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Because DDR is an awful lot of fun, on balance perhaps the most awful lot of fun I've had with a video game. I've introduced so many people to a great time with Dance Dance. My sisters all liked it. My mother thinks it's great. Words cannot express the joy of being embraced by four cute fangirls at AWA 2000 just because I could get an A on Butterfly Upswing Mix. I mean, this game is really, really cool.
Konami’s great PlayStation translation of Dance Dance Revolution gives you the freedom to look like an arhythmic loser in the privacy of your own home. The setup is simple enough step on the arrows on the dance floor to match the onscreen cues and the dance pad controller offers an arcade-style workout. The meager graphics not much more than polygonal dancers, scrolling arrows, and headache-inducing psychedelic patterns hold up well, but with 27 songs on board, it’s all about the groove. Dance Dance Revolution offers all the fun of the arcade and none of the humiliation.
Game Informer Magazine
I'm not going to star in Breakin' 3: Bikini Boogaloo after playing Dance Dance, but it's a heck of a lot of fun. Millions of Japanese (and this lead-footed white guy) can't be wrong, so you should give this game a serious shot.
DDR is beginning to take a hold in American arcades. With the success of Samba de Amigo, now seemed like the right time to unleash DDR on the home. Konami was right. The game is a challenge as a video game and an endurance test. If you like other rhythm games, run out and buy DDR. If you can swing the extra cash, get the dance pad. Using the standard controller is not as challenging or as much fun.
Import-savvy PlayStation owners who already have Japanese versions of Dance Dance Revolution may want to pass on the US release of DDR, since it doesn't break any new ground for the series. However, for the rest of us, Dance Dance Revolution is a great introduction to a truly unique series with incredibly addictive gameplay and a soundtrack that will have you humming for days.
It's the greatest arcade game of all time, but Konami dropped the ball with the song list. We'll have to wait for the next DDR.
Game Informer Magazine
A game like this is especially hard to review. Either you're the type of person who enjoys these video game versions of Club MTV, or you'd rather have bamboo shards shoved under your fingernails before you'd step foot on a modern-day Power Pad. So rather than tell you how it is, it's time for me to put the ball in your court. Do you like dancing games? Do you like other peripheral games like Samba de Amigo or Guitar Freaks? Are you looking for a fun way to get an aerobic workout? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you'll most likely love Dance Dance Revolution, especially if you've got a friend or two to play with. If you're not intrigued in the least, then perhaps your feet would be better used walking to the store and buying something else.
For the hardcore import DDR fans, there is nothing new here. But for everyone else, this game is a great source of fun, exercise, and is a cool party game. As Konami's first US Bemani effort, it is decent, but their newer DDR titles improve upon the faults found here. Skip renting it and just buy it, especially if you come across the deluxe package that includes DDR and the official Konami pad. You won't be disappointed. Third party pads work well also. If you're playing with a controller, give it a seven, and bump it up to an eight if you're cutting a rug on the dancepad.
The Video Game Critic
Expect to get a pretty good workout! You can purchase better mats, but the one included is hard to stay situated on, as it tends to slide around. And don't expect to learn how to dance playing this game, because you'll be looking pretty ridiculous playing this. The game is definitely fun, but the difficulty is a bit harsh for beginners. Playing with the normal controller is much easier, but that defeats the purpose of the game, doesn't it?