Harmonix games are ruddy good fun. For almost a decade now they’ve been dabbling in music rhythm games; the Rock Band franchise is one of theirs, for example, and if you’ve been in a home that’s larger than a shoe closet between now and 2008 then you’ve most likely jammed out on one of their plastic guitars and/or drum kits. Recent Harmonix release A City Sleeps was an aim to capture more of that music lightning in a bottle only this time instead of a faux rockstar you were in charge of a dream exorcist named Poe who has to attack demons (to the beat of songs) in order to free the city’s sleeping citizens. The developer has now announced a price drop and you can find out more after the break.
Harmonix Drop A City Sleeps’ Price
When I reviewed A City Sleeps many moons ago (alright it was back in November but who can keep up?) by biggest gripe was that it’s quite short.
The entire point of the game is that it’s incredulously difficult – even on the easiest difficulty – with Harmonix themselves having said that they struggle to beat it when it at its hardest and they made the bloody thing. Although it only has three different levels, A City Sleeps mixes things up by offering five difficulty variations (from ‘Lucid’ to ‘Nightmare’). This usually wouldn’t be a problem but as you have to unlock all fifteen level chunks (they are locked until you complete the difficulty variation that came before it) just to read the story synopsis, if you don’t have much patience then you miss out on a good bit of the game and lose a bit of the magic as a result.
I suspect that most people aren’t playing A City Sleeps for the story, however. The gameplay is good fun as you think on your feet to dodge bullets (the game is technically in the ‘bullet hell’ genre) and choose which ghost minions are going to help you with health and offensive buffs. The soundtrack is also killer and it’s a testament to Harmonix’s music/gaming knowledge.
Nonetheless, it’s very good news for everyone that A City Sleeps‘ price has now dropped after Harmonix listened to fan feedback. In order to “to be more in line with your expectations as a Steam player” the price has gone from $15 to just $9.99 (or £6.99 if you’re in the UK) for the normal version whilst the deluxe edition of the game (which comes with the soundtrack) is now $12.99 or £9.99.
A City Sleeps is now available on PC via Steam.