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.
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: My fascination with the dj-inspired music game, Beatmania , began at an outdoor music festival in Chicago. I paid $45 to listen to my favorite bands and suck up the free corporate samples being handed out (mmm….Yoo-Hoo). Instead, I spent most of the day inside a makeshift arcade, transfixed by an intriguing Japanese game tucked away in back. It was almost heartbreaking when the time came to leave - like going on vacation and meeting the love of a lifetime.
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
Conclusion: beatmania could and should have been a debut that sucked in people in with novel gameplay. Instead, it's a hardcore experience with lackluster tunes that merely sets the stage for what future games could offer.