We Love Hi-Fi RUSH and We Think You Will Too!

Get ready to feel the beat, as the people who brought us The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo (no, really) present the action-rhythm game Hi-Fi RUSH. It’s taking the gaming world by storm, so much so that we had to play it ourselves just so we could gush about it to you! 

We Love Hi-Fi RUSH and We Think You Will Too!

Rock Out to Animated Action 

Before we dive into how we feel about the game, you might want some background info. After all, Hi-Fi RUSH was both announced and released in the same week! You play as wannabe rockstar Chai, who is labelled defective after a shady corporate experiment fuses a music player to his heart. Big whoops. 

We Love Hi-Fi RUSH and We Think You Will Too!

With his ragtag team of rebels, Chai must fight for his freedom against this evil tech megacorp. In this slick animated world, everything – from platforming puzzles to enemy attacks and even the banter – is synced to the beat! 

Battle to the Beat 

Are you ready to battle armies of corporate drones? Actual robots that is, not soulless yes-men. With Hi-Fi RUSH’s satisfying, rhythm-amplified combat you’ll have to time your moves to pull off flashy Beat Hits, hard-hitting special abilities, and even cool combo moves with your allies. Show off with stylish strikes and animated attacks that earn you coveted S-rank scores! 

Hi-Fi RUSH game still from Steam

Stick it to the Man 

What’s an animated world without a colourful crew of misfits to call your own? You and your teammates will have to square down this heartless corporation one department at a time. From Production to Marketing and Finance, take down each boss in completely over-the-top battle sequences accompanied by unique musical tracks. 

Hi-Fi RUSH game still from Steam

Music for the Masses

Ready for some new earworms to hum? As well as a killer mixtape of original music, Hi-Fi RUSH also has songs by Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, The Joy Formidable, and even more! Don’t worry streamers – you can still show off this game and avoid a copyright ban thanks to a streaming-friendly alternate audio mode! 

We Played Hi-Fi RUSH For Ourselves! 

Yes, we gave in to the hype and played Hi-Fi RUSH. And it was absolutely worth it. 

From the moment the game loads up, it shows off a swaggering sense of style. Comparisons have been drawn to Edgar Wright’s direction, and rightfully so. Watching cutscenes often feels like putting on Scott Pilgrim vs the World or Baby Driver. It’s the same in the sharp, witty writing as well as the delightfully over-the-top and colourful characters. There’s so much charm to Hi-Fi RUSH that you cannot help but be pulled in. Its staying power is in the amount of polish the game has been given. 

Hi-Fi RUSH game still from Steam

The beauty of rhythm gaming is that anyone could have a go. Why Guitar Hero and Rock Band fell off after a few years is because very few people were actually good at it, which created a ceiling for some people’s enjoyment of the genre. Hi-Fi RUSH smartly doesn’t chain your ability to play a musical instrument to your ability to play the game. Timing nets you higher scores and is needed for certain quick-time events. Plus, with plenty of optional assists to help you time clicks to the beat, even the totally tone-deaf can land a few perfect shots. 

With visuals that stand out in a crowded market, gameplay that feels different without being complex, and a wonderful sense of identity and humour that had us laughing every minute, Hi-Fi RUSH has all the makings of a modern cult classic. Or it would, if it wasn’t already dominating mainstream conversation. Rightfully so, we should add. 

How Can I Start Playing Hi-Fi RUSH? 

As mentioned, Hi-Fi RUSH is out right now for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. What’s better, you can get your hands on this title for free if you have access to Xbox PC Game Pass. It’s also available on Steam and the Epic Games Store

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Hi-Fi RUSH Official System Specifications 

Are you feeling the beat already? Then best make sure your system can keep time! We’ve got our hands on the official system requirements for Hi-Fi RUSH so you can check your gaming PC is the fine-tuned instrument you need it to be. 

ComponentMinimum SpecsRecommended Specs
Operating SystemWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500
Ryzen 3 1200
Intel Core i7-6700
Ryzen 5 1500X
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon RX 560
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
AMD Radeon RX 6600
Intel Arc A750*
DirectXVersion 12Version 12
Storage20GB available space20GB available space

*Please check Intel’s website for Arc compatible CPU and motherboard requirements.

The Best Gaming PCs to Play Hi-Fi RUSH 

Need to pick up a new instrument for this unique symphony? We’ve got you covered! Here at Overclockers UK, we have plenty of amazing gaming PCs and laptops that are perfect for playing Hi-Fi RUSH and loads of your other favourite games. We’ve picked out a few of our faves here, but you can explore our full range should these not move to your beat. 

Refract Gaming Celeste (FS-1DH-EP)

It’s hard not to recommend this gaming PC when it’s the very one we played Hi-Fi RUSH on! At the time of play, the Refract Celeste was equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G APU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU. This is the spec we played on. It has since been updated as follows.

Part of the Refract Gaming PC range of pre-built systems, the Celeste is kitted out with an AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU and 32GB of DDR5 RAM. It’s also got an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Graphics Card to make the animated visuals come alive as you rock out. Plus, with a three-year parts and labour warranty included as standard, the Celeste will be a reliable part of your squad. 

Refract Gaming Celeste 2023
MSI GF63 NVIDIA RTX 4050, 16GB, 15.6" 144hz, Intel i5 12450H Gaming Laptop

MSI GF63 Gaming Laptop (9S7-16R821-424)

The MSI GF63 Gaming Laptop has everything you need to take your gaming on the go. It features an Intel Core i5-12450H CPU that lets you take advantage of multicore technology. Built with innovative hybrid core architecture and Intel Thread Director, it’s like your games are being powered by a speed boost item! With its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Graphics Card, you can unlock superior graphical prowess and enjoy this game in stunning detail. Plus, with Cooler Boost technology, this gaming laptop remains cool and quiet so you can focus on the beat! 

Refract Gaming Indigo (FS-1DN-EP) 

Our last recommendation is a powerhouse gaming PC, perfect for those who want to take advantage of Hi-Fi RUSH’s streamer-friendly audio mode. The Refract Gaming Indigo has been designed by our team of experts using cherry-picked premium hardware, so it can shoulder anything you throw at it. With a mighty AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D CPU as well as lightning-fast 32GB DDR5 RAM, you can stream in glorious 4K resolution thanks to the powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super graphics card.   

Refract Gaming Indigo 2023
ASUS ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset (90YH03JC-B1UA00)

ASUS ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset (90YH03JC-B1UA00) 

Whether you’re playing on PC or Xbox, the ASUS ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset is the perfect way to experience the banging tunes of Hi-Fi RUSH. You can be sure of an immersive audio experience thanks to the exclusive ASUS Essence drivers and the airtight chamber. This all comes wrapped in comfortable and ergonomic D-shaped cushions made of a breathable fabric mesh. 

What Do You Think of Hi-Fi RUSH?

Have you been playing this absolute gem? Let us know your thoughts on Hi-Fi RUSH in the comments below. 

PC specs are subject to change.

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