Just like the 3DS before it, the Vita is going through a troubled few months. An impressive launch period has now petered out into a drawn out few months of nothing much to play, with only a couple of titles keeping us busy during the summer months. Things look set to pick up soon however, with Resistance: Burning Skies, Gravity Rush and the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection incoming soon. Zen Studios have also announced that they have an exclusive title in the works for the handheld, due out before the end of the year.
Kickbeat is a curious mixture of rhythm game and martial arts. For the first time since the Chop Chop Master Onion sequence in Parappa the Rapper the two genres are set to meet in an explosion of surreal weirdness.
Inspired by the action sequences in Hong-Kong martial arts flicks, the game works by letting you time your moves to music and create your own dance/fight mash-ups. Your character sits at the centre of the screen and fends off baddies as they approach from all angles using buttons, the touch-screen, or a combination of the two.
There will be a big focus on music within the game, with tracks from the likes of Rob Zombie and the Beastie Boys. If that all sounds a little too much for you, you can also import your own tracks and fight alongside the Glee soundtrack, if you so desire. The game is scheduled for a PSN release ‘in line’ with the prices of other Zen games, so expect a fairly low price point. For such a novel idea it would certainly be worth a few dollars. Expect to hear more about Kickbeat very soon.