Developer Simogo’s dreamy rhythm-action delight Sayonara Wild Hearts is finally making its way to Xbox One next Tuesday, 25th February.
Sayonara Wild Hearts tells the story of a young woman whisked away to a mysterious world of neon lights, masked bikers, and catchy pop, where, with the help of her alter-ego The Fool, she attempts to thwart Little Death and mend her broken heart.
What follows is a breathless musical extravaganza, melding time-honoured beat-keeping mechanics with gorgeously orchestrated, wonderfully varied arcade action, squeezing it all into a game about, as Simogo puts it, “being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph”.
Eurogamer’s Christian Donlan called Sayonara Wild Hearts a “dizzying headlong rush of ideas, pranks, nightmares, middle-eights and other glittering fragments”, when he reviewed it last year, adorning it with a Recommended badge in the process.
“[It’s] such a simple thing but also such a complex thing, such a heartfelt thing,” he wrote, “Its exuberance is precision, its chaos is sheer choreography. It can reference Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Radio, Dyad and Thumper while remaining entirely coherent, entirely itself.”
Sayonara Wild Hearts will come to Xbox One on 25th February, and is also available on PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS, and PC.