NOW That's What I Call Sing 2 is really only a game for people who like modern pop music. Only one or two of the 30 songs on the soundtrack were made before 2016, and even then they're five years old at their oldest; the fact that one of these songs is 'Sexy and I Know It' by LMFAO is enough to mark this game down by 10 points, but that'd be unfair, because NTWICS2 is a very decent karaoke game.
The tracklist isn't for everyone, but if you're into the music of the last year then this'll be very much up your alley. Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' and 'Where Are U Now', Jason Derulo's 'Want to Want Me' – yes, that one – Meghan Trainor's 'No', John Newman's 'Come And Get It', and Calvin Harris' ;How Deep Is Your Love' should quench anyone's thirst for cheesy pop fare, while Coldplay's 'Adventure of a Lifetime' and Twenty One Pilots' 'Stressed Out' offer something a little different.
Even though most of the songs are corny pop, it's good fun with friends – up to eight of them to be exact. The fact that you can also use your phone as a microphone is a really nice addition, too, as it keeps the costs down and allows more people to play at the same time. You can also sing along with three AI if you want to, but it's not really competitive or fun at all, what with the whole "singing against three robots by yourself" thing.
The variety of modes is fun, with Classic and Duet bringing no real surprises – the latter being especially fun with friends. Pass The Mic is also pretty self-explanatory (and fun) but the best mode is By Heart, in which lyrics occasionally disappear and you have to – all together now – sing them by heart. It's a simple twist, but it works. A minor annoyance arises from the fact that you have to unlock these modes by earning points, but luckily they're earned fairly quickly.
Other than the addition of online leaderboards, the only thing left to talk about is that developer Ravenscourt will now be releasing song packs throughout the year that you can buy on the PlayStation Store. It gives the game more replayability, at least, but it'll most likely be the same genre of songs, for those hoping for anything different.
Perhaps the biggest downside here, then, is the name of the game itself. Terrible.
NOW That's What I Call Sing 2 isn't anything special, but it's a decent karaoke game that you'll have fun playing with friends. The tracklist may only appeal to a certain audience, but singing along to cheesy pop songs is part of the fun, and the variety of modes does just enough to prevent it from getting boring.