A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Voice: I Want You is a karaoke game based on the NBC TV series. Although there's no strongly objectionable content, some of the song lyrics allude to sex, violence, and alcohol (though nothing explicit), making them iffy for young children (though if they listen to mainstream radio, they've likely heard and sung along with them already). The game is definitely a promotional tool for the show, but in a very mild fashion (it doesn't directly push the show). It has several difficulty levels, so everyone from novices to experienced singers can enjoy the gameplay.
What's it about?
THE VOICE: I WANT YOU is a traditional karaoke game, letting players sing along with popular songs of varying genres (largely composed of current hits). Once a song is completed, the game's "judges" will rate your performance; finishing a "season" of the game unlocks additional songs. Players can play solo or with (or against) a friend in the same room.
Is it any good?
The Voice: I Want You offers a good mix of largely contemporary music and does everything you'd expect from a karaoke game. The varying difficulty modes make it accessible to a wide range of players, especially kids who don't have a great vocal range. It's fun both on your own and played with friends -- and the judges' comments are generally supportive, though largely superfluous. It's a fine family game, too, as the song lyrics aren't especially worrisome, and the background videos only show people singing and won't make parents of young kids uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, the song count isn't especially robust. The game starts you with more than 20 songs, which isn't bad, but aside from unlocking a few songs by completing a season, there's no adding to it. And, if you were hoping to see Christina Aguilera or Blake Shelton or any of the other people from the show, they're not there. It's quickly apparent that the game licensed the name of the hit show and little else. Plus, rather than paying for the rights to the songs by the original artists, the game uses cover versions that aren't always up to par. The result gives a players a glimpse of the show but doesn't shine under its bright lights.
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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: October 21, 2014
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics
- Last updated: April 14, 2020
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