Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    With 71 freakin' songs, you'll be playing for months. [Dec 2002, p.70]
  2. 100
    It’s a fan’s dream come true.
  3. With the massive amount of music, coupled with a evenly paced difficulty scale, DDRMAX is set to keep you entertained for the long haul.
  4. 93
    Far and away the best DDR compilation available on the home market, and fanatics will find it more than worth the investment.
  5. 92
    The best home version of DDR ever made.
  6. The breadth of the lineup puts it head and shoulders above any other home DDR, and DDR Max features a better proportion of danceable tunes in comparison to the Playstation games. [Dec 2002, p.60]
  7. Considering the sheer number of songs presented, the game more than makes up for itself value wise, but if you then throw in all the specific choices you can add to a round of dancing, you’ll find yourself in DDR Nirvana.
  8. With other games I've felt similar feelings after beating an especially tough boss or solving a taxing puzzle. But when I truly master a song in DDRMAX, the sweat on my face and the swift beating of my heart magnifies the feeling. The soreness in my muscles and the burning in my lungs tell my body that I have actually done something worthwhile. It's a singular sensation that can make other games seem like meaningless fumbling with the controller.
  9. 90
    Delivers in modes what it lacks in next-gen flash.
  10. Offering “65+ songs”…..Hell you can utilize the game for the music alone.
  11. The best DDR out right now. You get a plethora of songs, better graphics than those found on the PSone versions, the new freeze arrows, and more difficulty settings.
  12. The new Freeze steps (where you hold your foot down in one direction for multiple beats) are a great addition to the high-steppin' action. [Dec 2002, p.202]
  13. While it appears to be ridiculous, I found it to be the most entertaining game I have played in a long while.
  14. There isn’t enough innovation or technical upgrades to make this title stand out from the previous DDR releases. But don’t let that stop you, DDRMAX offers up tons of replay value.
  15. Delivers the goods big time despite not delivering the ‘Revolution’ its title promises.
  16. For those of you who enjoy this style of game, the magic is back. DDRMAX really delivers.
  17. Easily the biggest and the best DDR yet. [Dec 2002, p.158]
  18. Far from revolutionary. [Dec 2002, p.123]
  19. Still funky and fun, but not altogether fresh anymore. It almost feels too soon of a release after "Konamix" earlier this year.
  20. Really just a slight refinement of the well-established DDR formula.
  21. If you're a DDR fanatic, there are plenty of songs on here with CRAZY difficulty, heck there's a whole mode that'll give you a heart attack trying to keep up with it. But for a novice player, the easier songs and settings are few and far between.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    I was never into dance game in arcades but for god knows what reason I decided to pick this up when it came out and I have to admit it can be fun. I can somewhat understand the appeal this game might have on some people. Full Review »
  2. Lazer
    Mar 2, 2004
    This game is awesome~!
  3. B.Thompson
    Oct 17, 2003
    This game is my big time banner in this world! The only thing I could possibly love more than this is relatives, friends, and family. And since this game totally rocks. I am going to give you an ideal look at my 3 favorite song. #3 is the mega trance hit "Dark Black Forest (Short Trip)", #2 is the monster rock favorite "I Like To Move It", and #1 comes down on the international monster club hit, "Stomp To My Beat". Full Review »