"Get Up and Shake Your Booty"

North America has gotten Dance Dance Revolution. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while now. I’ve played it millions and millions of times at the arcade. I have never had the chance to practice playing this game at home, so I had to go look like an idiot at the arcade. Now everyone who has wanted to play this game but was shy to dance in front of all the people may finally do that. Does the home version of Dance Dance live up to the expectations? Read on to find out.

Gameplay

What is there to say about the gameplay. There are only 3 things you’ll be doing while playing this game, and they are:
1. See the arrows go up on the screen.
2. Step on the correct arrow on the dance pad.
3. Start sweating like a pig.

You may be saying, something along the lines of ''This game seems stupid.'' But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Some songs are super easy like Boom Boom Dollar, and some songs like Paranoia will show off your mad skills.

Other modes in Dance Dance Revolution are the Workout Mode, which shows how many calories you have lost by dancing. Training Mode, where you can practice one song as many times as you want. Finally, the Lesson Mode. Lesson Mode is great for teaching the fundamentals to the game.

Sound

The Song List for Dance Dance Revolution is good for people who have never played Dance Dance. But if you have been playing this game at the arcade for sometime now, you’ll notice some of the best songs like Butterfly, Dam Dariam, Shooting Star, and Burnin’ The Floor are not in the game. Instead this version of Dance Dance gets songs like Have you Never Been Mellow, and 2 different mixes of Put Your Faith In Me. There are also 3 Paranoia’s in the game and 2 Trip Machines.

Songs on Dance Dance Range from all genres from Latin to hip hop, then all the way to Techno. You got El Ritmo and La Senorita in the Latin Genre. You got the 2 Put your Faith in me for Hip Hop. The Paranoia’s for Techno, and songs that might be considered in the other genre like Afronova, and Smoke.

Graphics

If you are looking for graphics, this game is totally not for you. You have to be concentrating on the arrows or your moves. That doesn’t mean that the graphics are pure crap though. If you actually notice the graphics you’ll see that Dance Dance has this goo oozing type backgrounds. And a character that would be break dancing. These 2 things look real nice. They blend in with the music so perfectly. The background may make it hard for people to see the arrows, so you can always shut the background off.

Replay Value

There aren’t any secrets or hidden songs in this game. But you’ll be playing this game for a long time. Don’t worry this won’t be a game you’ll master in 5 hours. After you beat the game on regular mode, you can go up to the next level and see if you are good at the new harder steps, then after that you can try maniac mode. Then do it with hidden arrows, mini arrows, and many more. So, this game will keep you busy for a long time. One more thing, playing this game is not only a good exercise, but its also a good way to impress the girls. So remember that.

Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
Sets and Backgrounds: 9/10
Controls: 9/10
Replay Value: 10/10
Overall: 8/10


Rent Or Buy

If you don’t know yet you will need to buy the Dance Pad to truly enjoy this game. You can get a bundle of the game and the pad for $49.99 at most video game stores. I say everyone should go and pick up this game.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/22/02, Updated 06/22/02


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