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Beat Hazard
« on: 22 Apr 2010, 03:42 »

Now on Steam for like $7.50! Fun little game. Basically the basic conceit of Audiosurf grafted onto the gameplay of Geometry Wars. Essentially you have your little flyer dude with a spray weapon not unlike the sort in Geometry Wars. However, the strength of your weapons against enemies is dependent on two things - the volume of the music and your weapon power, both of which are augmented by pick-up. Thus volume starts a little muted and then gets increased by pick-ups, thus increasing the power of your weapons. If the music is loud and energetic, your weapons will be relatively more powerful than if you were playing in an ambient track, but enemies will be more frequent and weapon power pickups will be less frequent. Likewise, if there's a lull in the song you might find yourself less equipped to deal with threats. You also gain point multipliers by going an extended period of time without firing your weapon - this makes playing in an ambient song a little less useless, as you can still play dodgeball with level objects.

The game seems dynamic enough at this time as far as how the game interacts with music, but the actual dogfighting gameplay is a little lackluster since there are relatively few types of enemies - 4 common enemy ships by my count, plus asteroids and the occasional "boss battle" (if you've played a conventional Raptor / Rez type game, you've run into them before). The difficulty of the game is also enhanced by overpowering visual feedback, similar to later levels of Geometry Wars - so much is going on that it becomes difficult to tell where things are. Luckily there is an easy difficulty for beginners.



Beat hazard. Anyone play it? I'm sure there are scoreboard sorts of things but I haven't encountered any yet - the UI is kind of a mess, to be honest.
« Last Edit: 22 Apr 2010, 03:46 by KvP »
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #1 on: 22 Apr 2010, 04:00 »

Easy mode: death metal.

The downside - could lead to you developing some sort of epilepsy.
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #2 on: 22 Apr 2010, 11:40 »

Actually, easy mode: Death Magnetic.

Downside: having to listen to that overcompressed album.
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #3 on: 23 Apr 2010, 01:42 »

That ui is so awful.
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #4 on: 23 Apr 2010, 06:49 »

someone do Stars of the Lid i wanna see it
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #5 on: 23 Apr 2010, 09:48 »

The Best Thing is to play "survival mode" on an ambient song. Enemies and bosses are piling on top of one another in rapid succession, and the music is so quiet that your weapons are literally useless.
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #6 on: 15 May 2010, 15:33 »

Hardcore Mode: Trying to play NOFX's The Decline, an 18 minute song. I got a third of the way through before dying.
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Re: Beat Hazard
« Reply #7 on: 15 May 2010, 22:58 »

I want to see A: someone playing a continuous track of lift yr skinny fists... and B: someone playing dopesmoker. All the way through.
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