Beat Hazard? What's that?
Glad you asked. Beat Hazard is twin-stick shooter by Steve Hunt and Cold Beam Games that is powered by your music. "How does it work?" you might ask. You can turn your entire collection of music into a gaming experience like no other. Your music affects your weapons' firepower, the raving visual feedback, the onslaught of enemies you encounter, everything about this game is affected by the music you play. Here's Beat Hazard Ultra's Behind-the-Scenes to give you more insight about this game...
Beat Hazard Ultra - How It Works said:
Let that one slipped, didn't I? I'll explain... Ahem! Beat Hazard Ultra is a downloadable content (DLC) for Beat Hazard that expands the game even further, adding features like new weapons, new enemies and bosses, unlockable and upgradable perks, competitive and cooperative online modes, and more! A must-have for Beat Hazard players.
Where can I buy this?
You can purchase the game via Valve's Steam service normally at $9.99 USD for PC and Mac (you also get the Mac version with the game for free if you purchased the Windows version and vice-versa). For PC and Mac owners, the Beat Hazard Ultra DLC can also be purchased normally at $4.99 USD. The "iTunes and *m4a file support" DLC is required for Windows users to play said support to your game, which normally costs $1.00 USD; For Mac users, you do not need the "iTunes and *m4a file support" DLC. The PlayStation 3 version of Beat Hazard Ultra can be purchased through PlayStation Network normally at $9.99 USD.
Is there a way where I can download this of the Internet for free?
Hahahahaha... I'd like to see people try to pirate this game without getting a virus or malware on their computer (and with half the game's enjoyment). </sarcasm>
How can we share the same songs on our computers for online play?
In order to use the songs stored on our hard drives during online play, both players must have the exact same songs on their hard drives (e.g. if Player 1 wants to play with Player 2 to Last Dance by REDALiCE but Player 2 does not have the song, then needs Player 2 to get the same song). At the moment, the best way to share our music so that more than one player has the same song on their hard drive is through Dropbox. The program and service is simple and easy to use. I recommend people who want to share each others' music to install this program (available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and mobile phones) and make a free account. You only only get 2GB of file space to share stuff, but if you complete at least task from the site (i.e. refer a friend to the service, download and install the program, etc.), you get an extra 250MB on your account which can go as high as 8GB. DearEngineer and I have made an account we can share to share our music.
NOTE: The reason why I said "the exact same song" is because altering the music with programs such as iTunes or Audacity can prevent Beat Hazard from recognizing the music file, therefore it considers it an entirely new piece of music (i.e. Beat Hazard played the song OPA-OPA! / FANTASY ZONE from dBu music's 2面に進めませんっ！！ album with the title as it is, but the title of the song was later changed to FANTASY ZONE - OPA-OPA!, Beat Hazard might not recognize the music title).
WARNING: For Dropbox users, if you plan on deleting music files from your Dropbox folder -- UNLINK YOUR ACCOUNT FROM YOUR COMPUTER! Deleting files while your computer is linked to a shared account will result in deleting the files from those you're sharing your account and files with. If you need to delete the files, unlink first, then delete them from the Dropbox folder.
Is it Windows PC only? Will there be other console releases of this game?
Actually, Beat Hazard (Classic) originally started out as an Xbox Live Indie Games title before it made it's way into PC and Steam, which is still available for 400 MS Points / $5 USD via the Xbox Live Game Marketplace under the Indie Games section or download it from your PC here. As for Beat Hazard Ultra, it's currently available for Windows PC (either from Steam or Steamplay from purchasing the Mac version), Apple Macintosh (also on Steam or through Steamplay from the PC version), and Sony PlayStation 3 (via PlayStation Network). Xbox 360 owners may never get to play Beat Hazard Ultra since it was rejected by
[Microsoft Windows Operating Systems]
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
CPU: 2.0GHz processor
Memory: 512MB of RAM or more
HDD: 40MB of free HDD space or more
Graphics: 256MB of video memory
Audio: DirectX-compatible sound card
DirectX: DirectX9 or higher
[Apple Macintosh Operating Systems]
OS: Macintosh OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or higher.
CPU: Intel processor
Memory: 512MB of RAM
HDD: 250MB of free HDD space or more
[Sony PlayStation 3]
Memory: 216MB (Trail version)
Save Data: 4.5MB minimum
HD Screen Resolution: 720p
Input: Dualshock 3
-Other Tidbits of Info-
- An interview with Steve Hunt and his past careers by Electron Dance
- Games Steve Hunt worked on prior to Beat Hazard
- What Beat Hazard was originally named