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Dance Dance Revolution

by Brendan W. (age 13)

Dance Dance Revolution players have been "bustin' a move" for over a decade! Fitness and FUN is what it's all about!

More and more videogames are becoming more of fitness games. But there's a series of fitness games that has been around for more than 10 years. It's called Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). You've probably heard of it, but do you really no much about it?

The History of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)

First licensed by Konami and developed by Bemani, Dance Dance Revolution first debuted as an arcade game in Japan in 1998. It was imported to arcades in the U.S. in 2000. The first home version came out on Sony's PlayStation the next year. DDR on the PlayStation 2 came out in October 2002 titled DDR MAX. Since then DDR has evolved- coming out with a new game every year. DDR has come out on all major game systems like PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, and the Sony PS3 version is supposed to arrive in 2010 along with the new Xbox 360 version.

Dance Dance Revolution Gameplay

The gameplay of DDR is the player moves their feet in a set pattern as the notes come up the screen. There are four arrows that the player steps on to the beat: Up, Down, Left, and Right. The notes are generally divided by color according to the rhythm. At the top of the screen, there is a meter called the "Dance Gauge".

If you hit the notes successfully, (the successful notes are Marvelous, Perfect, and Great) the gauge gradually rises until the gauge turns rainbow-colored. If you hit the fail notes (the fail notes are Good, Almost, and Boo) the gauge gradually decreases until you're in the red and you fail, resulting in a Game Over. These notes are judged by your accuracy in hitting the notes.

The notes that stretch down the screen are called Freeze Arrows, you have to step on the note and hold, if you hold on, you get an O.K, if you let go you get an N.G. (not good). The more notes you hit and the higher your combo (the number of notes you hit in a row), the better your score.

The songs' difficulty ranges from 1 to 10. (Although in the newer game the range is stretched from 1 to 18 and is a major pain in the butt.) 1 being the easiest and 10/18 the hardest. The harder songs usually have more notes and more difficult rhythms. The different difficulties that you can play on are Beginner, Light/Basic, Standard/Difficult, Heavy/Expert, and Challenge. The songs can be licensed tracks (popular, actual songs) or Konami originals (songs that Konami artists made themselves). The licensed tracks are usually easier than the original songs. Songs usually range from 1 to 2 minutes long. The Boss songs are definitely harder than all other songs. Popular examples are the "Paranoia" and "MAX 300" series.

Dance Dance Revolution Gameplay modes

DDR can be played in multiple modes: Game Mode (Where 1-2 players can play the classic arcade style), Workout Mode (Dance and the computer counts the calories you burn), Endless Mode (Play all through all the songs), Edit Mode (You can make up your own step files and dance to them) and many more! You can also plug a controller for the game system you have for DDR and use that, which is what some players do to beat hard songs.

Dance Dance Revolution Summary

DDR has been said to be one of the best fitness game series ever, and one of the best music game series as well. Personally, I think it's pretty darn fun. Some player don't like it because it takes time to get good at it. Just keep trying harder and harder. This game is recommended for gamers who know how to play Guitar Hero, because it's note style is very similar. Even though becoming a master at DDR takes a long time and can be frustrating, I highly recommend it for gamers. Just take time to practice and soon you'll be a master at Dance Dance Revolution.








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