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  • Summary: Namco brings a version of its popular Japanese drum series to the US market. Taiko No Tatsujin ("Drum Master") first appeared in Japanese arcades in early 2001. It was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2002. The game is played by hitting a drum-shaped controller with two sticks to the beat of various songs. More details to follow. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. I don't care what you read anywhere else. This is a MUST HAVE game for anyone who likes music and owns a PS2. Admit it; at one time in your life you fancied yourself a drummer, beating on pots and pans or anything else that made noise. Now you can live out those fantasies and actually sound pretty good doing it.
  2. 90
    A rhythm game lives and dies by its music. Taiko Drum Master is packed with songs that you can find yourself playing for hours, and get a decent upper-body workout from too (hey, you try pounding through Oni mode for a couple hours without burning some calories).
  3. Peripheral issues aside, Taiko Drum Master is probably one of the first rhythm games in a while to actually provide some amount of creativity to the genre.
  4. Very fun, and the graphics are incredibly endearing. [Dec 2004, p.106]
  5. And with the exception of the fact that the mini-games suck, the game on a whole is pretty cool, and the concept is well executed.
  6. Play the pounding ''My Sharona'' on the Taiko peripheral and you may feel as though you are doing more than just beating a gimmicky peripheral in time with the music. You may feel as if you are grooving with the band, achieving oneness with your video game.
  7. Too much effort was spent trying to force loveable, quirky characters down my throat with all the believability of The DaVinci Code's plotline.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MadC.
    Sep 20, 2004
  2. Becky
    Jan 4, 2005
    I love this game, I played it while living in Japan and was so excited to see it here in the U.S. on PS2! I highly recommend it, my 4 and 6 year old girls love it as well. Problem is the game only comes with one drum and they don't sell the drum seperately at this time. Expand
  3. AngelaS.
    May 31, 2005
    As a drummer I was excited for the release of Donkey Konga, however, as a PS2 (exclusive, for lack of funds) owner, I was even more excited when I heard rumor of Taiko Drum Master. I bought the game on the same day that my friend bought it. So, my first day playing was mostly spent in duet mode. Like in Donkey Konga, you are either pleasantly surprised by the fact that the players notes differ, or you are scarred to death by the fact that "you don't get it" on the first try. This was enough to make me a bit off every once in a while Expand
  4. AndrewL.
    Nov 16, 2004
    The most fun I've had since Tetris. One point deduction for not teaching the "hard" rhythms. They're so fast, it's very difficult to pick them up. One point deduction for the controller being loud. Can't play this game if someone is trying to sleep in the next room. Expand