Hi-Fi Rush Is Being Review Bombed, but It’s Not What You Think

Following the recent closure of Tango Gameworks, Hi-Fi Rush is being review bombed, but this story is more positive than you might be expecting.

Published: May 10, 2024 10:10 AM /


Chai throwing up the rock horns in Hi-Fi Rush

Hi-Fi Rush review bomb is underway, but for once, it's not the negative kind of review bomb. Instead, players are flocking to the game's Steam page to show their love.

Earlier this week, Microsoft made the unexpected decision to close down four of its studios, including Hi-Fi Rush developer Tango Gameworks (as well as Redfall studio Arkane Austin, mobile dev Alpha Dog, and co-development outfit Roundhouse).

That decision was met with consternation by fans, and it also seemingly blindsided many of those studios' staffers; indeed, a Redfall update allowing offline play was apparently in the works prior to Arkane Austin's closure.

Chai leaping over a cityscape in Hi-Fi Rush
Hi-Fi Rush's vibrant PS2-style action is getting some love on Steam.

In response to Microsoft's decision (as well as the occasionally baffling attempts the company has since made to justify said decision), players have been showing up on Hi-Fi Rush's Steam page to give the game some love.

Since the studio closure announcement was made, Hi-Fi Rush has seen a massive uptick in positive reviews on its Steam page, with several hundred players praising the game and criticizing Microsoft in equal measure.

While it's certainly true that the review bomb is a relatively modest one, especially when compared to the recent Helldivers 2 review bomb, it's still nice to see people turning out to give Hi-Fi Rush its props.

Unfortunately, the review bomb is unlikely to cause Microsoft to reverse its decision, as some reviewers are calling for, but it might show the corporation that closing studios in this manner in future won't be received well by the public.

Chai fighting an enemy in Hi-Fi Rush
Hi-Fi Rush really is that good.

If you haven't played Hi-Fi Rush yet, it's not too late to pick it up on PC, Xbox Series X|S, or PlayStation 5, although doing so will be somewhat bittersweet when you realize that this studio won't be making any more games.

Feel like you need further persuasion? Check out our review of the game to see why it's well worth playing, even if you're not usually a fan of rhythm-action games.

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Game Page Hi-Fi Rush
Tango Gameworks
Release Date
January 25, 2022 (Calendar)
Rhythm, Action
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