Conclusion: Still, the extra button does add one more movement to the player's requirements, which means even more calories burned—and the game certainly is not for the aerobically challenged. The song selection is large and appealing. The included mat is sturdy and has a very sticky bottom which locked it in place everywhere we tried it other than my living room floor which features carpet that I can ice skate on in my socked feet, so I didn't really expect the mat to work there.
Excerpt: Dance Dance Revolution has pretty much been the king of the hill of dancing games just about as long as the genre has been around. Sure the series has produced some good games, but part of its success is definitely attributable to the fact that it has never really had any serious challengers. Pump It Up: Exceed (PIU) aims to change all that. While the game is new, the Pump It Up series has been around for a number of years in Korea and has gained quite a following there.
Excerpt: For many years, Dance Dance Revolution has been the only choice for people that want a home version of a dancing game. That has finally changed, thanks to Pump It Up: Exceed, the long-running arcade series in the same vein as DDR. The game has a huge list of songs, and the additional center step adds to the experience, but it's pretty challenging, so beginners might not find the game accessible.
Excerpt: Game developers in Korea have just revolutionized the dancing game genre. Picture Dance Dance Revolution tilted 45 degrees with an extra button. This is Pump It Up: Exceed . Alright, maybe “revolutionized” is too strong of a word, but these simple tweaks still make for a welcome (and difficult) change to an otherwise familiar experience. It’s possible to play Pump It Up: Exceed without a dance pad, but doing that would be ridiculous.
Conclusion: The game's pitched a bit too far towards the hardcore crowd that's already spent plenty of time the arcade version, which adds more replay value if you get really into things, but more beginner tracks would have been nice.
Excerpt: Dance Dance Revolution has long been the de facto standard for home and arcade dancing games. Many imitators have combined dance mats and music videos without attaining the same level of quality. In Andamiro's Pump It Up: Exceed, the first US home edition of a popular Korean dancing series, we're finally presented with a good alternative to DDR. Oh, it's on. It's on and it's on. Why are you saying it's off when it's so clearly on?!
Pros: Finally, a good alternative to DDR, The dance pad layout is potentially more ergonomic and allows for greater complexity, Excellent song selection
Cons: No online competition, Music videos don't always make contextual sense
Excerpt: The graphics in Pump It Up: Exceed are quite well done. All the arrows scroll very smoothly and the background scenes are nicely done. I have found a few songs that made it difficult to see the arrows, due to the background graphics, but that's common in any dance game. Part of learning to play the game well is learning how to ignore the background distractions.
Conclusion: This is one excellent first person shooter. With both an excellent single and multiplayer mode, the only thing holding the game back from a perfect score has to be the absence of the online play. With that said there is still no reason why you shouldn’t go out and purchase this one, it will be sure not to disappoint.