Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 review
DDR gets more Extreme for the 2nd time

The good:

Over 70 songs and 100 minutes of music. New gameplay modes for advanced players. Online play. Supports the EyeToy camera accessory and dance pad controllers.

The bad:

No "Arcade mode" this time around. Several songs are repeats from previous versions.


The 4th PS2 installment & the 2nd in the Extreme series, DDR Extreme 2 attempts to build on the popularity of the franchise by taking the tried-and-true gameplay formula and add new gameplay modes to appeal to all players and increase the replay value.

The graphics are generally excellent. The backgrounds consist of MTV-style music videos, mostly various animations with a few "real" videos. The quality is the best of all the DDR games (especially noteworthy is the CG/anime-style video for "Polovtsian Dances and Chorus", one of the best yet in DDR) and the dancer models, while still not perfect, have been greatly improved form pervious titles. Sounds are once again top-notch, and even improve on the arcade version's even if you don't have a top-of-the-line sound system. Just about every different genre of music is covered so everyone will find something to like. Controls very a bit depending on how you play: If you choose to use a dance pad most work very well, whether you get a Konami pad or buy your own 3rd-party pad. If you use the PS2 controller, the directional pad and button inputs are extremely responsive and accurate, although setting up for double mode is rather tricky. Gameplay is the same DDR as it's always been-as the arrow passes over the "step zone", press the right step/button to hit the arrow in the middle-simple to learn yet hard to master. Extreme 2 includes all the game modes from previous games, although the traditional "Arcade mode" is not included this time around, which may disappoint some players. The main play mode is "Dance Master Mode", which challenges you to complete nearly 200 different missions, which are the songs with different objectives to reach to pass or fail. The game also throws in hidden objectives and other extras to keep you playing. Also included are several new game modes for advanced players-the "Nonstop" and "Oni/Challenge" modes return with a new name and you can unlock Survival, Endless (play until you can't play any more, possibly forever!), and Combo Challenge. Each of these modes is unique and challenging and add lots of replay value to the game. The song lineup delivers on the promise of 70+ songs, delivering a total of 75 songs once everything is unlocked; The song selection is excellent but one minor complaint is that if you have any of the previous DDR games on PS2, you're going to recognize quite a few songs. Also, PS2 players still don't get a few popular songs that Xbox owners get, so you won't be able to get your "bag" fix again on PS2. Extreme 2 also includes just about every dance character ever featured in the home version, Training & Edit Modes, and a re-worked Information area called "My Room", where you can check out your accomplishments and gameplay hints. And while EyeToy compatibility again returns, the other big addition is that online play has finally been added-you can play online against your friends or even compete in the unique Internet Ranking system.

While Extreme 2 does take a couple of small steps back, Konami once again takes a couple of even bigger steps forward with the series, and the result is an almost-perfect version of the game with very high replay value and great soundtrack. The game's easy enough to make it accessible to beginners yet has enough challenge to keep the best dancers coming back for more, making it a great addition to any wannabe dancer's game library.

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