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Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
In my opinion, this is easily one of the best handheld games to hit us in a long while--it is fresh and addictive, easy to play, and hard to master. Elite Beat Agents comes highly recommended to anyone with an open mind looking for some addictive gameplay.
When the only peeve I can rally together is the difficulty, I know I’m in the presence of greatness. Not once did I ever feel like putting the game down (I had to be pulled away from it on many an occasion) – not once did I ever feel like the game could’ve used more time in development – not once did I every want to rush myself to finish the title to pump out the review. Elite Beat Agents is the best game I’ve ever played on the DS, on a handheld system, and one of the best I’ve experienced in my entire life. If you don’t buy this game, you’re missing out on an instant classic.
Multiplayer is a nice touch, but this game is perfect just by itself. It’s a game that is completely unique among rhythm games, oozes charm and polish, and is so well implemented and thought out that it cannot be faulted. Put some headphones on and prepare to smile.
Video Game Talk
Elite Beat Agents is simply one of the best DS games available for the handheld system, partly due to its unmatched nature. The snazzy presentation, addictive style of gameplay and seemingly endless replay value will offer up hours upon hours of pure single player, gaming satisfaction. It’s accessible to nearly anyone due to the simple game mechanics and offers up a nearly insurmountable challenge to the veteran player. The multiplayer could have used more of a song selection for Download play, but it still can be fun with the right group of people. Don’t hesitate to pick up Elite Beat Agents at full retail price and add it to your growing DS collection.
Overall, Elite Beat Agents is a title that anyone can play and just about everyone will enjoy. Simple gameplay, catchy tunes, and a great sense of humor all combine to make this title nearly perfect, with only the sheer difficulty bringing it down at times, but even then the frustration generated is more of a "one more try" and less of a "screw this". EBA may very well be the best DS title of the year and is easily among the best ever on the system.
If you enjoy this type of genre of games – music rhythm – there’s no doubt you’ll love Elite Beat Agents. Even if you’ve never played this type of game, it’s definitely worth checking out, as you could be pleasantly surprised.
The bottom line is that if you never played Ouendan, EBA is a terribly original title that makes perfect use of the touch screen, and deserves a place in your DS library. If you did play Ouendan, you're not reading this, because you already knew EBA was a no-brainer, and are now rocking out. I'll admit that developer Inis would have had to screw up pretty severely for EBA to get anything less than a 5/5, but there's a reason for that. This is simply a winning formula, through and through. Buy it. Love it.
I must admit that I hated the concept when I first heard about it merely because it wasn’t Ouendan with English text, having not heard anything about the game other than it’s English-oriented. I eventually got over this, and I’m glad that they did it. This is one of the best rhythm games and improves on Ouendan in every way imaginable.
Elite Beat Agents is a great game to those who see no sham in shaking your grove thing on DDR. Until next time, I will be waiting for Elite Beat Agents 2 so that I can help Tae-Kon-Do Master Yoshi teach his students to the song, “Get Physical”, this is Gambus Kahn out.
Overall, I’d highly recommend grabbing Elite Beat Agents if you own a DS (along with Ouendan if you don’t mind importing). The game is just plain fun and is easy to play. It has an addictive quality to it that I’ve yet to really find on the DS and it manages to show off just what the system was built for. This is one of the best games yet on the DS – it ranks right up there with New Super Mario Bros.
Ever since Parappa the Rapper popularized the rhythm genre on the original PlayStation close to a decade ago, development teams have adopted their own styles and controls to create games that focused on the player's ability to, essentially, tap to the beat. Ten years later the genre the beat goes on, with games such as Donky Konga on the GameCube, Rhythm Tengoku on the Game Boy Advance, and Guitar Hero on the PlayStation 2 taking the spotlight. On the DS front, Nintendo last year introduced the Japanese world to Osu! Tatake! Oendan!, a touch-screen controlled rhythm game with a flair for the outrageous. Awesome as that game was, it was locked down as an import-only release for US gamers because, honestly, its design and soundtrack focused too much on Japanese appeal so much that a straightforward Western conversion just wouldn't have as much mass-market appeal as this fantastic game truly deserved.
There were a lot of times I was laughing out loud while playing this game. The cut scenes truly are great, and the gameplay itself keeps getting better and better as you progress. Elite Beat Agents is one of those games that both novices and experts can enjoy.
Elite Beat Agents has already achieved cult status in America, and as mentioned in Japan under its own name ‘Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan’. Unless there is a sudden outbreak of mad cow’s disease in the UK we can only expect similar things to happen here. Elite Beat Agents is wonderfully original in its own right and features some of the best presented and lavish comic strip animations seen in some time. As far as Rhythm based games on the DS go. Elite Beat Agents not only steals the crown but it laughs in the face of any pretenders to the throne.
The presentation is also very impressive with everything from the wild and wacky storylines to the well drawn and animated comic-book characters bringing everything alive. It goes without saying that the music is outstanding and whether you listen to the various tracks through headphones or the DS speakers you won't be able to help your foot tapping. In short this is a stunning title worth waiting for. Recommended for anyone wanting that DS title to keep him or her going over summer. Get it now!
Elite Beat Agents is a frantic, quirky, and unbelievably addicting game that anyone who appreciates great game design will love.
Sin duda este tipo de títulos son los que convierten a Nintendo DS en un éxito refrescante, divertido, accesible, diferente, y no por ello exento de calidad, demostrando que no es necesario un motor de nueva generación para conseguir el verdadero objetivo de un videojuego: divertir.
Elite Beat Agents is now a year old, at press time, and I still have not found a more enjoyable experience on my DS. I could wish that the soundtrack was just a bit longer, and I could wish for some online leaderboards and all that fun stuff these yippersnappers take for granted these days. But who needs wishing for things like this when what I have sitting here in the palm of my hand is the very thing that has lost me long hours of sleep trying to complete September after 256 failed attempts. This is a beautiful and well-designed game that makes me glad that there are cosplaying anime freaks out there to import games like Ouendan, and make them better and more understandable to the superior hemisphere.
Inis and Nintendo have something truly special with both Ouendan and EBA, so major props to them. If you enjoy the genre like me, or if you like handheld games with 'a lot of tapping', you simply can't go wrong with the quirky troupe that is the Elite Beat Agents.
The Video Game Critic
There are plenty of familiar pop tunes like "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "YMCA", and "Material Girl", but even the more obscure songs sound great. There's even that dance song from Napoleon Dynamite, although the circles in that one seem oddly out-of-sync with the music. Also annoying is the big wheel you sometimes need to spin by moving the stylus in a circular pattern. Still, Elite Beat Agents offers something fresh and innovative, and I give Nintendo a lot of credit for taking a chance on this. Although best played in short spurts, the game's scoring system gives it some replay value. Clever and strikingly uninhibited, Elite Beat Agents is wacky fun you can only experience on the Nintendo DS.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Elite Beat Agents is a ridiculously silly music-rhythm game with a wacky song list, a laughably bizarre story, and fantastic gameplay. In other words, it’s just about everything a music-rhythm game should be, really.
Original, agréable pour les yeux et les oreilles, amusant, pêchu, bien réalisé et diablement prenant, Elite Beat Agents est une bénédiction pour tout type de joueur, ayant un minimum d'oreille musicale et de persévérance. Un des tous meilleurs jeux de la Nintendo DS, tout simplement.
Elite Beat Agents are GO!
Elite Beat Agents is unique, to say the least. It’s a rhythm action game, and the closest comparison would be to the PS1 classic Parappa the Rappa. You only use the stylus the entire game and you tap different beat pads on the bottom screen. It’s like playing drums for popular songs like “Walkie Talkie Man” and “You’re the Inspiration”. My personal favorite is “YMCA”, which is always a stylus-tapping good time.
Despite its difficulty and several unlocks, Elite Beat Agents is short lived. It does have replay value though, and its selling for only 50 bucks at the moment. Americans can still tease us about Paper Mario and Pokemon, but in the meantime, Agents is a handheld you don't wanna miss. 9/10
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You'll be hard pressed to find a game that's as fun and as addicting as Elite Beat Agents can be. It's unique; it has a great sense of humor; and if you take the time to get good enough at it, you can rest assured that it will be in your DS for a long time.
If you own a DS there's absolutely no question that you should own Elite Beat Agents. It's a game that anyone with a sense of rhythm can enjoy and will keep you entertained for short bursts or more lengthy hardcore sessions.
This is easily one of the best games to show off the capabilities and values of the DS. It’s wacky, it puts the touch screen and dual screen ideas to good use, and it’s very accessible. This is pure, unadulterated fun with enough challenge to suit those who need it. Elite Beat Agents packs a lot of heart and gives you perhaps the greatest example of how gameplay and music can coincide to create the ultimate rhythm experience. It’s not entirely perfect–the wheel spin and overuse of cut scenes see to that–but you owe it to yourself as a DS owner to give it a try.
EBA is a game that really snuck up on us and proves that the Nintendo DS is a very versatile system. On paper it would seem that pressing buttons in time with music would get quite boring but the game really comes through and the fact that it seems repetitive but you never feel that way just really shows how sucked in you can be. EBA is a must have for your NDS.
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
So here’s the deal. You have to ask yourself whether you can get past the song selection or not. If you think you simply couldn’t handle the selection on offer, Elite Beat Agents isn’t for you. However, the gameplay should appeal to any music game aficionado. Obviously, these songs probably won’t be on your iPod, but you’d know them, and that’s probably enough. Frankly, Elite Beat Agents is a brilliant game. While I sit here waiting for a sequel with a wider selection of songs across more genres, and Wi-Fi play, you should be going out and picking this one up.
"Elite Beat Agents" é bom exemplo de localização. Na verdade, foi totalmente refeito para o gosto do ocidente e sem perder a bizarrice e diversão do original. O game é simples e cativante, um "must" para os adoradores de um game musical. Trata-se de um dos jogos mais divertidos para o pequeno notável da Nintendo.
Elite Beat Agents is niet geheel onverwachts een super leuke game geworden, het spel kende namelijk reeds in Japan én Amerika een enorm succes. Als ingrediënten bevat dit ritmespel toffe, uiteenlopende muziek, kleurrijke graphics, uitdagende gameplay en de mogelijkheid om samen met een vriend je dansschoenen aan te trekken. Bovendien heeft men het ook mogelijk gemaakt om de DS Rumble Pack aan te sluiten, waardoor je het ritme van de muziek ook écht gaat voelen terwijl je lustig met je stylus aan het klikken bent. Een echte aanrader en een van de beste DS-games van dit moment!
This is a true gem, and will probably go unnoticed by the general public or marked as being too quirky, but seriously, if you find enough money just sitting in your bank account, take the plunge and buy this game. It really is splendid.
Christ Centered Game Reviews
Elite Beat Agents is a highly addictive and original music game that is sure to keep you playing for many hours. There are a few appropriateness issues, but nothing more than children’s television programming.
The easy level is accessible to anyone, but the harder levels are devilishly challenging. This game fits best with kids 10 years and older, because the humor created by the exaggerated story lines will be lost on younger kids. Also, some of the story lines are inappropriate for the younger set because they feature scantily glad women with jiggling breasts, and a story of the loss of a parent.
Video Games Daily
Due to this game's slightly more obscure nature there's a chance it might slip through the net of many a DS owner. But if you see it, BUY it. This is definitely one of the best games out there for DS - you won't be disappointed.
The most similar experience on the gaming market to Elite Beat Agents, aside from its predecessor, would be Dreamcast's Space Channel 5 series. That series' creator (Tetsuya Mizuguchi) hoped those games would make people feel good about humanity, but it's likely iNiS's Elite Beat Agents accomplishes that and then some. The title just has some sort of magic to it, in spite of its humor and deliberate cheesiness, that encourages good vibes, especially by the time the over-the-top finale is completed.
Overall, sure, Elite Beat Agents has trouble making the same impact as the unexpected brilliance of Ouendan, but it does a miraculous job of avoiding the constraints of the culture it arrives in, and infuses the player with the same borderline prescience of tap-judgement that rendered the original's level design so inspired. It even cleans up a few quirks along the way. The multiplayer options (single- or multi-card), along with rumble pak support, merely add some soothing background melodies. And so where we'd expected to disapprove of EBA for messing with a formula, instead we're in the welcome position of being able to recommend Ouendan fans pick it up - you'll be surprised - as well as insisting that DS owners oblivious to the previous phenomenon either get the US version of hang about for the European release this summer. OSU!
Import-geek protestations notwithstanding, Elite Beat Agents is here, and it deserves to be in every DS owner's library. Very few games can truly claim to be for all players of all ages, and this is one of them. With a delirious mix of slapstick humor, comic storytelling, infectious music, and tons of replayability, Elite Beat Agents is one of the best music-oriented games to date and stands among the cream of the DS's impressive library. Don't miss it.
Elite Beat Agents is a pick-up-and-play kind of game, but challenge-seekers and perfectionists will find that the precision involved makes the game super-challenging on higher difficulty levels. No matter what song or difficulty you're playing on, it's always easier to fail than to succeed, so you're going to feel engaged no matter what. If "wacky," "quirky," or "freaking bizarre" turn you off, you may not pick up what this game is laying down, but unless you have something against having fun, you really ought to try.
Elite Beat Agents shows all the signs of becoming one of those underappreciated genius games that most people never try. It's in a niche genre, it can't easily be explained, and at a time when all the cool kids want "cool" games, it is gloriously goofy. Since you're reading this, however, there's still hope that at least one more gamer will find out why this cheesy, over-the-top, music/rhythm game is one of the year's very best for the DS.
If you're into musical games, if you love to play music or if you simply want to try something new, you owe it to yourself to become and Elite Beat Agent.
Despite its crazy concept, this game is a force to be reckoned with. It’s got a zany cast of characters, witty dialogue, and three funky men with dance moves unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The game requires near-perfect timing and stylus-handling skill to complete, with some incredibly addictive gameplay and a decent learning curve to balance it all out. If all else fails, the game allows you to jam out to some of America’s most popular tunes. If you’re up for the challenge, this game can show how elite of a gamer you truly are.
Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents make up one of the most original and fun video game concepts ever devised. Elite Beat Agents takes much of what made Ouendan great, improves upon it, and successfully converts it for another market
EBA performs admirably, making improvements where needed and retaining the same charm, humour and enthusiasm as its imported cousin. It's a more accessible entry into the franchise, but there's nothing to stop anyone from picking up both. The best game on the DS finally has a rival, and Gamestyle is overjoyed.
Armchair Empire, The
If you only buy a handful of games each year Elite Beat Agents should be among them. It’s fun, plain and simple. And really what price can you put on fun?
Elite Beat Agents is a quirky, imaginative title that is exactly the reason why the Nintendo DS is dominating the market currently. The gameplay brings home console rhythm gaming to the palm of your hand seamlessly thanks to inventive and natural usage of the stylus, with a varied track list, an entertaining storyline told through a relevant and clever visual style, and hours upon hours of addictive replay value. EBA is one of those games that shows off exactly what you're meant to do with the Nintendo DS and will easily remain one of the most entertaining games to ever hit the striking little handheld.
Pocket Gamer UK
Not even dodgy tunes stop Elite Beat Agents being one of the most entertaining and accessible games on DS
Elite Beat Agents shows that the DS is no slouch when its comes to rhythm games. This title is truly one that earns its money back quickly after purchase. You will be playing this for months afterwards. If you are a DS owner and a fan of rhythm games then this is definitely something to put on your Christmas list.
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Elite Beat Agents obviously can't match the thrill of the new that came with Ouendan - it came out of seemingly nowhere to enthral almost everyone who took the plunge and imported, and it's true that familiarity with the songs takes just a little away from the uniquely Japanese charm of the original. But really the highest praise you can give EBA is that it's fit to be mentioned in the same breath as its forebear. In other words, it's the second best game on the DS, and one of the most effective and impressive localisation efforts ever.
Though there isn't much competition, Elite Beat Agents is easily the best rhythm game available for the Nintendo DS, and for that matter, it's easily one of the most randomly addictive experiences on the platform. The idea of just tapping circles in time with music while dudes in suits dance doesn't sound like much on paper, but the insane presentational components and enjoyable challenge the game puts forth do a lot to bring the whole experience together into something extremely playable. Those without a penchant for the unabashedly bizarre might find Elite Beat Agents to be a bit too much, but just about anyone else with a DS would do well to try this one out.
One day in the future, perhaps mankind will have transparent hands, but until that time, practice makes perfect, and in turn the Agents demand a lot of perfection. The various difficulties and cumulative score stretch a simple game far and deep making it a worthy game for anyone’s DS. It can be digested in small chunks making it perfect gaming for the on-the-go types, and there’s honestly no other handheld game like it.
Except for a few flaws, Elite Beat Agents is flawless. Provided you enjoy rhythm games, the simple yet challenging gameplay, combined with the nice variety of songs and a humorous premise, makes EBA one of the better handheld games of 2006. You have my permission to purchase. Now rejoice.
Siitäkin huolimatta EBA:a jaksaa aina yrittää, kun DS:n sattuu käteensä nappaamaan. Jos läpäisemätön viisu turhauttaa, voi aina naureskella kerran läpäistyille uudestaan. Jatko-osa on jo ilmestynyt Japanissa, joten toivotaan että sitä ei jouduta täällä taas vuosikausia odottamaan. Hot-Blooded Rhythm Soul Hey!
Was für ein wundervoll beklopptes Spiel - das Design ist völlig bizarr, Grafikstil, Comicrasanz und Ideenreichtum würden für sieben Games reichen! Die Musikauswahl mag hier und da streitbar sein, doch selbst Ashlee Simpsons »La La« oder Plastikweibchen Cher samt ihrer Auto Tune-Vergewaltigung »Believe« sind wunderbar spielbar, und passen im Idealfall sogar thematisch zur Levelgeschichte! Dazu kommt noch der hervorragende Mehrspielermodus, der besonders kooperativ für beste Laune vor dem im Groove wippenden DS sorgt. All das und mehr macht Elite Beat Agents zum besten Rhythmusgame für den kleinen Doppelscreener - okay, es gibt bislang keine Konkurrenz, aber das soll das Ergebnis nicht schmälern. Bin mal gespannt, wie sich Jam Sessions im Vergleich dazu macht...
Despite being hard, you're not actually discouraged at all. Its like every time you lose, and lose you WILL, you just wanna play MORE....and THATs a sign of a good game. I'm giving 8.5/10 Desperate Housechickens.
Lo interesante de la jugabilidad es que no solo se reduce a hacer las acciones en orden, sino que para poder realizarlas correctamente sera absolutamente necesario seguir y acompañar el ritmo de la cancion, de otra forma no podremos terminar los niveles, esto es algo muy bien logrado.
Purists would say that Ouendan's humor, J-pop soundtrack, and Japanese dialogue make for an overall better game. While it's true some of the quirkiness of the humor is better conveyed in the Japanese counterpart, Elite Beat Agents is no slouch, and is an overall very fun game. For those who already own Ouendan, you'll find Elite Beat Agents retains much of what made the Japanese original so much fun. For those new to the DS rhythm game experience, Elite Beat Agents is a great introduction to a series we'll hopefully see more of on the DS.
Elite Beat Agents is one of the most unique games on the DS, and while we don't see it appealing to everyone, fans of rhythm games like Guitar Hero should really get a kick out of having that sort of action on the go.
A near-perfect example of the rhythm/action genre on the DS. Elite Beat Agents is stylish, fun and engaging from start-to-finish, and a highlight in the DS unique catalogue.
Gentiment débile, Elite Beat Agents est drôle et addictif dans son gameplay. Tapoter en rythme l'écran tactile au stylet est une solution particulièrement intuitive. Il est simplement dommage que le titre contienne sa part de frustration et de confusion par moments.
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Dodgy track list aside, this is a consistently fun and often funny title that keeps the charm and oddity of the Japanese original intact. It's also one of those games that could only work this well on the Nintendo DS, and it's difficult to resist these Agents' combination of charm and dance prowess.
As far as rhythm games go, Elite Beat Agents is one of the best. This English language version of Nintendo's deliriously goofy Osu! Tatake! Ouendan is a must have for the DS. It's perfectly suited for the platform, it's got a good variety of songs, and it's weirdly different enough that you've got to see it to appreciate it.
There is certainly a market for this game, but it just didn’t do it for me. Elite Beat Agents features a good gameplay layout and great presentation, but the repetition and most of the soundtrack dragged the experience down for me.
Game Informer Magazine
For one, I really dislike the garish and loud sound effects that occur whenever you hit a beat; it’s like listening to a hyperactive two-year-old drumming all over the track. In addition, I found that the touch screen controls weren’t dead accurate enough for me to really get into the flow (a problem exacerbated by the note placement, which is sometimes rather unmusical to my ears). Unique? Yes. Creative? You bet. Great? Not quite.
It would appear that the DS has received its Guitar Hero, complete with career mode, unlockables and a high difficulty. I’m regretfully torn over this one. I want to love the wacky stories, the comfortable gameplay and the classic rock collection, but as a guy and a gamer, I wasn’t really looking to spend my game time struggling with Ashlee Simpson tunes. Elite Beat Agents is a wonderful DS game, entertaining but wound up a little too tightly.
The idea behind Elite Beat Agents is one of the best I've seen. The story is told with near-perfect timing, and the engine itself is solid. However, the song choice is incredibly spotty, and the multiplayer modes are a disappointment. Elite Beat Agents has a lot of potential, but it's going to take a much better song choice to take advantage of it. While EBA is certainly good for rhythm gamers, it's going to take a much better soundtrack to encourage everyone that the agents really are go.
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"Elite Beat Agents" ist ein Musterbeispiel für ein einfaches Spielprinzip, das auch auf Dauer fesseln kann. Die starke Musikauswahl (siehe Kasten unten links), die schrille Comic-Grafik und der spannende Mehrspielermodus runden den "guten" Gesamteindruck ab.
Surprisingly, CIA agents and song and dance make for a brilliant combination that proves the Nintendo DS is a perfect home for quirky, niche games.
Elite Beat Agents is a one of a kind game that is original and fun. The formula and design of Elite Beat Agents is wild with the music, touch screen and cartoon drugged up stories. All this is good, but Elite Beat Agents has some bad. The bad is awful syncopation between the tap points and the music and the use of Karaoke music in place of the real artist's songs. I'm not going to write off Elite Beat Agents because there is a lot of entertainment value here and it's a fun addictive game. For the music lovers, and musicians, you might not groove in the same time signature as these off time Beat Agents.
Game Informer Magazine
Like with most rhythm games, this is in tune to the music, but the circles can become hard to follow as the difficulty begins to ramp up and more and more of them pop onscreen. The bigger issue here, however, is that something always felt a little off when using the touch screen. I just don’t think this kind of touch interface is well suited to the rhythm game genre. After awhile I actually did start to enjoy myself a little, but Nintendo was never able to convince me that the game works well.
Bij veel muziekgames is het concept simpel en de gameplay verslavend, dit geldt ook voor Elite Beat Agents. Het is wel jammer dat er tijd besteed is aan een overbodig verhaal en niet aan meer nummers c.q. levels. De negentien nummers zijn in niet al te lange tijd uitgespeeld en ondanks dat verschillende moeilijkheidsniveau's en de multiplayer-modus de levensduur van de game verlengen waren we er na een week wel klaar mee.