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  • Summary: It's the 25th century and our intergalactic space reporter dives into an adventure where she must battle with a series of dastardly villains! Are you ready to save the universe through the medium of dance? You must first battle wicked space nasties, the Morolians, who have attacked andIt's the 25th century and our intergalactic space reporter dives into an adventure where she must battle with a series of dastardly villains! Are you ready to save the universe through the medium of dance? You must first battle wicked space nasties, the Morolians, who have attacked and subdued innocent Earthlings with their dance-inflicting ray guns. In order to break the Morolian's hypnotic grasp, Ulala must mimic the aliens' exact dance moves by keeping the beat with pauses timed to perfection. But the adventure isn't over just yet; Ulala must also face another group of intergalactic terrorists who have designs on world domination. What is Ulala to do but to kick-up some pretty funky dance moves against these evil invaders who are bent on taking over the world. Ulala is the Earth's only hope! [Agetec] - Contains both the original SC5 and the sequel, SC5: Part II, previously available only in Japan. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. GameNow
    91
    From beginning to end, these games ooze style. [Dec 2003, p.54]
  2. 90
    About my only complaint is that it's over too soon -- just an hour, without mistakes...It's unmisssable for anyone who wants to take a space-age vacation from the typical.
  3. The sequel adds in a lot of new unlockable content to help extend replay value, new face offs with vocals, longer button holds, and even instruments, and the overall controls and challenge seem a lot better in this version.
  4. GMR Magazine
    80
    Or you could get them and play them again and again the way you play a favorite album, because your $30 will get you two of the funkiest, most charming grooves you'll ever see in videogame form. [Jan 2004, p.90]
  5. 74
    Both games are short and easy to breeze through (though, believe it or not some sections are a little tricky), but it must be said UGA performed an excellent job of making the sequel far better in every regard.
  6. games(TM)
    70
    This is one of the few examples of real SEGA magic this generation. The classic 'Simon Says' gameplay has been only slightly tweaked... to give the game a better feeling of progression and variety. [July 2004, p.108]
  7. Play Magazine
    67
    Something as simple as trying to discern whether Pudding is motioning right, left, up or down withi her guitar is almost frustrating enough for a good controller toss. [Dec 2003, p.81]

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  1. NathanL.
    Nov 21, 2003
    10
    The first SC5 was one of the coolest games I have ever played on the dreamcast(besides Jet Grind Radio) The awesome long awaited sequal has The first SC5 was one of the coolest games I have ever played on the dreamcast(besides Jet Grind Radio) The awesome long awaited sequal has proven this game is worth a 10. Its great! Expand
  2. JoshS.
    Aug 22, 2004
    10
    This game is like totally cool. I just love it , love it, love it!!! Ulala in the game is soo cute. I just LOVE her clothes. I wish I had This game is like totally cool. I just love it , love it, love it!!! Ulala in the game is soo cute. I just LOVE her clothes. I wish I had clothes like that. But thats not the point. I just love its dance moves. The game is not hard but its good for like learning how to count music. Well chao for now!!! o(^-^)o *kiss* Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2017
    9
    This game introduced me to tentacle porn. Yes. That's how I'm going to open this review and there's nothing you can do about it! ButThis game introduced me to tentacle porn. Yes. That's how I'm going to open this review and there's nothing you can do about it! But seriously, this game is yet another super awesome, fun, and quirky Sega game that harkens back to an era when companies TRIED to do things differently instead of making the same cookie cutter games year after year. The music, characters, art style, and most importantly, the gameplay itself still hold up rather well today! Expand
  4. Ariel
    Aug 18, 2005
    8
    Its hard but this game is the most fun game I have ever played,because it is not your average game.
  5. XV_
    Sep 16, 2019
    7
    [This is an "unfinished review" for the 1st game]
    I have finished games that I hated but finished because I could, as for Space Channel 5 I
    [This is an "unfinished review" for the 1st game]
    I have finished games that I hated but finished because I could, as for Space Channel 5 I couldn't finish it but I really liked it, I really liked every artistic choice like music, aesthetic, dialogue, atmosphere, design, etc. As far as gameplay goes I think it can be very frustrating at certain points, the fact that when a boss defeats you and you have to go back to the start of the stage can be quite punishing, more because the difficulty make a high spike when a boss arrives so you have to do a really easy stage and then give a shot to the boss which for a non-rhythm person like me, can be very tortuous and not fun at all.

    If only there were checkpoints at midpoint or pre boss battle (I know I sound like a casual but starting from the very beginning is more annoying than anything) or maybe you didn't have a failure in the middle of the battle, instead a failure state for not achieving the rating % (the point system in this game), so you can practice at least all the stage at once and not memorizing chunks by chunks.

    Nevertheless Space Channel 5 can be really enjoyed for someone as rhythmless like me, but I won't recommend it for persons like me, otherwise, you'll have a good time with this game.
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