I acquired a Quest 2 back in September, and took to Beat Saber like a fish to water. Since early Sept, I've played ~130 hours mostly through Steam.
The timing for starting to play was great: I was in the final stretches of in-office physical therapy for my shoulders, and BS is a solid way to improve my shoulders' stamina and assess tightness. I could only play 15-20 minutes on easier difficulties when I started. Now I can play 60-90 min of Expert+ on an average (pain level) day.
Anyway, I don't know if I'm *good* at Beat Saber, but I do know that I like playing new-to-me custom songs, I like beating songs that are juuuuuust at the edge of my skill range, and I'm inclined to keep working at a song until I beat it.
Given all of that, I thought it might be interesting to share a map or two I was charmed or frustrated (or both) by in my session on any given day. Might even record a little video or two, although I'm still tweaking my OBS settings for this.
I experimented with recording my map du jour; the audio balance is off, but I think it's watchable. It's a song by Bad Computer called "U2", and it's the coolest use of bombs I've seen since the official Halloween song "Spooky Beats".
I'm stuck at 90% speed on this one, despite a couple hours of trying. I've beaten it at 95% speed twice, and I made it to the final 15s once at full speed. I adore the song and map, so I'll keep at it. https://irrsinn.video/w/1KoUoe4DnLpy8RT1cdTAWT
Alrighty, so I beat that "2U" song today (incorrectly named on the BeastSaber page 🤔) after another 25 min of working at it. Felt good, and I worry that I may never beat it again. That said, today's a meh shoulder day.
I puttered around with a few other songs, but let me toss out this as one of the maps I enjoy playing every session, sometimes multiple times: "Don't Stop" by Kuuro: https://bsaber.com/songs/d608/. It's full of big, fun swings with nice tempo shifts and good flow.
Saturday's session brought another of my favorite levels: a fitbeat level. My last few sessions focused on practicing levels that don't really get the heart pumping, so I threw one in: Stefflon Don's "Sixteen Shots", mapped by Irahi, who generally makes tech maps that are difficult and require Too Many Squats. 😍 Love it, even though I still fail this one a lot: https://irrsinn.video/w/1J8Ek562g1cjs6XeuNYEJH
Oh, and another swoopy map I'm loving right now is Grime's "4AEm": https://irrsinn.video/w/9TM1LQVy6ew7S8XJqy78Tt
So today I decided I wanted to start working on (i.e., practicing in order to beat) the Expert+ version of "Midnight" by Caravan Palace (https://bsaber.com/songs/1ee3b/). No recording from me of today's effort, but I spent about 35 min working up to a very shaky 80% speed on this 20-second segment and its counterpart in the back half of the song: https://youtu.be/MztpQd0lDE0?t=76
My brain just does not want to separate left- from right-hand action that much, esp with the angles thrown in. 🤯 #beatsaber
My last two sessions have been pretty focused on beating "Midnight"--I've got it at 95%, so I'll get it at full speed tomorrow.
Since that's boring (unless you want a failure clip 🤭), here's the fastest song I've ever beaten: "Formula" by RL Grime & Juelz (https://bsaber.com/songs/9ac9/). Y'all, the first time I beat it, I literally made a playlist called "holy shit" just for it and two other songs. 😅
Here's a rando playing "Formula" better than I ever will: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI_FN-DV7Wk
Thursday's lunch session did not include succeeding at "Midnight", but *did* include warming up with what was my first "real" tech map: "Sound Chimera" by Laur: https://bsaber.com/songs/f988/.
I can still only beat this song on its lowest two difficulties, and the song feels very chaotic and stitched together, so it's not always what what my brain is in the mood for. Here's a rando playing it on the hardest difficulty, which I've never even attempted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuxMmhPLsok
At whatever difficulty I am striving for on "Sound Chimera", it is always the segment starting right about 1:00 in that is the showstopper until I get faster or go learn some new technique or skill.
On Easy, I could learn it simply through repetition, but I was super new to E+ patterns at that time, so my mind was a sponge. For Normal--which is now easy enough to be a warm-up--I had to go just get faster and better muscle memory on basic E+ stuff to be able to relax in that segment.
On Hard, I just clack my controllers together and cry. 🙅🏾♀️ I can slow it way down to 60% and beat it because I can read it, but I just can't hold the pattern in my head with the right kind of looseness to be able to really play it. So I put it aside until I get more expertise with fast fluttery patterns.
I'm about there with "Midnight" E+, too. It's a big leap in my skill with separation of left and right hand, and I might need to close that gap more gradually than just this one song. 😥
Friday and Saturday's sessions bubbled up a fun song with some real "elbows up" energy. A fun category of map, but hard ones can be brutal on my shoulders.
I found "Naked" by Jonas Blue & MAX (https://bsaber.com/songs/c4d3/) just lying around (naked) in my custom songs. It's tricky and intricate enough to be engaging, but not so hard I had to practice it, and the mapper made some clever decisions on what to highlight from the song and how.
A solid play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM4JEw6Tbd4
I played "Sunset Jesus" by Avicii (https://bsaber.com/songs/7dd2/) today in my warmup, and even tho I often only play the first 2 min, it's a real good map. I'm weirdly tickled at a clever little bounce they do with a diagonal block on the left hand in the gif and at the 1:14 mark in this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAi_NQLJPGw&t=70s
That little check isn't mimicked on the right hand, even when it later could be. Coming up with a lot of asymmetical variation in a map on a repetitive song has got to be tough.
Today's session was very "meh" and sluggish in terms of my mood and performance, resulting in some silly "oh noooo what is this pattern?!" failures, like this first attempt at Itro's "Light and Blue" (https://bsaber.com/songs/5cc6/). I *thought* I recorded my mic today, but OBS did not comply. If you've seen me stream other games, you can imagine my squawks at that pattern, I'm sure.
Second map of the day is "Walls Down" by MEMBA (https://bsaber.com/songs/5332/), which does a super good job at fitting the bouncy vocal style and heavy bass hits. No really intricate patterns, but it has lots of diagonals and every swing feels very intentional.
(You can also see here how easily I'm defeated by said diagonals and some walls. 😅)
I have an essay percolating in the back of my head about the fun of failure in BS, but I need to do more background reading to finish shaping it...
Somehow, in 5 months of playing Beat Saber, I'd never run into a poodle map. WTF is this wild business?!
I played "Enemy" by Imagine Dragons (https://bsaber.com/songs/1f459/). If you play it, just put on "no fail" first. Don't even bother trying for real unless you already know the gimmick.
So fucking cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJacbH8iuEo
I'm definitely going to give it a whirl without "no fail" tomorrow.
Today's map of the day is the *other* Bad Computer "2U" map: https://bsaber.com/songs/19049/. It's very good, and notably easier than the bombfest of the previous one I tried (no shade!), but has super good patterns. I love an intricate pattern, even if (especially if?) I have to practice it.
The fun pattern starts around the 48 seconds into https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=850GK_ks49U and there's an easier matching segment at the end.
My Beat Saber schedule has been thrown off due to an unusual and tiring schedule the past week, but I had a nice little lunch session today! The highlight today was a fav from day one of its release: "Playground" by Bea Miller, mapped by Joetastic: https://bsaber.com/songs/1e3d7/. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w1AkJlmh2I is a nice playthrough.
It's got some things that seem like classic Joetastic techniques... although maybe I haven't played enough of their literally 1000 maps to be able to say that. 😵
Morning workouts are generally unpleasant for me: my shoulders are tight from sleep and my brain is sluggish. I had a tight window while dinner rolls were proofing, tho, so I got in a 30 min session that was *also* plagued with technical problems. 😅 Good gravy.
Anyway, the highlight was a song I've mentioned before: Itro's "Light and Blue", mapped by CyanSnow (https://bsaber.com/songs/5cc6/). I was in such a mood for it that I played it three times around other songs. 😍
I had not played BS since Tuuuuesssday. 😭 This week was so busy, even beyond the construction project in my house. I put in a very nice 90 minutes today.
Song of the session was definitely "Atlas (modus. Remix)" by Punker & Intrex, mapped by Jamman360: https://beatsaver.com/maps/1256a I think I have a decent vid of me playing it, but while I'm pondering whether to clip and post, here's a full combo video that's better than mine in every way except their color choices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTpGVSoc8TI
I've missed more Beat Saber workouts this last week or so than I've managed. Since the issue has been scheduling, it's not even like I was swapping in dancing sessions. I'm hankering for some interactive music time!
I did get in short sessions Tue and Wed. In practicing a pattern in officialMech's "2U", I noticed that I'd been focusing too much on one hand—and thus not catching what's happening on the other—reminding me that I wanted to keep working on ambidexterity. Whoo.
So I fired up "Angel Voices" from the base game. Y'all. This song. When I first tried it on E+, I thought beating the long-ass song would just be a matter of stamina. Uh, no. It's *hard*. Luckily, it's hard in exactly the way I want to learn.
My approach is simple: I practice a segment at slower speeds until I can get an A on just that segment (S if it's super hard, which is rare). That gives me wiggle room in case I come into the segment with less health or if the area after is hard.
Hey, you know what feels weird? Posting about fun shit in the midst of a heavily publicized war. I've gnashed my teeth over that for a few weeks, so... here we are.
Like the rest of the player base, I've been having a go at OST 5. First impression was: love the mappings, don't care for the songs.
I've warmed up on them a bit since then, although I still can't fuck with Camellia songs other than "What the Cat!?" Just entirely not my jam, musically.
@melissa I played Beat Saber with my wife tonight, we've only had it for a couple of weeks but it's an absolute blast! I can't remember if you were one of the posters who influenced my decision to buy it, but if you were, thank you, money well spent :)
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