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Phil Spencer: Hi-Fi Rush Shadow Drop 'Worked Really Well'

Phil Spencer: Hi-Fi Rush Shadow Drop 'Worked Really Well' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 January 2023 / 3,484 Views

Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Tango GameWorks on Wednesday announced and released the unique rhythm-action game, Hi-Fi Rush, for the Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass. 

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer in an interview with IGN said the shadow drop of Hi-Fi Rush has been a success and the community has responded well to it. 

"Yeah, the shadow drop, it seems like it worked really well this time," said Spencer. "It's not a thing we've done a ton of. This was an idea from the team.

"They'd been playing the game, felt good about their launch date and some of the early signals on quality, and said, 'Hey, it would just be fun. It would just be fun to be able to launch this during the Developer Direct and say, Play it now.' So we rolled with that. We're always learning, always listening, and it seems like the community's responding well, which I think is a good signal."

He added, "I love Hi-Fi Rush, I love the way it looks, I love the music. One of the games I'd always wanted to get, we weren't able to land it in our backward compatibility program, was Jet Set Radio Future. I thought it would be fantastic to be able to have that game back, and definitely, it's a different kind of game, but some of the same vibe.

"So when looking at [Tango Gameworks]...just watching as it evolved over the last couple of years, I'm really happy with where it came out. They were able to get some good licensed tracks in the game. The gameplay is really fun and unique, and I think the look is just striking. It was a good mix.

"I was happy with the diversity of all the games, the content that we had, the great games that we had in the Developer Direct, and I think Hi-Fi Rush is definitely showing itself to be one of the highlights of the show, which is nice."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Libara (on 27 January 2023)

It took everyone by surprise and didn't give certain fanboys time to group together and try to review bomb it.

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rapsuperstar31 Libara (on 28 January 2023)

I'm not even sure if it's fanboys that review bomb on sites like metacritic, or if it's just trolls that go in and review bomb anything popular.

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Libara rapsuperstar31 (on 28 January 2023)

Probably a mix but most likely to be a higher % of fanboys.

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Mnementh rapsuperstar31 (on 28 January 2023)

Well, nobody said trolls can't be fanboys as well :-P

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gtotheunit91 (on 27 January 2023)

I'd say! 1,500 user reviews on Steam sitting at a 98% Overwhelmingly Positive. I'm having a blast playing it! I've never been into rhythm games ever, but this one is very beginner friendly, stylish as hell, action-packed, funny, and banging soundtrack. Highly recommend! With the best pair of headphones you have!

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method114 gtotheunit91 (on 27 January 2023)

Rhythm game? Thought it was just a normal hack and slash type game. Not sure this will be for me but it's free on GP so I'll give it a try.

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gtotheunit91 method114 (on 27 January 2023)

Yeah it's a rhythm-action game. You definitely can do traditional hack and slack without penalty if you want, but the combat feels so good and rewarding when you're in rhythm. You get rewarded for being in rhythm with more powerful attacks and bonuses.

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AllfatherStarr gtotheunit91 (on 30 January 2023)

My Sekiro impulses making me press L1 for parry EVERY.SINGLE.TIME

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Garrus method114 (on 27 January 2023)

your attacks land on the beat, but if you press the controller buttons off the beat it still works, you still attack on the beat, you just do slightly less damage

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method114 Garrus (on 30 January 2023)

Oh wow ok that actually sounds interesting.

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Garrus gtotheunit91 (on 27 January 2023)

voice acting and writing is superb also! after the horrid forespoken that's a big plus

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smroadkill15 (on 27 January 2023)

Not to mention it's a great game! I've played through the first boss. It's already showing promise to be one of the best games of this year.

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