Friday, 6 January 2012
Released: April 15 2010
Beat Hazard, like AudioSurf, is a game that generates custom levels based on your music. Unlike AudioSurf, Beat Hazard is a top-down arcade shoot-em-up in space.
That changed as the game updated, especially considering the Ultra DLC, which adds multiple new enemy types and mechanics, new bosses, and new player perks and abilities.
Beat Hazard's visuals border on the absurd. It's like Cold Beam said "Would you like an epileptic seizure? Because we can make that happen for you." The insane colours and flashing lights are actually a part of the game's difficulty -- dialing it down to easy mode reduces the game effects, and increasing the difficulty increases the effects. The flashing lights can easily distract and obscure from enemy ships and missiles. In my opinion the normal mode visuals are just crazy enough to look intense and awesome without being overwhelming. Fortunately, I don't have any family history of epilepsy or seizures. But if you do, you should seriously consider playing a different game, or have someone nearby to keep an eye on you.
Beat Hazard is $10 on Steam, and the Ultra DLC is $5. I absolutely recommend the DLC, so much so that I would probably not recommend the base game without it. Like AudioSurf, it's really a no-brainer if you like music and arcade games.
If you've played Beat Hazard, I'd like to hear how you feel about the DLC: is it a must-buy, or is it optional?