Rediscovering the Afternoon Thrill of Playing PS2 with Hi-Fi Rush

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Hi-Fi Rush: Tango Gameworks Delivers a Nostalgic Action Adventure

The Tango Gameworks title focuses on the old school to offer us a hilarious action adventure.

When a server decides to pay three full years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, it is because he expects releases as essential as Hi-Fi Rush. It caught us all Tango Gameworks with our guard down in January 2023 when it launched a new video game without warning, especially considering that we had received Ghostwire: Tokyo less than a year ago.

A cel-shading style hack & slash with the same amount of humor as slaps? It sounded great and even more so that Microsoft allowed it to be played as soon as the Xbox Developer Direct was over. The good marks, the praise, and the applause began to accumulate to confirm the title as one of last year’s revelations, so I wrote it down on my endless list of pending games.

It took me a year to decide to take the controller to see to what extent the general enthusiasm is justified and, although I have not been excited at the same level as the rest of the public, it is clear that Hi-Fi Rush is a major shake up to the nostalgia factor that we each have inside us.

Like any other child, many of the afternoons after coming home from school were filled mainly by eating a snack that included a sandwich. The PS2 would spend as many hours of entertainment as it wanted. Playing games like Like 3, Ratchet & Clank 3, Spider-Man 2, ATV Quad Power Racing 2, and a good handful more of works that I consumed non-stop.

Hi-Fi Rush is nourished by that sensation or, at least, it evokes those memories of yesteryear. It exudes from every pore the simplicity that many games from the mid-2000s demonstrated, which were a perfect combination of perfectly integrated platforms, humor, and doses of action. The protagonist, Chai, is a sly teenager with an excess of confidence that adds humor to the game.

He’s a crazy teenager who’s had a music player embedded in his heart, so the meaning of it all is quickly sent flying. The bosses are flashy and navigating their territories is an old-school task.

Jumping everywhere, rounds of combat against security robots, and asking colleagues for help to make your way through the stage. All this sprinkled with gears, boxes to break, and some other secrets if we explore more than necessary. This combination of elements only reminds me of traditional video games, the ones that told you to collect the most apples or the ones that rewarded you when you destroyed objects. Classic, no-fuss formula that still works today.

What I did not expect in any way to gel so well with me is the synchronization with the music. Hi-Fi Rush has managed to become part of that group.

The enormous amount of visual stimuli the game brings to the table ensures there is no way for you to miss a beat. It is a pleasure to play with the guitar made of scrap metal, along with the fact that the songs are usually easy to follow.

Now, on its first anniversary, the game brings with it more content and a tremendous postgame that offers many more hours of play. The dedication of the entire development team is worthy of applause. In an era where budgets are directed towards long-term macro projects, an 8-hour title shows that it has as many things to say as the most ambitious game as a service.

Ode to Chi and his band.

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