Probably the most unknown and least visually enticing of October 2021's Xbox Games with Gold selection is an indie rhythm game known as Aaero, but having picked this game up back at launch, we can attest to its excellent quality and fantastic soundtrack, and we highly encourage you to give it a download if you're intrigued by it.
The premise is that you play as a ship navigating through the world on rails while a pumping soundtrack plays in the background. The music works in tandem with the gameplay, in which you need to accurately ride certain musical ribbons to match the tune, as well as fight off enemies by tagging and shooting them in time with the beat.
That selection of tunes is a very impressive one as well, featuring licensed music from the likes of Flux Pavilion, Katy B, Noisia and more. The levels are built around the music, and they range from fairly open areas in which you've got a lot of room to manoeuvre, to tightly-concealed tunnels in which you're constantly avoiding obstacles.
Aaero's first level, for example, is based on the Flux Pavilion tune Bass Cannon, and it's a blast. Not only is it a killer tune on its own, but having to navigate the musical ribbon to the screeching synth line feels like the perfect fit for the game. You even find yourself getting involved in boss battles from time-to-time, which work the same way as the standard levels but see you trying to destroy a singular enemy whilst also navigating the demands of the course.
If you're looking for a downside, it's probably that the tagging and shooting element of the game can't quite match the entertainment of riding the musical ribbons. You have to use the right stick to tag enemies while using the left stick to move, and while this doesn't take too long to get used to, you sometimes find yourself missing an enemy by mistake and leaving yourself open to danger — and that's a big deal because the game is pretty unforgiving, even on the easiest difficulty level.
That said, we're clearly fans of the game here at Pure Xbox, and if you've enjoyed similar games in the past like Rez HD, or if you're simply intrigued by what you've seen so far, we think you'll have a good time with it. At the very least, it's worth a download with Xbox Games with Gold, so don't forget to grab it before it goes back to full price on October 16.
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