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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Let's Sing Country is a party-style karaoke game with a focus on country music for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Players will need to either use external USB microphones or download and configure the Let's Sing Mic app for iOS and Android devices to play the game. Parents should note that many of the songs and their accompanying music videos portray scenes of some violence and profanity, as well as frequent smoking and drinking. Many songs also present females in suggestive ways, either through lyrics or visually in the music videos. The game's available library of songs can be expanded via the purchase of additional music as in-game downloadable content.
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What's it about?
It's time to grab your hat, slide on your boots, and rope in your share of the spotlight as the Let's Sing franchise goes country in LET'S SING COUNTRY. The game includes thirty songs and music videos from some of the biggest country music stars of today, as well as the legends that paved their way. See if you've got the musical chops to match the likes of George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, and more. You can grab a few friends and sing together in your own virtual concerts using either USB microphones or download the Let's Sing Mic app to your iOS or Android-based mobile device and belt out all your country music favorites.
Is it any good?
There's been no shortage of music-based video games over the years, games that bring people together to sing and dance to the rhythm of all their favorite tunes. Let's Sing Country is no different, offering up a selection of classic and modern pop country music songs for fans to do their best karaoke bar renditions of. The problem with Let's Sing Country, though, is that the series has already struggled hard to stand out from the crowd in its annual all-encompassing main titles. Now, it looks to limit its audience even more by carrying over many of the same issues as the main series, but with an extremely limited playlist of genre-specific tunes that even the most hardcore of country fans might find a hard time listening to on repeat.
The song selection isn't the only thing holding Let's Sing Country back from any sort of encore performance. For starters, each song is played with full vocals alongside its original music video. While this should be a good thing, these video all come across washed out and faded, as it they came from someone's private collection of VHS recordings off CMT. It doesn't help that, for a game that seems to be targeting all ages, some of those videos feature heaving drinking, smoking, and other scenes that parents will likely find a bit uncomfortable. Meanwhile, the rest of the game's interface looks like its hokey, generic avatars got carried away with a PowerPoint presentation. As much as the game get's wrong, though, one thing it does get right is the actual singing. Thankfully, it seems to do a good job of picking up and (forgivingly) measuring the players' vocal performance. Best of all, the available mobile app works just as well as a USB microphone, provided you take the time to set it up and connect it to your home network correctly. Unfortunately, that's still not quite enough to keep from putting this cowboy karaoke title out to pasture.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about lyrics and presentation in music. How can parents keep an eye (or ear) on what messages are presented in popular music? What are some of the things to watch for in lyrics or in music videos?
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- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $44.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Deep Silver
- Release date: October 25, 2019
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Arts and Dance
- ESRB rating: T for Lyrics, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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