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Jam Sessions - Nintendo DS

by Ubisoft
Platform : Nintendo DS
20 customer reviews
Metascore: 72 / 100

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Jam Sessions is a ground-breaking music experience that transforms the Nintendo DS system into a portable guitar. Players will literally strum the guitar via the Touch Screen and select chords with the Control Pad. Now even the most ?non-musical? person to become an instant rock star! The portability of the DS system makes Jam Sessions a concert-on-the-go, perfect for parties, commuting to school/work and anywhere people can enjoy music.

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  • ASIN: B000MTF04U
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 30, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,408 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on September 14, 2007
I'm an amateur musician on my good days, but my music has always been synth and electronics-based. Despite all my attempts, I have never really been able to play guitar. I can play a chord here and there or figure out a riff or two, but putting everything together and making an actual song has always been a challenge I've been unable to overcome. I picked up Jam Sessions with the intention of adding a guitar sound to my music that sounds somewhat authentic.

Anyone expecting a Guitar Hero-like experience on their DS should turn away. Jam Sessions features no cover songs or mater recordings that you play along with like you would in Guitar Hero. Instead, Jam Sessions aims to teach you how to actually play the guitar (albeit on your DS) to your favorite songs, while giving you all the tools you need to create your own.

The game controls rather simply. You strum up and down by moving the stylus in the same way. Chord changes are performed by pressing the D-pad in different directions. For a single song, you can program up to 16 different chords, so you're not really limited there. The game is also rich with extras like effects (distortion, delay, low cut, high cut, etc.) and palm muting. Plato have gone to great lengths not to limit your options when creating songs, and it does not go unappreciated.

Included in the game are 17 songs (with 3 bonus songs if you enter up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right in Free Play Mode). Essentially it's a chord chart that tells you when to strum up, down, or palm mute. There are midi demos of the song included, so if you get stuck on a certain part you can actually hear how it's supposed to sound.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ShutterBug on September 13, 2007
Ok, this isn't a game, but rather an acustic guitar simulator. Still it is fun, and there are certain game aspects (unlocking content by playing songs). I picked this up when it was released yesterday, so my time with it is limited, but I'm already satisfied that I will get my moneys worth. You strum the strings using the touch-screen and select chords using the D-pad (or can be configured to use the buttons if you are a leftie). Obviously, you aren't going to learn proper fretting from this simulator, but if (like me) you've never learned to play guitar, this will allow you to get some of the satisfaction of playing your favorite songs. Within an hour, I was playing a recognizable version of the Marley classic "No Woman, No Cry" (at least I recognized it).

I'm giving the game 5 stars, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. The main downsides I see so far is that they only included 17 songs (plus 3 more you can unlock with a simple code). Not all of the songs will be recognized by most people, but everyone should know at least some of them. I can't imagine that they songs take up much space on the game card (just the lyrics, chords, and strumming patterns), so it is dissapointing that they didn't include more, but I guess they were constrained by licensing costs. It would also be great if they would let you download or enter your own lyrics and chords, but those features don't appear to be present either. Maybe version 2 :)

Update: After playing with the game a little more, I would probably change my score to 4 stars if I could. For some reason, they only included a playback mode on less than half the songs. The playback mode is useful when trying to learn an unfamiliar song. Again, I can't see that this would add tremendous amounts of data so it seems to me that this product was rushed out the door a little bit. Still, it's fun for what it is.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Raul Duke on February 6, 2008
its sad. this game had a lot of potential, and a lot of potential for sales. a lot more care should have went into making this.

basically you play the ds as if you were playing a guitar. kind of. you can select chords from a huge variety of chords and assign them to the different directional buttons. there is a bar across the touch screen and you strum across that with the stylus as if it were a pick. you can save songs and you can use to mic to record your voice along with the guitar stuff. theres also a few effects that sound awful. its best to leave them alone.

there is no career mode to speak of. theres just a set list of under 20 songs. no difficulty settings either.

theres pretty much nothing to speak of graphically either. you can change the color of the bar in the middle of the screen and you can change the background color.

a career mode, slightly higher quality sound, and more songs just might have been enough to save this title. as it is now, i wouldnt even say its worth renting. just get a real guitar. (dont get me wrong, i love GH and Rock Band)

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KUDOS to whomever came up with the idea - a believable $19 Pocket Guitar when teamed up with a pair of speakers!

Kudos to the inventor of this DS program. ANYONE can play this and sound like a pro with a few rhythmic flicks of the stylus in hand.
Bought mine for $19 and it s the best $19 I spent in a long time.

With Jam Session, small groups can get together at home for a sing along. Anyone can now play impossible chord combinations. The program allows you to save 2 x chord pallettes (of 8 chords per pallette) hence to facilitate easy chord change, you can place the verse chords onto one pallette and chorus chords onto another and switch between the two with the toggle buttons on the DS lite. Easy . Convenient . Ingenious.

The stylus can strum out any rhythm and you can even manage the "chk"... "chk" at the end of a bar.

Everyone who has always wanted to play the guitar but does not must go and get THIS ALREADY.

Highly recommended.
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