Ragnarock is PSVR2’s other launch title about drumming — alongside Drums Rock — though it approaches things differently. Developer WanadevStudio has crafted a rhythm game about Viking boating crews racing each other. The more notes you hit, the farther your rowing team travels as you compete against bots, or more excitingly, other players online.
The game prioritises following the melodies of songs over simulating actual drums so you can look forward to a rhythm game more in the spirit of Beat Saber, as opposed to Drums Rock. As such, it doesn’t feel much like actually playing the drums, but it is fun. All of the tracks have a lively energy to them that fits well with the Viking aesthetic: black metal, pirate metal, and Celtic metal comprise practically the entire score.
While all these genres are appropriate and enjoyable, it does make the soundtrack feel homogenous. Despite offering 38 tracks, a lot of the songs don’t feel distinct from one another unless you already know and like the bands in question.
While not necessarily a bad thing, a greater variety in sounds would definitely up the title's replayability, which is why it’s especially curious that the game has a tab for custom songs. This would be unprecedented if it were included on PSVR2, but we couldn’t find any ways to actually utilize it. More likely it’s a remnant from the PC version of the game, although not removing it here seems sloppy.
Though the soundtrack is extensive, the game itself is quite sparse. With no traditional story mode or progression, you can choose to play solo, or online... And that’s it. The variety of maps inspired by Norse mythology and the note highway look great, but the remainder of the game underwhelms visually. This extends to the menus, as the text in the game is in a lower resolution than we’d have expected of a PSVR2 title.
Ragnarock is a rough-around-the-edges rhythm game that's super fun to begin with, but the appeal may start to wane after a handful of sessions.
@gbanas92 Drums Rock, 6/10. Ragnarok, 6/10.
.....maybe oboe is more your thing?
This is still going to be great though, because the internet will now be filled with reports that Push Square gave Ragnarok a 6 lol!
Actually loving this game and it is a great workout!
The lack of Amon Amarth is a huge shame..
@NEStalgia 6 is by no means bad! I think both games are great fun, and intend to go back to them for the foreseeable future! I just found there to be a great number of problems with the games than some other VR rhythm titles like say Pistol Whip, or Beat Saber, that kinda stuff. But they're both super fun still!
@EnragedGibbon It's exhausting on higher difficulties haha, it's great!
The Ragnarock review is now up @JP80 and @ThaBEN since you were asking about it on the Drums Rock review!
Thanks for the heads-up 😁
@gbanas92 cheers will be picking up both 👍
@gbanas92 Haha, I was just prodding a bit because internet search will end up making the score confused with that other Ragnarok game that came out recently where a 6 would send people into riots
Still, the same score as drums rock tempts me on this since I love that. Just may pick it up!
My gut feeling is also telling me to get Ragnarok over Drums Rock. It seems a better game and the environments and the element that you're in a real boat race makes this stand out as a more fun experience to me.
The only downside for me is that game prioritises following the melodies of songs over simulating actual drums.
If it was actually following the drums in the song, this would be a no-brainer for me.
Also maybe a nitpick, but the metallic sound cue telling you that your special power is ready sounds lame.
@ThaBEN Yeah this is absolutely a more traditional rhythm game as opposed to a closer simulation of playing the drums like in Drums Rock! I found Ragnarock to be more fun generally, but both this and Drums Rock have redeeming qualities!
@NEStalgia Ahhh yes, THAT Ragnarok game haha
Easily the best rhythm game on PSVR2. I don't really know what you would expect from the soundtrack with a viking metal oriented game. 6 is comically low for this.
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