Developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99
this is an oddity, Deaf Gamers reviewing a title that has music
as one of its key features. Well to be truthful we have reviewed
a few games of this nature in the past, because there are some of
you out there who might be interested in these titles. Previously
when we've looked at any title such as this we have given a NR (not
rated) as the overall game rating. It would be unfair to actually
place a numerical rating, as most deaf gamers would avoid it anyway.
Still with a meaty subwoofer and a dance mat these titles can be
fun so let's press on.
two games we looked at before, were reviewed with just the standard
PlayStation 2 controller. This time however we decided to do it
properly and purchase a dance mat. To anyone considering a game
like Dancing Stage Megamix, which is the first Dancing Stage title
on the PlayStation 2, we highly recommend that you do the same.
These games are not meant to be played with a gamepad and in fact
some moves are impossible with a dance mat (when you have to press
left and right simultaneously for instance). With a dance mat it
all becomes so natural and you'll be bopping away in no time. There
is nothing to setting up the dance mat. You simply replace your
controller with the dance mat and away you go, it's that easy.
the game is easy but mastering it is something else. At the top
of the screen you have the four stationary directional arrows. As
the songs play you have arrows that move up the screen and pass
over the corresponding arrows and the top of the screen. The idea
is to put your foot on the appropriate arrow on the mat exactly
at the point when the moving arrow is perfectly aligned with the
stationary arrow at the top of the screen. If you manage to do this
correctly you'll either get a 'Perfect' text message or a 'Great'
text message. If you almost time it right you'll get an 'Almost'
text message whilst completely making a mess of it will earn you
a 'Boo' text message. It may seem simple but once you move on the
more complicated songs with their increased beat rate it becomes
very difficult and you'll really have to be a twinkle toes to pull
all of the moves off. Above all though it's fun and that is the
most important thing of all.
are three game modes for you to play. There is the game mode, workout
mode and lesson mode. The game mode can either be played as a single
player game, a versus game against a friend or you can play on two
dance mats if you're able to move liked greased lightning. The workout
mode is great if you want to lose some calories (more on that later).
The lesson mode is split into three categories with each category
split into eight lessons. The tutorial messages are all given in
text so there's no problems here. There are even onscreen feet to
show you how you should be standing on the dance mat.
graphically it looks superior to the PSone Dancing Stage games,
it's not the type of game where a lot of graphical power is called
for and the fact that the visual improvement is not too much is
completely understandable. The backgrounds range from animated dancers
to cell shade images and they all look good. There is a lot of multi-coloured
flashes though so if you this kind of thing gives you problems then
bear this in mind.
deaf gamers probably won't be able to appreciate the music content,
unless of course you have a good subwoofer and your neighbours don't
mind bouncing to the beat too, it is worth mentioning that you can
use these games as exercise workouts. You can even input your personal
statistics and calculate how many calories you are burning. I even
tried to trick the software by not moving to see if it still took
calories away and it didn't so you can be assured it is monitoring
your movements as it should.
has to be said that deaf gamers are probably not going to be purchasing
this title for the same reasons as hearing gamers (for the latest
music etc.) but that's not to say that fun can't be had with Dancing
Stage Megamix, particularly when coupled with a dance mat. As an
exercise tool it's fantastic and I found it very enjoyable (and
I don't like dancing).
Game Rating: NR
would be unfair to place a numerical rating on a game where one
of it's main features is the music. Still with a dance mat it can
still be great fun for deaf gamers. It's a great exercise tool too.
The tutorials are given in text and there is some text feedback
to let you know how well you are doing. There are some unsubtitled
comments though but these cause no problems. Even a handful of the
songs display the lyrics onscreen as you play.