Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. 100
    For our money, it's the best portable eight-track available and one of the best reasons to put your PSP in your bag before the commute to work.
  2. 91
    Beaterator is not the perfect music-crafting software, but for the price, it's damn good.
  3. A superbly produced and well executed app for your PSP allowing you to create your very own tunes.
  4. Beaterator proves to be a great piece of software, capable of meeting the expectations of any wannabe composer. Its limits are in fact strengths dictated by the developers' purpose: to offer an accessible music creator that might unlock the doors for those that, one day, could find themselves composing music.
  5. 89
    Beaterator isn’t really a game, it’s more a simulation of an audio studio. A lot of samples and intuitive options to make your own great tracks, which you can save on the memory stick and listen every time you want.
  6. This is what I like about the gaming industry: there’s always a surprise waiting for you around the corner. Although the offering has obvious technical limitations and does come with a solid learning curve, Beaterator is very interesting and packs enough punch to please and intrigue any kind of gamer. Beaterator is worth checking out!
  7. All in all, Beaterator is an interesting and unique piece of software for the PSP handheld.
  8. Beaterator hits hard on the PSP, becoming a new milestone in electronic music creation and editing.
  9. Beaterator represents a challenging diversification for Rockstar, who perhaps know more about beating people up. Having said that, this pint-sized music creation title sure packs a punch.
  10. Beaterator is your number one when it comes to creating music to your heart’s content. Whether it‘s messing around with samples that this title came with or producing your very unique song – this „game“ is for you, lots of free time on your hands recommended.
  11. 83
    I wouldn't say you're ready to start your own label with a PSP and a pocket full of dreams or anything, but certainly your start in the world of commercial hip-hop and electronic music making has never had a more accessible leg up, or been so much fun.
  12. In conclusion, Beaterator is a rather sturdy music application for the PSP which allows users to create music on the go.
  13. Easy to use, fast and very accessible. Nowadays, Beaterator is the best console solution to create high-quality musical pieces in a games console.
  14. If you’re not a music person, you could have fun with Live Play mode for a little while, and if you’re an audiophile, you may find yourself frustrated with the game’s limitations – but if you’re looking to compose some decent tunes for giggles, Beaterator is your game.
  15. 80
    You CAN make complete songs with Beaterator, it's just not as easy as it should be. It is a portable music studio for your PSP with many of the same features you find in expensive PC software for a mere $40, so that's saying a lot. But a portable music studio simply has to be easy to use, and Beaterator isn't there, yet.
  16. A luck of a game for any music-lover that's willing to find any studio mixer made exclusively for the handheld. Beaterator offers lots of content with the north american producer Timbaland, and hell if he doesn't really suit this role. A must-have if you're interested in this field.
  17. The first thing you ought to know about Beaterator is that it’s not a game. The second thing is that it is not so easy to use. The third thing is that it’s an excellent alternative to most sequencing programs, and an excellent portable tool for making your own music on the go and share it with the world.
  18. The opportunity to record your own live music over the top of your sequenced compositions, to export Midi files with your loops and to save out songs as .wavs are features that go beyond where console-based music packages have ventured before.
  19. Excellent stuff. For newbies this is a decent introduction to electronic music construction, and a brilliant little portable test bed for the experienced producer. It even exports MIDI.
  20. An amazingly well featured music making package for your PSP. It takes time and effort to yield Beaterator's fruits, but for those looking to take their first steps into music production it's a fantastic place to start.
  21. 80
    There are lots of layers involved with Beaterator and peeling those layers back and discovering a new sound or enjoying others' creations is what makes this a success at the end of the day.
  22. Powerful and accessible music maker that's NOT a game.
  23. Beaterator brings an excellent music application to the PSP which makes it possible to create some slamming tunes. It has an accessible and entertaining Live Play mode for newcomers, but if you want to create a track from the ground up, an extensive knowledge of production software or perseverance is required. Although Beaterator can't compete with professional software on PC or MAC, the low price and ability to create a mix everywhere you go makes this something worth buying. Even for seasoned professionals.
  24. Beaterator works simply because it provides a decent set of audio tools, and clear instructions on how to use them. At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the menus and libraries, but ultimately its sheer user-friendliness, the common controls, and omnipresent video tutorials win out the day.
  25. If you're a fan of hip-hop or electronic music and interested in creating your own tracks, then Beaterator is definitely worth a look.
  26. 80
    Slickly presented and impeccably well put together, Beaterator is an incredibly accomplished piece of music-making software that will keep you occupied for as long as you're invested in creating your own tracks.
  27. It is more of a tool for the creative ones than a traditional game. It is a simple, cheap and a rather powerful alternative to the more expensive and complicated software alternatives for the hobby musician.
  28. You can make a great beat with a bunch of simple functions through the Live Play-mode, but you can also make great tracks in de Studio mode. The program offers a variety of possibilities to go very deep in the game, but seeks out the competition with the computer-software at that point. And if I have to choose between a PSP game or a computer program I choose to make my tracks on a computer for that use.
  29. Beaterator is one of the most interesting PSP titles in the last few months.
  30. Enjoyable freeplay mode. [Dec 2009, p.86]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. IanF
    Jan 21, 2010
    Had this for a couple of days now and love it. I have Cubase etc on my PC and this does a very similar job on a handheld. I don't use Had this for a couple of days now and love it. I have Cubase etc on my PC and this does a very similar job on a handheld. I don't use timbaland's loops at all - everything I've done I've started from scratch - it gives you options for chords, there's a separate drum synth tool, you can add effects (reverb etc) on the synths, seriously, it's awesome - it's all you need to make your own music now Full Review »
  2. harryg
    Oct 7, 2009
    Beaterator is an awesome music app which makes it very easy to make tracks that sound professional. It really akes you feel like a great Beaterator is an awesome music app which makes it very easy to make tracks that sound professional. It really akes you feel like a great musician like Timbaland. Full Review »
  3. Mar 9, 2012
    Played with it for a while, but ultimatelly i lost interest, with some homebrews doing about the same stuff in a more likeable manner. Still,Played with it for a while, but ultimatelly i lost interest, with some homebrews doing about the same stuff in a more likeable manner. Still, this "game" deserves it's respect for being unique, for being Rockstar and, to be objective, is not bad in itself, just not everyone's kind of thing. Full Review »