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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Hi-Fi Rush (2023) is a rhythm fighting game where wannabe rockstar Chai uses the beat to fight an evil corporation. You play by exploring the world and fighting enemies. The twist is that everything moves to the beat, and you must attack in time to do the most damage. It's like a mix of Elite Beat Agents and Sunset Overdrive that stands out for how integral the rhythm aspect of play is here, and how jubilant an experience this creates.

After being labelled "defective" after an experiment unexpectedly fuses his personal music player to his heart, Chai must fight to get free of both the label and the corporation that did this to him. With your crew of companions, you explore the world and take on battles. It's a familiar challenge, here though everything moves to the beat - not only attacks but the movement of platforms and enemies.

As you progress you get to know the city and take on the corporate armies with your rhythm-amplified combat. It's like other rhythm action games, only here you are landing hits rather than dance moves. You don't have to stick to the beat but when you do you chain more powerful attacks.

The result is a vibrant euphoric brawling challenge that manages to put music at the heart of every interaction and movement. Add to this music from Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy and The Joy Formidable and it starts to really stand out as a novel idea well executed with high production values.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Hi-Fi Rush 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting, Rhythm and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Collecting and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and use of bad language. This game features moderate violence. One cinematic scene features a sequence in which a character is put in a chokehold. Other violence is milder, including people being hit, kicked and shoved, without blood or injuries. Reactions, including in boss battles, feature unrealistic reactions and characters flashing when hit. There is infrequent use of bad language, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combination of movement and timing requires younger players to cope with these things at the same time. There's also a lot of information to process on the bright and busy screen. The difficulty settings enable younger players to play this.

CostsCosts

Hi-Fi Rush usually costs £26.99.
 

Hi-Fi Rush

Steam Store PC £26.99
Steam Store PC £26.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 -
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/01/2023, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Rhythm, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Collecting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 34 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Tango Gameworks (@TangoGameworks)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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