The Other Best Game of the Year

by Darius Kazemi on December 27, 2007

in games

So I got Harmonix’s other game for Christmas. Sure, Phase costs $255, a full $80 more than than Rock Band. But it’s worth it. It even comes bundled with an 80 GB hard drive and an operating system that plays all your mp3s! You can’t beat that kind of value.

It appears I jumped the gun by listing my favorite games of the year last week. Because Phase is up there. While the intelligent beat-making system is hit-or-miss, when it works it’s magical, and when it doesn’t work it’s not unforgivably bad. And the way it encourages you to explore your music collection is wonderful. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with different songs and see which ones work best.

Amplitude is one of my favorite games of all time, and Phase, as its successor, is everything I wanted. I can forgive the sometimes sloppy beats because, you know what? I’m playing with the best music in the world. My music.

The other nice thing about the game is that I now have something to do when I want to listen to music on my iPod but also want to fidget.


mik3cap December 28, 2007 at 4:04 am

Holy crap yes, this could very well be the thing that makes me purchase an iPod of mine own…

Brian Shurtleff December 30, 2007 at 11:24 am

Hmm, shame I don’t have an iPod, then!

I guess i’ll have to stick with making all my music into Frets on Fire/Freetar tracks…

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