Sometimes it seems that the very idea of combining of certain entertainment franchises has been a longstanding inevitability since the very inception of entertainment itself. Professor Layton and Pheonix Wright, Marvel vs. Capcom and of course Batman vs. Superman – Okay let’s not talk too much about that last one!
Whilst the idea of video game properties combining internally seems generally sound (wink, wink), every so often the beauty of music finds itself a home on both our home consoles and PCs, challenging us to keep to the beat, rock as we roll and even in some instances, shake our maracas. If you’re someone looking for the cream of the crop when wanting a healthy dose of music as well as video games, our top 10 music video games list has got you covered:
Not strictly a traditional music game, but one that definitely features a beating heart at its core, Patapon was a PlayStation portable exclusive that ended up being much more addictive and charming than it had any right to be. For hours upon end you’ll command an army of tribal beings known as the Patapon, keeping to a beat and rhythm that never fails to be satisfying.
The Beatles: Rockband
Although we’ve generally managed to avoid licensed games on this list, it’s not every day that a music game comes along and offers players the chance to play along with 45 of the greatest songs ever written. The Beatles: Rockband was just one example of a game that focussed on solely one artist, yet this version without doubt is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of both the care and attention that was shown to it – Höfner 500/1-inspired bass controller? Yes please!
As you make your way through the Beatles’ lauded career, it becomes immediately apparent just how influential and versatile their repertoire of songs actually is, there really is no way you can’t enjoy playing through this colorful and enthralling music video game.
Samba Di Amigo
The Wii as we all know suffered greatly as a platform due to the overabundance of such classics as Carnival Games, Ninjabread man and Family game night, thank god then that there was not only a game which made excellent use of the Wii’s motion controls but an all round excellent music game in the remake version of Samba Di Amigo.
Okay it’s simply another music game that asks you to match your movements to the on-screen patterns, but it’s visually tantalising and flamboyant art-style made what would otherwise be simply another generic music game, one that made for a great social experience every time.
Love it or hate it, Karaoke was always going to find a way to invade the gaming space eventually, it just so happened that franchise to do so would come in the form of PlayStation’s SingStar. Aiming to reinvent traditional Karaoke by introducing a plethora of game modes that include ‘pass the mic’, ‘star maker’ and more, SingStar never failed to be a good time to play with friends (especially when tipsy).
Parappa The Rapper
Choosing to focus more on rhythm rather than strictly music, Parappa the rapper was an early PS One game that tasked players to rap their way through six unique and creative stages by executing each command with precise timing. If only for the game’s character design and art-style alone, Parappa the rapper earns its place as one of the platforms best, yet it’s challenging gameplay made it wildly too addictive to try and gain that “cool” level ranking.