Welcome to our Deemo Reborn review. Deemo Reborn is a musical rhythm game developed for the PlayStation 4 with PSVR capabilities for owners of Sony’s VR headset.
- Deemo Reborn
- Platforms: PlayStation 4
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Rayark Inc.
- Publisher: Unties
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 21st, November 2019
- Price: £32.99 (U.K) $39.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K) E (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Deemo Reborn can be played in either TV mode using the typical DualShock 4 or it can be played in VR using a PlayStation VR setup. For my playthrough, I stuck to the VR version mostly as I found the music parts to be frustratingly hard with a DualShock 4 but a hell of a lot easier with VR.
A beautifully crafted story sees you taking on the role of a little girl who falls from the sky and loses her past and must get herself back to the place she fell from. She lands right in the company of a piano-playing character known as Deemo. Using Deemo’s piano playing skills the two must make a special tree grow so tall it can take her back to her home. Her journey back isn’t as simple as Deemo just playing the piano though, instead, she must find the song sheets dotted around Deemo’s castle and bring them to him.
Everything about Deemo, the little girl, and even a masked lady who dwells within Deemo’s castle is a mystery right up until the very end of the game, but believe me, once you find out you’ll really be surprised.
The gameplay consists of a mixture of puzzles, exploration, and musical rhythm sections where you play as Deemo at his piano. The mixture here is enough to keep the game feeling fun without forcing you to just focus on playing the piano and making the tree grow. There’s something magical about it as well, especially as you explore the weird yet stunning castle in which you find Deemo and his masked lady friend.
With over 60 beautiful songs, some you may know and some you may not, Deemo Reborn is certainly packing enough content to get your musical fingers going. Playing the songs using a controller can feel like a major chore and in my own experience, it seems quite hard to master given how the developers have programmed the control to work with Deemo’s piano. The button layout seems too complex and it can be easy to forget which part of the screen requires what buttons, especially as the notes begin to build up. Playing the piano with the VR setup is so much easier as you simply see Deemo’s hands in front of you and tap away at the notes.
Another issue with the tracklist is that you’re basically forced into playing songs on their easiest mode and then their hardest mode or vice versa in order to complete the game. This forcefulness has a negative impact on the game and can make certain tracks feel like a chore.
A fantastic way of merging amazing music with gaming, Deemo Reborn certainly has a lot going for it but the experience is a lot better in VR based on what I’ve witnessed using PSVR for the first time. So if you’ve got the luxury of a PSVR headset and get this game be sure to give it a go. If you’ve just got a Dualshock 4, it’s still a good game but a royal pain to play.
That concludes our Deemo Reborn review. To purchase the game on PlayStation 4 check out the links below.