Over the past week or so, one game might have slipped your attention: Aaero. It’s not surprising really, as the game dropped with no real fanfare or promotion from developers Mad Fellows Games, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out.
Playing like an on rails rhythm-action game in the same style of Rez, with a shade of Gitaroo Man for good measure, you shoot down enemies using a lock on weapon (Rez) whilst tracing a line that follows the beat of the song (Gitaroo Man). If that sounds absurd, watch this gameplay trailer at the bottom of the page. It explains things better than words ever could.
Controlling the ship uses both sticks to aim and move around the screen, whilst the right trigger fires up to eight missiles at any targets you’re locked on to. Aiming on the whole feels precise, but in the thick of gameplay it can be difficult to distinguish who you’re locked on to or how many locks you’ve achieved.
Each level is a new song with specific patterns and enemy placements, and there’s even a couple of boss encounters thrown in for good measure. Every level awards a grade of up to 5 stars, with some secret targets to find too. It’s an addictive structure that leads to you always looking to top that high score. With 15 levels and 3 unlockable difficulties that require you to master everything, there’s plenty of replayability here.
Naturally, the rhythm action type of game is only as strong as the music that holds the game together. With licensed songs from the likes of Flux Pavillion, Noisia and Katy B, any fans of the current EDM scene will find what they’re looking for here. Of course, if your playlist doesn’t stray from the boundaries of Metallica or Slipknot, you might be a little disappointed.
Ultimately, Aaero gives players a fun on-rails shooter with a killer soundtrack to boot. Whilst the gameplay doesn’t really change, the added difficulty levels do make a difference. If you’re a rhythm action aficionado, you’d be a fool to pass this up.
Aaero is available right now on the Xbox Store for £11.99. Check out the gameplay below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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