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Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2

Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 12/4/07

Completed: No

As if to torment fans of the series even more, Konami released a sequel to the first DDR Universe just 10 months after the first! Not making matters any better, DDR Universe 2 still features the same non-DDR like music that I (and I’m assuming many others) have come to loathe. But at just $3 I can’t really deny the game’s asking price.

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Dance Dance Revolution Universe

Dance Dance Revolution Universe Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 2/27/07

Completed: No

Amazingly the 13th home release for the series, Dance Dance Revolution Universe was dead on arrival. Well… maybe not dead, but dying. The series has done nothing but go downhill since the PS2 games (and I’ll even throw in the first Xbox exclusive Ultramix as well), so being that this is many games after it isn’t good at all. I think the series strayed away from what made it great, namely rocking dance beats that were fun to groove to. The final nail in the coffin was the release of Harmonix’s Kinect powered Dance Central series. Since the release of that title and it’s subsequent sequels there’s little reason to even play these games. Perhaps that’s why the game’s cost a few bucks each!

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Dance Dance Revolution: Konamix

Dance Dance Revolution Konamix Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Rhythm/Dancing

Release: 4/23/02

Completed: Yes

Konamix was the first PS1 DDR game I bought. I was randomly visiting a college campus and went to the mall to pass some time. Naturally I ducked into GameStop which still sold PS1 games at the time and saw the game sitting there! I paid $20 for the title, which now is way overpriced for the title, but back then it was an amazing find! DDR was immensely popular in the early and mid 2000s, so simply saying owning the game was a big deal. Not only that, but my friends and I played DDR daily. And I mean daily: we’d play for hours even after swim and tennis practice! Konamix is the best version of the game on the PS1, it’s also the last game DDR game released on the system. It would be followed up a year later by the PS2 game DDR Max, which is my favorite entry in the whole series.

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Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix

Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Rhythm/Dancing

Release: 9/18/01

Completed: Yes

The hardest to find DDR game in North America, Disney Mix is DDR with Disney characters and songs, simple as that. The gameplay is largely the same as past DDR titles, just a bit easier due to the target audience being younger gamers. I thought the inclusion of Disney themed songs, characters, and backgrounds was a nice touch. The game itself is just okay and is easily the worst of the PS1 DDR’s because of its dismal song list and general ease.  I spent years searching for this game, saw the game command a $100+ price tag during DDR’s popularity apex, and was rewarded by finally finding the game for $10.

Watch my Modern Classics video of the game here.

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Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution Cover

System: PS1

Genre: Rhythm/Dancing

Release: 5/9/01

Completed: Yes

The game that started a phenomenon, DDR was and still is one the best music/rhythm games ever made. The concept is simple: arrows move from the bottom of the screen to the top, and you must hit the directional button corresponding to that arrow in rhythm with the music. But what makes the game stand out is the special controller you can use to play the game: the dance pad. Instead of using the Dualshock controller, the dance pad recreates the arcade experience and emulates the pseudo-dancing in your own home. Dance Dance Revolution on the PS1 is starting to show its age, looking sort of choppy compared to other titles in the series, but it still features classic music for the series as well as actual songs worth dancing too. A must play for classic gaming fans.

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