Bust A Groove Reviews (PlayStation)

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Apr 27, 2003)
Bust A Groove (and its sequel Bust A Groove 2) are the highlight of Metro’s music game development. After these two releases, they moved on to a less intuitive and more frenzied input system in Dance Summit and the awful input system of Britney’s Dance Beat. This is the pinnacle of both ease of use and depth of play and I hope they return to this system if the TRUE Bust A Groove 3 is ever released. Bust A Groove is a game you don't want to overlook, so open your mind and check it out.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 15, 1999)
The longer you keep it going, the fancier your moves become, but hit a wrong button and your dancer gets out of sync like a drunk white guy (or a sober white guy). Competing with a friend is a trip, and you can even perform attacks on your opponent to throw off their rhythm. The its colorful lighting and fancy camera angles, the game almost has a Soul Train vibe. If you're into musical games, Bust a Groove belongs in your collection.
IGN (Nov 25, 1998)
Simple to play, not too hard to master, and addictive as all get out.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 07, 1998)
Un jeu magnifique, qui rate la cinquième étoile pour une durée de vie peut-être pas aussi élevé qu'on l'aurait voulu. Mais, Bust A Groove remplacera avantageusement une soirée Karaoké ! Evidemment, si vous êtes un vieux grincheux allergique à la techno et à la disco, évitez ce jeu ! ;-)
Powder puff power rating: This game is chock full o' girls, and they're awful cute in that gaming girlie way. Women will dig 'em because they're portrayed in a good light (ie, they can actively kick some tail and aren't standing around doing the "help, help!" thing), and guys will dig 'em 'cause they've got nice boobies. I hope we can say "boobies." If not, I'll just say they're busy busting some seriously hype grooves with some seriously hype busts. Yeah. No matter how you slice it, no Playstation library is complete without this game.
Game Revolution (Dec 01, 1998)
Bust a Groove really takes the fighting game genre and turns it on its head with an interesting and very original concept that will have all your friends itching to try it. This game's as fun to play multiplayer as WWF War Zone but without the daunting learning curve. Still not convinced? Rent a copy the next time you throw a kegger. You won't be disappointed. It's like the Men's Wearhouse, baby: I guarantee it.
If you are interested in my personal opinion I would definitely advise that you rent before buying. Simply because Bust-a-Grove is one of those games that you will either love implicitly or hate repugnantly. Although it all sounds very easy to pick up and play, if you don't have rhythm, then you won't get very far. Judging that fourth beat can be a little tricky when it occasionally falls out of sync with the music. It should prove an instant hit with the kids.
GameSpot (Feb 20, 1998)
Bust A Groove won't draw nongamers in like PaRappa did, but it's still quite a bit of fun. The great music and graphics go a long way, and again, the motion capture is really terrific. If PaRappa left you wanting more games in that vein, Bust A Groove makes for a good follow-up.
Power Unlimited (Oct, 1998)
Grafisch gezien ziet B.A.G. er goed uit. De dansers en de achtergronden zijn gevarieerd en er is goed gebruik gemaakt van motion capture.
Video Games (Oct, 1998)
Ich persönlich kann gezielten Tastendrücken recht wenig abgewinnen, obwohl mich die flüssigen Tanzanimationen wie auch die abwechslungsreichen Musikstücke beeindruckt haben. Unmusikalische Zeitgenossen werden ziemlich schnell frustriert das Handtuch werfen und die meisten Verrenkungen ihres Charakters nie zu Gesicht bekommen: Da Ihr die verlangten Tasten-Combos zusätzlich auch immer im richtigen Takt drücken müßt, reicht schon ein kleiner Patzer und Ihr habt hoffnungslos vergeigt. Im Gegensatz zu Spice, wo der Preis tatsächlich heiß war, stimmt die Relation hier - wie übrigens auch schon bei PaRappa - leider nicht. Als Party-Game ist‘s dennoch ganz annehmbar.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1998)
Im direkten Vergleich schneiden beide Rhythmus-Spiele gleich gut ab. Während Parappa origineller und charmanter aufbereitet ist, punktet Bust A Groove durch den coolen Soundtrack und exzellente Motion-Capture-Animationen. Die Bewertung ist indessen schwierig, denn entweder liebt man dieses Spielprinzip, oder man haßt es. Am besten probespielen.