You can still play Hi-Fi Rush if you suck at rhythm games

The Hi-Fi Rush crew is seen jumping down into a crowd with weapons drawn and ready to fight.

picture: Tango Gameworks

Do you have two left feet? Are you a family member that no one wants to see on the dance floor during the wedding? Did you or a loved one sustain a serious injury because you were trying to find the beat? If any of the above describe you, then you may be experiencing a rhythm challenge and not having the best time playing rhythm games. For this reason, you might look into the latest Tango Gameworks game Rhythm/action game Dropped Shadow (and above) Hi-Fi Rush I wonder if that was you? Fortunately, the game is still suitable for those who find it difficult to clap twos and fours. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the game for those who don’t have a rhythm.

Even if you can’t clap twos and fours, there are visuals to help you time your attacks.
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Visual cues are key

Hi-Fi Rush It has options that allow you to add a tempo visualizer to the screen at all times. This can take two forms: a bar showing the beat on a track, with each button momentarily pressed to a central point as the notes pass over it. Or if you want something that moves along with main character Chai as you swing your guitar-shaped ax around the 808, a robotic cat companion that follows you around each level can also be designed to visualize the beat of the music as you fight.

Both visual tempo options can be played through Hi Fay Rush access list. Pause the game and go to the rightmost tab, scroll down until you see the Gameplay section and you will see Rhythm Visuals (808). Here, you’ll be able to choose between one of three beats for an 808 to go out to the beat of the music. Choose which one you think will be easier to analyze during battles, and 808 will do the counting for you.

An image of Hi-Fi Rush's accessibility menu with 808 images of an electrical pulse output is displayed on the right.

Hi-Fi RushThe accessibility options have a fair amount of work for those who have trouble with rhythm games.
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Even beyond the features you can turn on and off, Hi-Fi Rush has a fair amount of visual cues that will help you if you’re struggling with finding fighting to the music. Chai naturally walks to the beat, enemies and environments bop along to it as you play, and finishing moves even have a visual indicator that shows you exactly when to hit the attack button. Just be on the lookout for the signals the game gives you.

Give yourself fewer buttons to worry about

In some sections, Hi-Fi Rush will ask you to do rhythmic button presses/quick-time events to progress. While these don’t carry the same pressure of an action sequence with enemies trying to kill you, they can be difficult if you’re already having trouble hitting buttons on the beat, the game does give you an option to simplify these by making all the prompts one button only, rather than having to think about the rhythm and also move your fingers across your controller. This is also found in the Accessibility menu right above the Rhythm Visualization option on Single Key Rhythm Game. This won’t do away with the prompts themselves, but it will at least make them a little easier for you when they come up.

For a lot of action games, stringing together complicated combos and getting high scores is part of the appeal. However, if you’re struggling with Hi-Fi Rush’s rhythmic tendencies, it’s worth getting that part down before you start stringing together a bunch of elaborate attacks. Luckily, the game has an auto-action mode which will let Chai do all the combos while you focus on the beat. This lets you press one button and execute these attacks automatically, so long as you’re staying on the beat, that is. It’s a good training resource to let you get the hang of attacking rhythmically while also not sticking you in a training mode. Notably, this is only available in Easy and Normal difficulties, but if you’re still trying to get the beat down, you don’t need to be up on those higher difficulties. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Chai is seen swinging his guitar around in a circle while jumping in the air.

While you can be play to the beat, Hi-Fi Rush still accomodates just hitting buttons.
Image: Tango Gameworks

If all else fails, button mash

Hi-Fi Rush is built around rhythm, but it doesn’t have to be played that way. The animations are all tuned to play out along with the beat, but you don’t have to always be pushing buttons in time to progress. Fighting to the music will benefit you in as much as it will help you earn a high score, but in terms of the actual utility, it’s not necessary to time all your button presses along with the music. It will help you in terms of instinctively knowing when to dodge an incoming attack, but the game is more than accommodating enough for those who just want a solid, stylish action game. You’ll end up with lower scores after each fight and level, but Hi-Fi Rush’s style and substance is also worth the price of admission (or Game Pass) whether you’re playing to the rhythm or not. So if you’ve tried all these tips to better dance around the battlefield and it’s not working, make like Merrill from Signs and swing away.

Much of the conversation around Hi-Fi Rush has centered around its marriage of rhythm and action, but don’t let it get lost in the noise that this is an action game that can be played rhythmically, not a rhythm game in the guise of an action game. You’ll Get more from him if you appreciate his musical qualitiesbut it’s also a fully functional action game, requiring no musical ability.

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