A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
People can either work together or against one another through the power of song, promoting unity and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Players play themselves, and since the focus of play is on singing, there's nothing to focus on as a role model, apart from trying to sing well.
Features female characters and one person of color in terms of player avatars, and the initial song selection contains songs sung by people of varying genders and ethnicities.
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Ease of Play
It's incredibly easy to hook up a USB microphone (or use your own phone as a microphone) to sing to your heart's content and try to get the highest score possible.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are several songs with references to sex and romantic relationships, but there's nothing too overtly obscene (in the default batch of songs).
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Curse words are scattered among some of the songs, such as "damn," "hell," "ass," and "bitch," although any stronger instances of profanity are censored.
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Products & Purchases
Another entry in the Let's Sing series. Contains actual songs from real musicians, which may encourage players to buy their music. There are also many songs hidden behind "packs" that need to be purchased separately to make the most of the experience.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are very minor allusions to drinking, drugs, or alcohol within some of the songs, but it's not too prominent (in the default batch of songs).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let's Sing 2023 is a downloadable single-player/multiplayer karaoke game currently available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. This is another entry in the Let's Sing series. Players will bust out their microphones (or regular smartphones) and sing to their heart's content, either facing off against their friends or singing alongside them to see who can become the world's next big musician! The game is easy to play and understand, requiring a USB microphone (not included with the game) or regular smartphone (via an app) to simply sing and try to stay within the pitch of the song. Since the songs are from many genres and musicians, there's inevitable profanity in the form of "damn," "hell," "ass," and "bitch," and anything more vulgar than that is censored. There are also several songs that contain references to sex and romantic relationships, but there's nothing too vulgar or obscene – alongside small allusions to drinking, drugs, and alcohol (within the default batch of songs). Though there's teamwork and unity in coming together to sing popular songs, the game also takes advantage of additional "song packs" that must be purchased separately to make the most out of the experience.
Is It Any Good?
On a fundamental level, this game provides potential hours of fun and enjoyment for any music lovers. Let's Sing 2023 has enough variation in how players can interact with one another through its many modes – all of which are interesting enough on their own. It helps that the initial batch of songs offered with the base game cover as many genres as you can possibly imagine. The game is also forgiving when it comes to registering your pitch for a particular song, and it doesn't require you to be an expert singer to have fun or get a good score. There's even a Jukebox mode where you can watch the music videos of any song you sing, which can be a fun diversion if you need a break from singing. But all that being said, it's hard to think too highly of an experience that's extremely barebones. You're given an International Song Pack to start, which brings the total number of songs to about 30. Inevitably, there may be only a handful of songs you like out of that batch. Even if you sing all of them, it feels like there aren't enough songs available to justify the price.
There's a way you can enjoy many more songs, but you have to purchase individual song packs (5 songs at $5 each) in order to get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of the experience. Alternatively, you can pay $90 for a "Platinum" edition of the game, which includes all the song packs and brings the total number of songs to around 90 songs instead of the initial 30. This dampens an otherwise enjoyable game by asking for an additional price on top of the one you already paid. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that you start with so little when there's so much more locked behind a paywall. With that in mind, it's hard to call this anything more than a shameless cash grab that, while boasting some redeeming qualities, is hardly worth the price of admission.
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