Beat Hazard is absolutely brilliant. It's a twin-stick shooter that evolves depending on your music, summoning enormous bosses and waves of ships that need to be annihilated with your rhythm-powered weaponry. It's one of my favourite Xbox Live Indie Games, but it's also well worth considering on PC since Get Games have even managed to undercut GMG by a quid.
It's well worth picking up the Ultra DLC too.
Beat Hazard Ultra is amazing. Impartiality be damned: it's an awesome recursive indie shooter that procedurally generates its levels and enemies based on your soundtrack of choice - along with an insane amount of pulsing, crackling visual feedback. Cold Beam Games has crafted a feast for the eyes, ears and thumbs (with or without a mate along for the ride), and we rated it 9/10 in our full review.
And now it's on the PlayStation Network and Mac (via updated Steam listing). We've got some more details and a trailer below.Click here to read more...
Today’s daily offering from Steam sees the complete edition of the audio-driven SHUMP fall to its lowest price so far. The deal will fetch you a saving of nearly a fiver in comparison to the next best offers from Direct2Drive and Gamersgate, and even then they are only offering the base game which makes this an even better deal. Included in the Complete bundle is the Ultra DLC, which offers even more content, and a second piece of DLC which adds iTunes and .m4a file support.
When you consider that there are only as many levels as you have in your music library, as well as the fact it’s only just over £2, this is a sure fire bargain. Be sure to check out Jon’s review if you haven’t already. Thanks to Comrade Penguin @ HUKD!
Beat Hazard is one of the best audio-driven games out there; turning your own music collection into procedurally generated SHMUP levels that pulse and crackle in time with the beat. This complete edition includes the Ultra DLC, which improves every aspect of the experience and adds new weapons, rank unlocks and a huge amount of imaginative new foes.
Beat Hazard is brilliant, and for this price, you should definitely buy it. That's all we have to say on the matter.
Developer: Cold Beam Games
Beat Hazard has been around for a while, and those smart enough to check it out discovered a world of music-powered mayhem that rewarded players for keeping a varied discography. However, the newly-released Ultra DLC transforms Beat Hazard into the fully-rounded experience it deserved to be... and more importantly, the game we always wanted it to be.
At its core, Beat Hazard is a music visualiser. Once you've selected a song from your hard drive (most file formats are supported including .aac, .mp3, and .wma) or booted up one of the preset tunes, powerful invisible algorithms transform the music into a crisp HD star field that pulses and crackles with an insane amount of visual feedback. Cold Beam Games actually released this tool as a standalone application, but in Beat Hazard, you'll leap into the cockpit of a powerful space fighter and do battle against swarms of asteroids and enemies. These foes are dynamically and appropriately added into each song, meaning that every individual track is a self-contained and unique experience in and of itself. Sure, it's a twinstick shooter, but each level is an intricate dance of death that's immeasurably improved by the new Ultra DLC pack.
And hell, it even makes that mewling puke Rebecca Black sound acceptable. Let's watch.Click here to continue reading our Beat Hazard Ultra review >>