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  • Summary: Straight from the arcades, beatmania is an interactive DJ simulation that puts you at the center of the music. Utilizing a specially designed DJ controller featuring a turntable, players must create and perform the music by hitting the notes that appear on screen and scratching the turntable at the right timing. Beatmania lets you spin the tracks, feel the vibe, drop the beats and create the energy of a club all at your fingertips. Spin the music to over 50 club tracks. Show off your mixing skills with exciting two player modes. Interactive music experience that lets you mix music in real-time. [Konami] Expand
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  1. 90
    Being the mother of rhythm games, Beatmania has been around before Dance Dance Revolution ever got popular. It took a long time, but it's finally here, and rhythm game fans everywhere should be rejoicing.
  2. It is far less physically exerting than DDR, In The Groove! or Taiko Drum Master, allowing an audience who can't necessarily get up and flail wildly about to get their groove on.
  3. Beatmania is a great rhythm game, but it’s not intended for a wide audience. I don’t think too many gamers will have the patience to get better and enjoy the harder songs.
  4. For fans of the genre (or the arcade game) only.
  5. Beatmania is dated. It could have been released on the PSX and we could all be over with it by now.
  6. Get a better game such as "Guitar Hero" or "Taiko Drum Master."
  7. The weak song choice and length of the songs kill the game for casual fans or those trying to find out what it’s all about.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Apr 29, 2014
    Probably the best ps2 rhythm game.
    Also, for everybody saying this game is a clone of guitar hero... The damn game came before guitar hero!!!

    (At least the first games in the series)
    Sure, it may be hard but still the game was made in japan, what do you expect? As a osu!mania player i sure do enjoy this game a lot!
    Not a must buy, but recommended if you're into rhythm games!
  2. SamuelP.
    Apr 2, 2006
    A masterpiece of musical proportions. This game brings in the beats unlike any other music game out there. Move over DDR, watch out Guitar Hero, here comes BeatMania! Expand
  3. T-4
    Mar 29, 2006
    Beatmania is one of the best rhythm/music games in the world today. It has a huge following in Japan, and even has a strong following in America already. This release, whether flop or hit, will start something big. Expand
  4. J.Reyes
    May 3, 2006
    Awesome game. If only the songlist was longer.... it would be perfect, but it still deserves a perfect score.
  5. JamesN.
    Mar 29, 2006
    An excellent game. Intriguing gameplay, and great songs have kept me playing this game for over three years on import. I am so glad it has finally reached the states at an reasonable price. Don't let the steep learning curve get you down, the pay-off of spending time with it is worth it. Expand
  6. CharlieC.
    Jun 20, 2007
    Could have been considerably better, particularly the largely obnoxious music selection, but such a low price for such an awesome peripheral can't be beat. Plus, the game really isn't half bad. Expand
  7. JimmusM.
    Sep 29, 2006
    Lame. The beginning songs are just annoying and sound like someone dabbling on a sequencer board. The scratching is under-sensitive and doesn't register at times. The timing seems off, so you have to hit keys late to be in synch. (Gee, either that, or I have absolutely no rhythm at all...) This game is no competition whatsoever to Guitar Hero, which is fantastic. I bought it for the songs by Moby and Timo Maas, but I'll take it back to the store and hold my breath for Guitar Hero II. Expand