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1:30 PM on 04.24.2015

Naoto comes out of her shell in her Persona 4: Dancing All Night trailer

Naoto's character trailer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night shows a sexier side of everyone's second favorite Persona 4 girl. The trailer shows off her new-found dancing skills, but more importantly it gives us anot...

Alissa McAloon

7:30 AM on 04.21.2015

Activision exec promises Guitar Hero isn't getting annualized again

Hey, remember when Activision released a Guitar Hero game every year, and in some cases, multiple times annually? Until Warriors of Rock killed off the franchise, of course. Well now the series is back later this year with Gu...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 04.17.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's cast is dressed to impress in this new trailer

I know we're all waiting patiently for Persona 4: Dancing All Night's US release date, but a new trailer is almost as exciting. This second official trailer offers a look at some choice dance moves from different member...

Alissa McAloon

4:30 PM on 04.16.2015

Crypt of the NecroDancer exits Early Access in a week

It has been a while since we were first entranced by the "why hadn't anybody done this yet?" rhythm dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer, and now it's finally in the home stretch. After a nine-month bout in Early Access,...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 04.14.2015

Skrillex is on the list of Guitar Hero Live artists

Following this morning's official reveal of the long-leaked Guitar Hero Live, Activision's talking a bit about the core of any music game: the music. Of the 13 announced artists, one sticks out like a sore thumb: Skrillex. Th...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 04.06.2015

Persona 4's best character (also, Kanji) get Dancing All Night trailers

Oh maaaaaaaan. I am only ever dancing as Chie in the yellow Bruce Lee Game of Death jumpsuit. Criminal to only show that off for like four seconds (:58). Either don't show it all and leave it a lovely surprise, or parade that thing around like it's a bright yellow jumpsuit. Oh. Kanji dances, too, I guess. I think his default costume is background character in House of Pain's "Jump Around" video.

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 03.25.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Japanese box art is appropriately groovy

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is still slated for a Western release in 2015, but it's headed for Japanese Vita owners on June 25. I'm eagerly gobbling up every single scrap Atlus tosses out until the official release, so check...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 03.13.2015

Amplitude's multiplayer mode has been reworked for the better

I have some good memories of playing single player FreQuency years ago. However, the only memories I have of the multiplayer mode are of me playing against my friends in high school and crushing them, then going off...

Darren Nakamura

6:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Kinect interference won't be an issue in Rock Band 4

Harmonix wants the Rock Band 4 experience to be a social one -- a group of people together in a room using music as the driving force toward enjoyment. However, Microsoft has a once "integral" peripheral for the Xbox One...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's new dancer is Kanami Mashita

Persona 4: Dancing All Night has an additional playable character only referred to in passing during the game, Rise's idol successor Kanami Mashita.  I'm not sure why she's dressed like a clowned out Erica (or what's wi...

Steven Hansen

11:30 PM on 03.06.2015

Tell Harmonix to put the entirety of '...Like Clockwork' in Rock Band 4

Looking forward to Rock Band 4 just as much as I am? You're probably wondering how the upcoming roster is going to look. Me too. In fact, I'm pretty concerned. I dropped a pretty penny on hundreds of songs, with 70% of them i...

Brittany Vincent

7:30 AM on 03.05.2015

Rock Band 4 is coming, and it's bringing the party back

Five years after the latest installment in the seminal music/rhythm franchise, Harmonix is going on a proverbial reunion tour. Rock Band 4 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's currently scheduled fo...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 AM on 03.04.2015

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is getting a demo

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is coming to Japan, and I couldn't be more excited as a Theatrhythm fan. While there is no announcement of a localization yet for the west, Japan is getting it on March 26, in addition to a newly...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 03.02.2015

I fear for my fingers after seeing Amplitude in action

Harmonix is reviving Amplitude this summer and, if recent rumors hold up, Activison might bring back Guitar Hero. The lows of the rhythm genre are real low, but I'm ready for that high again. Going into this weekend's PAX Ea...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 02.25.2015

There's a new BlazBlue rhythm game and it's out now

"This isn't the BlazBlue game you're looking for," he persuades you with a small wave of the hand. Okay, maybe it is. Maybe you're in the market for a "gluttonous" rhythm game where you "eat to the beat of BlazBlue." In that ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Reunion tour: New Guitar Hero reportedly in development

Don't adjust your (hot tub) time machine. You haven't traveled back to 2010; it just feels like it. According to a report from Kotaku UK, Activision has a new Guitar Hero title in the works. It's said to be announced at ...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 02.24.2015

Rise is dancing all night in Persona 4's Vita rhythm game

We are four months away from Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Japan release (and special edition Vita) and we've already seen and heard the lovely intro, so now what? Well, character trailers can be fun. Little tastes of the b...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Beard View: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2

Oh hello Destructoid! Its your old beard buddy Jed here, and I guess I'm officially part of the Dtoid team now. Are you proud yet dad!? This time on Beard View we're taking a look at Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, the Vocalo...

Jed Whitaker

3:00 PM on 02.18.2015

If this is what a 'rhythm violence' game looks like, I'm all about them

While watching this trailer for THUMPER, a self-described rhythm violence game from current Harmonix artist Brian Gibson and former lead programmer Marc Flury, I didn't want to blink. I also let out a confused "what?" follow...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 02.16.2015

Senran Kagura creator's IA/VT Colorful drops in June

Vocaloid rhythm game IA/VT Colorful has a new Japanese release date, Famitsu reveals. The new project from Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki is now set to debut June 25 on PlayStation Vita. Marvelous initially planned to...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Harmonix releasing more Rock Band DLC, a couple of 'we're back' songs

In mid-January, Harmonix surprised everyone by breaking its radio silence on Rock Band with the first set of downloadable songs in almost two years. While it's not quite the return to weekly DLC, Harmonix looks to be ba...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 02.13.2015

Teddy Diefenbach's Alphabeats is up on Steam Greenlight

Last year when Alphabeats was originally announced, I lamented that it was only on iOS, with no word of an Android release. Though it might not have ever released for the superior mobile operating system, it looks like the r...

Darren Nakamura

1:15 PM on 02.05.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets custom Vita in Japan

Atlus has confirmed a June 25 release date for the Vita's Persona 4: Dancing All Night in Japan.  Alongside this is news of a couple special editions. The "crazy value pack" includes an illustration, two-...

Steven Hansen

10:02 PM on 02.04.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night theme eases the wait for Persona 5 news

Okay, no big Persona 5 reveal yet. I am still completely, sincerely excited for the Persona 4 rhythm game and this amazing track, which we covered earlier today, is why. It's also worth listening to Japanese Teddy ...

Steven Hansen



Persona 4 Dancing All Night's theme is just groovy photo
Persona 4 Dancing All Night's theme is just groovy
by Kyle MacGregor

Atlus has revealed Persona 4: Dancing All Night's main theme, "Dance!," complete with lyrics and everything. Personally, I think that spoils some of the fun. Deciphering the words behind Shoji Meguro's tunes has become a time-honored pastime of mine. Oh well. Still sounds great!

ペルソナ4 ダンシングオールナイト [Atlus]

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11:00 AM on 01.21.2015

Theatrhythm: Curtain Call gets equipped with World Ends With You and Chrono Trigger DLC

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call was a joy to play. It was absolutely packed with content, so the fact that DLC has been steadily dropping since launch hasn't bothered me -- all in all, it's one of the biggest rhythm ...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Give some robots a rhythm beatdown in Omega: the First Movement

It has been a while since I have played a mobile game that I have really gotten into. Could Omega: the First Movement be the one to end my dry spell? Maybe! Its protagonist looks like a neon cyberpunk version of the kid from...

Darren Nakamura

8:52 AM on 01.19.2015

Amplitude delayed from March until 'summer'

I hope you weren't too excited for a March release date for the upcoming Amplitude reboot, as Harmonix has announced that it has been delayed until "summer" for quality concerns. The developer says that they don't want to cut...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 01.16.2015

Harmonix survey asks what you would want from a new Rock Band experience

The Rock Band franchise has shown promising signs of revitalization lately. Earlier this week, there was the surprise announcement of a trio of fresh downloadable tracks. Now, Harmonix has posted a survey throwing all so...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX dances to 3DS in May

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is coming to Nintendo 3DS in late May, Sega announced today. The cutesy rhythm game styles Hatsune Miku and friends after the Good Smile Company's trendy Nendoroid figures, which explains why th...

Kyle MacGregor





3:45 PM on 01.14.2015

Hell yes, hell yes, Rhythm Heaven 3DS

During Japan's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced there would be a new Rhythm Heaven game for 3DS this year. It will feature over a hundred minigames, 70 of which comes from past entries in the series, 30 of which are new. It's coming to Japan this summer. Hopefully we get word of a North American release.  Hopefully this makes it in:

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 01.12.2015

Harmonix surprises everyone with an imminent trio of Rock Band DLC songs

Remember the days of yesteryear when a bevy of plastic instruments was a de facto part of your interior design? Well, if you so wish, that look could make a comeback, as Harmonix is adding to the Rock Band library f...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 01.09.2015

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call gets Xenogears DLC

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call had a ton of content packed into it -- perhaps more than any other recent rhythm game, so I'm not bothered by all the DLC it's getting. This is especially the case because "Soaring" fro...

Chris Carter

10:30 PM on 12.19.2014

Theatrhythm Dragon Quest looks, sounds AMAZING!

This is the first trailer for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest. Marvel at its majestic beauty. It's a JRPG-shaped swizzle stick here to stir up your emotions. You feel that? Yeah, that's a double shot of nostalgia clinking up against your heart like rocks in a glass. Or something. Feels good, baby.

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Square Enix announces Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Theatrhythm isn't just a Final Fantasy spin-off anymore; it's an established brand, one Square Enix hopes to expand into a full series of rhythm games based on its classic properties.  Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is the nex...

Kyle MacGregor



Harmonix returns to classic rhythm-action with Amplitude photo
Harmonix returns to classic rhythm-action with Amplitude
by Alessandro Fillari

Before the folks at Harmonix Studios put themselves on the map with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it was known for the cult hits Frequency and Amplitude. Blending fast-paced rhythm-based action with mesmerizing visuals and an electronic soundtrack, players could tap their feet along with the beat while using quick reflexes to achieve the high score. Though the titles never lit the charts on fire, they garnered a cult following and were fondly remembered among fans of rhythm games.

With the success of Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Central under their belts, the developers at Harmonix decided it was time to revisit the long-dormant series. Keen to show off an early build of the game in time for the upcoming PlayStation Experience event, the devs were confident they nailed their reboot of Amplitude.

And with the success of their Kickstarter campaign, they've definitely got an audience ready to check out the reunion with the long-missed series.

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Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer photo
Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer
by Steven Hansen

There are things to consider when it comes to playing music in public. Are you in an open space, perhaps a park, with enough distance between you and others so that your tunes don't dance on over into unwilling ears? Are you busking bad Dylan covers with your acoustic guitar? Is your music good? Mine is, which is why I drive windows down with confidence, going between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tribe Called Quest.

I mean, who could object to me playing this for the entirety of a two-hour car ride? No one, because I was driving alone. 

Here's a good and easy rule, though. Stop playing music on public transportation over your cellphone speakers. You are trapping people with your music, but also at horrible sound quality. I'd much rather someone be rocking a Radio Raheem boombox then sit through the equivalent of someone letting their ringtone keep on because they like the song. 

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Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd photo
Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd
by Brittany Vincent

Hatsune Miku is an international sensation. Despite the fact that she's a simple digital creation, she's managed to rack up a massive amount of record sales and sold-out concerts, including a tour with Lady Gaga and even an appearance on Letterman.

It's impossible to ignore her cultural significance now as she only skyrockets in popularity, and with Sega publishing the sequel to last year's Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F, now's a better time than ever to get acquainted with the diminutive diva. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is your ticket to J-Pop heaven, overflowing with content and a real challenge for anyone who decides to take the plunge.

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Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! photo
Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!
by Brittany Vincent

Some may call Senran Kagura inherently tasteless, but the series of action-packed brawlers has depth and satisfying combat. The games have swept the handheld community mainly because of their increasingly risqué content, but their best-kept secret is that they're just plain fun.

Yeah, there's a whole lot of indecent exposure in each of the Senran Kagura games. No one's disputing that. But so what? These are genuinely fun and engaging titles, and the latest spinoff under the Senran Kagura umbrella is no different. Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! may be lighthearted and riddled with thinly veiled jokes about male anatomy, but it's also a challenging rhythm game skewed toward an adult audience that can be enjoyed by just about anyone -- especially if you like your sundaes with Senran Kagura girls on top. Just don't expect award-winning prose or Grammy-nominated tracks. 

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Review: The Voice: I Want You photo
Review: The Voice: I Want You
by Brittany Vincent

Do you live for the thrill of belting out your favorite songs whenever you've got five minutes to yourself? Are you an amateur singer looking for guidance, or a professional looking for something fun to brush up your vocal technique? Do you love NBC's The Voice? Then go out right now and pick up Rock Band 3 or Guitar Hero 5. Or, get a karaoke machine and a vocal coach. Whatever the case, you're going to absolutely loathe The Voice: I Want You.

But, you're not going to hate it because it has a dizzyingly awful male version of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or embarrassingly haphazard song accompaniments that resemble Just Dance crossed with a slapdash lyric video on YouTube created with iMovie. You won't even hate it because it features a startling lack of interesting or exciting songs to sing along to. You'll hate it because it's such an obvious money grab, an uninspired cash-in that exists solely to rake in dough from unsuspecting buyers looking to replicate the experience so many dream of having -- standing onstage before The Voice's celebrity judges and angling for stardom. 

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