Excerpt: By Daniel Share-Strom “Hey, Jim! How do we localize a game about Japanese male cheerleaders who sing wacky J-Pop tunes to inspire people and help them with their problems?!” “Well, Americans like ‘agents’, right? So lets remove the cheerleaders and replace them with smirking ‘elite’ guys who can keep a ‘beat’, and make them agents! Hmmm, but what to call it...
Summary: Parents need to know that the comic humor presented in this wacky software is over the top and will be lost on younger children. Also, some of the storylines feature scantily clad women with jiggling breasts, and a story of the loss of a parent. While quirky and silly, there is something wonderfully appealing about this game, which makes it fun for kids and families to explore. It is one of the best games released in 2006 for the DS.
Excerpt: Platform: Nintendo DS Players: 1-4 single and multi-pack ESRB Rating: E10+ (Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Lyrics, Suggestive Themes) Do you ever feel like your world is falling apart? Do you ever feel utterly hopeless in despair? You’re not alone. Whether you’re failing in your career or you’ve just lost your way, the Elite Beat Agents are here to cheer you up and get you moving. Who are the Elite Beat Agents, you ask?
Summary: Elite Beat Agents is one of the reasons that the Nintendo DS is around today and that reason is innovation and creativity. There’s no way this game would succeed on another system. For a genre that has huge hits like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero it’s impressive that there’s still room for originality and uniqueness and that’s exactly what Elite Beat Agents brings to the table.
Conclusion: Rhythm and music games have become more prolific during the past decade, thanks to games like PaRappa the Rapper for the PlayStation and the Bemani games in arcades and on various consoles. While consoles tend to make more sense in order to play these games thanks in no small part to the vast amount of storage on disc-based media - it's truly a challenge to make them for handhelds like the Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: Elite Beat Agents has been available in the US for months now and before that in Japan as the even crazier Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!. But now it's available in Europe and could well be a game you'll love despite not having the slightest of interest in rhythm-based titles. The Elite Beat Agents are a group of suit-wearing special agents who work for an ageing army general.