Forget Guitar Hero. This is more like guitar horror. Built by a two-man team of music game vets, Thumper is inventing the "rhythm violence" subgenre as we speak. No, it's not violence by way of headshots and dismemberment and OMG the blood stays during the cutscenes—it's manufacturing violence through hard-hitting, gut-punching, elbow-in-the-kidney music with its original noise-rock soundtrack.
Thumper is built by Drool, a two-man team of rhythm game vets Brian Gibson, bassist for rock band Lightning Bolt—and artist on Amplitude, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Fantasia—and Marc Flury, lead programmer on The Beatles: Rock Band, Dance Central, and Dance Central 2.
The music, visuals, and gameplay were created in tandem, so if it feels like you've taken a bit of a beating by the end of this video, then now you see what Thumper is getting at. Also, here is your only chance to play a space beetle on a psychadelic highway taking on a big huge skull of an end boss named CRAKHED.
Keep your plastic instruments in the closet, though. You only need one thumbstick and one button in Thumper.
Thumper makes its console debut on PlayStation 4 in 2016.