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There's not a great deal else to say. My piece was spoken some time ago as far as DDR's core gameplay, and that hasn't changed a whit. Konamix adds more on top of that, much more than its predecessor, making it a worthy purchase for DDR fans who haven't already gone to the trouble to import a Japanese equivalent.
After breaking on to the arcade scene and PlayStation with Dance Dance Revolution, Konami continues to ride the groove train bringing us yet another dynamic dance floor remix. DDR is credited with providing the first taste of this innovative series and the Disney version that followed offered familiar characters boogieing to recognizable tunes. However, it’s the latest upgrade from Dance Dance Revolution Konamix that gives fans the freshest rotation with improvements on several fronts.
There is still no "Butterfly", but it doesn't matter. When Konami released Konamix, they presented the US with a title that really shows us how great a DDR title can be. The tracklist is great, the options are numerous, and the game is simply a blast to play. For beginners or for players with tons of DDR experience, Konamix is highly recommended. Rent first if you're unsure, but if you buy it, you won't be sorry. Now if we can just get Konami to bring the rest of the Bemani titles over with this kind of treatment... come on, Konami!
All in all, the quality-price ratio of DDR Konamix makes it a worthwhile title to add to your PSX/PS2 collection. But make sure to have some duct tape handy if you want to get the most of the game, or be ready to invest in a sturdy pad.
So what’s not to like about this game? You can show off in front of your friends, stay in shape and hone your arcade skills in the privacy of your home. The graphics aren’t much, but the music and gameplay is what matters most. It can be hard to recommend a game that requires you to purchase an extra accessory just to enjoy it, but if you’re a smart shopper you can pick up the game with a pad for around the same price as a brand new game. Not a bad price considering it’s the only game I’ve ever played almost daily for more then a month. For those of you searching for lots of bang for your buck search no further; Dance Dance Revolution Konamix is here.
All in all, even if I sometimes look about as a REAL badger trying to tap dance on a square gaming pad, there's once thing I always feel when playing this game - happy! I don't know why it's taking so long for this to catch on over here on this side of the puddle, but I'm hoping before too long I'll start seeing DDR nights on the local billboards rather than Karaoke nights. There are just so many wonderful options to make this game as easy or as difficult as you like - and it's got enough music collections and variations to keep you from ever really getting bored with the game. So slip those socks off and get your feet ready to move - will you be as sleek as a gazelle or as "graceful" as a gorilla? Don't be intimidated - be incited! With a little practice you might surprise yourself - and in the meantime have a little fun!
Konami’s back with another serious case of boogie fever with Dance Dance Revolution Konamix. If you missed the first DDR and passed on the Disney version, this upgraded update is the ultimate invitation to put on your dancing shoes.
As a DDR fan, I found myself liking Konamix quite a bit. The tweaks to the gameplay caught my eye, and I really like some of the new additions, like the ability to track my workout progress. Hardcore DDR fans, especially those who have modded their PlayStations to allow for imports, might not be too impressed with the fact that a lot of the music in Konamix comes from previous versions. Additionally, Solo Mode won’t capture too much of their attention, considering that Game Mode provides the option of up to eight arrows across two pads, while Solo Mode only adds two diagonal arrows. Since the harder option has been present in previous titles, the diagonal section may provide a warm-up for the seasoned player as opposed to a challenge. But, for those aficionados of rhythm titles, those looking for a good gaming experience with an elevated heartbeat, or those people who’ve just gotta dance, Konamix should answer that footloose jones nicely.
DDR: Konamix has enough to entice the DDR newbie and appease the hardcore fan. It's just a much better product than the original DDR USA and the Disney Rave, both in breadth of songs and range of features. It's really the game that DDR USA should have been. Though it isn't a reinvention or anything that drastically changes this already innovative game, it fills a hole for gamers who don't like to import.
Though it's as technically sound as the original DDR, Konamix is much harder to recommend, partly because it's more of the same, and partly because of the subpar music selection. The whole Bemani craze has been extinguished in Japan, replaced by more bizarre, arcane forms of rhythm games, and it's arguably losing steam in the US, as the audience that would take interest in a DDR game appears to be dwindling. Konamix seems to be catering to the hard-core DDR crowd, but at this point, most of the truly dedicated dancers have snatched up the many Japanese DDR releases for the PSOne, rendering this version useless. Casual players who enjoyed the original Dance Dance Revolution for the PSOne may want to check out Konamix, though the novelty is likely to wear off faster this time around.