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KickBeat: Special Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

18%

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Based on 17 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Sep 16, 2014
Xbox OneSep 16, 2014
Wii USep 16, 2014

Developer: Zen Studios

Genre: Music

From indie pioneers Zen Studios (makers of Pinball FX2 and CastleStorm) comes KickBeat Special Edition, an innovative rhythm game with a Kung Fu theme, featuring fully 3D characters and high-energy music!
KickBeat - Special Edition Launch Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

KickBeat - Special Edition Launch Trailer | PS4

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Kickbeat is a fairly generic rhythm-action title, hampered by loose core gameplay – something that really needed to be solid when there is so little in the way of content. It's hard to recommend it when there are better examples of the genre out there.

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While Kickbeat is sound and technically works very well, and while the song selection can be questionable, there are a few standouts. Unfortunately, there's just not enough here to keep many people playing after doing the full story once unless you're looking for a big challenge. For a single play through of the story, it's alright, but for lasting appeal, it really doesn't have it.

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KickBeat: Special Edition is a solid enough game, but it never does anything beyond its initial concept to make it feel unique. Decent presentation and a comical plot help to balance out boring gameplay and a disappointing soundtrack, culminating in a release that neither looks good nor bad on the dancefloor.

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Even if you're addicted to rhythm games, Kickbeat is a hard pass. It gets almost nothing right. Stick to your old copies of Rock Band and Guitar Hero and get your fighting game needs met with an actual fighting game.

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