Elite Beat Agents – Initial Impression

Elite Beat Agents screenshotWhen I  got the import title  Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan for the DS and played through it, I figured that this game  had potential for sequels – the game concept is  definitely non-culture specific , though the stories told in OTO are mostly in Japanese and have heavy cultural references.    However, the music,  while mostly J-pop, could easily be done using newer American bands, as long they had a lot of good rhythm.

Enter Elite Beat  Agent, done by the same people, which is definitely not a translation, but a reversioning of OTO for American audiences.  The gameplay is exactly the same, the only difference is that the stories are  geared towards the states (such as a babysitter trying to score with her bf while  trying to tame the kids she’s tending, or a taxi driver getting his  9-month pregnant fare to the hospital on time.

So far no problem with the  songs  – while I’m not a big fan orf Avril Lavigne,  “Sk8ter Boi”  actually works for the gameplay of EBA.

If you like music games, and haven’t had a change to grab OTO as an import, you’ll definitely find EBA to a great rhythm game for the DS.

Guitar Hero 2 – Initial Impressions

Guitar Hero 2 LogoGotten through the first two sets on Medium with Guitar Hero 2.  I think the difficulty is slightly higher than the first game, at least through these sets ; the 4th key is used a lot more often than the early Medium songs in the first game.

 The practice mode is a great addition to the game – both with learning the main licks, but also with the rhythm and bass lines on some of the songs.   The backgrounds on the game also look a lot better, though the main action hasn’t changed one bit, which is just fine.

Watch for a lot of subtle humor.  When you complete 3 of the first 4 songs in a set, you get to do the encore (5th song) of the set.  For the Spinal Tap entry, the loading screen warns you that whenever you perform an encore, you never just jam.

Definitely no question that this game continues on the excellence of the first.