Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Developer: Gusto Games
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Rated: T for Teen
O-Games have created a new singing game to keep karaoke singers highly entertained. Stop going out and staying in is the new move to make. But the question lies if Everybody Sings can “keep” you and your friends indoors.
The general concept and to sing your heart out over some of the greatest songs from top artist like Michael Buble and Nicki Minaj or from the older generation, Billy Ray Cyrus, Elton John and Lionel Richie. You can choose to take lead or sing the background of the songs by going for it or learning them through a Rehearsal game mode.
The game modes consist of Everyone Sing which places you in the spotlight, ranking you on pitch and consistency, to build a high score against friends on the game’s leaderboard. There’s also an option called “Know Your Song” that lets you perform without the use of onscreen lyrics. So if you sure you know those words, have fun showing off your skills; “Look Ma, No Lyrics!”
Everyone Party is actually the more entertaining mode if you have family and friends to help enhance the overall experience. If you’ve played Lips before for XBOX 360, then you’ll be familiar with how some of the modes work, specifically Tug of War and Pass the Bomb. Both of these modes requires you to sing well in order to give your team the upper hand at winning the Tug or passing the bomb over to the opposing team before it sets off. There are also simple Team Modes that includes a tournament like gameplay as well to determine which team is the best of the best.
In honesty, Everyone Sing when dissected is not quite a must have by far. Even while offering decent song artist, the selections that you have to choose from feels quite bland. With 35 songs on the immediate roster, it merely feels like enough to keep friends entertained.
After browsing through a few songs, it feels a bit forced-fed to continue playing what you have and learning songs you have no knowledge of. Now Everyone Sing does break down songs between choruses, verses and background, but it just leaves you feeling more like “is that it?”
Everyone Sing was a great attempt to get players amped up for a new karaoke experience, but fails miserably. It would take plenty of DLC for all genres to make the title feel more marketable and offer a greater level of replay value. Some games at least have that “fun for the moment” factor, this wasn’t one of them.
Overall Rating: 2/5