Love music? Love Concerts? Well, you're going to love the new free-to-play game coming to the PS Vita handheld gaming system this year. Don't be mistaken, this isn't going to be just a regular Sim City meets Rockband type of game. The developers of Big Fest, with help from On The Metal, are aiming to bring an entirely new experience to the gaming world and they're also secrely exposing everyone to unsigned bands!
You may be wondering at this point why anyone would even want to play this game. Well, for the people who do play the game, they're in for a unique, real world experience. Thanks to a partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment and Jamendo, players of Big Fest will have access to all of the Indie music available on Jamendo. It may not seem like anything at first, but if you take a minute to re-read what I just wrote, you may just pick up on something. The songs that are in this game are real, however they're not from mainstream artists. They're from the unsigned Indie bands that majority of the world does not know about. With Big Fest doing this, the songs will get air time, the bands will gain fans, and they're all receiving an equal opportunity as exposure inside of the game. There couldn't be a better way to bring music lovers closer to new music and keep everyone happy.
While playing Big Fest, as the music promoter, you're going to have a rather simple job. However, it's not as simple as it sounds. As the music promoter, you're going to have to arrange concerts, and events for the different songs and artists included inside of the game. Your goal is to make them popular, make your concert revenue the highest you can make it. Now don't get me wrong, concerts in this game aren't just going to be ALL about the new music you're dealing with. The in-game success of your concerts will also differ based on what other types of activities you have occurring during the concert. Such as games on the side, food to eat, drinks to enjoy, carnival rides, scenic areas and more! If you think about it, it's like someone took Rockband and one of the many Tycoon games and combined them.
Also, you'll be able to track how successful you are using the Vibe Meter. Now just like in real world concerts, you can visit other players concerts to have fun....or to ruin it for them. Hey, don't get upset now, I did say it was bringing a real world experience to gaming! With other gamers able to visit your concerts, you can raise your Vibe Meter even faster or alternatively, lower another player's rep. According to Polygon, other players will be able to visit your concert and prank you and/or destroy your speakers. Which does add some playful mischief to the game, which we all love.
Big Fest is going to be a free-to-play title available for the PlayStation Vita later this year. It will, like most games, have in-game purchase options for unlocking items and progressing faster than the less financially fortunate gamers. I personally think this game sounds pretty cool. If I was more of a music tycoon, I would definitely take a look at this game, and possibly play with other Se7enSins community members...maybe crash a few parties. What do you guys think?