PCG: Audiosurf

By Alec Meer on March 20th, 2008 at 4:59 pm.

My only mar-sterrrrr

Sorry, it’s a bit of a deluge of PC Gamer today, as they’ve just thrown a mega-ton of last-issue content up onto their site. Think of it as like visiting relatives on the other side of the country.

On my part, there’s my Audiosurf review, replete with entirely gratuitous Vonnegut quotation. It’s a significantly more upbeat take on the game than the RPS verdict (more Verdicts soon, promise), which arguably got a little sidetracked onto picking holes in the game – probably because by that point we’d already fired our happier hyperbole at each other at some length. And also because my own interest in Audiosurf tends towards the blissful edification of my ears and eyes, rather than trying to perfect the match-3 element. It’s not often that I stay with a game for a significant time after the review’s filed, but my most intense Audiosurf playing came in the fortnight following my word-fart. I suspect I’ll be voting it slightly higher in the year-end polls than most folks.

Oddly, the review’s also online, and has been for a good couple of weeks now, at PCG’s sister site Gamesradar, who for reasons of their own chose to increase the score, coldly remove all the Kate Bush references and add a new verdict-box-thingy and strapline. Which, bitter-sweetly, is the line of the review currently used to promote the game on Steam. That ‘free’ in ‘freelancer’ has always been faintly ironic. BUT THIS IS THE LIFE WE CHOSE.

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11 Comments »

  1. Kieron Gillen says:

    Is the gamesradar review straight to the sexy? I like it when they’re straight to the sexy. I find sites which don’t go straight to the sexy frustrating.

    KG

  2. Butler` says:

    @ the gamesradar review:

    You’ll hate:

    * Simplistic gameplay
    * Requires deep love of music

    …what?

  3. Vinícius says:

    HEREEEEEEEEEEEESY.

    BTW – Stairway to Heaven in Audiosurf is pure bliss. Try it out, Alec.

  4. Dinger says:

    Dunno. The high score list is also a pretty good validation for the music hunter-gathers with tons of stuff nobody else seems to listen to. Best in the world at Feedtime, woo-hoo!

    But for those of you who play with colors (as opposed to Mono), the Los Campesinos! track You!Me!Dancing! features a blast of red followed by a tempo structure reminiscent of The Wild Bunch.

  5. Not-a-bot says:

    I was best in the world at Golden Brown at one point. Alas, no longer :’(

  6. James T says:

    Dunno. The high score list is also a pretty good validation for the music hunter-gathers with tons of stuff nobody else seems to listen to. Best in the world at Feedtime, woo-hoo!

    It tickles me whenever I get an ‘Audiosurf Scorekeeper’ email telling me that someone else has taken a punt (and, indeed, bested me) on, say, an Aussie one-hit-wonder from 1992 or so — I’m not alone! Other people remember Single Gun Theory!

    (and Butler, I’m guessing they mean to say that if you do not HAVE said ‘deep love of music’, then Audiosurf may displease you. Although such a caveat regarding a game that essentially exists to accentuate music is taking the piss a bit. “You mean to say this Audiosurf game requires MUSIC? But… I hate the musical form, and all that is associated with it! I demand my money back!”)

  7. poullos says:

    I found this game be more challenging and fun when you try really hard songs. Ain’t talking about dope, is one of them for those who remember it, and some other hard rock or melodic death or gothic songs.
    Yeah, I know most of you here don’t listen this type of music genres but I can’t imagine someone playing this game for more than two days playing Can’t live without you…

  8. Dinger says:

    You want hard songs? Try some Coltrane. That stuff is wicked.

  9. Optimaximal says:

    Dragonforce are the well renowned masters of ‘insane bat-shit hard Audiosurf tracks’, but then some of their music is just random noise at the best of times… I like my music to be listen-able as I surf it. :)

  10. Zak Canard says:

    Audiosurf reminds me of pretzels covered in chocolate. By that I mean it sounds like a daft concept that shouldn’t work since (it’s technically nothing more than a glorified media player visualisation), but then you try it for yourself and you end up hooked for ages.

  11. fast says:

    Ain’t talking about dope, is one of them for those who remember it, and some other hard rock or melodic death or gothic songs.