In 2009, a game titled Beat Hazard was released on Xbox Live. Beat Hazard is developed by one person and is a music-driven shoot-em-up, which accesses your library of songs. An updated version of the game, Beat Hazard Ultra, was recently released on Steam as well. This game will soon be making its way to the PlayStation 3 via PSN. Here’s a trailer:

 

 

Ultra  adds new features to the existing game, such as new weapons and enemies, new modes and a perks system that allows you to upgrade yourself with additional abilities. There are new local and online co-op and head-to-head modes as well, and the game comes with 1.5 hours of indie music.

 

Unfortunately, Beat Hazard Ultra was rejected by Microsoft for release on Xbox Live Arcade. The PlayStation Network version will be released on October 18th/19th in the U.S. and Europe for $9.99/£6.49.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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