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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Darkmatters Review: PixelJunk 4am

PixelJunk 4AM (PS3)

Developed by Q Games / Santa Monica

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

It’s 4am – do you know where your children are?

PixelJunk 4am isn’t just a game – it’s a PS3, Move controller controlled, techno music making innovation overload…

The PixelJunk games are examples of some of the best available on the PSN – the team behind them have created masterpieces like PixelJunk Monsters, Shooter, Eden and now 4am which is less of a game and more of a freeform music-em-up…

"mix it up"

Using the funky PS Move controller you can actually pick up and play music, beats, rhythm and bass – just ‘grab’ the stream from the side of the screen and mix it into a musical mix. You can ‘pull’ loops in for different tracks including Bass and Rhythm. Other motions add reverb and the more you monkey with the tracks by making gestures with you hands the more complex the resulting music.

There are various playlists which rock visualizers for each song track. The 4am toolbox lets you alter, twist, bend, and completely remix the track to your heart’s content. It takes a little while to get the hang of manipulating the beats etc but once you ‘get it’ you’ll be generating some dancetastic creations in no time. Playing 4am over the PlayStation Network will see your action stream live so that other PSN users can watch.
"try it with 2 moves..."

The watching of others playing PixelJunk 4am is a great social element and talented PSN users build up fans who will tune in to check out their creations. When you find someone whose creations turn you on, you can follow them and check what they are broadcasting.

When you’re ‘Live Viewing’ you can feedback to the player by shaking your Move controller which will show up on their screen as ‘kudos’ / as well as a check on how many viewers they have.

PixelJunk 4am is a music fan's game – half high tech music creation device, half eye-popping visualizing software – this is a bold and fun piece of software which embodies exactly why the PS3 is leading the field in creativity.

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:


4 – Bring the beat back (to your PS3)

"Indiana Evans plays 4am in a bikini!?"

1 comment:

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