Hi-Fi Rush is a breath of fresh air in the gaming world, with its simultaneous announcement and release on PC and Xbox, alongside its vibrant, cartoonish graphics. The game puts you in the shoes of Chai, a teenager caught up in a dangerous situation after undergoing a biological augmentation program. The game is set in Shibuya-inspired streets, and everything is synchronized with the music, a mix of original tracks, and licensed songs from popular bands like the Black Keys and Nine Inch Nails.
Gameplay in Hi-Fi Rush revolves around timing your actions to the beat of the music. You’ll need to punch, kick, leap, and dodge to fend off robot guards and make your way to safety. This game is accessible to players of all skill levels, as even if your timing isn’t perfect, the game adjusts the timing of your character’s animations to match the beat, making you feel skilled even if you’re not.
The game’s world is linear and vibrant, with plenty of platforming and robot-smacking interspersed arenas that make you feel like you’re always progressing rapidly. Most tracks are original creations by Tango Gameworks blended with licensed music, creating an exhilarating experience, especially during boss fights. The combat is surprisingly deep, with a Devil May Cry-like system, including last-minute parrying, zip-wiring, tossing enemies sky-high, and more.
The game is forgiving and doesn’t punish you for failing to match the beat. It welcomes hesitant players while boosting the skill ceiling for those more dedicated to their rhythmic craft. The game’s pace is only hampered by certain foes that require perfect rhythm to overcome, which can kill the flow of the combat.
Overall, Hi-Fi Rush is a fun and enjoyable game to play, with a unique concept and an exciting storyline. The game is easy to pick up and play, even for gamers who lack rhythm, and the world is a pleasure to exist in and explore—highly recommended for fans of music-centered brawler games!
RATING: 4.0 out of 5.0
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