|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 8, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another interesting facet of the game's overall look is the different depictions of the Disney Channel Stars. When you pick a character to act as your dancing avatar in regular DDR games, it's a generally thoughtless process because they all suffer from a generic and bland feel. But in Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition, you can pick different Disney Channel Stars as your avatar. And while you're not going to get some next-gen realism to these characters, they're actually not bad representations. They look like Disney Channel stars that went through a DDR machine, and that look is precisely what this game needs.
As far as different modes are concerned, Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition again hits a pretty standard note, and has a free play mode, an exercise mode, and a level editor mode. There's also an advanced mode which has four different "advanced" ways to play: course, endless, combo challenge, and survival. The only mode here that is relatively unique is Magic Mode, which is set up to give the player harder and harder music sets to play through in order to get new characters to unlock. And while Magic Mode isn't terribly new or inventive, it's one of the facets of this game that make it stand out as a Disney-specific title, so it bears mentioning.
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition is a title that will probably appeal to a very select group of tweens who find themselves fascinated with the shows and movies that are featured on the Disney Channel. It is definitely not a bad title, and for what it is, I would say that it is a moderate success. I wish we could have seen a little more ingenuity in the title, but then again it is a DDR game, and I can't expect any drastic deviation from the formula. This title's biggest strength lies in its successful incorporation of the Disney material, and this makes it a title worth picking up for any Disney Channel fan with an interest in DDR or music games.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer