Excerpt: Before games like DDR or Guitar Hero were household names, there was beatmania - Konami's "virtual DJ" game where players used a mock turntable and piano-like keys to active notes in time to music. The game would go on to not only be an arcade sensation, but it helped bring about what would become the "bemani" line of music and rhythm games, which spawned everything from Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Freaks, to the insanely popular Pop'n Music series.
Excerpt: Current generation consoles are slowly losing their popularity now that the Xbox 360 is on the market and the PS3 and Wii are planned for release later this year. Luckily, some developers out there are still aware that there could be a lot of PS2 owners who wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be willing to drop $600 on a PS3 right away, so theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still pumping out innovative titles.
Excerpt: The menu system in Beatmania is very reminiscent of other rhythm games, such as Dance Dance Revolution - or even Karaoke Revolution . There is a song list that you spin around to find the song you wish to select. As you look at the song list, you can also change the difficulty level. Some songs have versions at different difficulty settings, while some don't.
Conclusion: In all honesty, the 4-star rating I've given this is certainly influenced by the quality, and novelty, of the controller, as well as my personal fascination with Beatmania and Beamani culture. The game on its own may only earn 3-3.5 stars, due to difficulty and music selection. Beatmania has stellar game design, an incredible controller and a massive selection of options.
Pros: Amazingly low price for the controller and game bundle, Beatmania controller is solid, too bad it uses the PS2 controller port and not USB, Classic rhythm gameplay still shines, Many modes of play, tons of options, Amazingly low price for the controller and game bundle, Beatmania controller is solid, too bad it uses the PS2 controller port and not USB, Classic rhythm gameplay still shines, Many modes of play, tons of options
Cons: Many gameplay modes, such as original "Beatmania" mode are far too difficult, Despite over a dozen Japanese PS2 Beatmania games, music selection could have been better, Many gameplay modes, such as original "Beatmania" mode are far too difficult, Despite over a dozen Japanese PS2 Beatmania games, music selection could have been better
Excerpt: With the next generation of gaming slowly encroaching upon us, it’s obvious that plenty of current-gen titles won’t be receiving the proper attention they deserve. New FPS and driving games on the PS2 won’t be as technically impressive as ones on the 360, so chances are they won’t sell to well. With that in mind, Konami mustered up the developing power to bring us the first release of Beatmania outside of Japan.
Conclusion: Rhythm game fans are a rare breed. They are often more than willing to shell out money for a new mode or some new songs in their beloved franchise. With the success of these games it's no wonder that other series have stepped into the picture. Beatmania may be an older title by itself, but considering that the only way you could have played the game here in America before is by importing it, it somehow new.
Excerpt: After the musical masterminds released the ultra popular Dance Dance Revolution and Karaoke Revolution, Konami is getting DJÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in on some of the fun. They made the series popular in the Japanese arcades, and now using the PS2, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve brought Beatmania across seas and into the homes of rhythm and dance lovers everywhere. After just an hour or so of playing Beatmania, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure if I loved the game or hated it.
Excerpt: Always wanted to be a DJ but didn't know quite where to start? We can't guarantee that beatmania will provide you with the skills needed to become an expert on the turntables, but it is a heck of a lot of fun. And at $59 for both the game and the super-sweet turntable controller, this is another Konami game that is easy to get your friends to try. Amanda breaks it down for you in her review.
Pros: ups: great music, graphics, helpful tutorial, muti-player goodness