Conclusion: Those who could find a copy, that is. The original PS2 release had a woefully low print run here in the States, making the PSP remake Gitaroo Man Lives! all the more welcome. iNiS has crafted an excellent port, one which feels equal to the PS2 version yet never comes off like a console game awkwardly stuffed into a portable.
Conclusion: A near-flawless conversion whose flaws show themselves only to those in the upper skill echelons, Gitaroo Man is as flavourful and unique a rhythm-action game today as it was back in 2001 and would be a worthy addition to your PSP collection.
Conclusion: Gitaroo Man Lives is one of the most creative titles you can find on the PSP. Full of interactive battles and up-beat music, which will keep you jamming and playing for hours on end. Though this game is a solid product, it could of benefited from newer content, instead of being a straight port of the PS2 title. For those who are new to the series, will find an all-around title, worthy of hours of gameplay and enjoyment.
Conclusion: I hate making the claim that a game is good due to intangible things like it having soul, but as the rhythm genre becomes increasingly about everything but the music, I can’t think of a better way to describe Gitaroo Man. This is the kind of game that you find yourself picking up a few times during the year to play “for the hell of it”, which for me places it in very rare company.
Excerpt: A few years ago, a friend of mine was telling me about a sleeper hit for PS2, Gitaroo Man that he spent all night playing with a friend of his. Being a huge fan of Parappa the Rapper, I was extremely interested in playing it. However, due to limited quantities from Koei, and my lack of a PS2, I never actually got the chance. Now that Koei’s ported their game to the PSP, I’ve finally gotten a chance to see what the buzz was about.