Next Harmonix Music Game
When I was in grade 5 my parents enrolled me in piano lessons. We used the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. And don’t let that “we” fool you – I didn’t have any choice in the matter. I spent a lot of time learning a lot of boring songs, and I can’t say I enjoyed it all that much. Playing music didn’t seem to be my cup of tea.
Well, until Harmonix came along. They added some sugar and ice to that tea, and now I love it. Their first game was Frequency, and I still think it stands up very well. My friends and I think it’s actually a better game that its sequel, Amplitude. Amplitude has a better multiplayer mode – everyone’s on the same screen. But it feels less like you’re actually playing a track. In Frequency the feeling of playing the bass or drums or synth or whatever was a lot more immediate – it really felt like you were playing the instrument. In Amplitude it’s like you took one step back from it. Also, another advantage of Frequency over Amplitude is that it had better songs. Actually, most of the songs in the two games aren’t really my cup of tea, and that’s where Harmonix’ next title, Guitar Hero, makes the big leap, in my mind. It just has a bigger selection of better songs than Frequency or Amplitude. On the other hand, multiplayer isn’t as good, and you can only play with two players and not four.
It’s still a good game and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, due to arrive in the fall. Harmonix is also evaluating the next gen machines to determine what they’ll do there, according to this Joystiq interview with Rob Kay of Harmonix. Unfortunately, they don’t give any hint as to what kind of game they’ll make for which platform. But if their track record is anything to go by, then it’ll be a fun game to do with music! (What keen insight I have!)