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: 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.
Summary: Beaterator is a powerful music mixer with robust beatmaking features, as well as a highly addictive collection of original music and rhythm games and challenge modes - all available in the palm of your hand.
Conclusion: An amazingly well featured music making package for your PSP. It takes time and effort to yield Beaterator’s fruits, but for those looking to take their first steps into music production it’s a fantastic place to start