Review by wolverinefan
"Way better than the first Space Channel 5"
I played the original on the Dreamcast and then again on the Playstation 2 in the Special Edition which also contains this game. Even after playing through it twice I just found the first to be heavily flawed. Got around to playing Part 2 and boy oh boy was I surprised.
An evil music group is kidnapping people and it's up to our hot reporter Ulala to stop them and save the universe all over again. I found that this game had a much better story and the final 2 levels in the game are just great. An amazing final boss finishes off the game and story wise this game just delivered where the original didn't.
Graphics are still kind of bland and lack and true details. Lots of colors and a more varied assortment of character models. I actually think the game has fewer people to save but I could be wrong. CGI scenes are very grainy and look worse than the in game graphics. Levels are great and varied.
Ah, the sound area was decent in the last game but I found the lack of good songs to be slightly annoying. Switch it all around. Voice acting is good. There is now singing and while it's rather simple it just adds so much more to the game. Sound effects are decent. You get footsteps and now instrument sounds. Now, the most important in a game of this type, the music. The music this time around we are treated to the same song for the first stage and from then on it's all new with a 70's feel going on and not once did I think "wow, this song is terrible". I really enjoyed the music this time around.
The control seems to be kind of hit or miss. I'm starting to think my controller is dying on me because there was many annoying times where my button presses weren't recognized but my control works fine on every other game I own so I have no idea. This was my biggest problem with the game but it seemed to happen only once or twice during a stage. I also have no rhythm unless I can see when I'm supposed to be hitting the button and the game offers no such thing which is a shame.
The game play is basically the same this time around. Ulala runs into an enemy and has to fight him off. The enemy will say a number of phrases and do the movements to the rhythm and Ulala must copy that when it's her turn. Very Simon Says but it gets very complex at the end. While I found the first game to be challenging enough, this one offered some insane moments. There are a few different instruments in the later levels and it starts off easy and instead of the person saying something you need to watch the movements. This spices things up and the level before the final boss has one of the best moments in the game.
Ulala has hearts and any time she fails a set she will lose a heart. Run out of hearts and you lose. Now, boss fights are different then last time. Your %, which is raised by doing well, is converted to your life. The better you've done the more tries you get and after replaying a level over and over you'll get good enough to have decent life. The bosses are bigger and better this time around and who could pass up playing as Michael Jackson in certain spots. Just too fun.
I think that is where the game shines though. It's pure fun. The action is intense in the later levels and they are much longer this time around. Toss in two player mode and replay value has sky rocketed. What, you want more? Well, try the 100 mission mode. Not impressed still? Add in the ability to replay the levels you've beaten, after beating the entire game and having the stages have branching paths that lead to harder areas. Sheesh, you still want more? The game offers a ton of extra costumes to unlock by getting 100% in both areas of each game (people saved and ratings). If that isn't enough then I don't know what you want!
Space Channel 5 Part 2 is everything the first game should have been. The price of $8 for both titles is more than worth it and this game does have a lot to offer all by itself. Kind of sad that this wasn't brought over by Sega when the Dreamcast was still going because it's just that much better than the first game. It would make a great rental but the fact that it's so cheap to buy ($8) it's worth buying.
Story - 7/10
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 9/10
Control - 7/10
Game Play - 10/10
Replay value - 10/10
Final Score - 8/10
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/06/06
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