Artpulse review for PlayStation 4

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Developed by Mekiwi, ArtPulse is an artistic VR sandbox to express creativity.

If you’re looking for a game, look elsewhere – if you’re ready for an experience, then fasten your seatbelts (or just put on the VR Headset and pop in the headphones – volume UP!).

You’re placed in an out-of-this-world environment (there’s a small selection to choose from) and after a quick tutorial of which buttons do what, you’re free to play! Using the motion controllers to combine a variety of shapes and colors (and a bit of freehand painting) you’ll produce beats, synths and…other musical sounds (I’m not an EDM expert so you’ll have to forgive my ignorance on the subject) which will create and elevate the chosen track (again not a huge selection but enough to showcase ArtPulse).

Each shape and color emits a different sound – a red cube will give you a drumbeat, a yellow sphere will play an electric chord but add a cyan cube and you’ll hear an underlying snare so as you build your world, you’ll build your song!

As I said, I’m no expert when it comes to creating music (although I did feel like I was ready to live large in Ibiza when I spent hours playing around with Dance eJay back in high school) so I won’t pretend I had any clue what I was doing – but that didn’t stop me enjoying just playing around with different combinations and enjoying the neon beauty around me. If this wasn’t a VR game it’d get boring pretty quickly – being immersed in this visual pleasure zone is what makes this one so special.
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Flying around the space as you create a psychedelic solar system and build up your own personal soundtrack is like a therapeutic acid trip (stay away from drugs, kids!). The colors surrounding you, the sounds blending in your ears, a rainbow of stars dashing around you, spinning around a musical black hole and using your motion controllers as if you were sweating your back out at The Warehouse Project is strangely calming.

There’s really not much more to say about this one so I apologize for such a short review (some of you just gave a sigh of relief and I will find you and I will beat you with a motion controller!). Again, if you’re after a great storyline and hours of gameplay I’d resist downloading ArtPulse but if this looks like your type of thing and you just want to chill out and create some music in a cool new way this might be your glow-stick dream come true? I tried it for an hour and thought it was something I’d never press play on ever again yet already over the festive period I’ve given family and friends a chance to experience it and everyone seems to have enjoyed a quick play! (except the ones who just like to complain that the VR gives them motion sickness!)

*This Review Code was so generously provided by the publisher for review*

Developer: Mekiwi Oy Release date: December 17, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Platform Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 VR

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