From perfect percussion khổng lồ strings that sing, demo your timing and let the beat flow through you with the finest music & rhythm games on PC
Beat Saber has taken VR by storm and helped put the fledgeling tech onto the heads và into the hands of many new players. Beat Saber is so simple in concept: using two different coloured lightsabers (yes, like in Star Wars), you slash blocks of the corresponding colour in the direction the trò chơi tells you khổng lồ – making you feel like a Jedi in full flow (although you vị tend khổng lồ look a bit silly to lớn everyone else in the room).
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The game’s original soundtrack is excellent, but the PC version is the only one that supports the importing of custom songs – so you can bring Duel of the Fates in if you’re so inclined, and why wouldn’t you?
Thumper is a “rhythm violence” game, và while that may make it sound a bit aggressive, that’s due to the soundtrack being full of percussion, loud bass drops, & almost terrifying sound effects. We wouldn’t say it’s oppressive, though – sending your little beetle protagonist hurtling around tracks at what feels lượt thích a million miles an hour is still great fun, although playing it in VR is arguably a little more unsettling.
Whichever way you play, Thumper is the rhythm games version of a roller coaster that you won’t want khổng lồ get off of – just be sure to lớn play with headphones.
Crypt of the Necrodancer
A top-down rogue-like might seem an odd fit for rhythm-based mechanics, but developer Brace Yourself Games has stumbled upon gold with Crypt of the Necrodancer.
Every kích hoạt in this dungeon crawl needs to lớn be performed on the beat of the music – with different enemies following different beats. It takes some time lớn get your head around it, but for bonus points, you can actually play the entire trò chơi with a dance pad if you fancy breaking a sweat.
Guitar hero III: Legends of Rock
2007’s Guitar nhân vật III: Legends of Rock lives long in the memory, with the carefully curated soundtrack including bangers from the likes of Rage Against The Machine & Slipknot, all the way khổng lồ Kiss and ZZ Top. Every tuy nhiên in the game can be played cooperatively, featuring rhythm guitar & bass depending on the track.
While this entry marked a high point in the general difficulty of the settings, Guitar hero III: Legends of Rock still scales well khổng lồ a broad range of players, with easier difficulty settings & slow songs for newcomers lớn get acquainted with before moving onto solo-heavy anthems. The fact that this series still has a thriving Twitch community over a decade after release tells you everything you need lớn know about its lasting appeal.
If you’re willing khổng lồ put up with the clutter in your trang chủ of multiple plastic instruments, there’s still no finer way lớn jam out on with a group of friends, unless of course you’re actually in a rock band.
Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s first appearance on this list, Lumines was originally a PSP trò chơi that was remastered in 2018 & brought to PC. Playing almost lượt thích a musical Tetris, players have lớn align shapes of varying coloured blocks that, when clustered together, will be removed when a “Time Line” passes over them – with this line being set khổng lồ the musical accompaniment. The rows you clear showroom fresh layers khổng lồ the game’s sublime soundtrack, too – a reward in and of itself.
Lumines: Remastered represents that rare instance of a puzzler that’s strangely relaxing, frantic, and euphoric all at once – especially as the blocks start to lớn pile up và you’re scrambling khổng lồ stay on đứng top of things.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Ever wanted khổng lồ experience an entirepop album as an arcade game? Sayonara Wild Hearts has players battling against giant wolves, riding motorbikes, & dance battling to the groove of an amazing custom-written pop soundtrack.
There are elements of Sayonara Wild Hearts that aren’t strictly rhythm-based, but that’s part of what makes the game so brilliant. You never know what you’re going lớn get as you make your way through 23 chất lượng levels, each featuring a different catchy song to dance along to.
Have you ever played a rhythm game và thought “wow, this would be great if I knew some of these songs?” If the answer is yes, then Audiosurf 2 could be just what you’re looking for.
Whatever the backing track, you’re fired along a track at blistering pace và charged with collecting as many pickups as possible without colliding with any of the obstacles in front of you. It’s not exactly a novel concept, but Audiosurf 2 supports importing your own songs lớn turn them into a futuristic highway of notes. Just try not khổng lồ get too familiar – there are still obstacles to lớn dodge.
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Rocksmith năm trước Remastered
The awkwardly titled Rocksmith 2014 Remastered is a re-release of the original Rocksmith 2014, itself a sequel to the first Rocksmith title. Still with us? Unwieldy title aside, Rocksmith 2014 Remastered is a rarity – it’s fun và educational, allowing users lớn plug in their own instruments (guitar and bass) & learn lớn play a multitude of songs.
While Rocksmith doesn’t offer the pick up & play accessibility of most rhythm games, you’d be hard pushed lớn find a music trò chơi with the same degree of scalability. Once you’ve mastered the content in the game, you can pick from over a thousand fully-licensed tracks as DLC – so the trò chơi can last as long as your blistered fingers can.
Easily the most obscure of all the rhythm games on this list, Rhythm Doctor sees players dole out medication lớn patients by, er, hitting the spacebar on the seventh beat of every bar, over and over again despite a cavalcade of audiovisual distractions.
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Calling itself “the hardest one-button rhythm game you’ll ever play”, Rhythm Doctor plays with your expectations in fun & inventive ways, forcing you to push everything out of your mind in order to concentrate on the rhythm.
As you heal patients your screen might glitch, or there might be some kind of lag to accommodate. Even better, your screen may go blank – forcing you khổng lồ count the beat in your head. You might want khổng lồ invest in a metronome for this one.
Remember 2001? No, not the movie, the year? Rez launched on the original PlayStation, with unique (and frequently impressive) wireframe visuals breathing life into an on-rails shooter/rhythm games hybrid. đôi mươi years later và PC players can finally join in on the kích hoạt with the expanded Rez Infinite, yet another masterful rhythm game helmed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi.
Every kích hoạt in the Rez Infinite affects the soundscape, & vibration when playing with a gamepad only heightens the feeling of synaesthesia – Rez Infinite is all about breaking down the barriers between the senses, & it’s mad that it gets even remotely close to such a lofty goal. Yes, it’s abstract and a tad pretentious, but it’s also achingly beautiful from start to finish. We’d also recommend it lớn people who lượt thích on-rails shooters lượt thích Star Fox.
BPM: BULLETS PER MINUTE
BPM earns a spot on this rhythm games danh mục based purely on the fact that it does something very different with the genre. Rather than mashing buttons to the right rhythm or letting synaesthesia wash over you, BPM ports the music và melody over to lớn a retro-style FPS rogue-like, where you blast demons khổng lồ smithereens lớn the tune of wailing guitars.
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Among the many things BPM does right are its trùm cuối fights, which offer a huge step up in challenge with attack patterns to learn và evasive manoeuvres you’ll need khổng lồ pull in time with the soundtrack.
Familiar melodies are floating over from the Harmonix stage – is that the vocals from Smash Mouth’s All Star over the guitars from Rock the Casbah & the bass from Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy? DJ simulator Fuser gives you the tools lớn create the ultimate các buổi party mix – or the most unholy mashups you can think of. All the tracks are automatically beat matched & in the correct key, so all that remains is to lớn choose the perfect moment to lớn drop in the chorus to party Rock Anthem. As if that wasn’t every single moment of every single day.
Unlike Harmonix’s previous rhythm games, there are no plastic peripherals required khổng lồ play Fuser – just drag and drop the records into your virtual CDJ. You’ll need khổng lồ time your drops lớn the beat for a smooth transition that’ll keep your audience grooving away. We tried out the virtual decks ourselves in our Fuser review.
Pistol Whip combines first person shooters with a high intensity soundtrack khổng lồ make you feel lượt thích an action movie star. Each pulse-pounding tuy vậy has a handcrafted level filled with gun-wielding enemies. The stage constantly moves throughout the length of a song, allowing you khổng lồ focus entirely on shooting enemies.
Mastering a tuy nhiên not only requires you to avoid incoming bullets, you’ll need khổng lồ take down every enemy on the stage. Once you manage khổng lồ find the rhythm, your shots behave similarly khổng lồ a drum beat which accents key notes. Pistol Whip provides a very different, yet familiar experience that is sure to lớn please any rhythm trò chơi fan.
And there you have it, our pick of the best rhythm games on PC. We’re pretty fond of list features here at PCGN, so there’s plenty more lượt thích it, including our round up of the best open-world games & the finest RPG games on PC. Now, if some bright spark would please make a rhythm trò chơi with role-playing mechanics set in a massive open map then we could merge them all into one.
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