Summary: "Nice to meet you. Now let's kill each other!" It's a rather unsettling way to greet someone, but in essence, that's exactly how Blade Symphony's frenzied duels to the death begin. This is murder of the most courteous sort.
Pros: Lots of unlockable swords and customization options, Deep swordfighting mechanics are accessible and exciting
Cons: Limited characters, maps, and gameplay options, Incomplete tutorial tops a long list of unfinished rough patches in the game design, Lots of visual glitches pop up in and out of battle
Excerpt: Mash together Space Invaders, Geometry Wars and Guitar Hero; what you get is Symphony by Empty Clip Studios. The premise is simple; alien invaders are attacking your music and it is up to you to save it by controlling a spaceship and destroying anything that stands in your way.
Summary: The concept may sound like Beat Hazard , and the game may look like Geometry Wars , but Symphony is a sufficiently unique experience to warrant a solid look. It makes fantastic use of your music collection by expertly linking its own heartbeat—spawn syncing and eye-popping visual insanity—to the...
Excerpt: Don’t look now, but your computer is under attack. A virus has infected your music library and threatens to take control by trapping the souls of composers and the only way to purge the system is to engage in a wholesale clean-up of your music collection by way of a customizable ship that can blast...
Conclusion: Final Verdict: Fun gameplay, delightful visuals, and an interesting metagame make Symphony a solid take on the procedural music genre. Playing with your own music is always going to be cool regardless, but UI issues and odd restrictions somewhat hamper the experience.
Summary: If you don’t have a deep love for beautiful music (any type you choose) and an appreciation for great imagination then this game is not for you. I suggest move on to the next review in CalmDownTom. Oh, and you also have to enjoy playing old 2D arcade shoot em ups, but who doesn’t likes them anyway?
Excerpt: In the last couple years, the “Play Your Music” Genre has really exploded; from Audiosurf, to Beat-Hazard, each new entry enhances the existing formula and helps it hit new high notes. Enter Symphony, a new game from Empty Clip Studios.