Music is regarded as one of the best inventions by man since prehistoric times. Whether you’re a grumpy cat or a happy bird, you always hum to your favorite music throughout the day. Research has even proven that music can help to heal our minds and induce a state of happiness. Whatever be the source of music, be it guitars or flutes or piano, we instantly get hooked to catchy tunes, and they leave an imprint in our minds.
You’d be surprised to know that music has been beautifully incorporated into video games by some of the best video game makers across the world. Be it a simple rhythm-based game or a complex song-creating game, the world of video games will never disappoint you. PS4 is replete with good quality music video games that you can enjoy and play with your friends. Some of the games have a rhythm as their central theme, while some others have different gameplay, and music plays an integral part of it. Guitar games have long been popular among music game players, and they can’t get enough of it.
But the genre of guitar games on PS4 is very narrow as this is a relatively new sphere for game developers, so your options are minimal. But the selected few guitar games available currently on PS4 will be up to the mark in meeting your requirements. The best thing about music games is that it has plenty of mini-games in the form of puzzles to test your memory power and boost your reaction time. So if you’re someone who is hooked to the android game ‘Piano Tiles,’ you’ll fall in love with the better and more mature versions of music games that PS4 has to offer.
The following are some of the best music and guitar games available on PS4.
Rock Band 4 Predecessors
This game was created and released by Harmonix on October 6, 2015.
This has both single-player and multiplayer modes and is a rhythm-based game. This is the fourth game in the rock band series and allows players to use their controls to create harmonics or rhythms on virtual instruments. You can either play with guitar or drums. The game also allows you to use your vocals to create rhythms. This fourth version has a lot of enhanced techniques regarding sound effects and graphics. You can either follow a pre-recorded song or create your own set of vocals and harmonics. The greater freedom allowed to the players is a huge plus point of this game and was widely appreciated. The hardware hasn’t changed much, but the content has undergone a significant change in sound effects and controls. New instrument controllers have been added to give you a great musical experience.
This game was created and released by Drool in October 2016. This is a single-player rhythm-based game, and you control the character of a beetle whom you have to guide across several tracks having a set of tiles. Some of the tiles are lit, and you have to control the beetle to step only on that tile. Stepping over a tile creates a sound, and as you progress, the sounds collectively form a piece of soothing music. The concept and gameplay are excellent. You won’t get bored by playing this game because it also has other missions to accomplish, fighting like with enemies, jumping over obstacles, and running over pointed objects. The graphics are stunning and create a magical experience for the player. All the songs included in this game are pleasing to the ear and sync with your movements. The game has many levels, and each level is made up of many segments, and you have to reach a minimum score to unlock the next segment.
This game was created by Harmonics and was released by Sony Computer Entertainment on January 5, 2016. This is the sequel game to Frequency, and you have to control a ship across a track of six lanes. Each lane has a set of tunes that will play when you hit them with gems. There are different instruments for different lanes, and you score points by accurately hitting a point. If you miss out, you’ll lose scores, and repeatedly mission out will end the game. The game was famous for its concept and music. The controls are also smooth and are in tune with your movements. There is a multi-player mode too, which allows many people to play together.
This game was created and released by Ubisoft on November 4, 2014.
This is a music-based game and is a sequel to the original Rocksmith game. You have to control either an electric guitar or a bass guitar. The main feature of this game is that you can plug in your actual electric guitar to play the game. This is interesting to musicians and guitarists who can creatively use their talents to score points and have a great time. For beginners, there is a learning mode in which you can learn to play the guitar. The graphics are good, and the sound is also impressive. There are three different modes to play in. You can take part in challenges to test your skills against other players. You can also choose the level of difficulty which you want. You can even jump to a higher difficulty level instead of starting with the easiest one. This game teaches you and guides you throughout all the levels, and if you’re a beginner, you’ll find this game helpful.
This game was created by Nurijoy and was released by PM Studios, Altus, and Acttil on June 6, 2017. This game is the sequel to DJ Max. You have to tap a series of notes with the touchpad of your console to create rhythms. You can choose from over 50 songs to play with, and each song has a different level of difficulty. There are three modes of difficulty, and to finish each mode, you have to collect a certain amount of scores. The songs are catchy and belong to many different categories, including rock and pop. If you’re a music lover, you cannot miss this game. There is a unique world tour mode that is accessed as you advance throughout the game. At each level of the world tour, you have to accomplish specific missions having different songs to play. The game mode is single-player, and a multiplayer mode hasn’t been added despite repeated requests from gamers.
PaRappa the Rapper
This game was created by NanaOn-Sha and was released by Sony Computer Entertainment on April 4, 2017.
This is the game from where it all began. This classic game has been the favorite music-based game of all generations. Sony released this game on Play station, and it was greatly appreciated. This is the first rhythm game which was initially released in 1997. The genre of songs used in the game is rap, and you control the rapper, PaRappa, which creates rap by tapping on the bar at the bottom of the screen. You have to create a rap song by following a set of lyrics given at the top of the screen. Your song should match with the flow of the lyrics, and wrong timing will lead to a decrease in score. You are marked based on how well you follow the lyrics and are graded as Good, average, or Cool. The meter for your scores is known as the U Rappin meter and determines whether you will progress to the next level or not. To pass a level, your score must fall under the ‘good’ category and must be in proper sync with the lyrics. Clearing all levels of a mode will unlock a special mode having a different set of characters.
Guitar Hero Live
This game was created by FreeStyle Games and released by Activision in October 2015. This is a rhythm-based game, and your instrument is a guitar. You have to control the guitar to play notes that should match the patterns given on the screen. The patterns are highlighted with different color tones to create a disco-like effect. You can also scroll down the patterns to know in advance what the following pattern would be. Your speed and agility will be tested in this game as you have to be quick in your inputs. This version of the Guitar Hero series has new game controls and better features than the earlier versions. This game has been made to seem realistic by adding a concert mode in which you can perform as a professional guitarist in front of a hall full of fans who will cheer for you when you play well. The game has several good songs which you can choose to play, and all the songs are categorized according to their difficulty level. The more complex the song, the higher its difficulty level. You can also choose a song from a live concert and use it to play the game.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X
This game was created and released by Sega on August 30, 2016. This is a single-player rhythm-based game and was initially created in Japan. You get 30 songs to play, and each song has a set of tunes that you have to follow. You have to hit the right notes at the right time, and failing to do so would make you lose the game. There are also additional songs which you can purchase by paying, but the free songs are also good and are challenging to play. This game is your chance to become the ultimate musical diva.
This game was created by United Games Artists and released by Sega on October 13, 2016. This is a shooter cum music-based game, and you have to control your virtual character through a malfunctioning system. The central theme of the game is to shoot down the enemies. Shooting down the enemies creates a musical tone. When the bullet follows a projectile path and hits the target, it creates a tune. It would be best if you moved forward by following the music pattern given in the game. So you can predict your moves by guessing the music pattern. This game was popular because of its refreshing music. The graphics are magnificent, and the controls are smooth. This is an entertaining game, and if you love a good soundtrack, you shouldn’t miss this game.
This game was created by Harmonix and released by MTV Games on November 20, 2007. This is a rhythm-based game having both single-player and multiplayer modes. You can play along with three more players and are-create popular songs. You can either play an instrument or sing through the USB mic, and you will be scored according to the tunes you play or the vocals and pitch of your singing. You need to hit and match the tiles given at the top of the screen, and successfully following the pattern will lead to an increase in your scores. If you fail to follow up, you’d be losing your score. It has over a whopping 100 million songs, which you can download and play on your PS4, making it interesting.
This game was created by Rocky Studio and released by Neowiz games on July 28, 2017. This is a music-based game and has both single-player and multi-player modes of playing. This game has 107 songs that you can play with. You have to follow the pattern of the music and create tunes following that. You can score a maximum point of 300000, beyond which scoring is impossible except in the fever mode. In fever mode, you can score as much as you want in a fast-tracked playlist, which will test your skills, and unless you’re a pro, you won’t be able to go past the first few notes. You can play with 8-10 keys to create a continuous input of tunes and create a perfect song. Your input timing also matters because an ill-timed input will lead to the end of the game. You can also listen to other players in the air mode. There’s a unique multiplayer mode in which you can compete with two players at a time to see who scores more.
This game was created by Ubisoft and was released in September 2012. This is a prequel to the Rocksmith 2014 game. You can plug in your actual guitar to play this game. You will be provided with several colored strings or patterns which you have to follow. The patterns are categorized according to their difficulty levels. A guide is also provided to help you play better and score more. This game is excellent in terms of graphics and sounds. It also has a karaoke-style mode in which you can plug in a microphone and sing a song. The better you sing, the higher your score will be. This has many game modes and levels to challenge your guitar and singing skills.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
This is a rhythm-based single-player game and was created by Atlus. NIS America released this on May 24, 2018. This is an extension of the game Persona 4. You have to dance to the tunes of songs that were initially featured in the Persona series. There are plenty of songs to choose from, and you can select the mode of difficulty you want. The controls include buttons and an analog stick which you have to use to hit the notes on time. You have to be fast-paced or else, and you’ll lose. The game also has a story mode in which you follow a gameplay pattern and have to memorize each set of tunes that you’re provided with. You can also be challenged to click on several buttons or long-press a button to tune in with the background music. You can also customize your costumes and jewelry, and some accessories are unlocked only after you reach a certain level.
This game was created by Pyramid and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment on August 1, 2017. This is a rhythm-based game and has 2D graphics, which gives it a cartoonish feel. The game allows you to control the character of a tribe leader who controls many tiny creatures. The creatures play drums, and you have to control the beats of the songs. The tribe is known as Patapon, and you have to control them as they march forward on the battlefield. You have to make them fight with enemies on the battlefield by entering commands in the form of music. Inputting a wrong series of commands will lead to a loss in points, and the tribe will be killed by the enemy. The inputs have to follow a sequential order, and you cannot swerve off track.
PaRappa: The Rapper 2
This game was created by NanaOn-sha and was released on December 14, 2015. You have to control the character who is a rapper, like in the previous edition. You need to follow a set of instructions on the screen and guide your character to play out those tunes. You have to accurately follow the instructions given on the screen and select the right tune in the control box given below. Selecting the wrong tune at the wrong time can lead to the end of the game. There’s a meter to count your scores. You would be graded according to how well you follow the instructions. It would be best to keep scoring ‘good’ in all the levels to progress to the next level. Scoring ‘bad’ will lead to restarting the level, and you have to start over again.
Sayonara: Wild Hearts
This game was created by Simogo and released on 19 September 2009. You play the role of a woman and have to guide her through a series of beautiful locations. The woman seems sad initially and gradually becomes happy as you keep collecting hearts in the game. The more hearts you collect, the happier she becomes. Each time you collect a heart, a tune plays in the background, and you need to keep creating a series of tunes to keep progressing. Throughout the level, you’ll encounter obstacles that you have to avoid either by jumping or by going around them. This is a rhythm-based game and is broken up into 23 levels. The genre of music ranges from pop to semi-pop.
Just Dance: 2020
This game was created by Ubisoft and was released on June 10, 2019. The gameplay is rhythm based dancing. You have to follow the steps of an on-screen dancer on a polygonal piece provided to you. Each click on the tiles of the polygon will create a sound. You have to copy the moves of the dancer and create a musical pattern with your steps. Missing a step will end the game. If you follow all the steps properly, you’ll get a good score.
Let’s Sing Country
This game was created by French Studio Voxler and was released on October 25, 2019. This is a music-based game and has both single-player and multiplayer modes. This game aims to sing popular songs according to the vocals and pitch appearing on the screen. You need to follow those patterns properly to score more. In multiplayer mode, you can compete with your friends to test who sings better. This game is based on the Japanese Karaoke games.
This game was created by French Studio Le Cortex and released by Nordic Games Publishing on November 13, 2009. This is similar to a karaoke game and can allow up to 4 players to play simultaneously. You have to sing and follow the pitch guide to accurately sing the song. You can plug in your microphone or use the one in-built in your console. You have to match the pitch given on the screen to score points.
Lumines: Puzzle Fusion
This game was created by Q Entertainment and released by Ubisoft on December 12, 2004. This is a shape-based rhythm game in which you have to turn tiles and blocks to fit each other. Turning a tile or block will create a tune, and a series of such tunes will create a beautiful song. The graphics are magnificent and match the theme of the game. You have to match the blocks having the same color. The feel of this game is like Tetris, but the addition of sounds makes this interesting.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun
This game was created by Bandai Namco Entertainment and was released by them on July 19, 2018. This is a Music based drumming game and the player is given a set of drums which he has to play rhythmically to create a song. The beats have to be in tune with the set of instructions given on the screen and you have to match the sequence to create a perfect tune.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade
This is an arcade version of the original Hatsune Miku game and follows the same gameplay. The player has to sing songs and play guitar to score points. You can compete in challenges that will have other goals like running across a set of tiles. You have to step on the right tile to play the perfect tune. By scoring more, you can unlock new levels.
So these were some of the best music and guitar games available on PS4. Try out each one of it to have the ultimate musical experience.