Audica is Beat Saber with GUNS, but does that make it better? – Ian’s VR Corner

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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20lights on lights off lights on lightsoffgoodbye word hello everyone welcome tothis week's episode of IANS VR cornerthis week I'm checking out ought occurwhich is an early access VR game byHarmonix the people who made games likeWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40rock band and basically I think theheads that are in making the games inHarmonix I think that those headsthought to themselves I wonder whatwould happen if we did beat Sabre butwith guns and that is exactly whatthey've done in this early access gameWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00they've made beat Sabrebut with guns but is it as good as beatSabre I guess we're just about to findout aren't wepew pew pew so I've had to play througha little bit of Orica just to get a feelfor the controls and stuff I'm gonnaWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20play through the tutorial for you allbut basically you can see here in thishow to play thingy there's differenttypes of targets to shoot blue ones withthe blue gun orange ones with the orangegun so far so beat saber you also gettwo diamond shapes that you have to holddown the trigger to shoot and then youWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40have like other diamond shapes withlittle mini diamonds on there you holdit down and you move your hand it getsburned and it's cool as [ __ ] and youalso have these ones here where you canlike kind of sideways guns orright-waist guns and you have meleethings so you can do the old beat saberkind of hitting things with the bladesWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00on the bottom the guns the guns lookpretty nice I mean they're just basicmodels but they're very shimmery andshiny so shiny so Shane I can see thestars so shimmery so shiny it doesn'tlook very pretty the arena I'm indoesn't move at all there's likeWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20nothing's coming towards you like inbeat Sabre as you'll see it's literallyjust this stationary podium we we sit onso it's really not that much of aI don't know an extreme game I thinkanyone can play this whether they arenew or old because there's no movementaround you you're pretty much stationaryWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40in fact even though in the trailer thatI watched someone was playing stood upI've been playing sat down withabsolutely no problem so I'm going to goto play and I'm gonna pick a song nowsome of these songs like gold dustfeaturing moon as dynamite into Jayfresh they are licensed songs so I'm notWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00gonna do them I'm gonna do ones that Idon't recognize like destiny I've playedthrough a couple of times to get togrips of things that doesn't seem like alicensed track I have no idea whatsplinter savant is not really down withthe kidsbut I'm gonna guess that is madespecifically for this game if you lookWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20by the way if you look straight down thegun you see the sight lights up thatmeans you know you've got a good shotthat's when you get the most points soyou got to look out for the the sight ofyour gun lighting up there anyway let'stry splinter and I'm gonna go in firstof all because this game this game isit's really hard actually it's a lotWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40harder than beat saber beat saber justchannels I don't know some kind ofprimal hitting things with sticks thingin my brain and I can just do it prettyeasily but this is very complex becauseof the different things you've got toshoot and the way they appear whichwe've seen a second I find it a lotWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00harder but anyway let's go play and yeahwe'll get a very gentle star on this sohere we go look yellow yellow nice andeasyblue so blue with blue yellow orangeorange orange orange orange orangeorange with orange blue is blue boringsWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20with orange there you go nice and easyso far because they're on beginnernow one of the things that makes thisgame a little bit harder for me thanbeat Sabre is the way that these willmiss that one these things they alwaysseem to appear out of your peripheralvision like with beat saver it's veryWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40much coming towards you on aninformation superhighway straighttowards your fate a bit like driving youcan look ahead of the cars in front ofyou you can judge what's coming what youneed to do here though because thingskind of come from your peripheral it'svery hard to kind of Miss themWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00especially if you're doing other thingsover here these are the diamond shapesby the way that you have to hold yourgun down on I missed and though becauseI'm rubbish they go that diamond and youget like a four style laserrargh so nice and simple on beginnerWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20nothing too taxing really gets you intothe swing of things you can see as wellalso I've got multipliers on the end ofmy guns the base when I start doing wellI'm not doing anymoreI'm really [ __ ] it up but you canalso see the the sight on the gun goingWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40up because I've got my gun aim straightand you don't have to be ultra accurateit does allow you a little bit of autoaim I guessjust sit down another sandwich that oneWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00went on for ages oh here we go lookchopped little male a1 so at the end ofthe song note some of these songs arereally sure one of them I tried is like1 minute 30 this one seems to be alittle bit longerooh miss that one I tell you what asWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20well this game gives me a little bitmore fatigued than beep save you thinkbeat savor swinging your arms aroundwould knock you out a bit more but yesthis game because you're kind of likeholding your hands steady for anWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40extended period of time it actually tiesyour arms a bit doesn't help there thatthat was quite a slow song not muchgoing on so I was just like it helpswhen things are a bit faster and you'vegot more stuff to aimerwell that was beginner on Splinter 85cent targets hit and what I liked aswell as he got this kind of aim chartWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00where you can see how close you were tothe centre of things how many were ontarget how many missed didn't get anyoff target which is surprising seeing asI missed a few but hey ho so yeah getsome nice stats and because you got aleaderboard as well that I'm 3127 let'sWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20do the same song but change thedifficulty to moderate and see how we gobuff buff buff okay so speeding upalready a little bit in sphere cornerWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40fightIan sphere corner is great I missed it[ __ ] [ __ ] balls buns buns willies ass[ __ ] so you come flew out of the lefthand side of my vision and I didn'treally get enough time to see it ah thisWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00is kind of like the sort of game thatyou kind of like it feels like youreally need to practice the songs andlearn where these things come fromrather than just be I don't know haveWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20good reflexes you can have good reflexeswith this game but it feels like yeahthere's gonna be a huge amount ofactually learning where things are gonnacome from because otherwise you just getcaught unawares chop chopping seems niceWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40works well[Music]of course when you do start hittingthings without listen feels cool as allrhythm-action games do when you'rehitting a stride double punchWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00you can't slack off in some of thesebits that's for sureand you definitely can't just keeplooking forward slightly doing beatsaber funk you've got to keep scanningWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20around whacking off those ballsand trying your best not to miss like Iam doing quite a lot I mean I don't knowhow well I'm doing for my first timeever doing this game but well this trackWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40I'm sure people have done worse shootingall the guns in the face[Music]oh so disappointing when you miss aWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00target Sochi because it mutes the sounda little bit makes it really feel likeyou've messed up why did I mess up so[Music]2715 the world now only two stars butI'm getting better let's try a differentsong shall we one of the things I don'tWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20like about the song list is how itdoesn't really let you as far as I cantell there's no way to to preview thesongs you have to kind of play themfirst there's I feel loved Donna SummerI can't play that for fear of copyrightstrikes happyWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40so let's go for smokes because I'venever heard of that oh and of coursethere's a no fail mode if you want toplay through without the fear of failingno one likes failing do they literally Ido like how shiny in the gums are theymoderate advanced no no let's stick withWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00moderate I do an advanced song in aminute but yeah maybe not yeahnot for a new song I've not done before[Music]okay not too bad some double tops doubletap DoubleTapWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20it's so simple ah why when I say undoingall right then I instantly [ __ ] up and Idon't like that makes me an angry in noWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40one wants to see an angry in spherecorner unless I'm playing a [ __ ] gameand then it's all about the angry insphere corner looking Yukon gravy areyou baggagemiss that one oh no that's one of theWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00cool ones oh [ __ ] I missed all the coolonesI missed it maybe you will get to see anangry in severe corner they go that'scool I like those ones you cannot holddown your trigger of your gun [ __ ] andWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20then you have to follow that but the waythe trail goes yeah yes it's hard it isso much harder than beat saberWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40and that was wrong color it's annoyingbecause the beginner tracks are a bitboring but you probably have to go do alot of beginner stuffjust to get to grips piece box this boxWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00[ __ ] it you probably have to do a loadof the beginners tracks just so youlearn what's going onyeah ah the nzi corners just gonna be meWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20making like the weird noises so yeahthis game is out on early access at themoment it's been out for about a weekand a half we'll beat it by about twoweeks by the point where this video isup and this kind of got mixed reviewsWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40people are liking it but they are havingI think the same kind of concerns ourown voicing right now is that it's a bitit's a bit tricky things coming out fromthe sides of the your peripheral visionmakes it hard to hit I don't knowwhether any of the songs are any goodWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00like it doesn't have any doesn't haveany proper bangers that I found yet likebeats a bar some really good songs andthese onesnothing's it's not really not reallygetting me yeah well I tried laser facehey laser face how bad some lasers forWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20your face away but no need to press playdon't go all right let's try some laserface on moderate here we go laser beampunch laser beam laserWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40what do you like get goingand we feel the rhythm there's nothingWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00like these types of games but I get ah Iget so many feelings have I've beenrobbedfor this game not like because of theprice because I've been robbed because Ishould have hit that man just a turdWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20sandwich then the users usersis this a good song time it's no rum andbass you know I'm saying[ __ ]Watch at: 15:20 / 15:40sounds like a robot is playing a kazooout of its [ __ ] graphically it'sWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00lovely you against some pretty coolparticle effects and stuff yes nice soit's just doesn't it doesn't feel asWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19cool as that trailer that they did makesit look which is a little bitdisappointing and I don't know whetherthat's just cuz I'm [ __ ] at it orwhether it's because it's just stillWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40needs a lot of work done to it so thisis them the only track I've done onadvance and I actually haven't completedit on advance because it gets reallyhard but I'm gonna try destiny one seveneight a on advance cuz it's pretty quickthis track is only like a minute and ahalf this track some people areWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00incredible at it though I mean there'smillions of points on the hardest expertdifficulty that's not we're gonna try onadvance though and you can see what amess I make of this one now okay Bobthe reason I like this one is because itstarts off with something coolWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20as long as I managed to nail that I havetoo much power there no net [ __ ] - ohthere's the sideways ones so those onesWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40you have to shoot your gun sideways outand those ones you have to have your gunup see how I mean about them thingsappearing are your bollocksnow you have your bollocks go see yourdoctor if things appear at your balanceand things appearing at your peripheraland that's you know where your bloodyWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00piss aiming up apart it's nutssee how hard that gets cut damn it yougotta be a bloody eyeball ninja orsomething I don't think an eyeballinjury exists but you gotta be you gottaWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20be insanely um I think you've just got anail in know where things are comingbefore they appear because at least myold man reflexes and ever going to bequick enough to ball bagsmr. cool is thereWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40very upset with myself[Music]see from the left and then it's gonna besomething rockWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00oh no stick at itno shopWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20[Music]ah come on what's that says one minutesix it's only one minute thing I come onI can do this one more try I can do thisI believe in myself well I don't reallybelieve in myself but I'll give it a goWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40one more guy so even though you'reshooting guns - getting a bit of aworkout as well I've got a sweat onright now probably because I'm still alittle bit poorly and also unfit I feellike for that's better yeah yeah yeahWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00yeah yes yes [ __ ] ballsWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20yeah you got a pair too kind of a matsome things that looking at themokay I feel like I'm getting a rhythm abit now sideways gunsWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40[Music]yeah ah it's so satisfying nailing thoseon sideways sideways sideways sidewaysWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00sideways lazora sideways yeah ah no okaysideways yeah that's more like itwoo all right that felt goodWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20but actually hitting some things feltgoodyeah I just may be this because like I Ireally took to beat saber like a duck towater and found it like just so easy touse and so fun maybe that's why I'mfinding this a little bit aggravating atpoints because it's just a lot it's aWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40much harder difficulty curve there's alot more to learn you definitely need tohave your wits around you a bit more I'dsay there's less less opportunity to dowhoo-hoo flamboyant fancy stuff you'vereally got to focus I don't like it asmuch as beat saberat the moment but I you know this isWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00early access so there is chance for itto improve as it goes I suppose therethey've already if I go continue andsong list and get the options up you seethe release notes after week one they'veWatch at: 22:00 / 22:20already done loads of bug fixes andthings so their harmonix are workinghard making this good and it's worthchecking out if you like rhythm actiongames like beat Sabre and stuffyou just got to beware that it's not asWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40user friendlythere's frustrations and hard points butalso as you saw in that last that verylast track there I started reallygetting into that then I felt you know Ifelt the the rhythm I've got like thatbuzz of adrenalinewhen you you know you you're nailingsomething and you're there with theWatch at: 22:40 / 23:00rhythm of the game I got that coolfeeling that I get when I play beatSabre so there's something herehopefully harmonic can distill it downinto like a really good gameI mean shooting guns to the beat of somemusic is awesome obviously doing a wholeWatch at: 23:00 / 23:20thing it's just it's is mega they justmade the whole game like that to be onthis side of I'd have probably enjoyedthat more yeah it's not too bad it's outnow on early access for PC and stuff Ipresume it's going to come toPlayStation once they've you know sandedoff all the rough edges and knocked allWatch at: 23:20 / 23:40the kinks out but if you want to get ahead start on it yeah it's about 15quids I think it was for um for me whenI bought this on early access so yeahcheck it out if you think if you thinkthis is something you might like and letme know if you did like it in theWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00comments below do like and subscribe toEurogamer for more Ian's VR Corner I dothem every Sunday every Sunday is a tripto my little corner for a brand new orunreleased VR game cuz I loves them andI loves to spread the loves for VRbecause it's bloody incredible if youhaven't had a chance to play any VRWatch at: 24:00 / 24:20games yet try and come along to in egxwe've got rest coming up in a couple ofweeks there's gonna be BR games therefor you to play it's the sort of thingyou really need to try for yourself andwhen you do chances are it will makeyour mind go wow so yeah thanks verymuch for watching to check 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  1. Just from watching this, it's subtle, but there seems to be a sort of trail from previous notes to the next ones like a little light trail. That could stand to be more pronounced for sure.

    (Also mouse on screen – oops)

  2. you may want to check the options. I think you may have something off with how high you have to reach to hit the melee targets. when I play they will hit me around the upper chest if I were to let them go.
    As far as the game goes, I like it as another rhythm game. It definitely has more of a learning/skill curve

  3. It must be piss all difficult to talk and play a rhythm game simultaneously.
    Most of the missed shots were just because of being early or late on the beat.

  4. Nice video, some very inventive swearing combos. Nice. Rhythm games are something I've spent ages on, but now avoid, as I'm so arse itchingly bad at them. All I get is annoyed and irritated. If rhythm games could react to non-repeating foul mouthed expeltive combo stream variations, then I'd be top o't'leader boards.

  5. Audica is NOT Beat Saber with guns. Beat Saber is great, but Harmonix knows rhythm games and made their own thing in ways Beat Saber still hasn't grasped (like making the songs you play, actually feel like you're PLAYING the song).

  6. Personally I found Beat Saber to be harder when first starting out. The peripheral issues go away after you've played enough. You can't expect to walk into this game and start shredding expert level just because you're good at Beat Saber. This game is all about aim, timing and peripheral vision. Also, like Beat Saber, this game gets REALLY good once you get to Advanced and Expert levels. They already have custom maps so the lack of songs isn't an issue. I see this being a very popular game if people just understand there is a stiff learning curve and don't write a bad review on Steam just because they aren't instantly good at it. It's also a great game to play first before Beat Saber. When you're arms get tired of holding them out in front of you, switch to Beat Saber and work your other muscles.

  7. Actually this game was not influenced by Beat Saber but by the movie Equilibrium. (Source is talking with the devs in their official Discord server). I think they did a great job to capture the feeling of performing a gun Kata to be honest.

  8. No bangers compared to Beat Saber?? I strongly disagree. Beat Saber's music all sounds like a bunch of ghost produced garbage. There are some actually talented artists on the song list for Audica.

  9. I've played BeatSaber for almost a year and I've gotten to a point with it where i can beat a few of the expert songs on a regular basis and this FREAKING game made me feel like a rookie with my reflexes. It's super challenging at first but soon i found myself playing it on moderate and my reflexes have doubled or tripled in speed and acurcy. The trick is just to keep at it. And soon you'll find yourself instinctively hitting your marks and damn it's cool.

  10. The one thing I hate about this game already just watching is the fact that if you miss a beat the sound gets muffled. Rhythm games are about rhythm, if you mess up and can't really hear the music clearly due to the muffled sound, it's way harder to get on beat with the song.

  11. The answer is yes. It is better. As someone who is rather good at both, once you get the hang of Audica it is soooo much more fun that beat Saber. I thought using light sabers to conduct an orchestra of doom was fun until I did it while blasting away welding dual uzis… there is so much more room for creativity in mapping, its much more challenging and oh so very rewarding. I just wish they had more custom songs. 🙁

  12. I forgot the name of this game when I first played it at Microcenter when I tested the Vive. I fell in love with it. I enjoyed Beat Saber. But I prefer a rythem shooter with guns. lol. So scifi. I love it. 😀 I couldn't think of the name but I might get then when I can afford it. ^_^ I wish they would add this in the Oculus Store TBH.


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