The best rhythm games are the ones that not only have good gameplay but have to actually incorporate the music properly. No matter how persuasive you are, there are few things in life that are better than music. Whether you’re after heavy metal or you’re into a mellow piano tune, no one can resist a good tune. When it comes to games, the right soundtrack can make or break the experience. Of course, I’m not arguing that the gameplay doesn’t come first, not at all.
Sayonara Wild Hearts – rhythm games
It’s been a year since we played Sayonara Wild Hearts and even now, that soundtrack is still fresh in my head. When we caught ourselves humming “wild heart never dies, the wild heart never dies”, we kept talking to ourselves about how to play the second in order.
Developed by Simogo, Sayonara is described as a “pop album video game”, telling the story of a heartbroken young woman seeking to restore harmony to her world.
With 23 levels and an energetic soundtrack, each with different gameplay mechanics, taking us on an automatic tour through these surreal landscapes.
Between the motocross sequences to taking down the mechs, there’s a lot going on and while Sayonara’s influence is obvious, it’s completely forging an identity of its own. You can find this on PC, Switch, Mac, iOS, PS4, and Xbox One.
If you’re used to rhythm games, Harmonix would be a welcome choice. After developing Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Fuser, and Fantasia: Music Evolved, one of their earliest efforts was back in 2003, developing Amplitude Amp for PS2. Navigate a train across six tracks, each lane representing an instrument, watch players beat to the beat of the music to activate them and earn points.
Finding critical success, Harmonix began a remake more than a decade later, bringing us Amp Amp (2016). With new songs, cooperative and competitive multiplayer, and quality of life upgrades, not everyone enjoyed this new version but for us the core gameplay got us hooked. thoroughly sucked. You can find this on PS3 and PS4.
Beat Saber – rhythm games
No words are exaggerated here, Beat Saber is VR’s ultimate rhythm game. Replacing plastic tools for headphones and motion controllers, there’s a simple premise inside.
Controlling two different colored swords, the player is given colored blocks, cutting them with their respective swords while dodging different obstacles. Score based on the good times of these cuts, building a multiplier with consecutive hits.
Although there is a campaign mode in which there are different challenging objectives, this is purely a music game, with no story to be found. Selling over 4 million copies, it’s fair to call Beat Saber VR’s great app, one that’s constantly evolving through new song updates.
Nor can we ignore the community of PC modding players who have made it famous with their custom songs and Twitch/YouTube streams.
If Beat Saber is one of the VR’s ultimate rhythm games, then Pistol Whip is sure to come in at number two. Launched in 2019 by Cloudhead Games, this is not a shooter in the usual sense. You use guns on a level on rails, but your goal is to stay alive and shoot enemies to the beat of the music, giving a higher score for your sense of rhythm. Imagine a combination of John Wick and Beat Saber, and you’ll get the right idea.
Originally released with 10 different phases, Cloudhead supported it a lot after launch at no extra cost. Along with some new levels and other gameplay modifiers, they’ve also introduced two campaigns: the futuristic 2089 update and the wild west-themed Smoke & Thunder. Honestly, it’s one of the best action games we’ve ever played, and you can find it on Steam, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and PSVR.