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DDR squared. Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME 2 is the best console version released in North America. It's got everything that you love plus more challenges, a dance editor and a number of extras that DDR enthusiasts will go crazy for. Unlockables are plentiful and are not easily opened.
You’ll never catch me playing this game in the arcades or even when other people are in the same room but having Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 on my PS2 ready to humiliate myself in the privacy of my own home is undeniable fun, and now I can challenge somebody online and still keep my dignity intact. 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.
Despite the fact that there's not a whole lot new here, DDR Extreme 2 is a nice package for newbies and DDR veterans. Unlike Pump It Up, the game is very accessible to beginners, teaching you the basics and then slowly ramping up in difficulty. For experienced dancers the game has another year of polish under its belt and offers up a ton of content to unlock as well as online play.
A solid update for the series, DDR Extreme 2 is sure to please fans, as well as new players, but the lack of anything really new doesn't bode well for the future. Both In the Groove and Pump It Up: Exceed have taken the same basic formula that drives DDR and given it a twist, making things feel fresh. It is this kind of revamp that the DDR series needs if it is going to survive long term.
There’s just something about being “involved” with a game’s music on an interactive level that I find incredibly appealing. Extreme 2 is no different. In fact, the new DMM and Online Mode have really been engaging me lately. Usually when I turn on the game, I head straight into the “choose your song, play for grade” mode forsaking all others. When playing EX2, I’m going into these modes and having a blast. The subtle learning curve found in DMM has really engaged me to play harder songs again, and to try and push my body to the limits I could go at around a year ago when I was at my prime. And with this new energy, I then go into Online Mode and challenge other players! Free Play has remained largely untouched, and I’m shocked as hell. Never before has a DDR title truly engaged me in such a manner. I’m addicted all right, but in a way that’s new and inviting. Wow.
The soundtrack didn't blow me away, and there's not much new in terms of gameplay, but at least the user interface is more user-friendly. That's right, you can now back up after selecting a wrong menu option. The DDR franchise seems to be treading water with Extreme 2, but those looking for more of the same will enjoy its appealing brand of upbeat dance action.
It's kind of hard to accurately judge DDR Extreme 2. There's been a number of them released already, with the biggest differences being things like song choice, character choice, and online play. At its core, each game is the same. It's what surrounds it that makes this a "new" title. DDR Extreme 2 makes some great strides to attract new players to the same old franchise. It's a noble effort and hopefully one that pays off.
Just rest back comfortably knowing that all of the old modes are back (including EyeToy support), and that the difficulty still proves that I have absolutely no rhythm. A two-player online option is new for the PS2, but otherwise, this is business as usual for the techno dancers.
DDR Extreme 2 is a decent upgrade of a series that has a fairly loyal fanbase. It sticks to its roots with tenacity, which is just fine for those who are already fans. Even though there is an established fanbase for the franchise, people who have never tried any previous DDR games shouldn't be intimidated, and give the series a shot. With online play, a generous song roster and plenty of options for beginners, DDR Extreme 2 is a great choice for gamers who love rhythm games, but have yet to take them to the floor. The only thing is, pretty much every previous DDR is a great choice for anyone who hasn't broken into the series yet. In light of that, this latest iteration is mainly recommended for hardcore DDR fans who want online PS2 play (Xbox already had online play in 2003's DDR Ultramix) and a new song roster. The gameplay is still addictive and fun, but more notable additions need to be made to keep the series fresh.
While the game doesn't stray much from the basic formula for Dance Dance Revolution game, it does offer enough to freshen it up. It continues to re-enforce a solid experience, and it is still very fun to play. I wish that this game had a better song list, which was the only department that needed improvement. While there is not much new to offer to the genre, it is something to pick up if you enjoy the rest of the series. All and all, Captain Gordon gives this game a B.
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 feels like a good update to the series. It packs a wealth of awesome tunes and a good chunk of characters and info for players to unlock. The addition of an online component comes as a welcome twist to the series, even if the current state of the "virtual" arcade is somewhat sparse. In the end though, it's still very much DDR. Extreme 2 is a nice addition, sure, but it doesn't come close to revolutionizing the series. Maybe next year.
There's not much surprising about this DDR update. The most DDR-fanatic players will appreciate all the new challenges this game provides, if only because they provide some modicum of change. However, the less enthused will find these changes much less noticeable, so they might want to wait another version or two before getting the game.
Hardcore Dance Dance Revolution fans won't listen to my criticisms, have already bought this game, and are playing it nonstop. They've stopped reading this long ago, so let me tell the rest of you a little something about them: anyone who spends as much time hanging around an arcade game as DDR freaks do has a problem, and you'd do well to stay away from them. That said, if you own another Dance Dance game already, you probably don't need this one. If you're new to the series and want to experience the art of booty-shakery, you may want to give it a try. Just promise me you'll never turn into one of those people.