Initially launched on the Meta Quest, Unplugged: Air Guitar is a rhythm sport the place you, effectively, play an air guitar. You strum with one hand and transfer the opposite to completely different components of the neck based on a word chart just like video games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero.
With a core observe listing of 20 plus tracks from throughout the historical past of rock music and one other 20 tracks unlocked alongside the way in which, the sport gives a pleasant, diversified listing of tunes. Nevertheless, whereas the marketing campaign mode doles the tracks out slowly, it does so with no sense of cohesion. The entire tracks are grouped into tiers with seemingly no actual rhyme or cause, solely serving as an impediment to unlocking the following admittedly spectacular venues. We did encounter some points with the development the place we might miss out on essential tutorials, so issues can feels somewhat slapdash in locations.
This tutorials are important, too, as they’re anchored by “Satchel”, the guitarist of Metal Panther, and dish out essential data at a superb tempo. The primary impression of those is cringe-inducing, ridiculing “nerds” in what appears like a really outdated skit, however as you go alongside, the movies get progressively cheesier and genuinely humorous. Plus, they educate you the sport’s strong and exact mechanics.
To play, you maintain down completely different numbers of buttons in your PSVR2 Sense Controllers to approximate notes – you’ll even be tilting the guitar at completely different angles on larger difficulties – all whereas the sport’s spectacular monitoring is put to make use of. Strumming patterns approximate actual life in a means even Rock Band doesn’t, and fretting on the neck is nice, because it’s capable of differentiate between very slight variations in hand placement in your guitar. This precision leaves lots of room for mastery.
Consequently, the sport subscribes to the “simple to play however troublesome to grasp” cliché, and presents sufficient replay worth because of its diversified observe listing that it is price sticking with over many periods.