Taiko Drum Master PlayStation 2

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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 ofNamco 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
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  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. netjak
    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. The drum is big, (sort-of) bulky and very loud, but it is pretty enjoyable and does register your strokes well.
  4. 80
    Bonus points: "My Sharona," the greatest freakin' song of all time, is one of 30 tracks in the game. Oh, my little pretty one!
  5. Taiko's patterns can be incredibly addictive, often sending mixed signals to your brain like every good challenging rhythm game, but once you nail a string of rapid-fire sixteenth notes with rimshots buried in the middle, the game will hook you with that classic "just one more try" addiction.
  6. A lot of fun, offers great music but could use a more sensitive, less frustrating controller.
  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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  1. MadC.
    Sep 20, 2004
    10
    SO DAMN CUTE!!
  2. Becky
    Jan 4, 2005
    10
    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 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    The most fun I've had since Tetris. One point deduction for not teaching the "hard" rhythms. They're so fast, it's very 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. Collapse

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