KICKBEAT: SPECIAL EDITION
Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked.
Bride versus Crazy 88 scene from Kill Bill plopped onto the
set of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, sans pointy
implements and set to somewhat shit-awful music. Hello KickBeat!
Of course, if you dig Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach and such you’ll
disagree with our verdict on the aural accompaniment to this
rhythmic beat ’em up. Seriously though, if you’re not into nu metal
and stuff skating close to such then you very well may hate this.
is a shame, as cacophony aside it’s a bit fun, if not alarmingly
stressful. Not only could we face just a handful of levels before
break times, it also turned our tummy turtle. Mercifully
deactivating the dynamic camera helps with the latter bit. Sadly it
didn’t fix the myopic choice of music though – but we’ll return to
KickBeat’s a fairly simple rhythm game, that’s
extremely addictive if given a chance. You’re basically the Bride in
the midst of a circle being assailed by yellow, blue and red
opponents. These are mostly humanly shaped, with yellowy ones being
easy one-by-one assailants, blues quick stab twin adversaries and
red ones paired accosters. They’ll lob at points north, south, east
or west, which handily matches four stabbable buttons on the
controller. In theory it all happens to the beat of the shouty noise wall that’s
being hurled at you.
You can actually circumvent the genrely narrow
setlist with your own tunes – after completing an entire
play-through. This and other desirable features are initially
locked, which is really fucking annoying – especially as it’s
scarcely a walk in the park if you’re even remotely rhythmically
questionable. Silly rabbits...
There's also a survival mode
which leaves you to your own devices, button indicator free. Yea
verily there was a word, and that word was "ARGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
In the end this is the truth.