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Bit.Trip Runner2 jumps to PS4 this month


Cross-buy with Vita version
Feb 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Runner2 is coming to PlayStation 4 on February 23, Choice Provisions has announced. The auto-run platformer will support cross-buy compatibility with the Vita port Choice Provisions released a couple years ago. Unfortunately,...

Review: The Bit.Trip

Dec 15 // Ben Davis
The Bit.Trip (PS4 [reviewed], PS Vita, PS3)Developer: Choice ProvisionsPublisher: Choice ProvisionsMSRP: $9.99 (Cross-Buy)Released: December 5, 2015 (PS4, PS Vita), TBA (PS3) The Bit.Trip is a collection of all six games in the Bit.Trip series which were originally released on WiiWare, similar to Bit.Trip Complete for Wii and Bit.Trip Saga for 3DS from a few years ago. It may have a different name than the other compilations, but it's largely the same aside from the controls, menus, and a few extras. The Bit.Trip differs in that it offers Trophies and leaderboards, which already existed for the PC versions of the games, but not for the Wii and 3DS versions. However, it's lacking all of the bonus content and extra challenge levels introduced in Bit.Trip Complete. Those extras would have been a nice addition here as a way to entice people who have already played some of the games before, but as it stands, it's basically just a straightforward compilation. [embed]326911:61531:0[/embed] Even so, the Bit.Trip games still hold up incredibly well, and the price is perfect for anyone looking to experience them again (or for the first time). All six games can be accessed from the slick main menu, featuring some neat concept art whenever a title is selected. Each game also allows the player to choose between Easy, Normal, or Hard difficulty settings, which is nice because the Bit.Trip games can be quite difficult, even on Easy! For those who haven't played Bit.Trip before, the series spans several different genres with an emphasis on rhythm-based gameplay, all held together with similar themes to tell the story of the life and death of Commander Video. Bit.Trip Beat and Bit.Trip Flux are very Pong-like in nature, requiring the player to move a paddle up and down to bounce incoming beats back to the rhythm. Bit.Trip Runner switches things up as a rhythmic auto-running platformer, while Bit.Trip Fate takes the series in another drastically different direction as a musical on-rails shooter. Bit.Trip Core and Bit.Trip Void are a bit harder to describe, but they both offer gameplay that is completely unique to the series. Core gives players control of an X and Y axis which can zap any beats that pass over them, while Void has players controlling an ever-expanding black hole which must consume other black shapes while avoiding white ones. Void is actually my personal favorite of the series, simply because I've never played anything else quite like it. The biggest difference for the PlayStation versions of these games is of course going to be the controls. I found playing with the Dualshock 4 to be quite comfortable and intuitive, easily on par with the Wii controls. Both Core and Void let the player choose between the left analog stick or the d-pad for movement. I found the analog stick to be preferable in most situations, although the d-pad was useful for a certain boss in Void which requires precision movements, and some players will probably prefer to use the d-pad to play Core (I found it to be a little uncomfortable after a while). Fate uses both analog sticks -- one for movement and one for aiming and shooting -- and it felt perfect. The controls for Runner are about what you'd expect, since it only requires simple button inputs. It would be kind of hard to mess those up. As for Beat and Flux, the controls work similarly to the Wii Remote in that you simply have to tilt the Dualshock 4 forward and back to move the paddle. It seemed to really pick up on my hands shaking though, which caused the paddle to sort of vibrate slightly up and down all the time. This made it feel as though I didn't have as much control over the paddle as I would have like, but it wasn't too much of a deal-breaker for me since I wasn't going for high scores or anything. However, it did make the final boss of Beat especially difficult since it's easier to win by hitting the beats back with the very tip of the paddle. I kept missing even the slow-moving beats by the slightest degree, most likely because of the vibrations. Finally, for players interested in leaderboards, they'll be happy to know that each game has separate leaderboards for every individual level, divided between the three difficulty settings. These can be accessed directly from the main menu or individually from the menus of the specific games. While The Bit.Trip could have been made marginally better with the addition of any kind of bonus content (such as the extra challenges found in Bit.Trip Complete), it's still a solid compilation of an excellent series of games. Thankfully, they hold up just as well on PlayStation consoles as they did on the Wii. If you still haven't taken the dive into the rhythmic, arcade-y goodness of Bit.Trip, or if you've been looking for a reason to play through it all again, now would be the perfect time to do so. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer.]
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SERIES.COMPLETE
The Bit.Trip series holds a special place in my heart. With a wonderful blend of rhythm-based mechanics and arcade-style gameplay spanning various genres, the games are easy to pick up, quick to fall in love with, and yet inc...

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Bit.Trip

Bit.Trip collection coming to PS4, PS3, Vita


Cross-buy and cross-save for $10
Dec 05
// Kyle MacGregor
All six of Choice Provision's original Bit.Trip games now available on PlayStation systems, Sony announced today during its keynote address at the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco. The collection will support both cros...
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Humble Nindie Bundle

Runner 2, Gunman Clive, Sportsball added to Humble Nindie Bundle


More Nintendo indies on the cheap
Jun 02
// Darren Nakamura
It has been so long since I have gone in on a Humble Bundle, I had almost forgotten the whole "get a new set of games one week in" thing. Last week Humble announced the Humble Nindie Bundle, a collection of indie games on the...

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Smash Bros.

Commander Video will have a trophy in Smash Bros. Wii U


Bit.Trip Butt
Nov 05
// Jonathan Holmes
Tonight's Nintendo Direct was packed with exciting moments. Highlights include the reveal of Majora's Mask 3D, a look at Splatoon's single-player, some of the "naked creatures" of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Duck Hunt dog's face,...
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Bit.Trip Flux is on Steam

Bit.Trip Flux is the best, now available on Steam


Commander Video takes his swan song to PC and Mac
Jun 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Bit.Trip Flux, the final entry in the Bit.Trip series, is now available via Steam, Gaijin Games Choice Provisions announced today. Flux takes inspiration from Pong, much like the first title in the series, Bit.Trip Beat. Play...
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BIT.TRIP

Gaijin Games is dead, long live Choice Provisions!


Bit.Trip studio changes name, announces new games
Jun 05
// Kyle MacGregor
Gaijin Games is dead. Well, not really. They're just rebranding. After six years in business, the indie studio best known for its work on the Bit.Trip series, has decided it's time for a change. It will henceforth be known a...
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Humble Weekly offering Shank 2, Runner, Mark of the Ninja


Platforming collection
May 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
This Humble Bundle weekly is live! Pay whatever you want and you'll get Shank 2, Blocks That Matter, and Bit.Trip Runner. Notice the pattern? Platformers! Pay over $6 and you'll also get Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Leg...
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Bit.Trip

Runner2 discounted to celebrate one million copies sold


The groove is in the heart
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien recently turned a year old. I know, I know -- you aren't impressed by the aging process. The rhythm-centric platformer also celebrated another milestone: selling one mi...
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Runner 2 Vita impressions

Runner 2 plays exactly how you would expect on the Vita


And that's only a good thing
Dec 19
// Brett Zeidler
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien launched very early on in the year for just about every platform under the sun. We reviewed it, and really liked it. Not long after that, Gaijin Games announced that R...
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Runner2 on Vita

Runner2 releasing on Vita in less than a week


I heard you like running, so we put Runner2 on a portable so you can run while you run...
Dec 12
// Darren Nakamura
The PlayStation Vita keeps proving itself to be a serious contender for independent games, with titles like Terraria, Rogue Legacy, and Spelunky either already on the platform or in the works. To add to that list, Gaijin...
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Bit.Trip

Gaijin Games releases iOS version of Bit.Trip Runner2


Bit.Trip Run! available now via the App Store
Oct 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Commander Video is trotting onto the iOS App Store today in Bit.Trip Run!, Gaijin Games has announced. Bit.Trip Run! is the mobile version of the marvelous musical platformer Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of R...
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Aksys 3DS and Vita sale

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops


Save big bucks on Virtue's Last Reward, Muramasa, BIT.TRIP, and BlazBlue
Aug 22
// Tony Ponce
Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...
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PS Plus Update

Runner2, Hitman Absolution joining PS Plus this month


Don't mind if I do!
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
In tomorrow's PlayStation Plus update, members will be able to download Hitman Absolution for free and save on other PSN titles. There's a big ol' Rayman franchise sale -- including Origins for as low as $5.00 -- plus Es...
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INDIE

New Bit.Trip Runner2 characters like disco apparently


Watch the 'Good Friends' bond over a line dance
Jul 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Yes, that's Commander Video getting down on the dance floor with Cave Story's Quote. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is pretty cool like that. Gaijin Games released a downloadable character pack for its rhythmic pla...
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Bit.Trip

Portal, Spelunky characters join Bit.Trip Runner2 cast


So indie it hurts -- in a good way, of course
Jul 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Gaijin Games has unveiled the final trio of characters joining the colorful cast of Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 as downloadable content. Atlas of Portal 2 fame joins the roster as a Steam exclusive, whilst the eponym...
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Runner2

Machinarium's Josef and Meat Boy's Dr. Fetus in Runner2


Joining Cave Story's Quote and Psychonauts's Razputin
Jul 09
// Jonathan Holmes
Yesterday saw the announcement of Quote and Razputin, the first two of seven all-star DLC characters for Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Today we've been treated to two more reveals, the evil Dr. Fe...
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Bit.Trip Runner2

Cave Story and Psychonauts crossover coming to Runner2


Bit.Trip spin-off scores some hot guest stars
Jul 08
// Jonathan Holmes
Gaijin Games have announced a game-changing load of DLC for their latest masterpiece Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Seven "well-loved" videogame characters will make their way into the game this Th...
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Bit.Trip

CommanderVideo runs free in new Bit.Trip browser game


'This is totally a video game'
Jul 04
// Kyle MacGregor
The Bit.Trip series' heroic protagonist has made the leap to browsers in the eponymously titled CommanderVideo. Heralded as "quite possibly the longest game in history," Gaijin Games' latest effort is a free endless runner re...
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Get to know the people that make great videogames
Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were treated to the company of Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland, most well know for his work on Fez, Krunch, Runner2, Bonk, and... yikes, so many other games. If I tried to list them a...

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Save big time on a bunch of Bit.Trip games on Steam


Up to 75% off in savings for two weeks
May 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Gaijin Games has a huge sale going on right now on a bunch of the Bit.Trip games over on Steam. Bit.Trip Collection (Bit.Trip Beat, Runner, Core, and Void) is going for $11.98, and that includes the soundtracks for each game....
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New releases

New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity


Plus Tomb Raider, Naturo, and Castlevania
Mar 04
// Fraser Brown
This Monday heralds a week of mayoral responsibilities and the raiding of trap-laden tombs, both of which undoubtedly require similar skill sets. As much as I'm a big fan of Ms. Croft, and it seems like her latest outing is ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip, Retro City, Etrian Odyssey


Best week ever?
Feb 28
// Kyle MacGregor
This week's Nintendo Download has something for just about everyone. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is fantastic and it's available now via the Wii U eShop. Also on the console side of things, Retro City Rampage has arrived o...

Review: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2

Feb 28 // Kyle MacGregor
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation Network, Wii U eShop, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS)Developer: Gaijin GamesPublisher: Aksys GamesRelease: February 26, 2013, March 5 (PlayStation 3), Summer 2013 (Vita & iOS)MSRP: $14.99Rig: Intel Core i7-2670QM @2.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, GeForce G 540M, Windows 7 64-bit  Runner2's most marked difference from the rest of the series is most definitely the visual style. There's just no way around it: Runner2 looks different. It's not what fans are accustomed to and to be honest, I was less than thrilled by the change at first. Much of Bit.Trip's appeal in that retro aesthetic style, so to see Gaijin Games shift away from that was kind of distressing. After seeing it in motion, however, I've come to prefer the new look. The warm visuals, distinctive characters, and varied settings have really won me over. And once the accompanying chiptune-inspired soundtrack kicked in it was like nothing had changed. Runner2 may not look exactly like a Bit.Trip game but it feels very much like a worthy successor to the series.  Subdued at first, the game, like the music, builds upon itself into a crescendo. The player controls the constantly-moving Commander Video and must guide him through a series of platforming obstacle course. Slowly but surely the game introduces the player to new and different ways to interact with the environment. In no time at all Commander Video will be leaping over, sliding under, and knocking down whatever is placed in his path. [embed]246993:47283:0[/embed] The Bit.Trip series is well known for its difficulty. All six of the previous games are extremely challenging and can verge on seeming onerous and unfair. Runner2 is a little different in that respect. True to form, traversing the game's levels are all about reflexes and persistence. Similar to Super Meat Boy, screwing up once will mean getting sent back to the beginning of the level. However, there are no game-over screens so death rarely feels overly punishing.  Things get even more accessible this time around with a tiered difficulty system and (largely optional) mid-level checkpoints. These additions go a long way to make Runner2 more inviting to newcomers or folks that have struggled with the Bit.Trip series in the past. Unlike past entries, this game isn't terribly imposing. Those looking to experience the game on one of the lower difficulty settings are almost certain to be able to get through Runner2's five worlds without too much frustration. That isn't to say that Runner2 is a cake walk though. Far from it. The impetus for challenge, however, is left to the discretion of the player. Scattered throughout every level in the game are dozens of items that serve to enhance the challenge. Some are easier to obtain than others. Commander Video must oftentimes put himself in harm's way to acquire them but with that risk comes reward. Upon coming into contact with gold bars and the like, the objects will emit notes that complement the music, giving the gameplay a synesthetic quality. While Runner2 is a platformer, it has decidedly arcade sensibilities. Amongst other actions like hurtling over obstacles or dancing if you have a free moment, collectible items contribute points to an overall score. After a level is completed, these are fed into leaderboards, allowing players to compete with friends and the community at large. If you're anything like me, you'll be looking to one-up your comrades at every turn. Prepare to crank up the difficulty and strive for perfection. That competitive atmosphere helps flesh out the campaign a great deal, but Runner2 certainly isn't hurting for content. With over 100 levels, the game features branching paths, retro challenge levels reminiscent of the original Bit.Trip Runner and various unlockable characters and costumes. Having invested over a dozen hours into the game thus far, I'm still just scratching the surface when it comes to all the extra content. Although the game is pretty stellar overall, it could have used some streamlining; it forces players to sit through a number of menus to get to the action, an issue exacerbated by some lengthy loading times. It's a minor complaint, but also one that speaks to the quality of the game. In the moments between levels, I just couldn't wait to get back into the thick of it. Runner2 feels like a very natural progression for the series. The team at Gaijin Games has crafted a more nuanced and impressive follow-up to what was great title in its own right. Avant-garde but with a healthy respect for the past, Runner2 is a marvelous rhythmic platformer that just about anyone should be able to enjoy.
Review: Bit.Trip Runner2 photo
A towering home run
By the time Bit.Trip Runner burst onto the scene three years ago, Gaijin Games had already established itself on WiiWare with a trio of some of the best games on the platform. The retro-inspired rhythm series shared certain c...

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Bit.Trip Runner2 discount

Bit.Trip Runner2 gets PSN sale, but no cross-buy for Vita


Some good news and some bad news
Feb 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 doesn't come to PlayStation Network until next week. Gaijin Games, however, has a special offer in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers for being so patient. The auto-run platformer will be availab...
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Runner2 release dates

Runner2 first on Wii U and Steam, other versions dated


PlayStation Network release happening in March
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
Gaijin Games has put out some proper release dates for the various versions of Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Up first are Wii U and Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), with those launches happening to...
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Runner 2 trailer

This Runner 2 trailer will have you sprinting to play it


'dat music!
Feb 25
// Chris Carter
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is nearly here, and Gaijin Games has a new launch trailer to celebrate. Taking us through a brief history of the original Runner, the video kicks off with around a ful...
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Bit.Trip Runner 2

Bit.Trip Runner2 better on Wii U than Xbox 360


Gajin Games explains differences between platforms
Feb 23
// Kyle MacGregor
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is gearing up for a multi-platform release next week and, from what I've played of it thus far, it's shaping up to be a mighty fine game. If I had to levy one complaint...

Runner2: Still very much the Bit.Trip you know and love

Feb 19 // Kyle MacGregor
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Mac, PC, PlayStation Network, Wii U eShop, Xbox Live Arcade)Developer: Gaijin GamesPublisher: Aksys GamesRelease: February 26, 2013MSRP: $14.99 When I first laid eyes on Runner2, I was a little skeptical. The retro-style visuals were a large part of what made the Bit.Trip games appealing in the first place. It seemed like an odd choice to eschew something so characteristic of the series in favor of a new graphical design. It's not like I thought the new style looked awful per se, but it was a far cry from the nostalgia-laden aesthetic that had won me over years ago. That said, it didn't take long for Runner2 to win me over. I had a very different reaction when I sat down to play the game rather than just looking at screenshots or video. It's difficult to fully explain, but the colorful new look really grew on me. And sometime over the course of the eight hours it took me to leisurely jog through Runner2's campaign, I came to prefer its vibrant and cartoon-like visuals over that of its predecessor.  More than anything else, though, the change brought the other parts of the equation to the forefront. The gameplay is as solid and engaging as it ever was, perhaps a tad more so, and fans of the original will be pleased to hear that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Commander Video is still set in constant motion and requires the player's help to overcome the obstacles that have been placed in his path. Platforming is more nuanced this time around, as there are new and different aspects of the game's various environments that help keep things fresh and interesting.  Of course, like any Bit.Trip game, the music is still the star of the show. Runner2's soundtrack is similar to the chiptune-inspired beats of the original Runner, but it's not without subtle enhancements. Each of the game's five worlds has a distinct theme and the music very much corresponds to them. Perhaps the most notable example of this is the title's second world, where the songs take on a very Caribbean vibe. It's a nice touch that really goes the extra mile to nail that beachy atmosphere. The entire package just feels like a very natural progression for the series. Runner2 is familiar and inviting, but it definitely takes things to that next level. I'm excited for more players to experience its warm embrace when the game releases next week.
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Jogging your memory
Four years ago, a colorful Pong-like rhythm game came out of nowhere to become something of a surprise hit on Nintendo's precarious WiiWare service. A gem hidden in the most unlikely of places, the title garnered a cult follo...

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BIT.TRIP bundle

Celebrate VDay with the BIT.TRIP Lover's Bundle


Seven soundtracks and the new game for $20
Feb 14
// Chris Carter
Are you as excited as I am for the upcoming BIT.TRIP game, Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien? Well, developer Gajin Games is, which is why they're offering the BIT.TRIP Lovers' Bundle. There's three tiers to this offer. ...

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