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Age Rating: 12+
Review System: PlayStation VR
Price at Time Of Review: £12 ($15)
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Tools, Music
Size: 815 MB
Controller System: Move Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Harmonix Music VR (PSVR)
Intro: Unlock the transcendent potential of your music with Harmonix Music VR™. From a whacky dance party, to 3D reactive art, and even a nice relaxing alien beach, Harmonix Music VR is the next evolution of your music library.
Review: From the people who brought you Guitar Hero and Rock Band comes a ‘transcendent potential of your music’ they call Harmonix Music VR. Put simply it is a collection of music-themed VR experiences that also lets you add your own creative spin on them with your own interactions as well as working with any song in your PlayStation 4 music library (You can also plug in a USB flash drive loaded with your favourite songs and Harmonix’s internal music analysis engine does the rest.
Using the Playstation Move controllers you can draw in 3D space with various tools and styles, then it allows you to manipulate your creations in that same 3D space. All the while you are getting down to your own music or any of the 17 music tracks they included. It’s a bit like Tilt Brush only with music. The idea is the music gets your creative mind flowing and allows you to paint / make your own impression of that the music looks like. Or maybe, painting is not your thing, if so you can also play and animate various monsters / characters yourself. Sort of like dancing puppets, I have to admit this was the most fun I had in the entire game and it did indeed keep me amused for a while.
Verdict: This is an app that gives you the freedom to express your creative freedom powered by the music you are hearing. Sadly, for people like myself who don’t have a creative bone in our bodies, this app is little more that a visual tempo beat to watch while you listen to your music. I do believe that the idea is a very good one and some people will lose themselves for hours in this app, but for non-creative types like me, it offers very little replay value and even smaller value for money. Having said that I am sure an art student would think this is the best app in the world! Harmonix Music VR game offers you the chance to play with your music, but just don’t expect too much Game play.