DanceDanceRevolution finally makes its splash on the Sony Playstation 3 platform. After years of waiting since its initial reveal in 2008, it has appeared to have changed in form but still remains fun and fast paced to make it fun for people of all ages. However, as is always the case in these music oriented games, the musical selection is always a make or break deal. For people who like a mix, on disc, of the 50ish songs about 25 are the, as people would say, jpop/jrock Konami original songs, and a similar number of licensed songs ("Love Like This" Natasha B, "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga...).
The game lacks online multiplayer, but features 4 player multiplayer with support for PS Move controller with the mat (which caters to at most 2 players). For single player, most of the action takes place in the dynamic Club Mode which is where one will go to unlock all of the songs that are not in the initial 20-30ish'. This mode starts players off on beginning, and as one plays more they will increase their dance level to unlock songs and go to higher difficulty. One of the faults of the mode is that one can not initially start off on a higher level, they have to dance to get higher, so people who arent beginners have to endure the period of that slow speed. The dynamic difficulty can change in the midst of a song by way of the Trick mechanic in which things can happen to the arrows (slow down, speed up) or it can change the difficulty, or any mix of the two. It takes a while to get used to, but it is plenty fun as it keeps one always on the lookout. There are other features such as playing with reverse arrows, hidden, playing up to 20 songs back to back, free play mode where multiple settings can be altered. Therefore on the features set, it covers enough aspects to cater to a wide range of players. The game can also count the calories one burns, as well as do video uploads of them dancing, and there is a training mode. Finally there is the opportunity for DLC which hopefully Konami will comb through their catalog of past DDR games and choose songs as well as introduce new ones (not just licensed tracks).
I found the game to be pretty fun for the PS3 and the graphics and arrows look pretty clear. The announcer guy keeps me focused as well. Im glad they did not decide to keep the actual music videos in the backgrounds of the songs as it seemed kind of distracting, while just keeping particle effect explosions, and other abstract color changes seem to be a bit more enjoyable to see (well they have pop in figures and such too, so its not just bland).
This was a fun game for a beginner to the HD Console Version of DDR, and one of the things I liked about it on the PS3 is the opportunity for DLC. The game is fun, and dancing is active. I like the mat as well, though I found I have to actually listen to the directions and go with "bare feet" instead of socks etc, I guess a certain amount of pressure must be applied.
Definitely check it out if one is a DDR fan as the premise for DLC and having it on the PS3 is too large of an opportunity to pass up and show support to Konami so more DDR's can come out. Sure it may lack online multiplayer or have a small offering of songs on disc, but it is still fun no less and thats all that counts.
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