knowledge that all singing games register is the pitch, so I'm not saying that not needing to vocalize the lyrics is a major problem. No, my major problem is that I was able to set up an instrument tuner by the mic, set it to an "A" pitch, and the game thought it was fluctuating enough to hit most of the pitches, seemingly at random. I didn't get a perfect, but I certainly didn't get any bad marks, which is much more than can be said of this game.

With all of these factors together, the game simply is
not enjoyable. The graphics gave me a headache, the audio quality isn't even that good to begin with, the resolution is standardized and awful, and no matter how many songs it contains, you will not want to play even a single one.

Sing 4 is, all in all, just a poor product. It was presumably rushed to market, but I might give a developer the benefit of the doubt that they were too rushed to release a superior product. Not in this case, however. With this being the fourth game in a series, they are presumably using and improving their engine for the past three titles, but I'd be afraid to see what those looked like. Avoid at all costs.

04/30 - Simply Awful

Gameplay 1/10 - Completely broken, pitch detection non-existent making entire purchase pointless, engine completely awful and outdated
Presentation 1/10 - Locked resolution, blurry images that look like MS Paint drawings, music video and audio quality are extremely low
Enjoyment 0/5 - Absolutely none, lack of pitch detection takes away any and all sense of gameplay or accomplishment, no desire to play at all
Extra Content 2/5 - 40 songs on disc, some that don't seem to fit in at all, DLC offered is highly overpriced, nothing to do but sing or listen to the music

Equivalent to a score of 13% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating) - Our Rating System

Review by Patrick

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