Beat Saber: Fall Out Boy Music Pack DLC | Review | Playstation VR

  • Developer: Beat Games
  • Publisher: Beat Games s.r.o.
  • Release Date: 31/3/2022
  • Price: ¬£8.99 / $10.99

Introducing: Beat Saber: Fall Out Boy Music Pack Review

I’ll admit that I haven’t been keeping up with all the developments in the world of Beat Saber since I’ve had SO MANY other games occupying my time lately, but when I found out there was some new music dropping from what was my favorite band when I was in high school, I jumped on giving it a try just as fast as I jumped on the Linkin Park songs. I am well aware that PC VR platforms have the ability to have just about any song you like (and even the entirety of the first Shrek film), but for those playing on platforms where custom songs just aren’t available, just how is this new set of songs that’s been made available?

Let the Music Play!

The Fall Out Boy music pack features 8 songs in total: Centuries, Dance, Dance, I Don’t Care, Immortals, Irresistible, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up), This Ain’t A Scene, It’s an Arms Race, and Thnks fr th Mmrs. It’s about the same as what you would get for a similarly priced music pack, though it’s definitely not the biggest pack that has been offered up so far. 

It’s a pretty nice spread across most of their discography hitting every album except their first, Take This to your Grave, which could be due to licensing issues as it was the only one release under a different label than their current one. It also lacks anything from the most recent album, Mania. However, this does mean that it still covers most of the essentials would would expect. There’s a decent amount of variety in the tracks that gives a fairly wide spread of their music from the eras it covers. As a fan, I was pretty satisfied with the song choices, even if one of my personal favorites wasn’t included (though I know it’s an odd pick so I’m not surprised). The only real glaring omission that I could see was that Sugar, We’re Goin Down is nowhere to be seen.

We’re going Down Down in an Earlier Round

Perhaps the biggest benefit of this new music pack is that it is the first one that has released since the addition of arc notes and chain notes to the game. As there doesn’t seem to be any intention to go back and add the new types of notes to older tracks, that means this is the only place you can get them aside from the included fifth volume of the OST for the game. It’s a little something extra that makes the pack stand out against the others and has had me playing the songs in it a little more constantly than the others in the game.

The unfortunate tradeoff, though, is that none of the songs have any extra modes in them. None of these songs have a single saber or 90 degree version, which means the only variation that you’re going to be getting is in the level of difficulty that you choose to play. It ends up feeling just a little bit lacking as a result when the small 4 track Panic! at the Disco track was able to get two 90 degree beatmaps, but a bigger pack like this one wasn’t given anything of the sort. It’s one of those cases where I’m not really mad because there is a lot of content here, but I do find myself feeling a little disappointed is all. However, the content that I was given as part of this pack really is excellent and I found myself having a lot of fun when playing it. It was only when I hopped over to playing one of the other packs that I realized that it could have done with some more variation in terms of giving us those stranger takes on the formula, though I suppose in this pack’s case, the new notes kind of make up for it.

Back to School

Overall, I’ve been enjoying the time that I have spent with this pack of songs over the last few weeks. I’ve gotten into the groove and the variety they offer from some of the older packs was actually enough to pull me back into regularly playing the game, which can only be a good thing since it gets me up and moving compared to a lot of other games that I’ve been playing lately. If you’re someone who is trapped to just using the officially released content when it comes to Beat Saber, then I think this is one of the packs that is well worth the investment. It’s one of the middle of the road in terms of price as well, so it’s not nearly as big of an investment compared to some of the others, and there’s always single song purchase if there’s really only one of them that you are actually interested in playing.

Pros

  • Great music choices to represent the band
  • Great music in general (if you like the band in question)
  • Well constructed, satisfying, and challenging beatmaps
  • Includes the newly added note types to give more chances to play them.

Cons

  • ¬†Lacks single saber and 90 degree variations for the songs

Verdict

This add on to the Beat Saber tracklist is a worthy one, even if they didn’t pull out every bell and whistle to dress it up with.