Fantasia: Music Evolved
Summary: Fantasia: Music Evolved is what many are saying are is the swansong for the Kinect with its fun and engaging rhythm game mechanics which allows players to remix Disney songs to their heart's content
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A magical journey of remixable songs.
Creating your own crazy remixes makes Disney Fantasia worth considering for Kinect-owning audiophiles, but its core semaphore-based gameplay feels more like glumly directing traffic than gleefully performing magic.
'Fantasia' is a joy to play from start to finish. It has smart, addictive Kinect features, a great (if limited) soundtrack, and uses its source material wisely. It has a few things holding it back, like its weak visuals, frequent load times, and choppy menu navigation. Even taking those into account, this is easily one of the best Kinect-based games to date and is more than worth a long look.
Fantasia: Music Evolved breathes new life into the genre, showing that it can be as much fun to create music as it is to play it. It could use a few more songs and can be a little easy, but its game you'll want to share with friends and family.
When "Fantasia" first premiered in theaters in 1940, the film was a celebration of both music and visual artistry. Fantasia: Music Evolved continues that concept, with the added twist of making it all interactive. If there's a "must-have" game for the Kinect, this is it.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a game of highs and lows. The highs are extreme, and while the lows are less so, they are still indeed lows. You'll see the credits roll in single player mode within a few short hours and while there are still plenty of mixes to unlock once that happens, for a few reasons it's tough to see where the replay value will come from outside of the odd multiplayer battle. It's a very, very cool ride while it lasts, though.
Fantasia was a treat to play. I had a lot of fun going back and playing songs i'd loved as a kid like "Bohemian Rhapsody," or mixing up some of today's singles like Lorde's "Royals." Fantasia is a great party game to play with some friends, and really shows that Harmonix can continue to put out quality music experiences for people to enjoy. Not to mention, it's another game that I feel really utilizes the Kinect in a way that actually makes it an enjoyable peripheral to have.
…don't call it a Harmonix comeback. They've been here for years…
Overall, Fantasia: Music Evolved was an enjoyable experience. I certainly wouldn't call this the next big rhythm game sensation. It simply lacks a competitive edge that made Dance Central and Rock Band great. But it is fun, and if you belong to a music game centered group of friends or family, it's well worth the price. If the whole purpose of Fantasia: Music Evolved was to make you feel like Mickey Mouse did in the Fantasia motion picture, then it succeeded…. I just don't think Mickey ever thought he would be casting spells to Nicki Minaj.
Gameplay not only feels magical, the remixing capabilities for popular and classic songs are just as amazing.