|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Bemani||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 16, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2, 2-8 (Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
It is hard to believe that the DDR series has been around for a decade now, but the release of DDR X is celebrating this occasion, and it is quite fitting that this title is one of the most party-focused titles to come to the PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, this may be the last title for the franchise on the PlayStation 2. Even as such, DDR X is a very strong entry in the series and proves that there is still some rhythm left in the PlayStation 2, even if it may be the closing chord.
One thing that is great to see in this title is the LAN capability that allows you and up to three other friends to connect all your PS2s together and have giant DDR sessions. While this may sound like overkill for the uninitiated, being a fan of DDR is sort of like being part of a cult, so the thought of people bringing additional televisions and PlayStation 2s to a gathering is not all that far fetched. You are also able to play the famed (and feared) doubles mode (where one player uses two pads) in a multiplayer setting. So, if you are a really hardcore DDR enthusiast, then DDR X will definitely keep you happy and keep onlookers amazed. For those who really like to show off, this DDR title, like the many before it, does support the EyeToy peripheral, so you and your friends can check out your DDR game face on-screen.
Even with the extensive LAN capabilities, I still would have liked to see some type of online functionality included in DDR X. Since the title is probably the franchises last hurrah on the PlayStation 2, I can see where it may have been a moot point to create online functionality for a dying system, but it still might have been nice for those who have yet to pick up the Xbox 360 and have yet to have the DDR experience online.
There are several modes in DDR X including the standard free play mode as well as a customizable workout mode. The dance editor mode is back in this title as well, much to the delight of many fans. None of these modes have really been changed or upgraded, and youll pretty much get the same experience with these as you have in the past. However, the main mode has been completely redone for DDR X and takes the form of the Street Masters, which is an urban-themed story mode. You can play as one of fifteen different characters, each with their own intersecting storylines. While none of the character storylines are really that deep or engaging, the change of pace is very nice, and all the different characters provide a decent amount of replay value.