If you’re a fan of VR, Star Wars, and rhythm-based games, then you need to check out Beat Saber from Hyperbolic Magnetism. The game is described as “a mashup of Guitar Hero and Fruit Ninja in VR,” and after watching the only available gameplay trailer, I can confirm that its description is spot on. In fact, the 30-second gameplay clip is all I needed to see to know that I need to get this game for my PlayStation VR the moment it releases, because it looks like an absolute blast to play.
It appears that you will hold two motion controllers, which in the VR world look like lightsaber batons. You then are presented with a stream of beat cubes that you must slash at to play and match the corresponding rhythm. At first, the challenge looks childlike, but after a few seconds you can see that this game will test the best of rhythm-game players, because the action gets pretty frantic as you try and slash wildly at the beats that begin to come at you at an almost light speed pace.
At this time there are no pricing details, but I’m hoping it falls somewhere in the $20 range. Although, depending on how much music is packed into it, I’d be willing to pay more if it plays as good as it looks. If anything else it looks like a very fun way to get some exercise, because there’s no way this game won’t get your heart racing and sweat glands pumping based on the physicality it requires to play.
There’s also no official release date outside of a generic 2018 window. The game will be available for PSVR, Oculus, and HTC Vive. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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