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In The Groove - PlayStation 2

by Sony
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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  • Over 550 new step patterns from step artists in the dance community
  • 50+ modifier options, including 20+ new arrow modifiers for creative challenges
  • New game modes up the challenge - hit arrows with your hands, while avoiding stepping on the landmines
  • Challenge a friend or the computer to an all-out competition in Battle Mode -- As you build up you can throw modifiers at your opponent. The better you do, the harder they have to work to catch up!
  • Test yourself in Marathon Mode - 4 or 5 songs in a row with no breaks

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  • ASIN: B0009I95SQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 11, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,955 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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Product Description

In the Groove is an interactive dance that really pushes your dance gaming skills. Based on the hit arcade games, this one has all-new moves and challenges. Earn points and improve your skills to become the best dancer and customize moves to hold on to your title. Keep in shape in Fitness Mode - Develop an exercise routine & track the calories you burn Features over 70 songs not featured in the arcade version, with original songs

From the Manufacturer

While maintaining the same addictive game play of popular dance titles, In the Groove features exclusive, never-before-seen features like modifiers that make the game arrows spin, change speeds, boomerang, and move in 3D along with over 60 other amazing effects that create additional challenges and endless customization for dance-game fans.

Gameplay Modes:

  • Dance: The traditional mode of play. Dance for fun, or compete for personal or machine top score.
  • Battle Mode: Challenge a friend or the computer to an all-out competition in Battle Mode. In this mode, as you score better throughout a song, you will unleash modifiers on your competitors screen. The better you do, the harder it will be for your competitor to keep up and vice versa!
  • Marathon Mode: Play four or five songs in a row with no breaks in-between. Watch out! Some Marathons also feature arrow modifiers that will affect your game play.
  • Fitness Mode: This mode helps you stay in shape by developing an In The Groove exercise routine and tracking the amount of calories you burn. You can choose between 1 Player, 2 Player, or Double Fitness Modes.
  • Tutorial Mode: this is a great way for new players to familiarize themselves with the game.
  • Over 70 brand-new songs from proven talent and new independent artists, covering a wide variety of genres.
  • Over 550 new step patterns from step artists in the dance community.
  • 50+ modifier options, including 20+ new arrow modifiers for creative challenges.
  • Unlockable songs and 15 courses.
  • Styles of play: one player, two player, or double-pad.
  • Up to five difficulty levels per song to accommodate all players from beginners to experts.
  • Innovations in step choreography--mines, hands, and quads will have you making new kinds of moves.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step up from DDR June 27, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
From a business-ethics standpoint, I should hate this game. Roxor Games, the developer, took the concept of Konami's Dance Dance Revolution and copied it almost pixel for pixel to make In the Groove - even using the DDR cabinets in the arcade for its game (that stupid move got the company slammed with a lawsuit).

But in a way, Konami asked for it. Though DDR is dead in Japan, it continues to grow in popularity in the U.S., and Konami has not addressed that fact. It has not released a new arcade version since 2002.

This left the hardcore DDR fans clamoring for more, and Roxor Games stepped in, creating an arcade game by and for the hardcore players. Personally, I'm glad they did, because it revived a dying DDR fan base.

Now we have the nearly identical home version of that arcade game, and though it's not flawless, it's definitely a step up from the DDR home releases, which target the casual player.

You'll be lucky if you recognize one or two of the songs on In the Groove's songlist - but as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing. Who wants to play video games to the same old junk that's on the radio? Most of the songs in In the Groove are interesting, diverse and highly listenable, and I plan on buying the soundtrack CD as soon as it's available.

The graphics are noticably crisper than DDR's, though the videos in the background are nondescript. Not a big deal, though.

The difficulty is where some casual fans may run into problems. This game is a step up in difficulty from any available version of DDR anywhere, and even the easier songs tend to be harder than easy DDR songs. The hardest songs, most players will find impossible, even the top players, especially without the arcade bar to lean on.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Average Niche Game October 20, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
In The Groove (ITG) is for hardcore players of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) that are tired of the same old songs at the arcade to play. It's probably the best and most challenge for your buck, leaving you with months frustration and sore legs from trying to master all the combos. It is also probably the worst produced game I've ever seen in my lifetime. This review is a direct comparison to my experiences from playing DDR, and ITG, since ITG is pretty much a mimic copy of DDR with a few bells and whistles, I will use compare and contrast examples from the two.

Taking a look at Roxor's game web site pretty much shows they are a brand new company of game developers which are funded and employed by Red Octane to sell their dance pads. Roxor's success depends on re-building a dying market of dance games that are becoming mega popular in the US despite lacking sales in Japan where the dance game craze first started.

In The Groove is America's answer to capitalizing on a good idea Konami, the makers of DDR, brought over, attempting to improve it, and making it our own while reaping all the benefits of the money.

Firstly, you will obviously need dance pads to play this game, otherwise you're missing the point of playing. Beginners are recommended to buy cheap 20 dollar dance pads to start with, but wont hold up to punishing combos on Hard or Expert mode. Advanced players are encouraged to purchase metal pads from either Red Octane or Playasia.

In The Groove hastily puts together a 70 song lineup with medicore graphics and bad licensing. None of the artists on the lineup are signed to any major record label, or for the most part are any good. Very few tracks will stand, and at times almost sound like bad imitations of some DDR tracks.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad June 21, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
In the Groove is part of the "Dance Dance Revolution" genre, made by Red Octane (instead of Konami, which made all the other DDR games). As a new publisher, the game has a very different flavor from other DDR installments.

Music-wise, there is a lot more trance/eurodance music, with a few syntho-classics (like a synthetic William Tell's overture). Step-wise, the dancing has a lot more variety than the DDR installments. Each song has 5 difficulty settings (instead of DDR's 3). Additionally, one gets the feeling that much mroe time was spent developing the dancing patterns for each song. They are much more varied than DDR - and while you can still master them all, a player who can beat 7-footers in DDR will take more time initially to master the variety of different patterns, which he hasn't seen in DDR.

While the music is catchy (which I define as songs that keep bouncing around in your head), the vocals in general are softer and not as distinctive as in DDR.

Play-wise, most of the songs have a more intuitive feel to them than DDR as a whole. When you play a song for the first time, it is easier to "catch the beat" of the steps, as the songs are catchy and comprehensible (even on the goofy songs, which might have a 5/3 beat).

The game adds two new things to previous DDR installments. There are "mines", which are in an arrow position, but penalize you if you are on that arrow position. As simple as it sounds, this adds a surprising degree of challenge to the game. Secondly, there are "3/4" arrows, where you have to use your hand, in addition to your feet. This concept was intimidating at first, but the progressive difficulty levels build on this slowly. Songs around 6/7 might have 2 feet on a freeze, and then another arrow for your hand occasionally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied buyer
I love this game! Great music choices, quick shipping and arrived in perfect condition
Published 25 days ago by hondafan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay disc
Published 4 months ago by Movie Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars best dance game ever
Best dance game out there! Alas, the one I purchased from Goodwill via amazon was scratched, probably because it was shipped in a plastic bag with zero padding. Read more
Published 5 months ago by captain melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed.
After reading the reviews I was pretty excited about getting this game... I find now that I'm a bit disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you In The Groove?
An amazing Rare hard to find game at an Amazing price! A good alternative to Stepmania or just for a collector :)
Published 16 months ago by Chris Westfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love this game used to play it all the time in the arcades too bad they stop making it got a used cd and it works great was in good condition thanks
Published 18 months ago by Dark
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
this is fun. had one before and lost it. I liked it so much I bought it twice, and had a blast!
Published 20 months ago by Sheila Molina
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this while you can
Unfortunately, this game is no longer made due to a lawsuit lost with Konami.
If you like dancing games (like DanceDanceRevolution) you might LOVE this. Read more
Published on November 8, 2012 by Lauren B. Eggers
1.0 out of 5 stars It's AMATEUR NIGHT!
In The Groove is one of those self-proclaimed dance games made by dance game fanatics for dance game fanatics. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by C. H. Mauricio
5.0 out of 5 stars Best PS2 game I own
I don't use my PS2 very much now that I have a PS3. But I'm keeping the console primarily because of "In the Groove. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by Steven Schwartz
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