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Video Game / Beat Saber

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Beat Saber is a Rhythm Game for VR headsets, where the player is given a pair of lightsabers, and has to cut cubes in time with music. Its website can be found here

It was released on May 1, 2018 on Steam Early Access to critical acclaim; a launch for Playstation 4 VR followed on November 20, 2018, with the full PC release happening on May 21, 2019. It was a launch title for the Oculus Quest, and the game's publisher was bought by Facebook and now operates under the Oculus Studios umbrella.

Beat Saber contains examples of:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: Cubes that require you to cross both your sabers simultaneously will show them switching places before they reach you.
  • April Fools' Day: "Crab Rave" was added as a bonus track on April 1, 2019, which is also the song's one-year anniversary.
  • Ascended Fanfic: The "Overkill - RIOT" map was originally a custom map by Nuketime before being officially licensed in the Monstercat update.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Some Campaign missions require you to complete a song with a minimum number of bad cuts and/or misses, or not allowing your combo to exceed a certain limit. The trick is timing your deliberate misses such that you can still complete the song without your life bar bottoming out.
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  • Downloadable Content: Includes ten Monstercat songs, six Monstercat songs from Rocket League, and music packs from Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, Green Day, Timbaland, Linkin Park and BTS.
  • Dual Wielding: Players are doing this most of the time.
  • Exergaming:
    • More points can be earned when players swings their blades longer distances when hitting the blocks.
    • The connection between Beat Saber and exercise was made even more apparent with the release of the song "Fitbeat", which was marketed as a fitness routine.
  • Game Mod: Oh yes, there is some customization available.
    • Players can add customized songs and tracks to their playlist for more variety.
    • There are interface mods that add more information about player performance for easier tracking of your progress.
    • Cosmetic mods exist that both allow you to change the colours, apply a 3D virtual avatar for replays, and add graphical skins to replace the beat sabers (amongst the popular saber mods include crossguard sabers, and replicas of Dark Repulser and Elucidator).
  • Harder Than Hard: Expert and Expert+, both of which are noticeably harder than Hard.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with the Camellia pack, whose charts are typically a difficulty step above what they're listed as. So yes, on these songs, even Hard is harder than Hard on other songs.
  • Hidden Track: "Angel Voices" was originally only available by solving a riddle, but now it's unlocked by default.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Legend" is a song boasting about how the singer is "the greatest of all time."
  • Laser Blade: The blades the player uses to cut the cubes.
  • Marathon Level:
  • Puzzle Boss: Campaign missions 14a and 28b have you attaining a minimum score while also meeting a minimum arm movement threshold, with "No Fail" enabled. If you try to play through the songs normally, even with as much arm movement as possible during lulls, you'll usually find yourself falling just short on one of the two requirements. The trick is figuring out that once you make the score requirement, you can just flail your arms around wildly until you make the movement requirement since mistakes in these missions carry no penalty whatsoever.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Fitbeat" has obstacles which force the player to duck down because the level mapper thought the song said "down to the left, down to the right" instead of "now to the left, now to the right." Ultimately, they decided to keep the crouches due to increased movement being more or less the whole point of the song.
  • Rhythm Game: The cubes are usually placed to correspond with notes in the song.
  • Sword Lines: Swinging the blades will leave behind a trail of light, the intensity of which can be adjusted or turned off entirely in the game's settings.
  • Sword Sparks: Crossing the blades creates sparks and the controllers vibrate a little.
  • Title Track: "Beat Saber" by Jaroslav Beck.


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