I was probably one of very few grown men who was excited by the announcement of Ubisoft’s Just Sing. It was just over 10 years ago when I was in my teens and SingStar was the coolest thing at every party. It would release year-after-year, bringing the hottest hits, without adding much to the formula and that was OK as it was a rock-solid experience that was strangely accurate for its time.
Unfortunately, like the more recent SingStar Ultimate Party on PS4, Just Sing is quite a confused game, making use of smartphone technology which adds to the experience in some ways, but lets it down quite significantly in reliability and ability to actually detect and transmit voice, which is definitely the core of the game.Those who have played SingStar know that the game primarily uses pitch as well as timing to score you. Unfortunately, with Just Sing, the game seemingly doesn’t seem to be interpreting or judging you on pitch at all. It appears that the game is only detecting sound along with correct timing to score you. I went through an entire song just blowing into my microphone and managed to score a perfect rate of over 90% and 5 stars. There was absolutely no punishment for blowing into my mic at times when there were no lyrics being sung, and obviously pitch being out of whack.
I know that this is a game that is aimed at younger people, and it’s probably a great stocking stuffer, but it’s clear that little love and care has been put into this title, which is incredibly sad, as it doesn’t hold a candle to Ubisoft’s beloved Just Dance, which for all its judgement, is actually quite a well-polished title.