Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a land slide.
No escape from reality.
Beat Saber recently celebrated its release on Sony’s PlayStation VR2 along with the release of the Queen Music Pack and I, for one, am a sucker for any Queen music game. In fact, I never bought Beat Saber until the Queen Music Pack was made available. I thought with the release of the pack, maybe it’s time for me to finally jump in.
Not having a PSVR2, I did purchase the game on my Quest 2 and the Meta folks were kind enough to shoot me over a review copy of the Queen Music Pack. Now, we all pretty much know the basics of Beat Saber, so there’s no need to get into that, but how is the Queen Music Pack for it?
Let’s start off with the offerings. Here are the songs available for purchase to enhance your Beat Saber library.
As you can see, it’s a pretty good selection of Queen’s greatest hits, but I would have removed Stone Cold Crazy myself and put in something like Princes of the Universe, with its upbeat tempo along with being from a movie that prominently features sword fighting. I mean, that’s just a natural addition to Beat Saber right? I mean, just place some boxes in a pattern where you feel like you’re chopping off the head of other Immortals in Highlander and it’s a surefire win. Maybe we’ll see it in a future Queen pack because that song along with Fat Bottomed Girls, Bicycle, Flash, Radio GaGa, and Under Pressure definitely warrants consideration to be in the game.
That said, what’s included are some of Queen’s greatest songs and some that are just really fun to move to. Playing We Will Rock You, it felt like you’re drumming along to the iconic beginning with the boxes presented to you. The slow beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody leading to the quick tempo second half of the almost six minute song where the opera begins really takes you on a rollercoaster ride of movements making it one of the funner songs in the pack to play.
You have some good up tempo songs in Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, and One Vision to get your heart rate up. All the songs really are solid and if you are a Queen fan, this is a fun pack to play and listen to.
The environments show off some of the iconic Queen poses such as Brian May’s stance with his guitar and the one arm in the air Freddie Mercury silhouette that any Queen fan can recognize. In fact, I really like how some of the songs position the saber in that pose so you look like Freddie himself. The spinner records add some of the old 70s flavor to the surroundings and it all flows well with the Queen theme. That said, as a new Beat Saber player, I had a hard time watching anything other than the boxes coming down so a lot of the environmental special effects were lost on me. It was only when I watched some replays of others that I got to appreciate some of what the pack had to offer.
As a huge Queen fan, I really enjoyed all that the pack had to offer. The songs are all fun to play and the music is outstanding with great beats, good rock music that will have you swinging more than your arms, and overall a good pickup for those with the game already and enjoy the band. Again, I hope we get to see the rest of the more popular songs from Queen make it into the game in the future as I think there are some great songs that didn’t make the pack that would really be fun to play.
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