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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.