Dance Dance Revolution Extreme review
More updates than the average DDR installment

The good:

New styles of game play, still does DDR the way it's meant to be done, an enjoyable game to play with friends, party mode is great fun, even though it does stray from the main premise, Hands and Feet is interesting, licensed songs aren't that bad, videos are still colorful and interesting, and the game will satisfy any fan.

The bad:

Series is getting a little old, mission mode can be downright frustrating, not as much songs as the average DDR game, you only get two mini-games in party mode without the Eye Toy, some of the Eye Toy games are a little boring, not much to unlock, graphics aren't the greatest (even though it doesn't really matter), and it probably won't attract much more newcomers.


You would think that the DDR era would be ending soon. I mean, prior to the release of this title, the series has been going on for six years, becoming insanely popular in arcades. Even though most of the fire has burned down, Konami is still bringing out the games, which is a good thing for any fan. As of most updates, this one delivers more than just new songs, we are getting a variety of new modes to freshen up the experience.

You can expect all the things DDR is known to do, such as an arcade mode that lets you dance to three songs at a time, which can get a little annoying after a while. There is an event mode in the options menu you can turn on that will take away three stages and replace it with unlimited stages. Of course, this has been featured in previous installments, so this isn't anything new. The game features the recent Endless Mode, which throws out, well, an endless array of songs until you cannot dance anymore. The workout mode tracks down the calories you burn. OF course, you can play with a friend, or utilize the "double" mode, where one player controls two dance mats. These dance mats are the key to DDR, as this is where the exercise plays a role. You could also use a controller if you felt like it, but people have found this to be both pointless and boring. There is also a mission mode thrown into the game which feels slapped on. The premise of this mode is to complete small segments of songs while completing specific goals. This sounds interesting, and for the first fifty missions, it is. As you experience the last fifty, this "mission mode" feels more like "stupidity mode", because there are goals so extreme, such as getting zero points throughout an entire song (this means stepping on all arrows with goods, almosts, or boos), that it feels like a waste of energy to even try to complete it. There is also a versus mode in mission mode, that allows you to complete some of the same songs and goals, only with a friend. As surprisingly as it is, the competition is quite fun.

DDR is, if you haven't figured it out yet, a dancing game. Your feet are used to hit directional buttons on a "dance mat". The arrows you hit should correspond with arrows rising up towards the top of the screen. There are more than sixty songs, with four to five to even one difficulty level for each. This game can be really fun with friends or really weird around people who think you look like a complete idiot dancing to a television.

As I mentioned before, there are quite a few new modes in this game. Party Mode is no exception. There are a lot of mini-games to be enjoyed, even though most of the games will be restricted without the use of the Eye Toy camera. The two mini-games that don't need an Eye Toy are plenty fun, including one called Hyper Dash, a running game that puts you in competition with a friend to the finish line. The other mini-game is a game that has you matching up animals with their food of preference. (for example, the frog wants the insect, and the rabbit wants the carrot). These games don't quite live up to the mini-games that require the Eye Toy.

In case if you don't quite know, the Eye Toy is a small camera that lives on the top or bottom of your television set. One mini-game used with the Eye Toy is very simple: the Eye Toy shows your image on the television so you can watch yourself dance. This is quite creative in its simplicity. Another mode has you dancing to the arrows while striving to wipe foliage off the screen so you can see the scrolling arrows. The most innovative mini-game though is Hands and Feet. Included with stepping to the dance arrows, you must also use your hands to wave over hand panels when necessary. This plays unusually like another rhythm and dancing game called Eye Toy: Groove, a game worth checking out. This can get quite difficult, and it will sap up even more calories.

Like most song lists in the game series, you are combined with licensed songs and Konami-created songs. The licensed songs aren't that bad and the Konami-created songs are still catchy and enjoyable. There isn't much room to unlock songs though, because you start off with around forty-five songs at the beginning, which isn't always a bad thing.

The graphics aren't the greatest, as noticed in other DDR games. This doesn't really matter though, because the game isn't about flashy graphics. People who are watching you play though also have the little video to watch in the background, which is interesting and colorful. The actual music videos for some of the licensed songs are actually interesting, especially Junior Senior's "Move Your Feet", which in my opinion is already a good song itself. Captain Jack's "Only You" is also a little interesting if you are the one watching it.

Sadly, even though this game will probably only suck in a few newcomers into the series, it will satisfy the fans with something a little more than what they had expected. The song list is still strong, even though it may lack a bit in length, and unlocking is something that may be a strong point or weak point for the user. The Eye Toy adds another dimension to the entire experience. Overall, this is a game that can attract any rhythm and dancing genre fan.

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