Excerpt: Hmm.... Graphics. The graphics in dancepad games have always seemed to be a bit lackluster to me; there might be some interesting visuals going on in the background, but the arrows are simply arrows - and those are the focus of the game. If you have really exciting backgrounds, they really only serve to make playing the game more difficult. That having been said, In The Groove seems to have about average visuals for a dancepad-based rhythm game.
Excerpt: PS2 Rated E, mild lyrics In The Groove is a Dance Dance Revolution game designed by hardcore dance gamers for hardcore dance gamers. Not to worry, if you're a beginner there are novice and easy dance steps for the songs too! The grading on the other hand is quite strict unlike other DDR titles; a few mistakes will cause you to fail a song/round.
Excerpt: Konami's success with the Dance Dance Revolution series was bound to come up with several other copycats wanting to take a share of the crown. A few years ago, Korean game developer Andamiro came up with their own series called Pump It Up. While not as well known as the DDR series, it still has its share of fans. A PlayStation 2 version of their latest game: Pump It Up Exceed will be released by Mad Catz later this year.
Excerpt: In the Groove is a Dance Dance Revolution (also known as DDR) clone from RedOctane. RedOctane first became popular several years ago when they began offering an online rental service for videogames similar to Netflix. They branched out and became the developer of the best DDR dance mats for all consoles. Now that they are firmly established for making peripherals and renting games, the company has begun to create their own unique gaming experiences.
Conclusion: This game is available in two different forms. One features just the game package, but if you don�t have a dance pad controller you can invest in the combo pack for about $30 more. The dance pad is a lighter version of other pads, but features comparable functionality and value.