|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|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Dance Dance Revolution is nothing new. It seems like it has been around forever, and since the series has been around (in arcade format at least) since 1998, almost ten years, it's not an unfair claim. Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition follows the usual DDR format, which is to be expected from a title that is made to appeal to a very select crowd. Still, despite the formulaic approach, Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition fits right into the DDR catalog where you would expect it to, and the result is far from dissapointing, especially if you can't get enough of the Disney Channel.
The first and most important facet of any DDR game has to be the music. Any fan would agree that without tracks you can step to, the DDR experience is lost. And it was easy for me to be skeptical at first about the tracks in Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Channel Edition. I mean, could I really step to tween idols like Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls? Could there be any way to dance DDR-style to the music from High School Musical and Jump In? Clearly, the answer was yes. Although the more mature sect might find these outrageously Disney-esque pop style songs a little annoying, they fit right in with the audience that the game is trying to reach. And it doesn't hurt that these terrifically pop tunes have an upbeat tempo and feature some pretty good performances by the Disney Channel stars. The music featured in the game may not necessarily be my personal favorite type of music, but I can still appreciate when music is done right, and that seems to be the case here.
The game features tracks like "We're All In This Together" from High School Musical, "Girl Power" from The Cheetah Girls, and "Best of Both Worlds" from Hannah Montana. The game also features themes from shows like "Kim Possible," "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," and " That's So Raven." And just to keep things consistent across the DDR board, there are some Konami bonus tracks that see the return to a more traditional DDR sound. Although there's only a small handful, these tracks are great if you need the occasional break from all the Disney-mania.
As far as graphics and control are concerned, this title is completely standard. You play the game via a PS2 DDR Mat (any will do), and step in time with the arrows. Graphics-wise, this looks like a fairly non-descript PS2 title. But the visuals definitely do their job, so there's nothing here that you can really complain about. The whole look of the game is actually a pretty interesting thing, because it looks like you're watching the Disney channel. The little mouse ear logo appears from time to time in the lower left hand corner (just like on TV), and the bright colors also do a lot to remind gamers of the Disney channel experience.