Beat Saber

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Amazing VR music game moves to its own neon-fueled groove.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

By having gamers get directly involved with the musical performance, the game can help to teach music appreciation, as well as concepts like tempo. It’s also a good way to motivate players to get off the couch and get more physically active by moving their bodies with the music.

Positive Messages

Helps to foster an appreciation of music, with a focus on things like rhythm and tempo. It also shows how players can incorporate gaming and musical elements into physical activity in fun ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there’s a lot of player interaction in the game, players are basically left to their own devices. There’s no campaign or plot or character development. It’s just you, your sabers, and the music.

Ease of Play

From a strictly gameplay perspective, Beat Saber is as simple as they come. Just swing and move to the beat of the music while matching colors. That said, the game’s higher difficulty levels ramps things up with faster beats, more complex moves, and much greater challenge.

Violence

Players are armed with two lightsaber style "weapons," but never use them against anything other than the neon beat blocks in the game, cleaving them into sparkly debris.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

While the game's a fully contained experience out of the box, players can spend money to buy new music tracks and extend the playability without repeating the same tunes over and over.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beat Saber is a downloadable first-person action/rhythm game designed for virtual reality and available on the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest hardware. Players are challenged to use their sci-fi sword-like sabers to attack and dodging flying beat blocks in time with the rhythm of individual music tracks. The game's a physical experience, with players using a constant full range of movement. While destroying targets is a key element of the game, it’s not a particularly violent game, with neon blocks serving as your targets. Finally, parents should note that the game supports additional downloadable content in the form of music packs, which can be purchased to further expand the game beyond its included soundtrack. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game. Parents should also be aware that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShadowy Precepts October 12, 2019

Rythm and fun!

This game is easy to learn and fun to play for all age groups. Most young children (5+) should be able to play on easy settings - though it will take time. Olde... Continue reading
Adult Written byCubeChris15 November 6, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byNachoNoah72 July 25, 2019

Teens should need to have some physical experience before playing this.

I recommend this to be for teens because it’s a lot of kids to handle physical wise. Some levels can be hard but it’s one heck of a work out.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheMonkeyGru January 6, 2020

One of my favorite VR games

Amazing gameplay even though it's really simple. The custom maps are a good thing to now officially support. Honestly would have down at 5+ if VR was hea... Continue reading

What's it about?

BEAT SABER is a fully immersive virtual reality rhythm music game that brings players closer to the music than ever before. Armed with two light swords, one red and one blue, players slash at neon blocks while ducking and leaning to avoid walls and other obstacles in your path, all to the beat of the game’s thumping soundtrack. Onscreen prompts tell you which way to swing and what saber to use. And if you think you’ve mastered a track, try to complete specific challenges for even more bragging rights. Can you cut through each track like a sci-fi ninja warrior? Or will you lose yourself to the rhythm of music?

Is it any good?

What happens when you take martial arts sword mastery and virtual piñatas, then mix it with a healthy dose of a sci-fi dance club vibe? The answer is Beat Saber, a virtual reality rhythm game that’s not like anything you’ve ever seen and is, hands down, one of the best VR experiences available. The game’s simple premise and multiple difficulty levels makes it easy for anyone of any skill level to pick up and play. The challenge steps up progressively too, keeping players interest without ever becoming too frustrating. And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as knocking out a monster combo in a particular song and knowing that it wasn’t dumb luck that got you there, but real skill and practice.

One of the great things about Beat Saber is the way it pulls you into its world. If movies like Tron imagined the world that existed inside your computer, Beat Saber would be the world inside your MP3 player. Red and blue neon hues and highlights float and fly around, guiding your path through a black abyss to a techno groove, which just feels perfect. It’s a surreal surrounding that still feels solid enough to reach out and touch. Added together with the fluid responsiveness of the controls and the VR immersion and it’s hard not to imagine yourself as an actual living, breathing part of each track. And even though the game is designed as a single-player experience, the game is a blast to share with others. Swapping out the gear and watching friends chase their own high score while cheering them on is almost as much fun as being the one in the game. It also provides a good break from the action to keep from accidentally overworking yourself, because make no mistake, this is definitely a workout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music and music appreciation. How can games like Beat Saber inspire players to get more in tune with their musical side? What can these games help to teach about music composition?

  • What are some ways that VR can help to get kids off the couch and more physically active? What would be some good examples of using VR technology with exercise and/or physical therapy?

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