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Aaero is on of those indie titles that come in really handy. Long sessions of grinding for items, weapons and other loot take up time a lot of us don’t have. Titles like Destiny, the Witcher and Final Fantasy are a lot of fun, but we don’t always have a lot of time to unwind playing these games. Only have 5 minutes to spare? No problem; just pick Aaero up, play and lower those stress levels!

Take five and play Aaero

You can find five minutes in your day (yes you can, no excuses), and give your brain a mini vacation with Aaero. Each stage is only about that long, and that brief time soaring through fantastic futuristic environments will give you a break from your daily routine like no other. Pilot your tiny spacecraft through narrow neon tunnels, riding the glowing rails that boost the games rhythmic soundtrack. Target enemy ships and unleash hot laser death in sync with the throbbing beat. The flashing lights and the deep throbbing bass make this a recipe for epilepsy. But I’m willing to go for broke and let my mind take this gorgeous audiovisual trip.

Get in the cockpit

At its core, Aaero is a music-fueled aerial combat game. If you’ve enjoyed Rez or Thumper, this game is definitely for you. If you’ve never heard of those games (you should be ashamed) it’s still your thing. Because Aaero fuses music into gameplay seamlessly to create a beat powered thrill ride like no other. Each stage is designed for a specific music track. If you guide your craft onto a glowing ribbon, the music swells with an additional beat, bass track, or vocal track depending on the stage. The closer you stay on track, the more sparks fly, point bonuses stack up, and the song “sounds better”.

This kinetic connection creates an audio-visual experience that you must feel for yourself! As you fly through the stage, you will encounter enemy ships that you can target with the right analog stick, and with the click of a trigger button release multiple shots from your beam weapon array. Time your shot to the music, and your foes evaporate into fiery oblivion instantly. Miss the beat and your beams drift lazily toward their targets, giving enemies an opening to blast one of your three lives away.

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Turn it up

If you can’t turn up your sound system to hear this game’s thumping beats, at least put on some good headphones to fully enjoy this game. The superb dubstep heavy soundtrack features Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Katy B, The Prototypes, Neosignal and many more. It’s fascinating to see this UK indie studio getting such a wonderful soundtrack while some triple-A devs manage to make your ears bleed (not in a good way). When you get into the zone grinding on a bass track while blasting enemies in sync to the beat, you’ll find yourself grinning ear to ear while tapping your feet. No one can beat you now!

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Find your zone

Besides offering a mind-bending meld of mesmerizing visuals and sick beats, Aaero adapts well to whatever gaming mood you find yourself in. Play just one track if you only have time for a quick break. If you have more time and want to get deeper, practice one stage until you can get more stars and unlock a challenging boss level. You can also let your competitive side out by chasing your friends around the globe on the PSN/Steam/Live leaderboards. Runs are short, but require concentration and perseverance to get a flawless run.

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Verdict

Last PlayStation Xperience, I was pleasantly surprised that a new rhythmic shooter was on the way; and such a beautiful one. The game has fully lived up to my anticipation. Aaero mixes the music and gameplay in a relaxing yet energetic way, you don’t want to put your controller down. The audio and visuals are spot on and the gameplay can suit everybody, creating new dubstep addicts. I can unwind for a couple of minutes every day, but I have to stay alert to top my friends’ leaderboards! Definitely get Aaero as soon as possible on any system!

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for well over a decade and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers