Summary: Beaterator sets out to create a compelling music creator for the PSP. An application where you lay down beats and map out your own masterpieces. If that's the goal, then it succeeds in every possible way. This is not a game and shouldn't be judged as one. If you have the itch for creating music, then Beaterator is an inexpensive way to hone your skills! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: "Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the charts / Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art." So sang Weezer on their 2008 single, Pork and Beans. It's a piece of advice that Rockstar has taken to heart, working alongside the lauded producer to create Beaterator - the brand new music creation tool for the PSP.
Summary: Beaterator is a cheaper alternative to the great PC music creation tools, yet it still manages to hang with those offerings in terms of customization and content. Gamers will have to know straight up, Beaterator is a tool as opposed to a “game,”Â� but those that stick with it will be able to make satisfying compositions, even if the title is a bit difficult to work with due to the PSP’s layout.
Excerpt: Un vent de musicalité plane au dessus du monde du jeu vidéo depuis quelques temps. On en veut pour preuve les multiples sorties de jeux tels que Guitar Hero ou Dj Hero ouvrant les horizons de la performance musicale à une frange de personnes qui n'ont jamais fait ni de solfège ni de gammes. Ainsi, tout un chacun peu se prendre pour son idole et c'est sûrement une des raisons du succès commercial ainsi que le fait de s'amuser en écoutant de la bonne zique.
Excerpt: Considering that it comes from Rockstar, it may come as a surprise to some people that Beaterator is not a game at all. Rather it is a music creation tool designed to create the beat driven looped tracks characteristic of house, hip-hop, and techo styles of dance music. The quality of music that it can create is good enough that you can hook your PSP into a sound system and use it to DJ a party - assuming of course that you have at least a little talent for mixing tracks...
Excerpt: Beaterator is not a game. There is not a princess waiting for you at a castle, there is no invincibility code and there are no one shot kills. Beaterator is a serious application for mixing and remixing beats. If you have ever dabbled with Garageband in iLife for Mac, this is similar, albeit on a smaller screen, with funky controls, and a limited scope —or highly focused scope, take your pick. Are you feeling crafty and creative today? Are you into beats?
Excerpt: The notion of "playing" Beaterator is a bit misguided, since there is little to do outside of making music. We don't consider that a game, but to Sony's credit, there are now plenty of things to do with one's PSP that fall outside the realm of pure gaming. Because making music with Beaterator depends on very subtle changes in pitch and rhythm, the game requires a set of headphones.