DDR: Extreme Will Keep You Smiling with Excitement

OVERVIEW:

Whew! I just got back from playing 2 hours of DDR:EXTREME and I am quite exhausted. This game really gets you moving-all over the place. Who knew watching arrows on a screen and jumping in time to them could be so much fun?

GRAPHICS:

Yuck. By far the worst part of the game. Everything (except the arrows) is pixelated and blocky. Quite bad looking. The characters barely look like people. The backgrounds are somewhat grainy. This was the low point of the game.

graphics rating: 5/10

SOUND:

Pretty good. All the music sounded nice, even on my crappy TV. Everything was balanced out.
There was one problem with the sound however…

While playing, people in the background, by default comment on your performance. They say such things as ‘I gotta sit down, you’re giving me dance fever’ and ‘was he sent from heaven to dance!?’ This gets annoying after the first 30 seconds. There is an option to turn it off however, and most players will probably want to do this. Unfortunately you cannot turn off the comments of the game congratulating you for winning or booing you when you lose. Once you get past these annoyances the sound was pretty good.

sound rating: 7/10

PLAYABILITY:

You watch arrows on a screen and move your feet to them, what more is there to say?
Actually, while the whole game-playing aspect was fine, there is a default option that after every 3 rounds the game takes you back to the start menu. This can be turned off, however and was only a minor annoyance and disruption of gameplay.

One more slight problem is that it takes a few days to learn where the arrows on the pads are located for you to get full enjoyment. This can be slightly frustrating at times.

playability: 8/10

REPLAY VALUE:

You will not be able to stop. This game is as addicting as Tetris.

replay value: 10/10

$$ WORTH:

Another down-point, unfortunately. The game itself is $50, but then you must buy pads as well. Pads are about $20 each, and are quite easy to break. The game was worth it for the money, but it was a little too costly.

$$ worth: 7/10

IN CLOSING:

DDR:EXTREME is a very entertaining game. It can be a little frustrating to get used to, and the voices may get on your nerves, but all-in-all it’s a very fun and entertaining game.

RECOUNT:

Graphics: 5/10
Sound: 7/10
Replay value: 10/10
$$ worth: 7/10

OVERALL: 7.75/10�¯�¿�½

*This overall rating is not based on an average of any kind.

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