I’ve said it before, but rhythm games are often the titles you see popping up in the VR space the most often, but that’s not a bad thing. Unlike games in other genres, most rhythm titles encourage you to get up from your couch and be active. Fortunately, if you can’t get enough of titles in this subgenre, there’s a new offering now available.
From developer NiVision, X-Booster is the latest music and rhythm game released for the PC virtual reality headset. The game was previously available through Early Access, but NiVision has now released the game’s official 1.0 iteration this week.
Compared to other games in the genre, X-Booster has been developed with fitness in mind. Unlike other games where calorie burning may simply be a byproduct of the game itself, X-Booster seeks to provide potential players with a workout that will put your whole body to the test.
As for the way it plays, well, it’s similar to a lot of other titles that you might have seen before. Your two controllers will serve as in-game items that allow you to “punch, cut, block, and dodge your way to hone yourself.” And while moving your arms is the primary way you’ll progress through the levels and build your score, you’ll also need to weave your body a bit, while staying true to the beat of the music.
You can see X-Booster’s gameplay in action in the video right here:
By far the coolest component of X-Booster, and the way it is one step ahead of the competition in the rhythmic space, comes from the way the game implements the music. Instead of having a tracklist locked to a certain number of songs, X-Booster allows you to fully utilize any MP3 files that might already be on your computer in the game. This means that the tracklist found in the game is basically endless and is only limited by the number of MP3 files you can own.
As for using X-Booster as a fitness game, it definitely lives up to the standard claimed by developer NiVision. We actually reviewed X-Booster here at VR Fitness Insider earlier this year when it was available in Early Access and found it to be one of the best rhythm games on the market when it comes to its application as a tool to stay in shape. Giving an overall rating of 8.5 / 10, our reviewer Adam Braunstein said that X-Booster is “an amazing combo of all the VR training games you’ve been playing for years.” You can read the full review here.
X-Booster is available now exclusively on the To smoke Platform. If you’re looking to pick up the game now that it’s released in version 1.0, NiVision has actually reduced the price of the title by 20% and it’s now priced at $ 15.99 for a limited time. In addition, X-Booster is compatible with Valve Index, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.