This title releasing on Steam, PS4 and PS VR is out and many released reviews on the game. Before I share some of the reviews rounded up on NeoGaf, I want to share some information about the game itself; the below text was written by Wozman23 in the NeoGaf Official Thread on Thumper.
THUMPER IS RHYTHM VIOLENCE! YOU ARE A SPACE BEETLE! KILL CRAKHED!
THUMPER IS RHYTHM VIOLENCE: CLASSIC RHYTHM-ACTION, BLISTERING SPEED, AND A BRUTAL PHYSICALITY! YOU ARE A SPACE BEETLE! BRAVE THE HELLISH VOID AND CONFRONT A MANIACAL GIANT HEAD FROM THE FUTURE!
SCREAM DOWN THE ENDLESS TRACK AND CRASH THROUGH PUNISHING OBSTACLES WITH SIMPLE, AIRTIGHT CONTROLS! HURTLE FORWARD, MASTER NEW MOVES, REACH OVERWHELMING VELOCITIES, AND SURVIVE ADRENALIZING BOSS BATTLES! EVERY CRUSHING IMPACT IS INTERWOVEN WITH A POUNDING ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK! TO REACH SYNESTHETIC BLISS, YOU MUST GO THROUGH RHYTHM HELL! PLAY IN ULTRA-GLOSSY 2D OR FULLY IMMERSIVE VR!
THUMPER USES JUST ONE ANALOG STICK AND ONE BUTTON, SO IT’S SIMPLE TO PICK UP AND PLAY! BUT IT’S CHALLENGING TO MASTER – SPEND HOURS SURVIVING THE ADVANCED LEVELS AND DEFEATING THE TERRIFYING BOSSES!
Below will be some of the reviews rounded up on NeoGaf but you can see the full set of reviews at the thread made by More_Badass
There’s a certain class of game that gets stuck in my head, where I can’t stop seeing it and thinking about it even when I turn the machine off. Think Tetris, Ms. Pac-Man, Dark Souls, the best Metroids and Marios and Zeldas—the true classics, the cornerstones of the medium that have made an indelible impact on how we play and think about games. Thumper is right up there alongside them. It is an essentially perfect realization of its own unique goals and concerns, and a game we’ll be playing and celebrating for decades, even if it leaves us afraid and confused.
Thumper’s trippy sights, sounds, and intense rhythm action create a terrifying VR experience I won’t soon forget.
Thumper thrives due to the way it marries speed, simple controls, and mesmerizing atmosphere. It’s far more convincing in VR, where you’re enveloped in the game’s space and free of distractions from the outside world, but it shouldn’t be ignored by those without the appropriate hardware. Thumper, no matter how you play it, is too good to miss.
Thumper is a great rhythm action game, with strong visuals, fantastic design, and more speed than Keanu Reeves on a bus rigged to explode.
Thumper is a remarkable achievement in sound and it becomes its own mechanic in a game that relires so heavily on a solid and penetrating soundtrack. I can only imagine how good it would be in VR as it feels perfect for it. Wearing a headset, focusing on the rapid pace as well as the incandescent beats has all the hallmarks of what VR should be.
…after a certain point, it became too difficult, too fast, with too few new ideas, and my enjoyment eroded. Part of that stems from the length because this is a surprisingly (and unnecessarily) long game….
I’d still recommend Thumper, though. Readily. But I would also advise not to get too wrapped up in fully finishing it. This road is long and winding and brutal. It might just drive you mad.