Superbeat Xonic (PS Vita) Review
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It’s time to slap on your DJ headphones and get down with the rhythm in Superbeat Xonic, the latest rhythm game to hit the Playstation Vita. With over 50 tracks spanning a range of genres from K-Pop and dance through to electronica and heavy metal, you’ll wear out your fingers trying to keep up with […]
It’s time to slap on your DJ headphones and get down with the rhythm in Superbeat Xonic, the latest rhythm game to hit the Playstation Vita. With over 50 tracks spanning a range of genres from K-Pop and dance through to electronica and heavy metal, you’ll wear out your fingers trying to keep up with the beat.
With its neon-bright graphics and the option to switch between button and touch controls as and when you feel like it, Superbeat Xonic is a perfect example of why the Vita is so good for rhythm games. The game features three difficulty levels – 4TRAX, 6TRAX and 6TRAX FX – each introducing more buttons and harder combos designed to challenge even the hardiest of rhythm game masters. Rack up long combos, and you’ll end the high points scoring Fever Mode, but miss too many notes, and you’ll lose all your health and finish with a big fat F.
As with any rhythm game, the more you play, the more you’ll unlock. Successfully finishing songs earns you EXP, which in turn lets you level up. Higher levels will unlock extra songs, bonus challenges in “World Tour” mode and additional ‘DJ Icons’. More than just mere avatars, DJ Icons also grant you a variety of power bonuses, from increased EXP to higher health. Still more DJ icons can be won by completing the World Tour challenges – with over 100 to collect, it will keep you busy for a while.
Although it’s unlikely that Western players will have heard of any of the songs included in this game, there’s a good selection on offer which are fun to play along to. From chirpy, upbeat Korean pop to pounding electronic beats, there’s plenty here to give your fingers a workout. Unlike the Hatsune Mika Project Diva games or the recently released Persona 4 Dancing All Night, hardly any of the songs have background videos to accompany them – but whilst the generic background effects are very bland, it does at least mean that they don’t distract from the often fast-paced combinations of notes that will be flying towards you.
Although it might be a lttle challenging for the casual player, if you like rhythm games, then you’ll take to Superbeat Xonic like a duck to water. Perfect to pick up and play for a few minutes here and there, the number of challenges and unlockables will keep you occupied for a good long while.