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.
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.
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: 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: 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: Les potards à fond, le multi-effet relié au Marshall et la gratte en bandoulière, Gitaroo Man est fin prêt pour monter sur la scène de la PS2 et sauver le monde à coups de riffs ravageurs et de tapping monstrueux. Let's rock !