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.
A rhythm action title from Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band, A City Sleeps is meant to be the devs’ fresh take on a genre that was once flooded with lots of the same – with a plethora of plastic peripherals to boot. But, in many ways, their new PC-only title has much more in common with the franchise that made them famous than you would expect. It has a steep difficulty curve, it’s addictive, takes a lot of practice to get good at and, most importantly, it has a killer soundtrack. These are not bad things and they are actually the precursors for a very good music game. But does it shrug off the problems of the rhythm games that came before it or does it carry them within its bloodline? Read our A City Sleeps review to find out.
“Rhythm music shooter”, yes, I know that description is about as daunting as a 70 foot grizzly bear with hunger pains but A City Sleeps might actually be rather good. All about its insane difficulty, Harmonix’ new take on an old genre sees gamers try to survive absolute bullet hell. It has an appropriately nightmare-ish story and a female protagonist described as a ‘dream exorcist’ who is the only one who can save her humble city from an all consuming slumber. Sound good? Find out more after the break.
Do you like rhythm action titles? Do you like shooter games? Probably yes! But with Guitar Hero and Rock Band crumbling under the weight of their fiddly, plastic instrument success and even megalodons like Call of Duty and Battlefield losing some momentum there’s also a good chance that you’re starved for something new. Rock Band creator Harmonix are deciding to take both genres on in A City Sleeps, a female fronted rhythm action shooter that’s nightmarish in difficult, tone and in story. Clearly, it’s a bit of a weird one but with so many other games across the board waltzing in with one note gameplay, let A City Sleeps be the musical masterpiece that outdoes them all.