Release Date: 3/30/2007
Rating: Everyone 10+
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The Good: Great and huge song selection, many modes to play boosts replay value, being able to import DJMP1 songs is a plus, nice effects, and sound
The Bad: Difficulty is poorly balanced and can turn some players completely off, high learning curve for controls, some sort of add-on peripheral would have been nice, no infrastructure mode
I’m just so shocked GS hasn’t covered this game more. This game is just so fun and addictive you can call it a mix of Guitar Hero and DDR. The game features so many songs from R&B to Hip-Hop to God knows what else. Yes, all these songs are Japanese but they are AAA. Most of the songs on here are actually really good and the developer didn’t just get some nobodies and throw their songs in here. There are many modes here and the replay value is very high. I love the way the developers chose the modes and integrated it in the way they did. You can choose easy, medium, and hard modes, but instead of just that it’s 4 buttons, 5 buttons, and six buttons. Then, inside those modes, each song is set at a level and then inside that, you can choose easy, hard, max. This makes the replay value very high and makes you want to play each song over and over again.
There are also RPG elements here such as leveling up to unlock new modes and gear. There are 3 types of gear: Characters, Gear, Notes. Like in an RPG each type adds some sort of attribute. Say the Sweet Note attribute increases your exp. +3. You unlock this stuff by beating songs then you can buy them with the gold you get. What I also like is you can kind of change the difficulty in-game by bringing down the speed that the notes come down. You can’t always do this though because there is a fail meter on the right and if you don’t hit buttons fast enough you’ll lose.
Now this game isn’t perfect that’s why it missed the 9 rating. The difficulty in this game can get from fun to impossible! The speed of this game and the combination of notes you can hit is just unbelievable. Also, the controls are very frustrating to get used to since everyone is used to some sort of peripheral like a guitar controller or dance mat. You may have to tweak and fine tune the button layout that suits your need BUT you WILL get used to it after a while. You can also listen to all these songs through the OST mode and watch the music videos that play in the background in MV Edition.
What’s also neat is importing DJXP1 songs to play and the ad-hoc is a great addition. Bottom line: If you want a good portable rhythm game or are burnt out on Elite Beat Agents pick this up…I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down.