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    Sound Shapes Review

    Sound Shapes Review
    by dsluckay


    Basic Information:
    Developer: Queasy Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    North American Release Date: August 7th, 2012
    European Release Date: August 15th, 2012
    Trophies: Yes, 1 | 1 | 32 | 0

    Overview
    Sound Shapes came out of the blue and changed what we thought musical games were. Instead of playing an instrument you're following the beat of the songs just to finish the levels, while adding notes to the songs themselves. It's won various awards, but was it deserving of them?

    Gameplay
    Sound Shapes plays exactly how you would expect it to. It's a game about sounds and shapes. You play as a blob that sticks to some substances and not to others. It's a platforming game that uses music to conduct the levels. By listening to the beat everything becomes predictable and the game itself becomes fun to play because of that. Bouncing on heads in tune to the beat of a song fits so well that you'll want to play more and more of it. Each level is unique in terms of gameplay and the music as well. Each level feels new, and that is tough to achieve. There are enemies that have to be avoiding in various ways, new objects are added in and most importantly, there's a song for each level.

    Once you finish the game, you unlock a mode called Beat School. I found this to be extremely fun because what you're trying to do is remake a beat using notes that are on the screen. There are squares that each have a different pitch and sound to them, and you need to use these to recreate what you've heard. I thought this was really unique and I was intrigued by it.

    The level editor/creator works similar to Beat School where you have a screen with squares with different pitches and you can create your own song. Not only this but your own level. By completing the main game, you unlock different objects to put into your level and you can make these pretty extensive. There are community levels that other players have made that makes Sound Shapes LittleBigPlanet-esque. And that is not at all a bad thing.


    This is what Beat School looks like. It may not look like fun, but I had lots of it when trying to figure out the beats.

    My only problem with Sound Shapes is, if you play on the Vita, it isn't utilising any of its features. No touch-screen mechanics or back-panel things except in the Editor. I wish the game would've been changed a little from the PS3 version to use these features in the levels.

    Singleplayer
    The campaign is short, very short. It's 20 levels, and while each is unique and the game doesn't get stale you can't help but realize there were only 20 levels. Once you finish the game you unlock Beat School as well as Death Mode, which is a tough version of each level, and you need to collect a certain number of notes within the allotted time. While these do stretch the game's length, I was a little disappointed. The campaign can be completed in about three hours.

    Death Mode I'm not sure was necessary. It was extremely hard at times, and aggravating. I would've much rather had seen more campaign levels than Death Mode levels, because after you've been listening to the same song for an hour just trying to finish one Death Mode level, you'll get annoyed. One thing I will say that's good about Death Mode is that the flow is never broken. You'll die, and you can still hear the music in the background. You can then go back into the level and the song will never stop, so you may start the level at different times of the song.

    Technical
    By far the best part of Sound Shapes is its soundtrack. Quite possibly the best soundtrack in a video game, Sound Shapes features the work of Deadmau5, Beck, I am Robot and more that make up each level of the game. The game is uniquely split up into different albums, each featuring an artist with levels created around the music. You finish the album of say Deadmau5 and move onto Beck. Beck and Deadmau5 are possibly the best artists in the game in my opinion.

    The aesthetics of each level change and no two levels are the exact same. Granted, the second album sort of blends together (I thought it was the worst album) but every other level I felt was interesting. While Sound Shapes doesn't break new grounds in graphical achievements, it's fitting for the style of game that it is.


    Most levels have very vibrant and eye-pleasing colors.

    Trophies
    If you finish the campaign, each Beat School level and Death Mode level you'll earn the platinum. A very easy game here for trophies, though be warned, I got extremely frustrated on almost all Death Mode levels. Not only this, but if you have a Vita and a PS3 you can earn two platinums. Cloud-syncing after you get the platinum once, and getting the cloud save on the other system makes each trophy unlock. Trophy whore's will love this.

    Closing Thoughts
    Sound Shapes is what PSN games should be, unique and fun games where everything fits. I do feel the $15 price tag is a little steep for the amount of content (disregarding the community levels), and you should wait for a possible price drop if you don't like playing community levels. Overall Sound Shapes is a really fun game for a few hours. If you love music, then I strongly recommend you buy Sound Shapes.

    Gameplay: 9/10
    The only bad thing about it is that it disregards, almost entirely, the Vita's capabilities.

    Singleplayer: 7/10
    Very short, only serves a few hours of gameplay. Beat School was my favorite mode, but I wish the campaign was longer.

    Technical: 9/10
    The best soundtrack I've ever seen (or heard) in a game. If you are a music fanatic you'll love Sound Shapes.

    Overall: 8.5/10
    Last edited by dsluckay; 12-19-2012 at 08:05 AM.

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    Nice review, Luck. Sounds like my kind of game, without a doubt! I'll give it a try someday .

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    thanks will definantly play (will try and wait for a price drop lol)

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    Glad you liked it. One of the most underrated games of the year, and Beck is a mean sumofabitch for some of those levels


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    Good review, Luck. Glad you liked it, it's one of the best games of 2012 on PSN. I agree with Beat School.


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    I'm surprised you didn't mention the wealth of user-generated content that the game gives you access to. While the campaign is really short, the replayability of this game is very high.

    Definitely not complaining about the score though, I loved Sound Shapes and it deserves quite a bit of praise.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagflar View Post
    Nice review, Luck. Sounds like my kind of game, without a doubt! I'll give it a try someday .
    You totally should. I was so glad to have picked this game up! I agree with the short campaign and I really wished the DLC came with some more campaign levels rather than beat school. However, those were really fun to figure out! Great review Luck!






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    Glad to hear you liked it just as much as I did. It really is an awesome game.

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    looking at this review i might take a shot in the dark and buy it, it sounds like a overall interesting and fun game

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    Quote Originally Posted by simula67 View Post
    I'm surprised you didn't mention the wealth of user-generated content that the game gives you access to. While the campaign is really short, the replayability of this game is very high.

    Definitely not complaining about the score though, I loved Sound Shapes and it deserves quite a bit of praise.
    I've only mentioned the user-generated content, but I won't give it any points because it's all random. You'll get good and bad levels. It does increase the replayability though and it's fun to browse and play once you've finished the game.

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    Great review, dsluckay! I agree, but might give it a higher rating personally. I loved the music and the game itself was so unique. I hope they keep putting out dlc (and actual songs this time would be great)!

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    Glad you liked it. One of the most underrated games of the year, and Beck is a mean sumofabitch for some of those levels

    lol Don't blame it on Beck, he just provided great music for us! I agree, more people need to play this game and if you have a Vita then I think it's a great value!






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    Quote Originally Posted by bnecker717 View Post
    Great review, dsluckay! I agree, but might give it a higher rating personally. I loved the music and the game itself was so unique. I hope they keep putting out dlc (and actual songs this time would be great)!



    lol Don't blame it on Beck, he just provided great music for us! I agree, more people need to play this game and if you have a Vita then I think it's a great value!
    If you have a Vita then it's definitely a great value. Two games for the price of one. I still wish they would've utilized the Vita's features more so it feels like it actually should be on the Vita. I'm not complaining though because it was a fun game.

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    Great review DS, played this on the Vita instead of PS3 and it has to be one of the best Vita games around would recommend it to everyone




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