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Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo DS)

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Written by  :  NeoJ (428)
Written on  :  May 04, 2009
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Summary

God bless Ouendan

The Good

Since many years, the concepts music and videogames walk hand in hand creating a new concept of interactive for players all around the world. This new concept of game has been received very well, players are enjoying a new game experience and reviewers score that kind of games really high.

Elite Beat Agents is just a "version" of the successful Ouendan, with new songs (not oriental songs) and new characters. The strategy is obvious, to become a world famous game, a top-quality game known everywhere. It looks that they managed to achieve that goal, at least in that terms...

The game uses the same gameplay with no new features on this matter. The conclusion is clear: if you liked the concept of the previous one, you will like this one too, only when you don't start to be frustrated because of its negative points. The songs selected are rock, punk, pop and dance songs (adapted from the original ones). The comical stories are in the same line as they were in Ouendan and it looks that the difficulty has been reduced substantially. The multiplayer mode is still available, in there you can battle against another player.

The Bad

The songs from the previous games were more fun than this ones (anyway, it's something subjective) and the game loses its Japanese essence which was so particular.

Unfortunately, the game has just one important negative point, but it's the most important one: Synchronization. There's no doubt that this is the most important thing in a game of this genre. Inexplicably, many songs has "strange" things like out of time rhythms. You will play the game like a mind exercise instead of a rhythm exercise as it should be because of that, and you'll be angry many times if you notice it. If you have not played the other games of the series maybe you won't notice it, but if you do, you'll know what I am talking about.

There is no doubt about the importance of this matter in a game like that, problem that wasn't in previous games which were much more rhythmical and everything converged much better. The main problem of this game is the fact that the game already existed, and you can compare the game with the previous game.

The Bottom Line

Elite Beat Agents is a good game. The players that have not experienced the previous games will enjoy it much more than the others because it's going to be the first time that they face up such an original game, one of the most remarkable sagas in this new concept of gaming. If you like the game, try the previous ones because they are much better. If you've played the previous ones, try it if you want, but forget about the good job made in the other games of the saga.