Air Guitar Warrior is part scrolling shooter, part music game. With 19 custom made tracks to rock out to, should Air Guitar Warrior make your download list? Read our review below.
For those of you who like to rock out to your favourite heavy metal, hard rock, or even progressive rock, there have been times when you’ve whipped out your air guitar to play along with your heroes. Admit it, we’ve all done it. Whether it be in the shower, at a rock club, or a show. Anyone and everyone who enjoys guitar driven music will testify to this claim. Now, for the first time ever, you can get your air guitar out and take on waves of enemies in a video game. Talk about taking it to the next level.
It’s more than just a side scrolling shooter though, as you are given a wide variety of scenery for your levels, enemies and even your guitar. From riding a shark through space, to riding a giant robot T-Rex in a viking setting, all the ridiculousness you could possibly imagine is in Air Guitar Warrior. Riding a viking warship through the North sea was quite fun.
There are a generous amount of worlds, known as Albums to play through, each with their own distinct album cover, and broken down to 5 levels in each album. With the final level being a boss fight. After your 8 albums, you are awarded the Live album, and then finally, Role of the Rock God’s. Where you face off against Zeus in several forms. In essence, these boss fights are not hard by any means. But you do face off against the clock. Meaning that if you haven’t drained all the health down before the skull reaches the end of the health bar, it’s game over and you must try again.
One feature I was impressed with, was the option to choose if you are left or right handed before you begin. Can’t forget our left handed brethren. Once you start, you have access to a solitary air guitar, and unlock a new one after nearly every boss fight. Each one offering a different type of fire power, like the Spectral Axe shooting ghostly green axes towards your enemies. But that’s not all. You can’t simply spam your ammo towards incoming danger. You will run out, and have to let your supply recharge. You can play fast or slow rythym or lead. This will dictate the ammo you consume and force you to choose your play style. But once you unlock the Legend, you can customise it with whatever ammo types from other guitars as you so wish.
Personally, I like Kinect, and I’m pleased that as usual, Virtual Air Guitar Company are continually releasing Kinect centric games to Xbox gamers. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but you can guarantee that they are dedicated to the almost forgotten Xbox One peripheral. The use of Kinect by the developer has been integrated almost perfectly. It’s responsive, and does what you want nearly all of the time. I did encounter moments when it doesn’t respond, but thankfully these incidents where few.
Air Guitar Warrior is silly, fun, and a good laugh. Especially if you have a friend or two over. Unfortunately, you will have to take turns battling the bad guys, which consist of flying swords, skulls, and a host of other bizarre flying foes. Music is generic rock, which is a let down. However due to licensing tracks from famous bands would cost far too much. So feel free to blast your choice tunes to play along too.