The Billie Eilish music pack is now out there for Beat Saber. However will it go away you feeling Happier Than Ever, or extra like a foul man? Listed here are our impressions.
Billie Eilish is among the largest pop artists on the planet proper now, coming off a extremely profitable debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go, in 2019 and gearing up for a world tour to assist her sophomore album Happier Than Ever, which launched in August. On this Beat Saber collaboration, there’s 10 songs that span each albums (and one from her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me) in addition to an elegantly gothic new atmosphere to match. As we’ve spoken about earlier than, this music pack possible marks a strategic push by Fb to entice a youthful, much less area of interest viewers in direction of VR, utilizing one of many largest artists of the second.
Contemplating that, there’s lots of strain for the pack to carry as much as a number of audiences — Billie Eilish followers, Beat Saber followers, or these in between who’re fully new to both or each. The excellent news is that the Billie Eilish packs holds its floor as one of many higher Beat Saber releases of the previous yr or so. Whereas I loved the Skrillex music pack that launched just some weeks in the past, it felt very comparable in fashion to the remainder of the Beat Saber OST, primarily due to style crossover.
I’ve discovered that the most effective Beat Saber packs are those that embrace the style or artist at hand, presenting beat maps that really feel constant in fashion and issue in comparison with the broader catalog, whereas peppering a number of distinct touches all through that give the songs a aptitude to match the artist’s fashion. With the Panic! At The Disco pack, the mapping usually felt fairly fluid and free, matching the extra upbeat, dancier fashion of pop punk. For Inexperienced Day, the pack felt a bit extra inflexible, mirroring the heavy guitar and drum rhythms which might be the spine of the band’s anthems.
The Billie Eilish pack walks a effective line someplace in between. It presents a sequence of beat maps that really feel each comfortably acquainted inside the Beat Saber library and but additionally refreshingly playful with the methods they characterize Billie’s distinctive musical fashion.
The attention-grabbing beats from Billie and her producer/brother Finneas give the a strong rhythmic basis, on which they add sections that observe Billie’s vocals strains a bit nearer. For essentially the most half, it really works rather well and it’s beginning to really feel like DLC maps are getting extra constant and profitable with how they cut up focus between instrumental and vocal rhythm – one thing that earlier releases, (cough-Inexperienced Day-cough, actually struggled with). There are occasions the place issues really feel somewhat sloppy, particularly sure representations of Billie’s extra rhythmically lax vocal gildings, nevertheless it’s a minor criticism in a sequence of maps that really feel equally elegant, difficult and playful.
Private highlights embrace it is best to see me in a crown, bury a pal and Subsequently I Am, together with bellyache, which is now up there as certainly one of my favourite official Beat Saber tracks of all time. The recurring concern of various difficultly throughout Beat Saber music packs (each inside the pack itself and in comparison with different releases) feels much less of a problem right here, if not possibly barely improved.
There won’t be one single factor I may level to that units this Billie pack aside from the remainder, nevertheless it one way or the other does really feel like one of the vital polished and well-rounded packs of the bunch. That is very true given the quantity of tracks on supply — with ten tracks included, it’s one of many bigger packs as nicely.
On condition that Billie Eilish is signed to Interscope Information, this collaboration might need been within the pipeline for fairly a while — Fb and Interscope could have been speaking about this pack even earlier than the Interscope Mixtape launched earlier this yr. It definitely feels prefer it’s had extra time within the oven, backed up by the DLC’s spectacular trailer (additionally embedded above) that includes a room of dancers doing interpretive Beat Saber strikes to Billie’s music.
All in all, these songs are strong additions to the Beat Saber’s library which common gamers ought to get pleasure from. Nevertheless, it’s additionally an incredible presentation of Billie’s music for her followers, particularly those that may play this pack at a pal’s home or on a member of the family’s headset as their first introduction to VR.
Apart from BTS, each different DLC music pack for Beat Saber has featured highly regarded artists who’ve had profitable careers, however are largely previous the height of their recognition. This isn’t a foul factor, nevertheless it’s a distinction to this pack, which options an artist who is completely all the fad proper now and one of many largest names in pop music to emerge over the previous few years. Fortunately for Fb and Beat Video games, they’ve capitalized on the chance nicely and supplied one of many higher (if not greatest) music packs out there for Beat Saber.
The Billie Eilish music pack is obtainable now for Beat Saber on all platforms, in a bundle for $12.99 or bought individually for $1.99 per observe.
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