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Crypt of the NecroDancer is a dungeon crawler that is also a rhythm game. Your character can move, attack, and use special abilities only to the beat of a level's music. This means you have to split your attention between listening to the music and watching enemy movements. If you miss a beat your character won't do anything, but your enemies still get to move and attack. While the enemies are bound by the same rules as you, they won't ever miss the beat. Fortunately enough, they're always bound to a rhythm, so learning an enemy's rhythm is the key to defeating them. As a result, the gameplay stands out in both the roguelike and rhythm game genre. See More
While Co-op in most games makes a game easier, Crypt of the Necrodancer is the opposite. This boils down to three main reasons. First, you and your co-op partner have to share money and items. This can lead to two under-equipped characters that struggle with killing enemies and surviving their blows. Second, there's no splitscreen, meaning your movements need to be in sync with your partners. If you happen to go in the opposite directions, you can get stuck or attract multiple groups of enemies, causing you to get overwhelmed. Third, you share one beat counter with your co-op partner. So if one if you misses a beat, that's the end of a combo for the both of you. Not keeping up a combo means you'll have less gold and consequently less gear. See More
The combat in this game has an insanely fast tempo, requiring you to split your attention between the music and the on-screen enemies. Losing focus even for a split-second means you'll probably die, so you'll have to restart the level. At times this will feel really overwhelming, especially if there are many enemies around. See More
Thumper is a rhythm game mixed with fast-paced action, setting itself apart from other titles in the genre. Your "character" is a vehicle that runs on rails in a track, with certain speedbump-like indicators on the road that show up in sequence. You have to press the button prompts in time with your vehicle driving over the indicators, ideally to the correct rhythm to the beat to rack up points. It can be tough going at full speed and catching all of the button prompts while staying in-sync with the song, but the payoff is incredibly satisfying. See More
Other than visual cues, the visceral feedback you get from timing your button presses just right helps keep you on-beat. Getting that timing down rewards you with an addicting rumble, helping you feel the rhythm in your hands. With your vehicle moving at such crazy speeds, pressing the right buttons on-beat simulates the feeling that you're really in the driver's seat, listening to the music playing at full volume all around you. Pressing the buttons correctly with feedback helps keep you glued to the game, motivating you to go after higher and higher scores. See More
Thumper can be too hard if you've never played a rhythm game before. Because everything moves at such high speeds right from the start, you may miss a lot of the button inputs and get discouraged. Even for experienced players, it takes some practice before getting used to the flow of gameplay. See More
Thumper looks stunning. The futuristic vibe with the flashing blues, purples, and reds everywhere. The road your vehicle travels on jets through a seemingly endless void that changes depending on the stage, such as showing off bosses that appear as large, abstract enemies looming overhead. The trippy visuals are pretty neat, making the game stand out more along with its unique gameplay. See More
Virtual Reality makes Thumper much more fun and intense. Along with the feeling of the controls putting you in the seat of the vehicle, you're actually put into the game itself, surrounded by the visuals. The lights, the music, and the rumbles all feel more up-close-and-personal, as if you're part of the environment itself. Thumper is compatible with VR on both PlayStation 4 and PC, so anyone with a headset for either platform will be able to try it out for themselves. See More
Just Dance 2018 has a really good list of 40 songs you can pick. The music isn't only from the year 2018--the songs here actually span across decades, though most of them are quite recent. Some of the tracks include hits like "Naughty Girl" by Beyoncé, "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars, "Slumber Party" by Britney Spears ft. Tinashe, "John Wayne" by Lady Gaga, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, "Make it Jingle" by Big Freedia, and many more. If you're into pop music, then you'll more than likely find some of your favorites here. See More
It's not possible to use a controller for button inputs like in other games. You have to set up your system's peripheral camera so that it faces you while you stand in an open space, and then you have to physically act out the choreography of the dances on-screen. If you're not a skilled dancer, then you may worry that you end up looking ridiculous trying to follow along to the moves. It can be fun when you just want to goof off with your friends and family for a party, though. See More
You can play with a group of friends together in one room, or you can go online to have a dance-off against a single opponent. For local co-op, all you need to do is register how many players you have--up to four total--and then the songs you pick show the choreography moves that each individual person has to pull off. Even though you're dancing at the same time, the moves you do are still tailor-made for a synchronized group working in harmony. Meanwhile, online play is as simple as connecting against a random player and dancing well enough to get a better score at the end. Playing alone isn't your only option with this game, since you might have more fun dancing with your friends and family or against someone online. See More
If you already have Just Dance 2017 or any of the earlier games, then there isn't much of a reason for you to get this latest one. Sure, there are a few more songs and the option to stream the franchise library, but if you're more interested in new features instead, there isn't anything new here for you. This is sadly one of those yearly franchise games that doesn't offer many improvements from title to title aside from the standard fare. See More
There's a streaming service that opens up hundreds more songs for you to dance to. It includes every single song from the long-running Just Dance franchise, letting you play through them without owning the older games in the series. While it does require an internet connection and a paid subscription, Just Dance 2018 comes with a free trial that lets you try it out to see if it'd work for you. If you want more than the initial 40 songs that the game offers, this is the perfect way to expand your library. See More
Anyone can enjoy Just Dance 2018 as long as they want to try it out. All you have to do is follow the prompts on-screen that show a silhouette of a person moving their legs, arms, or hips in a certain way or direction in-time with the beat. Whether you're thinking of getting the game for your kids or your older family members, they'll be able to learn the rules and jump right into the game. See More
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