Air Guitar Warrior Gamepad Edition Reviews

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TA Score for this game: 1,195
Posted on 15 June 17 at 18:22
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Air Guitar Warrior Gamepad Edition is available on the Xbox One released on 15th June 2017 and is priced at £11.99, it is classed in the Music genre on TA.

The description from the publisher and developer reads as :

Air Guitar Warrior is is a rhythm shooter for everyone who enjoys a good measure of over-the-top rock attitude in their indie games. The gameplay combines classic side-scrollers with rhythm games. Your guitar is a weapon that you fire by tapping buttons in time to the music. Find the legendary sword-guitar and challenge Heavy Metal Zeus in the Temple of the Rock Gods!

With the following features:

Rock your way through 50 hand-painted levels, from post-apocalyptic ruins to the pits of pandemonium
Destroy flaming skulls, ghost vikings, aliens, demons and more
Duel with 13 giant bosses
21 crazy vehicles including dinosaurs, sharks with lasers, tigers and jet-powered crocodiles, featuring different gameplay for flying and ground vehicles
8 guitar weapons, including a customizable sword-guitar
5 unique fire modes per guitar: switch modes tactically to survive

I had previously had a couple of minutes playing Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect so roughly knew what I was getting with this game with the main difference being in the title that this one can be used with a gamepad or a controller as most of us call it. I was intrigued to see how this would work as obviously the Kinect version has a degree of skill and manoeuvrability to it but with using a controller I was interested to see how the gameplay played out and how the controller affected the game.

There is only one game mode available to play which is single player which is a big shame as I could see a multiplayer battle across the levels really adding to this game but sadly this didn't make it ito the game.

The basis is that you are on some sort of vehicle scrolling along the screen killing various enemies with your guitar, its that simple in terms of gameplay. You have 5 fire modes which are mentioned in a tutorial and all are fairly easy to use and understand but you only have limited use of each and once it runs out you have to recharge it so need to use a different fire mode. As you progress you unlock more guitars and better special move which help progress through the levels.

There is two difficulty in medium and hard, I played through the majority of the game in medium and only died a handful of times throughout the game so if you fancy a challenge playing on hard maybe best for you.

You work your way through 10 albums each with 5 tracks / levels on each, once you complete 4 tracks in each album a boss battle awaits you at the end which you need to beat to unlock the next album.

Different guitars are unlocked as you progress through the game which have better fire rates and special attack. They fire different types of bullets so looks different to other guitars but nothing special here.

The game does have a variety of enemies but these all perform in the same way even though they loo different so the game can get a bit repetitive, each level last 1-2 minutes so at least you are moving on quickly and easily but it can get repetitive as you work your way through the 50 levels.

The bosses are slightly different but as you progress you again notice the same patterns forming so makes it easier and also a bit more repetitive.

Each levels background is well presented and usually incorporates cartoony backgrounds which show of the game well but apart from that there isn't really much to look at graphic wise.

Music is great in this game and you can strum along with the rhythm if you wish with your guitar while strumming your fire modes. Very good rock music on each of the levels certainly helps you get a good feel for the game and definitely adds a lot of bonus points to the enjoyment of the game.

The game will offer some replay value as once you have finished all the medium levels, hard unlocks and you can again work your way through these if you wish but once they have been done there is not a lot of replay value to be had from this game.

Achievement wise I ended up with 1000/1000 in approx. 4-5 hours, most are gotten by working your way through the levels and getting a certain amount of kills with the 8 guitars, there is a slight grind at the end for getting to level 30 but should only take an hour or so longer to achieve.

Overall this was an enjoyable, easy completion that doesn't require much skill using the controller where I think the Kinect version will take some skill to achieve 1000/1000. Its a good game to play if you want some quick points and also if you fancy a bit of mindless gaming if you like that sort of thing. I would recommend it for a fun game especially if the price does come down as well or they add in a multiplayer element.
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