Beatmania Bundle - PlayStation 2
- Spin the music to more than 50 club tracks, including pop, techno, drum 'n' bass, trance and house
- Exciting 2-player modes allow players to perform cooperatively or competitively
- Exclusive hits from some of the hottest DJs and remixers in the scene
- Multiple options and difficulty settings make Beatmania easy to learn and challenging to master
- Pulsating audio and visual presentation delivers the club experience to your home
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The actual game itself is a reskin of the Japanese beatmania IIDX 9th style. I see nothing wrong with the interface, it's functional. This mix has an okay selection of songs, both lisences and Konami originals from the greats like Taka. There are a few songs which will be familiar to US DDR players, like Mobo*Moga, and a lot of familiar faces. Sana, Togo, L.E.D., they're all there. This mix has a great selection of songs for someone just getting into beatmania, and has a five-key mode, supposedly to help beginners by omitting the two extra keys used in IIDX mode.
If you like this game, and get good at it, you will want to import games from Japan, which have better interfaces and song selections, and even though everything is in Japanese, there is translation help for these games available online. Plus, even though this will get costly(anywhere from approx. $40-upwards of $70), you won't have to import a Japanese controller, as the American one is better quality and works fully with all Japanese IIDX games.
This game _is_ difficult, though, and you will take a while to get used to the gameplay and become a great player. It will happen over time. The beatmania series is probably the best Bemani game on the market, and the first ever. Coming from DDR helps a little bit, but beatmania is really a completely different experience.
By the way, it is *really* supposed to be "beatmania", not "Beatmania".
The game itself is a beat game, by hitting a key you are adding music to the game, the better you do the better the song sounds. I gave this game a 5 for fun and 3 overall because the soundtrack on the American version is horrible but it's still fun to play. If you just want to try a new Bemani game I would tell you to try this, if you like it you might want to think about getting an import PS2 and importing the some of the others from a site like playasia.
Basically, this is what you do. You buy this game just for the controller. Take the controller out of the box and set it aside. Go to a Japanese website and start ordering Beatmania IIDX games (I highly recommend Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress + Premium Best). While you are waiting for the good Beatmania game to arrive, use the American version as a frisbee. That is all it is good for. The music is bad, the mechanics are somehow wrong, it is missing modes, and it has a total fatal flaw that kills any possible aspect that could redeem itself. It has... an unlocking system.
This is how it works. Under freeplay when you first start the song, you have Jam Jam Raggae, that's it. What you do is play Arcade mode, play a song you have not played before so it gets added to the freeplay mode. THEN, to top that off, not all the songs are selectable. You have to play an easy song first, then you can select more songs. Assuming from the crappy music selection you find yourself playing this garbage even with the TV on mute (yeah, they get THAT old), you get to select another possibly better song. After the second, all the songs (I think become accessible). You have to do this at least 20 times before you get to have a reasonable amount of songs to play for freeplay mode. Really, the only good song I see is PARANOiA, and it is not even the good one. It is the 190 dirty mix. Couldn't they have used PARANOiA 2MB KCET Clean Mix at least? Or what about Max 300? Or any of the famously difficult songs from Dance Dance.
Bottom line, nightmarishly bad game for the music series, but a must have so you can get the controller and start playing imported Beatmania games with good music and no stupid unlocking systems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game was fantastic. It was big in Japan but didn't hit it big here in the US. I would say if you like DJ Hero this is a great little game for you.Published on September 22, 2013 by Edward B. Reagle III
There is something about this game that is as enticing as Guitar Hero is to all. Though males are more apt to try this, the females need to come forward and give it go. Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by DLJ
I enjoy playing games with the likes of Guitar Hero, Amplitude, Frequency, DDR and Drummania, and I will rate these games: GH=5 stars; Amplitude=5 stars; DDR=4 stars; Drummania=3... Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by A. Daguio
Beatmania bills itself as a DJ music mixing game. Really it's a lot like Guitar Hero, but instead of a guitar you have a short keyboard that makes either keyboard or drum... Read morePublished on May 13, 2006 by Lisa Shea
If you love hip hop or r&b then you are in luck, most of the songs on here are in that genre. Few dance tunes and mostly unfamiliar music grace the American version of Beatmania. Read morePublished on May 3, 2006 by Aaron Merkel