Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. 80
    The biggest feature in Extreme is support for the Sony Eye-Toy. And this is precisely where the game needs a little tweaking. Many of the camera specific games lack the all-consuming addiction of the regular dance mode, and some, namely “Magic Ball,” simply don’t belong.
  2. Goes beyond the standard update and delivers some new styles of gameplay that freshen up the experience without sacrificing the things that made the games popular in the first place.
  3. If you have the required peripherals, you owe it to yourself to check out the best version of DDR yet released. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  4. DDR Extreme not only gives DDR fanatics what they need with new songs, but it also adds cool new EyeToy features to the mix. Fans of the series and people with EyeToys should give it a look.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    With the inclusion of the Eye Toy and a few new mini-games, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme is more than just a dance game, it's a revolution.
  6. This version isn’t revolutionary enough that it will recruit fans who didn’t like it the first few times, but fans of the series will eat this up and gladly shell out the bucks for what Konami has to offer in this go round.
  7. In some ways this game understands that the core of a game is not flashy graphics and interactive soundscapes but is in actuality the gameplay. DDR is an extremely involving game, it’s like being mind controlled.
  8. 70
    It's definitely fun, but the only real innovations, the EyeToy games, merely provide a fleeting diversion. Unless you're hoping they'll breathe new life into this franchise, you won't be disappointed.
  9. 80
    Though most of the songs are poppy club music, there’s a surprising amount of variety and the tunes serve their purpose perfectly. For the truly extreme, dancing across two pads offers the ultimate challenge for your skills.
  10. As with most of these dancing games you either “get” it or you don’t. For those that do, you won’t find a more comprehensive or fun dancing game out there. The new camera-based game modes add greatly to an already fantastic DDR package and sets the bar just that much higher for the next installment.
  11. Edge Magazine
    It is, of course, more of the same, but the concept is as compulsive as ever. [Jan 2004, p.107]
  12. If you’re a true fanatic then you shouldn’t think twice about purchasing this game. It contains everything you’ve loved about the previous entries, coupled with some new mini-games and a bevy of new tracks to dance to.
  13. 60
    It has everything the last version had, right down to the training and calorie-counting modes, and, aside from the EyeToy support and new songs, not much else. So, if you aren’t into watching yourself onscreen, the upgrades are minimal.
  14. The game now has a total of 50 songs, plenty of different modes to choose from in the same old DDR Style. Any fan of the series couldn't go wrong with this one.
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I love the new minigames because you don't need grace or rhythm; they're all about just moving your feet as fast as possible, without the frustration of trying to stay on beat. [Nov 2004, p.143]
  16. In essence, you've seen it all before. Unless you want to see yourself.
  17. 80
    If all the many mini-games in this release seem less than scintillating, at least a couple work fairly well, and the basic DDR engine is as fun and challenging as ever.
  18. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's the most feature-packed DDR yet (inlcuding ithe return of workout mode - yes!), and it holds up every bit as much as any of the series' previous releases. [Oct 2004, p.92]
  19. PSM Magazine
    Extreme's additions are extensions, not reinventions, and that's actually good news. With DDR Extreme, you know what you're getting; you're just getting more of it. [Oct 2004, p.33]
  20. While it may not add much to the core game mechanics, the addition of varied and entertaining minigames make this a worthwhile purchase for fans of dance games such as DDR.
  21. What I got was DDR with the EyeToy thrown in as an afterthought. It’s still worth a try if you’re a DDR fan or have an EyeToy and want to try something a little different, but Dance Dance Revolution Extreme just doesn’t live up to its name.
  22. Without a doubt the best in the series to date. If you love the franchise this game buy is a no-brainer.
  23. While this DDR is solid, some of songs are repeats from past versions, and the use of the EyeToy comes off as more of a gimmick than a real extension of the gameplay. Still, fans of this series will be pleased at what Konami's put together.
  24. netjak
    Unless you decide to blow huge amounts of cash on the nicest floor pads available (and I mean the top-of-the-line metal ones, not the excellent Ignition pads that RedOctane puts out), this game is unplayable except with a standard controller. And let’s face it, this game is Dance Dance Revolution, not Finger Tap Revolution.
  25. GMR Magazine
    With the new modes and new tunes, Extreme feels more robust than other versions of DDR. It's more accessible without neglecting its core audience - fancy footwork to be sure. [Nov 2004, p.118]
  26. Plays like a homage to the entire series. Everything from the old school characters to the classic songs makes DDR fans reminisce.

Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. MichaelN.
    May 26, 2006
    it is the best and my friend jaime likes dance dance revolution.
  2. DannyW.
    May 26, 2006
    this is the best game in the world! awsome.
  3. CoolKid
    Mar 2, 2006
    You can play this game for hours, and it just gets more and more addicting as u play. great choice, and no, u don't need top of the line You can play this game for hours, and it just gets more and more addicting as u play. great choice, and no, u don't need top of the line controllers. Full Review »