One of the most exciting games on the market feels as though it has been around for a few years now, but only being released in 2018 it is now a game that is synonymous with VR. Even standalone Beat Saber arcade machines have been built for distribution to arcades and a 360 version is going to be released on the Occulus Quest shortly.
This game does not disappoint, your arena is a neon warehouse, you are armed with two different coloured light sabers and your mission is to slice boxes to the beat of your selected song. It is more fun than you can shake a stick at, literally. This game reminds me a lot of the addictive classic, Guitar Hero, it is easy to play and pick up straight away however start moving to the Hard and Expert levels and you need to get your eye in or otherwise you risk flailing about wildly to fail the level with premature disappointing speed.
The music is actually a feat in itself, all of the original songs have been written by Czech EDM artist Jaroslav Beck. They provide a driving beat and an eclectic mix of genres composed in his electronic style. I was really impressed by the song selection and found myself humming along to the tunes when friends were playing, and in case you play so much that these songs become monotonous, the beat saber team are adding new tracks all of the time including some new K POP songs. There is also a function in which you can map your own music, allowing you to play the game with your favourite songs! It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
Another one of the fantastic features of this game are the high score trackers, at Chaos Theory VR we like to promote the social aspects of gaming and these features make it possible to compete with friends to reach and beat each others high scores or compete against world high scores. The levels are also highly customizable, allowing difficulty levels to be changed and obstacles to be removed or added to allow for a fun experience whatever the level of the player.
Beat Saber is rightly one of the most popular games in VR and is truly a must play title. After hours of play time I still find myself getting excited to complete an Expert level or single saber session. I can’t see myself ever getting bored of this game.