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Beatmania Bundle - PlayStation 2

by Konami
Platform : PlayStation2
3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Metascore: 67 / 100
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  • 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 Beatmania Bundle is a new way to be a DJ. This revolutionary new interactive DJ tool lets you use a custom turntable controller. Combine high-energy pulsating music with cutting-edge videos, to create an unparalleled interactive audio and visual experience. Create and perform music by hitting the notes that appear on screen and scratching the turntable at the right time. Spin the tracks, feel the vibe, drop the beats and create the pulsing energy of a club in your own home.

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  • ASIN: B000CC5C8Q
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 9.8 x 3.8 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,940 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The first thing I looked at was the controller. The US Konami Official Controller is really a treat, the new rounded keys are great, and a nice improvement from the Japanese KOC. That being said, the turntable is awfully stiff and I modded it with wax paper circles. However, this mod also had to be done on the JKOC, and it's easy enough.

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".
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It's a really well made controller but the game itself is a real letdown from the Japanese versions. It's like Konami put no effort at all and just rehashed everything. BMUS could have sparked a BM fad in the US like DDR/Guitar Hero but they lost their chance. Oh well, I guess I'll be buying DJ max games in the states rather than Beatmania.
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This game is pretty fun. I don't like guitar hero because it's to easy, and I cant play DDR, I'm a fatty so I decided to go with this because I also like techno. The 7 buttons and a turn table combo gives me enough of a challenge to wrap my head around, then there are the modifiers such as 4x speed.

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.
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Konami's famous beatmania series hits the US PlayStation 2 in all the wrong ways possible. beatmania offeres the worst of both worlds as the classic beatmania "djing" gameplay is mixed with the worst songs in the series. A mixture of OLD and REALLY OLD beatmania tracks give the poor impression on the average American gamer whose oblivious to the series. Instead of Konami aiming this game as a club style game like what they do with DDR, they should have ported a modern Japanese release with all the trippy music and anime which appeals to so many Americans. Get this bundle for the controller and import Japanese beatmania games instead.
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The game itself isn't that bad. A lot of songs I DON'T LIKE but it's something to get me into the series. I had DJ TROOPRES for a few years and haven't open it yet due to no Japanese PS2. If you're like me and don't feel like investing in one (or screwing up your US PS2) Then this is something to get your feet wet. (And I agree, the US controller is vastly better than the JP controller that I have). But I totally do recommend something like IIDX 16 EMPRESS (huge selection of songs, I believe 198ish or something) but good luck finding that under $150!!!
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This is the worst mix I have encountered in the Bemani series of games next to DDRX.

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.
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