Pump It Up: Exceed PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Mastiff
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
Buy On
  1. In Andamiro's Pump It Up: Exceed, the first US home edition of a popular Korean dancing series, we're finally presented with a good alternative to DDR.
  2. More than a knockoff, less than original. [Oct 2005, p.102]
  3. The lack of unique modes is disappointing, as is the lack of focus on newbies.. Hardcore “dancers” will be in heaven, but everyone else will find themselves left in the dust.
  4. Although less flashy than the more reknowned DDR series, Pump it Up debuts with a fun selection of tunes, and the brilliant 5-button setup.
  5. While DDR fans may be a bit put off by the “natural” layout of the buttons, the stellar music and fun graphics will have you making room on your floor for a new dance pad.
  6. 72
    With the variety in the huge song selection there's a lot of dancing to love here. It's still just a shame that the presentation and design of everything around the dancing still needs some work.
  7. Complements "DDR" in the same way that strawberry jam complements peanut butter and bread. Peanut butter is fine by itself. Mix it with some homemade jam and you may never eat one without the other again.
  8. Overall PIU is best enjoyed by DDR fans looking for a little challenge. The game is too brutal on beginners to win many converts as only the patient and diligent will stick with it long enough to get good at it.
  9. Walk right past this title and pick up the latest version of "Dance Dance Revolution," for whatever system you like.
  10. It’s a dancing game designed for hardcore dancers that are willing to spend the time to relearn their footing.
  11. I just can't work up a sweat with Pump it Up -- my treadmill is easier to use and more fun. But hard-core dance game fanatics looking for a "DDR" alternative definitely should check it out.
  12. 60
    "DDR" veterans are sure to Pump It Up, but if you're just starting out then it's best to start with something easier.

Awards & Rankings

#38 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ReneH.
    Aug 20, 2005
    Very very good.
  2. Jerry
    Jul 27, 2005
    I played the pump it up arcade game and it was the most addictive game I have ever played. I'm not much on arcade games, but when I I played the pump it up arcade game and it was the most addictive game I have ever played. I'm not much on arcade games, but when I played this one I spent over 20 dollars on it in 3 days. I love it. It is fun and easy to play. In just about an hour I was ready to play Beethoven's Virus, a level five song (five equals hard). Trust me it is an awesome game that I think everyone, gamers and non gamers alike, would love to play. Full Review »
  3. BillyBob
    Jun 5, 2005
    This game is off the hook. The best dancing game ever.