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Is SuperNOVA radically different from the games in the past? No, not at all, but it is the first game that offers an honest-to-goodness single-player experience that uses the tried-and-true gameplay from almost a decade of games to reinvigorate dancing solo. Online play, a beefed up Workout Mode, and more options for advanced users mean that there's something there for everyone, too. It's clear that SuperNOVA is meant to be a return to form for Konami's arcade efforts, and while we're not so sure DDR can make an arcade comeback, we are sure of this: the PS2 version of SuperNOVA is the definitive home DDR experience. If you've still got that old pad, bust it out and pick up a copy. There's still room left to get hooked all over again.
If you're just getting into the DDR craze then this title is a must. Aside from some dodgy American pop music this game is very cool and delivers exactly what you expect from a dancing game. If you're a DDR veteran then you may as well step up to Supernova and show your moves, there is plenty for you experts to do here. Even though I'm horrible at this game beyond a shadow of doubt, I had a surprisingly good time making a fool of myself in the privacy of my living room. This one comes highly recommended.
In most ways, DDR SuperNOVA is just more of the same tried-and-true dance game goodness. The addition of the Stellar Master Mode was probably my favorite improvement included in SuperNOVA, though; as it adds a novel element to the familiar party game classic rather than just improving on established modes. All in all, SuperNOVA a solid DDR title with cheery graphics and a balanced mix of music genres, so if you like DDR and want more, by all means, this is a good one.
It'll be interesting to see where the series goes as it makes its first steps into the next generation, but DDR SuperNOVA is a great sendoff to the Playstation 2, and should be part of almost any DDR fan's library.
Who cares if your friends pose the question, “In what freak show are you the feature presentation?” - Dance Dance Revolution is as fun and addicting as it ever was. It sports exceptional production values, a lengthy, unique set of songs, and to put the icing on the cake, ravishing online capabilities.
Game mechanics are exactly like the previous versions of DDR and most of the other dance games available. You simply hit the arrow corresponding with the one on the screen when it hits the target arrow at the top of the screen. In DDR, those arrows are Left, Down, Up, Right. Any of these can also be a freeze arrow, in which you have to hold down the arrow until the freeze is over. All versions of DDR can be played with the standard controller or with a dance pad. Both can be quite fun to play and will honestly provide different game experiences. Certain songs I can play much better on the dance pads; some though... well, my feet just don’t move that fast! I recommend playing both, because there’s only so long you can play on harder levels on the dance pad without collapsing. When you can no longer stand, use the controller and play even longer.
(Oct 09, 2006)
At this point, even amongst the mainstream, there are few who haven't seen or played a DDR game before. Those with an interest have probably already picked up a previous iteration, but if you're a hardened fan, one who lost interest after a few years (such as this writer), or are looking for a jump pad into the DDR-verse, Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA is about the easiest place to start. Surprisingly combining depth and simplicity, Konami will really have to up the ante on the next one.
The success of any rhythm game is largely determined by its selection of songs, and Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA is the first American release that can compete with its import brethren. Though the goal of the game remains unchanged, the Stellar Master and online play modes strengthen its replay value innumerably. If you have somehow missed out on the dozen previous home releases, this is as good of a time as any to check out the Dance Dance Revolution franchise. If, like me, you played long ago but felt burned out, please reconsider this rhythmic romp. SuperNOVA represents a strong step forward for the franchise - one which will hopefully lead to even bigger things in the next generation.
There's not a whole lot more to tell in this turgid tale of DDR madness. The new modes may draw in a few extra players that previously haven't tried out these titles, but fans of the series know what they'll be getting in the end. While there are a few niceties and features to round out a sequel, it really comes down to a new song lineup for you already pre-addicted players. Many games these days throw in the kitchen sink to stand out, and end up ruining what was really fun about them in the first place. I can honestly say that DDR: SuperNOVA does, in fact, throw a few kitchen sinks in, but Konami was smart enough to leave the same gameplay totally intact, and for that alone I can recommend this to you dancing gamers.
In spite of not being dramatically different, Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA is a good game. As they say, it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. And really, that’s all that matters.
(Nov 19, 2006)
In the end, whether or not you should purchase Supernova will be completely dependent on what type of player you are. If you are a hardcore DDR fan, you will have already made up your mind to purchase long before having read any of this review. If you’re a big fan but not quite hardcore, take a look at the song listing. There is a fairly eclectic gathering of music (at least as far as DDRs go) though the collection may not suit your tastes. For new players looking to get into DDR, you may as well start with the latest edition.
The old formula works, but it fails to captivate the diehard fans, who want more and more, or the people who've never payed too much attention to the series. Dance Dance Revolution: SuperNova is a good game without a doubt, but it's sadly been the same good game for far too long now. If you're looking for the same old Dance Dance Revolution with a new soundtrack, you've found your game, but if you’re looking for innovation, look elsewhere already.
While beginners will be able to use the tutorials to get up to speed, at this point, it's hard to imagine someone picking up DDR for the first time and falling in love with it the same way people did eight years ago. If you're still hooked on DDR, this is a quality installment that you might actually hate, depending on how you feel about the song list. So give that song list a long, hard look, and use that to make your final decision.
(Oct 09, 2006)
Fans of the DDR series will find a lot to like in DDR SuperNOVA. Only they've liked the same stuff for several years now. Enhancements abound, but most will fail to grab the attention of diehard fans or those who never bothered with the series. The coolest addition, Stellar Master Mode, adds some depth and variety, but it would have been nice to see it as part of a family of new modes. Instead, it's the only one that really feels any different. In the end, the old DDR formula works well, but it feels irrefutably tired. Again.
The core DDR gameplay is fun as always, and it will make you work up a sweat. An announcer periodically comments on your performance, but he always seems a few beats behind. I really don't like when he yells "You're not an ordinary fella!" What's that supposed to mean exactly?! DDR Supernova is a predictable but likeable addition to the repetitive line of DDR games, although calling this "Supernova" is laying it on a little thick.
DDR SuperNOVA is the most solid iteration in the series to date, and with all the new modes, tunes, EyeToy support and improved graphics, it's a must buy for hardcore fans of this series as well as new players looking to give the game a run for the money. The song list may be hit or miss depending on your tastes but ultimately you'll find at least a few songs you can work with..
Dancing Stage SuperNOVA's new singleplayer mode is a nice addition, but it's a minor innovation in the scale of things. While this remains a great multiplayer, social game for some people, and it's certainly a good way to work up a sweat, at heart it's still an eight year old game with remarkably little alteration from the original. For long-time DDR fans, of course, this simply doesn't matter - but it's certainly a consideration for everyone else. SuperNOVA is still a solid game in the context of the franchise, but Konami needs to be thinking hard about where the franchise as a whole is going to go in the coming years, because there's nothing here that would drag in new players to the world of DDR.
Loving DDR has become a chronic condition that can never seem to find its way out of boring. Every time the series shuffles out another release, it evokes the dichotomous feeling of joy and anger, but now, the joy has all but run out. DDR has so much potential that to see it become as insipid as The Land Before Time XI is just numbing. Konami needs to take a serious step back and redefine what Dance Dance Revolution means to save it from becoming as repetitive as the first two words in its title.