A Disappointing Attempt At Something New
A Disappointing Try At One thing New 8

Earlier this week, the fourth authentic soundtrack pack (OST four) arrived as a free replace for Beat Saber. We’ve tried it out — listed here are our impressions.

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Late final yr, former Beat Video games CEO and present Head of Music Jaroslav Beck revealed that Beat Saber’s upcoming OST four tracks would have a “theme” that includes “guitars and artificial guitars” with “metal-ish” music. On the time, we wrote about how this appeared like nice information on paper — the Linkin Park DLC was certainly one of our favourite paid DLC pack to this point, so some new authentic tracks with a steel and electrical guitar affect might be fascinating.

Sadly, the 4 new tracks in OST four fail to stay as much as a few of the newer paid releases that includes standard rock bands like Inexperienced Day and Linkin Park. In actual fact, these new OST songs don’t even actually stay as much as the standard of the opposite authentic OST packs from Beat Video games themselves.

By way of the music, the tracks in OST four function Beat Saber’s acquainted digital and dubstep sounds however with sprinkles of electrical guitar and “steel” parts. The primary observe, Into the Dream (ft. Jakub Tirco) by Jaroslav Beck, showcases essentially the most “rock” parts out of the 4, however there’s nonetheless a obscure steel theme working all through the remaining. It’s a mixture that doesn’t work very successfully for my part.

The dubstep and the “steel” devices don’t combine stylistically and there are only a few memorable musical moments in any of the tracks. Whereas I’m not the most important fan of digital and dubstep music usually, I nonetheless take pleasure in a good quantity of the tracks included in OST 1-Three.

Beat Saber followers have constantly requested for extra rock and guitar-focused tracks. With the Inexperienced Day and Linkin Park packs, they acquired their want. These maps play very well and feels very distinct — increasing this choice to incorporate extra trendy and traditional rock could be an ideal thought. The push to create authentic “metal-ish” dubstep hybrid tracks is the place OST four falls quick. Even simply in comparison with the beforehand launched authentic tracks, there’s a allure, playfulness and originality that’s not discovered right here.

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Over time, the issue curve in Beat Saber appears to be getting much less constant and that’s taking place once more with OST four. I’m no Beat Saber grasp, however I can deal with most songs on Skilled normally. With OST four I used to be capable of get by way of all of them on Exhausting issue on my first try with no drawback, which appeared a bit too simple, however the gulf in issue going as much as Skilled is way bigger than up to now.

With different releases, I’ve been capable of play on Skilled with only some struggles, however the OST four tracks on Skilled felt missing in rhythm and thoughtfulness in the way in which they’re laid out. They’re lacking the stream and nuance present in previous tracks.

The mix of electrical guitar riffs with dubstep beats results in some actually jumbled moments that appear to concentrate on the pace of the notes with out paying a lot look after the rhythm and the texture of the motion whereas taking part in. Compared to different current tracks on the identical issue, comparable to American Fool or Numb on Skilled, the OST four tracks don’t really feel as considerate and lack their very own identification and elegance of play.

OST four does include a brand new surroundings too, which appears to be like moderately snazzy and has some good results. The default saber colours for OST four are black and pink, which look fairly fashionable.

Despite the fact that it’s free, OST four is a irritating launch to me from Beat Video games. The music isn’t as memorable as I anticipated, the issue curve feels extra erratic than common, and the mapping appears jumbled and ill-conceived in comparison with different current releases. I’d prefer to see Beat Video games both produce some extra paid DLC artist releases or concentrate on recapturing the compelling spirit of the early Beat Saber tracks for future authentic releases.

Have you ever tried out the brand new tracks included in OST four? Tell us what you assume down within the feedback under!

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