Reviewed: August 20, 2010
Released: August 3, 2010
Disneyís Sing It Series has had a few iterations now; similar to back when they still made different versions of Karaoke Revolution. The difference between Karaoke Revolution and Sing It is that the latter only has songs from Disney artists. Until this title in the series I had no interest in playing any games in the Sing It lineup; howver, Disney Sing It Family Hits has songs from Disney movies instead of the television shows or High School Musical.|
When I first looked at the box it says that it features 30 songs from Disney movies, but doesnít list all 30. I was hoping that they meant over 30 songs, but after starting the game up, it means 30 songs, a few of which I donít think Iíll ever play, like Jessieís Song from Toy Story 2. Of the 30 songs I have to say that at least 20 of them are well known songs. It even features two songs from Disneyís latest movie, The Princess and the Frog. Even with all of the good songs, I was kind of disappointed that they didnít include a couple of the songs I was hoping for, like Friend Like Me from Aladdin or Strange Things from Toy Story. Here is the complete list:
The difficulty levels in the game are aimed at the whole family. Easy mode makes it where you merely need to make noise when you are supposed to and it will count. Medium takes some pitch into account and you need to be a decent singer to play here. Hard was too hard for me, but those that like to sing would enjoy the challenge this mode brings.
There are also many game modes. The game can work with one or two microphones, but a better experience is noticed with two. The game is compatible with most any Logitech microphone that has come with any music based game in the last few years, and on the PlayStation 3 it is also compatible with the Singstar microphones. They have solo mode, which is for only one person. Duet mode, however, is made for two people. Songs that originally were a duet will have an obvious part A and part B. Songs that didnít have 2 parts have a chorus and players generally take turns on the lead part. Showdown is a challenge mode where both players sing the solo part and try to get the highest score. There is also Pass the Mic, which is good for groups of people because the game tells you when to pass to another player and everyone tries to keep from failing.
The audio quality was pretty good on my TV speakers except for old songs like Cinderella, which had some distortion to the track. When you first play the game it gives you a calibrate option like most music games these days. I calibrated on my TV when I first played, but when playing on another TV without calibrating, I didnít notice any scoring troubles. The default microphone volume seems a little loud, with a lot of my voice coming back through the speakers. Adjusting down to 1 on a scale of 0 to 7 helped out quite a bit though. The game also features a Vocal Coach featuring Noni Rose, who played the princess in The Princess and the Frog.
Overall I enjoyed the game along with the other people I played it with. The song list is good for the most part and itís easy to pop the game in, get to the song wheel, and start singing. The $39.99 price ($49.99 with microphone) on the game seems kind of steep to me for the number of songs you get with the game, but then again these are Disney movies and not run of the mill movies, so the game alone price is reasonable compared to other new games out now.