Admit it, somewhere in your house you have several clunky, unrecyclable Rock Band instruments taking up space and collecting dust. Whether it’s a turntable from DJ Hero or the bongos from Donkey Konga, the relics of yesteryear’s rhythm games are inescapable, turning up everywhere from your parent’s basement to the video game aisle at your local thrift store. Palliating this problem, today IMEX Media released an updated version of Riff VR, a virtual reality rhythm game that ditches the plastic peripherals altogether.
Rather than using any peripherals or special hardware, Riff VR uses virtual reality to recreate the sensation of playing live music. Using the controllers from either the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, Riff VR allows players to recreate the feeling of smashing on drums, wailing on a guitar, and singing to your heart’s content in a new, uninhibited way.
Utilizing this unique gameplay style, Riff VR transforms the traditional music game experience into a type of role-playing game. Throughout the game, players will inhabit one member of a band that’s trying to make their way to the top. However, leaving the garage and getting into more established venues will take some good chops.
Of course, any music-driven rhythm game is only as good as the catalog it provides. In this regard, Riff VR does not disappoint. Boasting a tracklist with bands like Poison, KISS, and Fall Out Boy, the game includes a ton of rock staples that anyone would have fun jamming out to.
You can check out a new trailer for the updated version of Riff VR below. You can purchase the game on Steam, however, remember that it’s only compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.