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Hands-on with new Neighborhood level
Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient appr... read feature

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call trailer shows off RPG elements


New modes shown
Jun 05
The music of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is pulled from the biggest RPG series ever, so why shouldn't the game have its own RPG elements? This new trailer for the upcoming 3DS music game shows off some of tho... read
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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call launches Sept. 16


Collector's Edition and pre-order incentives announced
Jun 03
We finally have a release date for 3DS music game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: September 16. Packed with 26 years of Final Fantasy music, this release comes in both standard and Collector's editions. The latter wil... read
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Rockin' just to keep on rockin'
With a new Amplitude on the horizon and a post-Guitar Hero world having left much to be desired by way of rhythm games, we must look to the past to drink our fill from the fount of the world of music. And even before Guitar H... read feature

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Harmonix Kickstarter

Amplitude Kickstarter crosses finish line with $844K


Congrats, Harmonix!
May 24
It's over. The Kickstarter campaign for Amplitude, a revival of Harmonix Music System's 2003 PlayStation 2 game, has run its course. After achieving its $775,000 funding goal with precious little time to spare, the project co... read
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Amplitude

Get ready 2 rokk: Amplitude's Kickstarter successfully funded


That was a close one, rhythm game fans
May 22
After a tense will-they-or-won't-they run, Harmonix's Kickstarter for a revival of cult classic music game Amplitude has been funded. At the time of this post, the current amount raised by backers is $777,219, with a funding ... read
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SingStar

SingStar resurfacing on PS4 later this year so you can sing your heart out


And believe me, I will
May 21
There isn't any decent karaoke where I live and I'm not in San Francisco or New York, so I turn to games like SingStar for my singing fix. SingStar is coming to PS4 in a big way later this year, and I couldn't be more ex... read
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Amplitude

Harmonix on why it needs Kickstarter to fund Amplitude


It's that or nothing, basically
May 14
Harmonix is attempting to crowdfund a new Amplitude right now and there's been confusion as to why the studio went this route. There's a lot of confusion in general when it comes to crowdfunding, for that matter. In an attemp... read
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Record Run

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices


Yes, Android is coming as well
May 08
Harmonix is hard at work getting its Amplitude Kickstarter off the ground, but there's still time for other projects to come to fruition. Harmonix and SuperVillain Studios have teamed up to release rhythm-runner Record Run f... read
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Rez and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is thinking about his next game


Synaesthesia
May 08
Rez and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi took a step back in 2012 to relax, and fully left Q Entertainment last year. He has been working on social games in Japan since then, but it sounds like he's gearing up to create some... read
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Planned for PS3 and PS4
Surely you remember PS2 beat-matching games Frequency and Amplitude. Classics, right? Harmonix told us that they've been waiting to create a new title in the series, and they're announcing a Kickstarter today to do just that.... read feature

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Chiptune artist Shael Riley wants to train your ears with new game


String's Theory is looking for the Greenlight
Apr 29
Shael Riley (of The Double Ice Backfire) and his pals at ThaSauce Games want to bring music game fans something fresh and unique to the genre, in the hopes it will be picked up by Steam Greenlight. Riley tackled the art, sou... read
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This abstract but beautiful music puzzle game is worth exploring
Although FRACT OSC is a music game, it doesn't fall into the two distinct genres that we're used to seeing. It's neither a rhythm game like Rock Band, Elite Beat Agents, or Rhythm Heaven and nor is it a title that uses your o... read feature

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Beat Hazard

Design your own ship in Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations DLC


I want to pilot the Bebop
Apr 22
Out of all the places I could play Beat Hazard, I usually play on my phone. Beat Hazard on Steam, however, is packing brand new DLC. The Shadow Operations pack may just change my mind about which platform I choose to play on.... read
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Sequel to the best 3DS rhythm game
Square Enix's follow-up to Theathrythm Final Fantasy has finally been confirmed for release in North America. That's right: Theathrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is coming our way sometime this year, priced at $39.99. We sa... read feature

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Stop-motion rhythm game inSynch has my toe tappin'


Coming to Windows, Linux and Mac in April
Apr 21
Them Games Studio says that their upcoming game, inSynch, falls somewhere between a rhythm game and a musical instrument. Its gameplay is simple: it has you popping up objects that roll in from the four corners of the screen... read
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Musical exploration game FRACT OSC will be at PAX East


New teaser video released
Mar 31
FRACT OSC will be releasing next month and while we don't know exactly when it will be available for purchase just yet, we do know that the game will be playable on the show floor at PAX East, April 11-13, as part of th... read
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Vocaloid

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful sure looks like an acid trip


So many colors!
Mar 29
Hatsune Miku may be the queen of digital songstresses, but she's by no means the only act in town. Many are looking to join the party, like IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game starring vocaloid idol IA. The musical title features 60 different tracks to get players bumping and grinding when the game arrives in Japan on July 31. Marvelous AQL has yet to announce a western release. read
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd coming west


YISSSSSS!
Mar 28
We forgot to say something the other day. I hate that we did because I'm such a fan! Sega has confirmed that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd will be coming to our shores (North America and Europe) later this year, for both ... read
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First hands-on with multiplayer
Harmonix revealed a multiplayer mode for Fantasia: Music Evolved at GDC last week alongside some new songs and levels. I jumped in front of a Kinect sensor to try out the new mode, and it wasn't long before I was flapping my arms to the beat.  Can't you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass?     read feature

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Persona 4: DAN

Shake it! Persona 4: Dancing All Night coming 2015


Confirmed for North America
Feb 25
Get warmed up and ready to shake that thang as Atlus has confirmed that Vita title Persona 4: Dancing All Night is coming to North America in 2015. I never thought I'd be talking about a Persona rythm-based dance videogame, b... read
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BeatBlasters III, a strange blend of platform and rhythm


Now available on Steam
Feb 24
I was caught a bit off-guard by this, the launch trailer for BeatBlasters III, available now for Windows, Mac and Linux in Steam and DRM-free versions. The title and art direction failed to strike a chord with me. And then a... read
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Circuits

Circuits tests your ear for deconstructing musical pieces


Does not test your electrical engineering knowledge, thankfully
Feb 19
While most music-based games focus on maintaining rhythm or use the sound to generate gameplay elements, Circuits takes a bit of a different approach. Taking on a much slower pace, Circuits tasks players with listening to a ... read
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And it's free-to-play
It makes sense that when word gets out that Harmonix is working on a new game, everyone is going to want to see it. This was exactly the case at an invite-only showing earlier this month, taking place during D.I.C.E. Summit 2... read feature

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Pale Machine

Pale Machine is a playable mouth and eyeball music video


Eat your corny flakes
Feb 01
What did you get on Christmas last year? If you're a daily Destructoid reader, then the answer is "a free weird videogame" in the form of Beokay, a music infused space shooting romp. Beokay was the first release in the P... read
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Kickbeat PC

PC Port Report: KickBeat


Drowning out the native soundtrack just got easier
Jan 13
Last year, KickBeat released on PS3 and PS Vita, and we quite liked the "music dressed up as a fighting game." The final word on it was that it featured solid rhythm gameplay, but was held back by a few questionable song choi... read
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The road to rock stardom
My family is very musically inclined. My father sings, and my mother sings and plays guitar. My wife's family is also musical; playing piano, guitar, drums, etc. between her, her brother, father, aunt, and so on. When I was a... read feature

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BandFuse

BandFuse: Rock Legends tracklist revealed


55-song list includes tracks from the '60s to today
Nov 12
Realta Entertainment has revealed its star-studded track list for the upcoming BandFuse: Rock Legends, and it's an interesting mix. While standard rock songs from Pearl Jam, Rush, and Heart are expected, there's a smattering ... read
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BandFuse

BandFuse: Rock Legends announces final in-game mentor


Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho
Nov 11
BandFuse: Rock Legends, the music videogame that claims to transform players into real-world guitarists, bassists, and vocalists using legendary rockers, has announced its eighth and final in-game mentor: Alexi "Wildchild" L... read
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SEGA

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f dancing to PS Vita in 2014


Portable version coming exclusively via PlayStation Network
Nov 06
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is bumping and grinding its way to PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe early next year, Sega of America has announced. The publisher cites the successful launch of the nearly identical Pl... read
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Rocksmith 2014 DLC

Iron Maiden gallops onto Rocksmith 2014 as DLC


It sounds like horses, but there aren't any horses
Nov 05
So, how's the guitar learnin' going? You making some real progress? Rocksmith 2014 said it'd teach you to play guitar, so I can only assume that any lack of success in this department falls squarely on your shoulders. Oh... read
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Sega mobile: Sonic 2, Rhythm Thief, Sonic & All-Stars


And more!
Oct 21
Sega has a line-up of five new mobile games they're preparing for launch, including  Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed; Sonic The Hedgehog 2; Demon Tribe; Go Dance and Rhythm Thief &&n... read






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