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GameSpy (Nov 14, 2006)
The original Gitaroo Man remains one of my top five favorite games for the PS2, so I'm not all that surprised that I got sucked right back into the game on PSP. Sure, I would have preferred a new game instead of a moderately enhanced port, but at this point, I'll take all the Gitaroo that I can get. Maybe if everyone buys enough copies this time around, Koei will see fit to give us a sequel.
GamePro (US) (Dec 04, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives is definitely a worthy addition to your PSP collection. Though it has its glitches, Gitaroo Man Lives is a great gaming experience that will keep you rocking from sunrise to sunset.
IGN UK (Aug 21, 2006)
So, cards on table time: is Gitaroo Man Lives! worth your cash? Well, anyone with even a passing interest in rhythm action titles who missed out on PS2 original simply owes it to themselves to pick up one of the finest games the genre has ever produced. However, unless you're a complete Gitaroo Man die-hard with an itching for portability that simply must be satiated, the lack of decent extras means you might want to think twice before forking out for essentially the same game a second time around.
87 (Oct 17, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives! is an accomplished game, there is no doubt about that. Children and adults alike who love interactive music games such as this should most certainly give it a look and will thoroughly enjoy the musical ride from start to finish. However, as is sadly the case most of the time, avid fans of the series will be disappointed and if you have already played the original then you will not want to buy this PSP version, as it offers you nothing apart from going through the experience again and an unnecessary hole in your wallet.
As we mentioned earlier this is one of the best games we’ve seen on the PSP and it’s a massive shame that the game just isn’t for deaf gamers. Still there’s not much that can be done about it as the game is music based and this would have been a difficult game to have made deaf gamer friendly. Essentially then it’s a great game but it’s just not one for deaf gamers.
Press Start Online (Jul 16, 2006)
Though the PSP has been heavily criticised for its number of ports, here's one that's more than worthy of a purchase. It's refreshing to see a game like Gitaroo Man hit the console, when most developers are wasting their time trying to convert titles ill-suited to the handheld format. While it would have been nice to see a brand new Gitaroo Man game, the original has been polished enough here to make it a PSP must-own.
The music is performed by a very diversified Japanese musical group. The tunes rock, roll, twist, sparkle and pop. They are catchy, upbeat and certainly worthy of repeated listening. The game is presented in a very colorful style with all the flair of a quality cartoon with incredible 3D backgrounds. The two-player modes offer some replay value but the competitive mode isn’t all that different from the single-player mode and the co-op mode still feels like you’re in a competition. Gitaroo Man Lives is definitely a must-play game but I would recommend a rental since it’s relatively short and the replay value is limited.
IGN (Dec 05, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives! Makes the jump to the PSP and never misses a beat. Sure, it’s still a short game, even with the addition of new tracks and multiplayer modes, but it’s nevertheless unique and still very rewarding. Plus, it actually makes a fine portable title, which is as important as any other factor when it comes to PSP titles.
Worth Playing (Nov 15, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives! is an excellent title that is somewhat undermined by its lack of content. True, it may have twice the stages of offerings like Parappa the Rapper, but gamers expect a bit more for their investment these days. That said, those who can stomach the thin dollar-to-gameplay ratio are in for a great time, especially since Gitaroo Man Lives! is one of the only rhythm gaming options on the system. A longer story mode and an Infrastructure multiplayer mode would have sealed the deal, but as it is, Gitaroo Man Lives! is still one of the best rhythm titles on the market.
Overall Gitaroo Man Lives! Is still a fantastic game that gives me the same enjoyment it did nearly five years ago on PlayStation2. It’s a great package as it is, but you can’t help feel that the KOEI could have done more with the release than a simple remake of the original game. Perhaps we’ll see a true sequel one day, huh? For now though, don’t ignore this title whilst sifting through the generally mediocre lineup of PSP software, Gitaroo Man is a modern classic.
G4 TV: X-Play (Nov 28, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives! Is made by the same small team of game designers who made the radical, Japan-only Nintendo DS game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! The game was such a hit with early adopting importers that its being released in the stateside as Elite Beat Agents with all new music and a different story. With only a couple new multiplayer tracks on this re-release one gets the distinct feeling that PSP owners are being forced to settle for more sloppy seconds. It's not like the original is all that rare. It's just old and can still be found for less dough than you'll drop for this UMD. In a real way Gitaroo Man Lives! is like an aging rocker who rehashes their popular singles rather than taking the time to hit the studio. But hey, not all reunion tours are bad. The Pixies still kick ass, right? Maybe material that still feels as fresh, fun and challenging as Gitaroo Man Lives! still deserves an encore.
Yahoo! Games (Nov 16, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives delivers an awesome performance on PSP. However, its short length leaves it feeling more like an opening act than a headliner. Despite this flaw, music fans are urged to not miss the game a second time. Like a great song, you'll cherish your time with Gitaroo Man, and will undoubtedly play through several sessions.
80 (Oct 27, 2006)
De Playstation Portable maakt zijn naam meer dan waar. De handheld maakt de Playstation draagbaar en dat met dezelfde games die ook voor de Playstation 2 zijn uitgekomen. Van nieuwe, originele titels moeten we het namelijk niet hebben en geporte versies van oude games vliegen je om de oren. Deze keer is het de beurt aan de 2002 Playstation 2-hit Gitaroo Man. Een vrolijk muziekspel waarin het draait om ritme en extreem coole gitaarmuziek. Om duidelijk maken dat het spel nog steeds bestaat, gaat het op de PSP verder onder de titel ‘Gitaroo Man Lives!’.
Defunct Games (Nov 21, 2006)
Gitaroo Man Lives proves to be a thoroughly entertaining remake of one of the strangest music games of all time. While it's easy to be disappointed that this is not the sequel we've all been waiting for, this PSP game manages to maintain everything that was great about the console game and make a few improvements. Hopefully this will be Gitaroo Man's new home; I would love to see the franchise continue with sequels with even crazier enemies, songs and talking animals. If you somehow missed Gitaroo Man on the PS2 this is your chance to play one of the nuttiest music games of all time.
Game Revolution (Nov 16, 2006)
And finally, the game doesn’t have much replay value. Finishing songs with perfect performances earns unlockable game art, and finishing the entire game unlocks the requisite big reward. But nothing will keep you coming back to Gitaroo Man Lives! once you’ve beat it dead. Still, this is a remarkable music game, one that captures the two-handed feel of playing a guitar, pairs it with some fascinating and challenging original music, and, at one shimmering moment at least, successfully fuses music with plot. Unlike most guitar solos, this one ends way too soon.
70 (Oct 03, 2006)
Si cette version PSP de Gitaroo Man PS2 reste fort convaincante grâce aux qualités de ce dernier, elle accuse tout de même un lourd handicap. En effet, mis à part le mode Duo assez limité, rien ne vient enrichir cet opus portable, pour le coup relégué à un simple portage plus cher que l'original. Certes on s'amuse mais on reste tout de même focalisé sur cet arrière-goût de coup marketing facile. Un très bon achat pour qui n'a pas la version console de salon. Les autres, vous savez quoi faire...
70 (UK) (Jul 06, 2006)
Despite the questionable long term appeal, Gitaroo Man Lives! is one of those games that you'll cherish while it lasts, but only truly get the most out of if you're lucky enough to be able to engage in multiplayer. For the right price it's one of the most endearing and unique handheld titles around. You'll love the songs, cackle at the bonkers storyline and dig the glorious riffs - there really is nothing else quite like it.
69 (Oct 09, 2006)
RECYYYYYYYCLING! Ich frage mich, wie man auf die Idee kommt, ausgerechnet eines der älteren Rhythmusgames als Remake auf die PSP zu packen. Aber angesichts der bevorstehenden Parappa The Rapper -Neuverwurstung ignoriere ich es einfach mal, und freue mich. Denn die Mischung aus Britney's Dance Beat, Space Channel 5 und wüsten Manga-Träumen hat zwar schon gehörig Staub angesetzt, macht aber nach wie vor eine Menge Spaß - auch und gerade wegen der verrückten Figuren, des über weite Teile coolen Sounds und der... ahem... herausfordernden Levels, die den Bildschirm mit »Drück mich!« schreienden Symbolen derart zukleistern, dass einem die Haare zu Berge stehen könnten. Nichtsdestotrotz: So spaßig das Knöpfchendrücken eine Zeit lang auch ist, ist es auch spielerisch veraltet, bietet wenig Wiederspielwert und ist gerade für Kenner des PS2-Originals kaum einen Blick wert - die kennen das alles schon.