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Beat Hazard 2

W̴̺̊Ä̵̘R̸̤̈́N̵̜͆́I̵̲͓͌͊Ṅ̶͔͛G̸̙̦͘
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̷̬́̂T̷̙̬͋h̸̤̏͂i̵̯͝s̶̡̍ ̵̰͋͝r̷̯̀e̸̩͖͂̈́ṿ̷̓͒i̸̹̿͆e̷̦̍w̷̹̪̅̋ ̸̰̿u̷̮̖͐̉ş̸͉́e̵̳͔̋s̸̞͝ ̴́͜͠f̸͎̎͒u̶͕̝̾l̵̖̊l̵̰͂̎ ̴͉̎͒ŝ̴̖̩c̸̱̝̄͘ṟ̸̝̓e̶̻̫͒̈́e̸̳͊n̸̻̦̋̑ ̵͎̓̒ͅs̴̞͙͑͌t̷̻͓͋r̷̡̻̃̽ǫ̶͚́͑b̶̨͈̈̀ḭ̸̘͐n̸̨̖̋g̷̛̮͖͊ ̸̛̫͙̓e̵̯͊f̷͙̺̌̈́f̸̫̳͆͠e̴̩̱̾̈́c̸̘̀t̸̘͈͘s̶͈̗̀̇

Beat Hazard 2 is a sequel to a game from Cold Beam Games, which was released almost ten years ago. It is a twin-stick bullet hell shoot ‘em up which uses music to procedurally generate enemies. Beat Hazard offered a unique take on rhythm games, which allowed you to shmup around while playing your favourite tracks. Each of those produced a unique experience and every track was a level on its own. ̶̘̜̱̓̅9̸̱̹̔͋E̷̳̯̾͌”̶͓̬̃̃N̵̡̻͍̒P̵̟̠̽N̷̡̮̥̈ķ̸̧̘̍̃ả̶̧͙͠A̷̱̼̕f̴̞͝ͅr̴̺̹͇̉̍$̷͓͌̀B̴͔͘8̵̣̀̓2̷͚͚̦͋͒v̷͍̔a̵͓̙̐L̵̺̜̎͗S̵͎̀͊̐d̷̲̪͋̄h̵̩̖̙̎w̴͍̮̍̀͛8̴̗̀̄L̸̫̅=̵̺̟̓͛u̸̮̿̌&̷̙̀s̷͙̍͊͘b̵̺̝̅̀a̸̖͓͚͗͒c̶̛͎͍͙͊̈́¨̴͓͚̮̏̒Ḵ̷̀̅͘&̵̖̜̾0̷̯͊L̷̙͘$̷̻̈̕k̴̢̄̄͜J̷̺̻͎́̋ḽ̷̭́Ḵ̷̣̪̀̄͆Ǧ̵͙͙ͅt̴̢̨̉͘ͅa̶̭͉̱͗c̴̝̹͆L̷̠̕d̷̥̂̽z̶̨̈̕ͅ2̵̝̻̎͝Ṻ̴̢͖̗́̒D̶̥̗̤͆̓̐Q̶͉͊͋͘¨̷̲̣̔ͅ&̸̖̑̕ͅe̴͉͖͒̌͋Ṕ̵̧͎̼͌M̵̬̮̖͊V̶̯̹̕͠?̴̢̞́̃s̵̹͔͆R̵̹͖̿̍̂q̵͇̺͗̾?̵̝̂̈́͝8̶̧̫͔͂̈́̓o̶͍̮̹͗4̷͇̘̽̿͂B̶̢͉̈̃͜ŷ̴̮̳͒f̴͖́̄k̶̨̢̞̈́̏̏(̸̧͚̩̆L̸̦͠w̶̨͆l̴̘̹̙̐̈́!̶͖̱̻̐̉=̴͓̥̻̓̔̃8̸̧̻̣̓͘͠6̷͙͌̍D̵̥̔̋$̵̼͊͜r̵̭̀̇͊ͅV̵̘̬͔͆͌͠)̶̩͔̄p̷̬͌r̴͖̕ͅͅ(̵͖̗̎̅̆9̶̖̟̔̑̚ḣ̸͕͚̰͋̚
!̸̦̖̒͋R̷̩̤̀̃x̴͇̥͑̋͘ŝ̶̻̞̚W̸͙̦̃g̸̺̾k̴͉̉q̴̙̺͚̀̈̀f̴͇̱̓͘͜ Its sequel continues in the same fashion, but are there any new goodies the game has to offer?

Both games allow you to play in four different game modes, those being Standard, Survival, Boss Rush and Chill Out. In Standard mode you take on one of the songs of your personal choice. There exists an in-game soundtrack, but you are allowed to choose any of the tracks you have stored on your hard drive. You can also shoot to an Internet radio station’s tracklist in both games, while Beat Hazard 2’s new feature Open Mic! allows you to stream songs from your favourite provider or even from YouTube. It basically plays anything that is playing on your desktop. Survival mode plays an entire album for as long as you can last in the hazardous environment, which is more difficult than in the original release. Boss Rush puts waves of bosses on screen until you lose all your lives, and in Chill Out mode there is nothing to be chill about, since it is the same carnage than in Survival mode, except here you have an infinite amount of lives available. Additionally to all five difficulty modes in the original release (Easy, Normal, Hardcore, Insane, and Suicidal) Beat Hazard 2 also introduces Apocalyptic and Zen.

As far as multiplayer options go, there is still local multiplayer boosted up from two to four players that can have fun in the local Party Mode. At the moment of the review there is no online play available, but compared to Beat Hazard, there are a couple of new modes in the sequel. Lightning Challenge offers a new challenge track every 4 hours to compete in global high score leaderboards. Daily Challenge does the same, except there is a new song available every 24 hours. ḧ̴̢̤́̿͠#̶̹͔̈́̽ͅư̷̱͔̪̂̐c̶̞̍Ṗ̶̳̙̺̇̚Ỏ̵̧̤̹̕*̷̟͚͙͛!̵̰͚̊į̸̪̜̋͘͝ǒ̵̧t̶̥̳̠͑7̷̲̽̚$̷̊͌ͅ”̵̢̞̭̃̈́̐&̷̹̀͒d̶͉̗̍̂0̸̩̩͋2̵̯͍͌̀͂ͅx̵̘͈̀3̷̹͙̋̋̚)̵̣̃͛F̶̄̅͘͜¨̵̣͕̌̈̚B̸̢̜̻̋͌Ẅ̷̲́V̸̡͇̕N̶͕̜̐̏&̷̣̖̽͜k̸͙͇͛̒͒͜&̷̢̀͆͘3̸̯̰͘͝C̷͚̓=̷̰͉͗̏v̶͇̱̌̐̕”̶͓͓͇̍̀̈́Ĺ̴̼̙͝͝ͅẃ̸͙͕B̵͕̱͛̋#̸͉̮̇̃I̶̤͈̽̃͝h̵̨͠A̸̩̳̱͛̉͝D̶̮̬̓l̶̲͊͜2̶̪̊̕͝P̶̮͇̰̀e̵̙̫͈̾N̶̺̺̓̚y̸̧̞̎̒̚N̸̦͝ủ̴̪ř̷̫̦͙̃ẃ̷͉̥F̷̦͗͋͜͝7̶̫̈́͒̕f̴̳͍̺͒̽̅9̵̙̗̇̀͜J̸̎͆͜͜͝5̶͓̕J̶̛̺͓X̸̼̬̐͑͝D̵̢͆͝ň̵͉̖7̵̞̰͐(̵̝̙́̆͝Ĥ̷̲̒͑W̶̙͕͉͐͌͋F̵̢͊T̸̹̞̻̃̆͗i̴̤̝̇b̵̭͌̈n̷̰̼̿D̶͕͚̠̈́͗͝1̵̻̙̓̚R̶͚͎̆7̸̘̱̹̒̀͠Y̸̜͇̭̅4̷̬̬̅̌͘O̴̢̼͖̾͘͘W̵̼̃̀P̷̳̹̭̏̅͆7̴̺̈͗l̷͎̊3̵͍̀́Ḑ̷͔̖̊
Ṯ̸̮̓5̷̱̾Ė̷̫̉͊y̶̱͙̠̽̎̈U̵̫͔͕͆G̵̜̓V̸͍̹̈̍͊m̴̻̞̩̓̄t̴̺͌M̸̢̘̊Ǹ̴͚̇≠̢̣̘̽v̷̞͒̒̆8̵̘͙̖̊͒g̷̜̦̤̒̈́ The bad thing about these modes is that you have to own a Spotify subscription to be able to participate in these challenges. If you do not, or even cannot use Spotify, these game modes will render useless.

The game can be played with a mouse and keyboard, or with a controller, and the controls are very slick and responsive either way you prefer to play. There are no volume up power-ups in the sequel, the whole songs are being played at the same volume, which is in my opinion the better way to go around your tracklist, since the build-up is already done with the insane amount of enemies this time around. i̷̬̞̱͐͜u̴͕͎̲̹̾͂̚L̴̯͉̐͂Ḍ̴̉̓̀̋f̶̲̝̆̈́R̵͍̥͑̈̈́̕m̴̛̖͇̯̊̀̉t̵̢̺̰̠̑̑Ȍ̴̳̠̒v̶̈͆́͠ͅ1̶̨̺̩̈́̃̈̚j̶̛̥̻̼̳̽̔̕a̵̹̥̔̓̿͑l̶̨͖̥͆͐͆ͅu̷͔̾̌̾̚í̵͎̰͕̞̅̃Ẇ̸̨͙̀̉̏#̵̧̫͠Ê̶͉͐̂ͅG̶̻̋R̴̩̟̓̈͝C̷̥͎̗͋͊)̶͔̄̏̆̅Q̷̥͑́4̷̝̽̒́m̸̻͇͙͗ͅẅ̶̠̹̳́Ṣ̷̡̩͛̾̊̈ë̸͚̮͆͘͝2̵̬̫̾͘(̸͓̱̭̞͐%̷̘̻͆͜r̷̪̎͠͝”̵̨̖̱̊͘Ǹ̵̢̬͉ͅc̸̹͌j̴͖̲͉̋̌Z̷͍̜̣̓̈́̈͘U̸̠̬̒͛͘͝$̸̢̏ͅi̸̟̝͂̕y̷̳̞͆͐͊͑ė̷̛̺̥s̷͇̟̘̆̊̋̓R̴̡͌Ȉ̷͜͝L̴̢̞̫̮̂̇̇̚W̴̬̕m̸̬̫͆̈́̈l̶̹̤̜͉͗̒̍͐%̴̤̘̽̄̋͝Ẕ̴͋̚͠ͅS̸̳̝͍̰͐/̴̦̬̄Ṟ̴̬̫̖̌N̶̪̦͕̔Z̷̛̙̐͆̕3̵̮͔̈́8̸̻̳̿͝u̵̳͊͘ṁ̸͚̞͉͛̈̈́9̵̗̽̈́ͅ$̶̱̤̣̈͑͂â̶̲̩̬*̷̡͍̲͂̚ͅF̴͖̲͙͚̓̓Ä̵̻F̸̥̌̉Q̵̬̞͔̾̕͜w̸͉̞̲̏̐͜g̵̱̙͛̔͌̿g̷̳̍M̶͍͚͕̰̏̏͝1̶̧̯̿͠Ń̵̥̀͠ḏ̵̀͒b̸̥̭̖̥̐̇́͗D̶̨̘͊Ę̶̅S̴̝͑̓T̴̢̻̰̦̔F̸̧̦͍̉͜v̴̗͙̈̄͘ỉ̴̗̫͍
#̷̙͇͖̏̏9̶̨̪͎͂̃ͅ≠̜͍̙̲̍͋̍Ṕ̷̪̤̆4̶̡͚̜̹̂̅b̶̻̀͘=̴̭̃̄ͅD̵̼͐͗̏̄i̵̮̖̲͈̿͘1̸̝̍̊̔͗/̴͙̾͋͒ṛ̸͐͝ǰ̷̙̺̖̌̚ẖ̸̖̀̌X̴̪̰͇̻̒q̶̱̋͊̍ The visual intensity can be set to 300%, with 200% being the maximum in Beat Hazard, and the higher it is the larger your multiplier will get right from the start. Beat Hazard 2 also has a cool auto screenshot feature, which takes screenshots during the game for you, as the game itself is too hectic to be bothered with taking them manually.

Overall, Beat Hazard 2 does not offer a lot of new features comparing to its original release, except for Open Mic!, and a little more difficult gameplay by spawning more enemy ships. Z̵̨̪̚p̸̻̝̤̝̆̈́͌U̴͍͆̓̑̚R̸͙͐j̶̢̓̃̋4̴̢̻̊̏̑̐J̸̯̠͋́̑̅Ĭ̸̼͊̄b̶̡̞̤̌͗͜͠Ẇ̴̧̭͑͛b̵͓͈̄̈́E̵̘̐̀̚K̷̤͓̪̯̇̃L̴̘̰̫͖͐̔T̷̹͐̀̒́C̴̨̎̆&̴̢͔̯͕́̾͘D̴̠̾͌S̴̹͍̪̽̂͘͜Y̵͉͓̬̅̔͌͘r̸̛̬̓͠3̶͈̦͍̐́l̸̤̬̖̟̍̆Q̵̢͈̖̞̿̿/̷̪̐̈́Ó̵̙͌̀͆E̸̡̺̱͐͜/̶̹̖̳̟̅h̵͔̰̯̊̒̆͝c̶̥̱͇̾͋̓̄=̴͍͖̅Ẅ̶̦͈͖̯́̔3̵̡̛͚̟̄͋̋K̷͇̄i̸̜̠͍̇m̵̧̨͕̬̽̈́9̴̺͕̩̤̒T̶͐ͅ2̷̪̪̣̆̓s̸̛̪̰̳͆̕8̴̠̤̤̤͒̀Q̸̟̳̒m̶͓̘̗̾̅%̷̡̯͎̄̄̆͜F̵̩̗̔3̷̞̯͑̒̓̕S̷͈̏̀̆w̵̛̲̓͒5̷̼̥͙͛̏́̎?̴̤̽̋͜͠ Upgraded are also the visuals and lighting effects, and the boss ships are unique to different songs and feel more powerful than in the original game. Nevertheless, if you had not played Beat Hazard, Beat Hazard 2 is the way to go even with its one time higher price tag.

Facts and figures:

Sounds – 10/10
You are allowed to play any song you want to, and the sound effects are also very well made, so it is a no-brainer.

Graphics – 9/10
Greatly made visuals, ship designs, explosions and epileptic effects, only the background feels a little bit boring at times when there is no real action happening.

Gameplay – 9/10
With Beat Hazard 2 you receive what you came for – an insane shoot ‘em up generated by and tied in with your preferred soundtrack. z̸̡̘̣̱̊̈́#̸͔̳̜͎͒≠̼̈́͗̒̔ǵ̸̬͝f̵͍͇̗̾̿̈́ͅẓ̷̯̈́h̸̍͜=̶̫͑͒̈́r̷̻̦͘a̵͙̝͜͝I̴̺͉̦̎Z̸̧̼̫̪̈́Ž̷͉=̴̩̺̘̰̊̑͑H̵̠̊̾͋ͅ*̴͎̖̟̀̈́ṅ̶̛̺̩̰̝̆L̶̢̜̝̱̋̚#̴̧̢̲̒̄͝Ġ̸͈̦̫͝ͅB̶̨̨̹̌̌̑͘M̵̢̤̅ͅq̸̢͉́̃ Obligatory Spotify connection with some modes is the only real problem here.

Replay value – 10/10
Infinite for as long you do not get bored of listening to music and shooting the crap out of enemy ships.

Overall – 9/10
A very well made sequel that combines the best of both worlds. Highly recommended. H̸̰̀͌͜M̴͎̎̽̊͘4̶̨̧̟̔̆͒Ç̵̘̤͐̈C̵͚͖̜̈́̌͌͐Z̷̨͇̳̀̚A̴͈͗͛Ṙ̸̝͋̍͂S̷̗̲͛͒ͅX̸̖̯̜̒Ǘ̶͉͈͔̗́̚͝o̴̺̼̰̐o̶̯̣͗̔͝͠)̷̫̜̀̋#̶̲̞̏n̵̖̫͌̅̉?̵̼̝̘̝͠6̷̢̜̅h̷̢̤́̆͐̕ͅI̷̛̞͛̎͊1̴̳̏͘ê̸̬̠̥̖̈́̄̕t̷̡̬́̌̍ȅ̷̦͉̈́̐D̸̨̪̆̅̌ͅ