[PS3/Vita Rhythm Review] SUPERBEAT: XONiC
SUPERBEAT: XONiC is a new rhythm game for the Playstation 3 and the PS Vita. This game is made by PM Studios, the creator of the BEATCRAFT series and DJ MAX Fever, which released on the PSP back in 2008.
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SUPERBEAT: XONiC is a new rhythm game from PM Studios’ much celebrated BEATCRAFT series. The team at PM Studios is the creative force behind DJ MAX Fever, a widely acclaimed rhythm title released in 2008 for the PlayStation Portable system. Equipped with new user interfaces and rhythms, PM Studios has crafted an even more innovative and interactive music game experience. SUPERBEAT: XONiC will rock players’ worlds as they will be able to experience over 45 music tracks and boogie through 200 different play patterns!
SUPERBEAT: XONiC – Launch Trailer
SUPERBEAT: XONiC is a rhythm game in which you have to press the buttons at the same time as the dots that appear on the screen. You’ll have to press buttons as green or blue blocks slide at the edge of the screen. As you play some of the harder songs in the list, you’ll quickly see the full array of moves you’ll have to pull through the game as there are also pink and yellow dots that requires you to press other buttons. Pressing the different buttons takes A LOT of concentration since buttons must be pressed depending on the color of each dot at a fast pace. Luckily on the Vita the game can also be controlled by pressing the screen at the right time. I tried both control methods and pressing the Vita screen was MUCH easier and required a little less concentration. Regardless of the control scheme you choose it will take a little while to get the hang of things, so your first half hour will be spent trying to get a feel for how the game works. It then eventually gets easier as you progress because you get experience points by clearing songs, which then leads to leveling up and being awarded some permanent power-ups called DJ Icons that make gameplay easier.
As for the game’s presentation, I liked the varied song selection, and how each song has its own animated background. As you play, you can change the pace of the speed if you want more or less of a challenge, and the speed of the song can be switched from half its original speed to a few times faster. A few sounds effects for the “hit” can be selected as well, and my favorite one was a clapping sound. One of the downsides of this game is that it takes a surprising 2.8GB of storage on your Vita memory card, which might require you to make some space on your memory card unless you want to take the physical version.
I liked playing SUPERBEAT: XONiC. The gameplay takes a little while to get the hang of, but once you’re set it’s very fun. This game features a whole lot of different songs that will require some time to get through. As I mentioned, the game takes a lot of space on the Vita memory card, so be sure to have enough space before downloading the game!
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[review pros=”Track selection is good, will please many gamer types
Gameplay takes practice, but is fun in the long run” cons=”Takes almost 3 GB of space on the Vita memory card” score=80]
PSN Game Size: 2.8GB