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Hi-Fi Rush

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Hi-Fi Rush is a video game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was notable for its surprise release on Steam in January 2023 with no marketing beforehand, after which it quickly became a hot topic thanks to word of mouth and largely favorable reviews. References to the game also appeared in memes and fan art around the same timeframe.


Hi-Fi Rush was directed by John Johanas and released on January 25th, 2023, the same day it was announced at the Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct.[1]

The game follows Chai, a human with a surgically grafted music player and robot arm. Throughout the game, Chai battles opponents by pressing attacks in time to the soundtrack.


The game was predominantly well-received among critics. As of January 30th, 2023, the game has an 88/100 rating on Metacritic.[2] Some critics notably said it could be a contender for "Game of the Year," and the blend of rhythm and action game mechanics drew favorable comparisons to Jet Set Radio and Bayonetta.

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The game was largely received positively online, as players posted clips and memes celebrating the game's quality post-release in late January 2023. Kotaku writer Luke Plunkett[3] tweeted it may be a "perfect video game," gaining over 70 retweets and 1,900 likes in three days (shown below, left). Twitter user @alex_moukala[4] recommended it because it shows what can happen "when game devs and studios truly dare to be original and creative," gaining over 500 retweets and 5,300 likes (shown below, right).

Luke Plunkett @LukePlunkett is this...a perfect video game? ELL 5:21 PM Jan 26, 2023 133.3K Views E TO Y IMPROVERS ... : & IMPROVEL Alex Moukala @alex_moukala HI-FI RUSH is a fascinating example of what can happen when game devs and studios truly dare to be original and creative. I'm literally taking notes while I play this game, can't recommend it enough TG-01 100110 ==SHY SE VANDELAY TECHNOLOGIE Better Life' Oo 10:22 AM Jan 28, 2023 209.5K Views HNOLD 3383 ... VANDELAY

In memes, the game was favorably compared to Forspoken, a recently released game that proved divisive thanks to its dialogue (examples shown below).

HI-FI RUSH TORSPOKEN so let me gis straight broski i'n zoo wee mama luigi this fantasy wor sure is wacky on a stacky fam look a ingo boingo magic power reakin' 32 gigs of ram ain't that just insaned my dudes i know righ ffxv died for this TORSPOKEN WI-F KUKI KIDS HAD THEIR FUN ALREADY NOW ITS REAL MEN'S TURN

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