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: The center button is your start point. During gameplay, you can stand on it with no effect, or bunny hop to press it in time with the music and score a point. What’s important to note is that you never have to press “left” or “right” on the pad. Instead, you are going for diagonal directions. This leads to a different style of play, if you ever get any good. It seems to require a lot more movement, too.
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.
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: 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.