System: Valve Index & HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £3.99
Comfort Rating: Green, Yellow, Red
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 20
Description: You are the famous song samurai, training in solitude to hone your skills. A dragon is attacking your dojo. You must put your life on the line and defend your home! This game is a Virtual Reality Experience that will put you in the middle of Feudal Japan where you must use the Vive Controllers as your swords. Build up an attack streak and take down your foe, Dragon attacking your Dojo. In-game you will use a simple file browser to load any of your owned favourite songs, and then pick a difficulty to jam out to as you attempt to stop the dragon.
Review: Song Samurai might sound like it is a ninja-style version of Beat Saber, but it is nowhere near that. In fact, this game might want to describe itself as a music/rhythm game, but it most certainly isn’t and at best it is an action game. The first and one of the biggest problems is that it has no pro-loaded music. You must use your own music on the PC or you ain’t playing this game. That also means there is no tutorial so you are chucked into the deep end with no instructions whatsoever. And to add to all that you probably don’t need me to tell you that the action doesn’t match the beats of your music, making the game a random action orb swinging game with no rhythm whatsoever. Asking £3.99 for this is a joke, so unless it becomes a freebie for you to try yourself I would stay well clear of this one.