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[PlayStation 5] A Musical Story Review

[PlayStation 5] A Musical Story Review
  • On April 4, 2022

A Musical Story from Digerati and Glee-Cheese Studio is a 1970s infused rhythm game that will take you on a journey through a man’s memories. Check our A Musical Story review!


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A Musical Story from Digerati and Glee-Cheese Studio is a 1970s infused rhythm game that will take you on a journey through a man’s memories. It’s a Rated M for Mature experience, so you can expect to see some of the topics that would give a game such a rating. You’ll be exploring the musical memories of Gabriel through stylized images set to 26 songs, as the illustrations and the music tell the story without any words.

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The game starts with a very intense image: Gabriel is on a hospital bed, as the machines beep in tune with his heartbeat. This leads to the game’s tutorial, which will have you using the L1 button to collect the notes on the left, and the R1 button to collect the notes on the right. To do this, you must press one or the other as needed, but you must do so at the same time as the music’s rhythm. For some notes, you’ll need to press and hold down the L1 or R1 buttons until the note flickers in order to make it count. And for some notes, you’ll have to press both the L1 and R1 buttons at the same time.


While there will be visual cues as to how you need to collect a note, paying attention to the music is going to be what is truly needed. The notes are circles, and they will either have a mark on their left side, their right side, have an outer circle that represents having to hold a note, or will have both halves colored, which means you need to press the L1 and R1 buttons at the same time. But unlike a music rhythm game like, say, Guitar Hero, you won’t have the notes moving towards the bottom of the screen so that you when you need to press each button, nor will there be a marker that moves around the path on which notes exist, giving you a heads-up of when you should press the buttons.

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You could go into the options menu and change this. Assist Mode is set to Auto at first, which means that if you mess up a lot, the game will show you a white glowing dot that will move down the outside of the screen so that you can press the buttons in time with the music and progress through the game. You could also set it to off so that this extra help is never triggered. There’s also the option of activating Assist Mode so that the aforementioned white glowing dot is always present, but that will keep you from earning stars. Stars are needed since they’re tied into getting a perfect score for that chapter, which is something that trophy hunters will need to work on.


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A Music Story features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy to add to your collection, and it’s a long list with 48 Bronze trophies, 2 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies. Each of the trophies is going to be tied to the 25 chapters the game is split into. Complete every single one – including chapter 0 – and you’ll get a ton of trophies out of the way. The tricky part is in finishing each of the game’s chapters with a perfect score, which means getting all of the left or right notes during your first run without needing the game to circle around. There’s also a trophy for unlocking the bonus chapter and another one for finishing it with a perfect score. The good news is that once you’ve completed the game, you can replay chapters so that you can focus on those where you’re missing a perfect score.


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A Musical Story is a different style of rhythm game with a narrative that is presented by way of images and music. It’s a short game that should take you around 2-3 hours to complete the first time you play it, with an extra hour or two needed to get a perfect score on every single chapter, in case you didn’t manage to do it the first time around. Musical Story is out as a Cross-Buy title, which means that your $14.99 purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list, so if you own a PS5 console, you can end up with two Platinum trophies.

This A Musical Story review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Digerati.

Review Overview

An interesting story tied to the music