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SUPERBEAT: XONiC recaptures the magic of peak rhythm gaming bliss. Excellent music, outstanding production values, and fantastic gameplay make this the full package. Fans of the vita version will find plenty to love, and newcomers will be enthralled.
Superbeat Xonic on the Switch is another fantastic way to play one of the best rhythm games in the last few years but one that should've made better use of the platform's unique features.
SUPERBEAT: XONiC is very fun and there's nothing really bad about it. Its main purpose is to make sure the music and your coordination are in line with each other while offering a visual style to keep you engaged. It succeeds in all regards. The track list is enjoyable and the visual presentation is far from lazy. This is a perfect game to play at home or on the go. The game is just shy of 70 total songs which may leave players wanting more, but it's the kind of game where you still have all of these tracks to master because putting good songs on repeat is the name of the game and the beat music lovers should feel.
A fiercely difficult but engrossing experience, Superbeat: Xonic has a sense of musical euphoria that can only be experienced in a quality rhythm game. While it might take some time to acclimate to the gameplay, you're in for a treat. Pick this up if you're a rhythm game fan: you won't regret it.
SUPERBEAT: XONiC on Nintendo Switch is a solid rhythm game that fans of the genre should check out. The over 65 songs included with the main release, as well as the many more that will see a release as DLC, will keep you busy for a while with its varied mix and match of genres that, when taken as a whole, feel right for this release you can dance to as you play at home or on the go.
While this is very much a genre game there’s very little, overall, I can say that’s negative about it. The gameplay is challenging and though from song to song the level of complexity can change significantly at times you can’t accuse it of not setting the bar high. With some repetition and practice, just like with classic games like Guitar Hero in the past, even the most insane-looking songs can be conquered. It’s possible people could balk at the asking price, which is pretty high, but I’d argue that the load of 68 generally diverse tracks you’re getting in the game are what that brings to the table and it’s just a practical reality when you want to have great music as part of the experience. If you’re a big music and rhythm game fan, and don’t completely abhor J-Pop tunes, I have few hesitations to recommending it.
While lacking the portable aspects of the original, the ability to plug in some expensive headphones or utilise a home theater system is a mandatory experience if you've only played the Vita version, as the astonishingly high quality of the music and visuals deserve to be played in the biggest way possible.
With a club-ready soundtrack and brilliant rhythm gameplay, Superbeat: Xonic is an excellent addition to the Switch's growing music game hit parade. It's stylish, fun, and challenging in all the right ways, and does a great job easing players into its frenetic charts with forgiving timing and balanced progression. Some frustrating touch-control issues mean that VOEZ or Deemo are better bets for touchscreen tunes, but if you're onboard with button-based beats, Xonic is a super choice.
'Superbeat: XONiC' is fast-paced and challenging. With a great playlist of tracks and a different layout than you might be used to, it keeps you on your toes and delivers on the energizing content to keep you addicted for as long as you play it.
If you're looking for a solid arcade action rhythm game, you could certainly do worse than SUPERBEAT: XONiC. Not only can you manage the difficulty to your personal play style, it's sensory overload will get your heart pumping like you were on your feet. This is a compliment: It's like Bop It on acid.
The jump to the Switch isn’t perfect, and does in fact damage the experience in some small ways. But ways regardless, Superbeat Xonic is still a damn fine rhythm game to take with you on the go, wherever you might need to scream in frustration at a dance synth track with an anime girl on the cover.
Aside from small complaints here and there, Superbeat: XONiC does a very good job of being a portable game. With just three songs per TRAX session, it becomes a game that’s perfect for short pockets of time. The barrier to entry is not that high either, making this game accessible to a lot of players. If you like rhythm games or just want to jam with great tunes in general, you owe it to yourself to add this game to your library.
For the last few years Rhythm games have been all the rage especially in social gatherings with the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Before all of that however, Harmonix made two incredible, yet cult classic, entries to the PS2. Those were Frequency and Amplitude which catered to lovers of Techno and Trace. Superbeat: Xonic for me brings that love back again to today (Nick’s review of the PSV version) with a slew of tracks that I had never heard yet were enjoyable to go through with controls that will over time really test your manual dexterity.
It’s very easy to lose yourself in SUPERBEAT XONiC EX, its satisfying gameplay and soundtrack melding together in perfect harmony. While the initial learning curve is a tough one, once you’ve come to grips with all the rapid tapping, sliding and button pressing, you’ll discover a great rhythm game unlike anything on the Nintendo Switch right now.
An extremely challenging rhythm game that fans of DJMax will adore. It is no fault of Superbeat: Xonic itself, but the asymmetrical design of the Switch controls means this can take some getting used to, particularly if having played extensively on PS Vita or elsewhere, but being able to play in tablet style with touch controls and the Joy-Con removed eradicates that entirely. The only problem at time of writing is that the touch controls seem bugged. A patch is on the way, which will hopefully mean Xonic will be an essential purchase for Switch rhythm fans.
Superbeat XONiC is stepping into a growing genre on the Switch, but its musical variety and ability to play on the TV will help it stand out even if it did cause me to look up if the Wii U's Pro Controller can work on Switch. The included soundtrack in the physical copies is a steal on its own, but this is a solid game even if you're eShopping it.
From the unergonomic and inconsistent controls to glitches and a lack of content, I feel massively let down by what SUPERBEAT offers. Unless you're already a hardcore fan of this game that got rid of their Vita or want a portable version, I don't see why a rhythm gamer would fork out for this game when something like Deemo already exists on the Switch, giving a quality experience with a lot more bang for your buck.