Sayonara Wild Hearts - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice Bell)

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a sort of rhythm action arcade game, and as I played I kept getting flavours of different things. In terms of video games I felt Thumper, then (less obviously) Fe, plus SuperHot and Persona 5. Oh, and that mine cart level in the first Harry Potter game.

But Sayonara wild hearts is also the drag race scene in Grease, the “Get in loser, we’re going shopping!” of Mean Girls, almost all of Edgar Wright’s version of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, playing DDR in the arcade at the bowling alley when you’re 13, the chaotic energy of DeeDee from Dexter’s Lab, and the first time you go to a club and it has those cool lasers>. I barely managed to keep a lid on it all.

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Sayonara Wild Hearts - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been planning on playing Sayonara Wild Hearts since it launched on Nintendo Switch and Apple Arcade earlier this year. Now you can feel slightly worse about continuing to not find time for it, as developers Simogo and publishers Annapurna Interactive have just released the game on PC via Steam. This comes just over a week after it was named Apple Arcade Game Of The Year, and it’s also a part of The Game Awards’ Steam sale. Come watch a trailer to see what the fuss is about.

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Sayonara Wild Hearts

Developer Simogo's sublime music game Sayonara Wild Hearts has - after a couple of months on Switch, PlayStation 4, and iOS - finally launched on PC.

Sayonara Wild Hearts, which Simogo describes as a "euphoric music video dream", tells the story of a young woman spirited away to a mysterious world of neon lights and catchy pop, where she meets her alter-ego The Fool.

What follows is a gorgeous treat of an experience, and a game about - as Sayonara Wild Hearts' Steam page puts it - "being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph".

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Sayonara Wild Hearts

The stylish rhythm game Sayonara Wild Hearts was announced at the 2018 Game Awards, but alas, only for the Nintendo Switch. It also appeared on the PlayStation 4 and iOS devices when it launched in September of this year, and earned positive reviews all around, but of a PC release, there was no sign. That unfortunate oversight was corrected earlier today, when Sayonara Wild Hearts very suddenly and without warning appeared on Steam.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a "pop album videogame," which the Steam listing clarifies as being about "riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph."

"As the heart of a young woman breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams and leads her through a highway in the sky, where she finds her other self: the masked biker called The Fool," it says. 

"Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and set out to find the harmony of the universe, hidden away in the hearts of Little Death and her star-crossed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64."

That's maybe not the most practical game description of all time (I was just kidding with the "clarifies" thing) but it does hint at the very fantastical, dreamlike nature of the game. On the other hand, there's really not much to know: It's a beautiful, high-speed neon rhythm game with a surprisingly good electropop soundtrack that was named Game of the Year on the Apple Arcade.

My very early take is that it looks set to live up to that billing. I've only got about 20 minutes into it (just a bit of a crash course to see what it's all about) but so far I'm really impressed. The mechanics are fairly straightforward—collect hearts, press the button when you're supposed to, don't smash into things—but the presentation is absolutely top-notch: GamesRadar called it "a masterpiece of sight and sound," and at this point I'm not at all inclined to argue.

It's on sale, too: For the first week of release (so, until December 19) Sayonara Wild Hearts is $10/£8/€9, 20 percent off the regular, or a little more for the soundtrack edition. (Which, for the record, is what I'd recommend going with—the music is really good.)

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