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DDRMAX 2

Developer: Konami | Publisher: Konami
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 09/22/03 | Genre: Music

Konami's latest entry into it's signature dance phenomenon is yet another example of why this game is so darn fun; even if half the people who play it will never admit it. DDRMAX 2 on the PS 2 continues the fine tradition of rhythmic beats and insane step combinations required to keep up with them. Even after several incarnations, the game represents a fresh and pleasant alternative to your standard gaming genres.

I'll be the first to admit, when I first saw DDR in the arcades I was completely baffled at how people could have fun stepping on four stationary squares while a bunch of arrows floated to the top of the screen. For a long time I never so much as gave the game a chance. However, once I finally did try it out, I got hooked. The really cool thing is, even if you suck at the game (like me) you can still have a blast playing it. The latest game on the PS 2, DDRMAX 2, will have you and your friends giggling like idiots as you frantically try to keep up with the beat of the songs. And besides, odds are you could use the exercise.

The addicting, rhythmic gameplay is what makes DDRMAX 2 so much fun to play. It's an experience that none of your standard games can give you, and as such, is a welcome relief from the more “seriousâ€? gaming genres. Now, it's true, that you can actually play the game with ye ol' Dual Shock controller, but really why would you? That takes away an awful lot from a game like this. Shell out the extra cash and get the dance pad too, I pretty much guarantee that you won't regret it.

The game offers several varieties of play modes. There's a workout mode which keeps track of how many calories you burn, a regular game mode, and a training mode. You can also play with a buddy in a two player mode. The game also has several stages of difficulty. If you've never played DDR before, you may want to start on the beginner's difficulty level. Otherwise you're sure to stare stupefied at the screen as arrows scroll incessantly upwards in a dizzying, undistinguishable pattern. For the truly devoted, and those with superhuman stamina, there is a nonstop mode where the game spits out song after song after song without pausing for you to take a rest. You can, if you're inclined to do so, toggle some options and set the game to pause after so many songs if you really need the break, and yes, you probably will.

The game comes packed with songs, and while the techno/trance music may not appeal to everyone out there, with over sixty songs on the soundtrack, you're bound to find something you like. Personally, I really dig a lot of the music in the game, especially the uppity Jpop songs (BreakDown, w00t), but even if you're not the biggest fan of the music, you can still have a good time, by yourself or with friends.

The hardest thing about DDRMAX 2 is getting yourself to play it for the first time. I know, I know, how can you be macho if you're playing a dancing game? Well, ok, you can't, but who cares? Games are all about having fun and DDRMAX 2 is definitely that. The only drawback is that you may tick off your neighbors with all the ruckus, but you can't win 'em all you know. I highly suggest giving this game a chance if you haven't done so already; I think you'll be surprised at just how much fun the game can be.

By Ryan Schaefer - 10/10/03
ESRB Details: Mild Lyrics
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