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You’ll never catch me playing this game in the arcades but having Dance Dance Revolution Extreme on my PS2 ready to humiliate myself in the privacy of my own home is undeniable fun. I suppose there is a certain demographic that will really enjoy this game, girls and anyone who can dance, and the camera will certainly feed the ego of those wanting to become TV stars, even if it is just in your own home.
DDR Extreme not only gives DDR fanatics what they need with new songs, but it also adds cool new EyeToy features to the mix. Fans of the series and people with EyeToys should give it a look.
Though much of the music sounds similar, all the tracks are uniformly excellent both in their mixing and in the suitability for the game. If you have the required peripherals, you owe it to yourself to check out the best version of DDR yet released.
Konami has gone way out of their way to please as many people as possible with this game. Beginners, experts, EyeToy owners, Trance fans, J-pop fans, R&B fans, Disco fans, fans of old material, fans of NEW material, workout buffs…there’s really something for everyone if you look hard enough. There’s even a dance pad bundle set on the shelves to help get new people into the game. The only problem is that a small portion of the population will actually take the time to look at this game, considering music games are very low on the totem pole (damn Halo lovers). Mainly DDR fans will pick up this mix, while others will turn up their nose. Which is a shame, as this mix has a lot to look forward to.
DDR Extreme is a worthy addition to any DDR library. The Eye Toy support, Mission and Party Modes are welcome additions. The plethora of unlockables is nice too. The songs collection is pretty good but I don?t think Like a Virgin fits in an E rated game.
Overall, the game features everything dance nuts could want from a new Dance Dance title. Dance Dance Extreme Revolution features old songs plus plenty of new ones. Of course, the biggest feature in Extreme is support for the Sony Eye-Toy. And this is precisely where the game needs a little tweaking. Many of the camera specific games lack the all-consuming addiction of the regular dance mode, and some, namely “Magic Ball,” simply don’t belong. For what it is, an update to a wildly popular dance “sim,” Extreme succeeds for sticking with what worked in the past. Sure, it includes some lame camera games, but the game would still be plenty of fun without them.
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme isn't going to convert anyone who already feels one way or the other about the series. If you already think the series is for knuckleheads, the addition of Power Pad-like running games and EyeToy support isn't going to save it. Likewise, since the major changes made are essentially secondary to the main game, DDR purists won't all of a sudden feel like they're playing an entirely different game. But the new additions bring some much-needed variety to a series that's been on the verge of stagnation for the last year or two. So if you're a DDR fan looking for some new challenges, or if you're a DDR junkie who just wants some new songs to work with, DDR Extreme contains both of those things in abundance.
The main problem with Extreme is its user-hostile interface that makes it hard (if not impossible) to "back out" when you accidentally select a wrong option. That's unacceptable, considering how clumsy the dance pads are for navigating menus (hint: press start and select to reset the game). Also, I found the increase in difficulty from "light" to "standard" to be rather steep. Otherwise DDR Extreme is sure to please gamers who like to get off of their asses every now and then.
At this point, I think that DDR fanatics are simply looking for an updated song list with each new version of the game. That's exactly what you get with Extreme. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same old dance simulation that you've played several times before. It's definitely fun, but the only real innovations, the EyeToy games, merely provide a fleeting diversion. Unless you're hoping they'll breathe new life into this franchise, you won't be disappointed.
When all is said and done, if you're shy or don't play many games with friends, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme probably isn't for you. As a complete neophyte to the series, I found that I only enjoyed myself when me and some friends were making fools of ourselves. If you want to play it alone, expect to invest some time in learning how to dance to a rhythm before the game becomes fun. Series veterans, from what I'm told, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme is more of the same with over 70 new songs that don't disappoint. And for everyone...the dance pad is a must. I tried using the controller out of frustration once, and pressing right and left at the same time, to say the least, is difficult.
It’s probably too late to warn all the Bemani fans; many have already wasted their money on this atrocity. So I’m going to beg you all: until Konami stops messing around with wastes like this, don’t buy any more Dance Dance Revolution games in this country. Don’t tell me that this boycott will keep us from getting quality releases – we’re already not getting those. I’m tired of feeding off of scraps of good games, and other DDR fans should as well.