Excerpt: There are many ways a critic might embark upon a review of Gitaroo Man , the 2002 Koei-published rhythm game, and yet no summary feels like it truly offers a satisfactory overview of the experience.
Conclusion: With Guitar Hero and Rock Band making rhythm games more mainstream rather than a niche genre, a game like Gitaroo Man should be definitely played. It received its second life on the PSP with Gitaroo Man Lives, and had a second printing on the PS2 making it somewhat easier to find.
Excerpt: Rhythm based games have always been high on the quirk factor, and for a very quirky genre they’ve done quite well. Well enough to spawn sequels like rabbits and merit localization like in Parappa the Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy . That’s all well and good, but stagnation has crept in to this genre.
Pros: Amazing gameplay, Excellent selection of songs, Eccentric story and characters, Very good “music videos” and graphics
Cons: Slightly on the short side, Requires more skill than the average gamer is ready to try for
Excerpt: There's no denying that this game is good. That, in itself, is pretty amazing given Koei's past. What's truly astonishing about Gitaroo Man, though, is it manages to take the character-based rhythm genre to an entirely new level.
Excerpt: It's only March, and it's already been a great season for diverse gamers. For proof, we need look no further than the niche genre of music gaming. For a category of entertainment that had formerly been labeled too Japanese for western tastes, music games seem to be here to stay.
Excerpt: As Brad described, Gitaroo Man features a story about the loser, his puppy-love crush, and his journey towards heroism. Corny? Is it ever, presented in the cheesiest way possible complete with silly, very-Japanese cutscenes between stages.
Conclusion: Gitaroo Man is a genuinely impressive little title with something fresh to offer fans of this rather niche market. As is usually the case, longevity is an issue here with only eleven levels to rock your way through, but the Versus mode is really quite a hoot when you've got an hour or so to kill...
Excerpt: Le héros de cette histoire est un jeune étudiant maladroit du nom de U-1. Il qui n'a qu'un seul ami : son fidèle petit chien Puma. Mais il a aussi un secret. Il est le descendant d'un héros légendaire, Gitaroo Man…