|This design is what had everyone up in arms?|
So what could've inspired such a "drastic" change in aesthetics? Some people would point to the integration of the Eyetoy camera (PS: predates the Kinect by seven years). While the music menu looks as if it was designed to be controlled with your hands, this was not the case. Instead, you can access Eyetoy-enhanced gameplay from the game's Party Mode, you can play normally with yourself as the backdrop ("Watch Me Dance"), wipe the screen with your arms and body to see the arrows ("Clean The Screen"), or use your hands as additional inputs ("Hands And Feet"). This last one is notable is the closest thing we've gotten to the 6-panel mode from the DDR Solo series in a while. There are also other minigames that use the Eyetoy or the dance pad which, while they don't involve dancing, are fun diversions in their own right. My tip of the hat to Konami for doing the impossible: creating a casual party game which doesn't neglect the "true gamer" set.
|Hands and Feet mode. I apologise for the derpy model.|
Notable new songs include:
- New licenced songs include "YMCA" (by The Village People), "Move Your Feet" (by Junior Senior), and "Go West" (Pet Shop Boys). Continuing the tradition from MAX2 USA, some of these songs use their own music videos.
- Expanding on how the 2002 Extreme featured songs crossed over from other Bemani games, this time around there are pop song covers featured in the Karaoke Revolution series. These are "Believe" (as made famous by Cher), "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order), "Ladies' Night" (Kool & the Gang), "Like A Virgin" (Madonna), and "Waiting For Tonight" (Jennifer Lopez).
- In addition, there are two songs inspired by the Silent Hill franchise, of all places: the R&B "Your Rain (Rage Mix)" by Akira Yamaoka and the quasi-country "You're Not Here" by Heather.
- "Highs Off U (Scorccio XY Mix)" by 4 Reeel. A revival licence from MAX, this samples from "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Notably, this song notably has the F-bomb in its lyrics but the game STILL got an E (ages 6+) rating, but to be honest, it's a little hard to catch.
- "Memories" by Naoki feat. Paula Terry. An unlockable trance/eurobeat song dating back to Euromix 2, this was kind of mis-handled this time around. Unlike with the other hidden songs in this game, no amount of gameplay will unlock this one. It turns out you have to use a button code to unlock it - the only problem was that this code wasn't unveiled until a 2006 promotion with Burger King - over two years after the game was released. To unlock "Memories" at any time, enter this on the main menu with a controller in the second port: Right, Right, Right, Right, Up, Up, Up, Square, Left, Left, Down, Down, Down, Square, Square, Select.
- "Maximizer" by Climax-S (Sota Fujimori). Despite it's name, it's not technically another sequel to "Max 300", but as a 190 BPM happy-hardcore songs topping out at 8 feet on Heavy, it's no cakewalk either.
Why am I starting all my paragraphs with questions? Heck if I know. Just stay tuned for the next episode of Dance Dance Retrospective, where we throw yet another Extreme on the pile: 2005's Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2.