Sayonara Wild Hearts Review

September 17, 2019
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More visual musical album than traditional video game, Sayonara Wild Hearts’ is packed with vibrant imagery, high-speed motorcycle chases, impressively seamless animations, and just a pinch of magical girl anime inspirations. It reminded more of Daft Punk’s 2003 animated film Interstella 5555 or Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s trippy 2001 musical shooter Rez than a typical music video game, more concerned with highlighting its catchy music and filling your eyes with pleasant, colorful imagery than telling an overt story. In its efforts to elevate the soundtrack, Sayonara succeeds undeniably, but as a compelling video game with engaging interactive mechanics it comes up a little short – still, I was happy playing it the whole way through.

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