Beatmania PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2006
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Beatmania US just isn't the game it should be, bottom line.
  2. Right now, all we're left with is a great controller and a set of lackluster songs.
  3. Though it isn’t the freshest rhythm game in the world, Beatmania hits the stage rocking thanks to a pretty large list of tunes, a groovy controller and tons of modes and options.
  4. For fans of the genre (or the arcade game) only.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    Doesn't really offer the same visceral thrill as something like "Guitar Hero" or even any of the "DDR" games. [Apr 2006, p.82]
  6. 60
    Beatmania certainly had the potential to be a great rhythm game, as its controller and even ideal are great. However, its terrible track listing really hampers the experience, and its overly flashy UI doesn't help.
  7. Beatmania is dated. It could have been released on the PSX and we could all be over with it by now.
  8. 60
    The tunes vary widely in difficulty -- and while personal taste in music is something I can't debate in a review, I found the overall selection of music to range from good to, shall we say, "interesting."
  9. The only problem, though, is that this isn't the best edition to find a release, as the displays are above average at best, and the music selection is wayyy lacking.
  10. 60
    However, the song selection, which I'd normally talk about later in the review, is pretty ass-tastic.
  11. Beatmania had the makings for a solid rhythm game with its sweet turntable peripheral, accessible-yet-challenging gameplay and plethora of game modes and options, however when the most important element to this type of game -- the music -- is so forgettable the entire gameplay experience is essentially ruined.
  12. Get a better game such as "Guitar Hero" or "Taiko Drum Master."
  13. Tired of dancing to the tunes? Konami lets you become the DJ, with the aid of a cool controller. Fun for a while, if not for the dated songlist.
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    58
    If you're determined to don cans and rock the boards, you'd be better off just buying the real thing. [Apr 2006, p.102]
  15. Beatmania's long-overdue release outside of Japan shows off its many weaknesses, with the most egregious of which being its unimpressive song list.
  16. With some small tweaks, this would’ve been a title worth playing, but then it would’ve just been another "Frequency" or "Amplitude." My verdict? Pass.
  17. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#81 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    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!!!
    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!
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  2. CharlieC.
    Jun 20, 2007
    7
    Could have been considerably better, particularly the largely obnoxious music selection, but such a low price for such an awesome peripheral 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. Full Review »
  3. JimmusM.
    Sep 29, 2006
    5
    Lame. The beginning songs are just annoying and sound like someone dabbling on a sequencer board. The scratching is under-sensitive and 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. Full Review »