While rhythm gaming is a popular form of gaming in Japan, most especially on arcade machines, VR gamers should prepare themselves for a very convincing lightsaber-themed rhythm game.
Having played many rhythm games in the past, I can say with certainty that nobody makes rhythm games in quite the same way that Bemani does with franchises like Sound Voltex and Beatmania IIDX, or SEGA’s Taiko Drum Master and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva. Likewise, Beat Saber’s latest trailer has reawakened my thirst for rhythm gaming in a way I never would have imagined.
The title is nothing to get too excited over, but this short YouTube preview very much hit the sweet spot in my head. Beat Saber quickly shows off its ability to be both a visually stimulating and writhingly difficult game, as any good rhythm game should be. Unlike many of the rhythm games popping up across various gaming platforms like smartphones, consoles and VR, it’s clear that Beat Saber aims to feature fast-paced electronic styled music, as opposed to the gentle melodies present in other rhythm games which don’t encourage the same excitement or immersion.
While not much has been said about the game and with no definitive release date, their site however claims release in Q1 of this year for the Vive, Oculus, and PSVR headsets. Feel free to view some screenshots of the game in the gallery below.