Review by Dave Giarrusso
|Did you like the first installment of the Bust-a-Groove series? You did? Well,
then youll LOVE Bust-a-Groove 2. Go
buy it already! If you already bought it,
feel free to compare notes with me below.
2 is the sequel to the hit Playstation game, Bust-a-Groove (which began its
life as Bust-a-Move overseas but for
legal reasons, the name was slightly altered). Its
a dancin good time game where the object is simply to out groove-bust your
File this game under the love it or hate
it heading. People without rhythm
almost always dislike PLAYING the game immediately, since their ultra-uptight jivin
prevents them from doing much more than wandering around the screen in a drunken stupor. It should be pointed out, however, that even the
frustrated folks who cant get their dance on usually realize that they like the game
even though they dont want to play it. Bust-a-Groove
2, like the first installment, is definitely fun to watch. Peeps what gots some rhythm and can bust some mad
grooves for the house, well, they almost always love this game.
Sequels are interesting: if theyre too much
like the original (Rampage
series) they are often given unfairly negative reviews (I really dig Rampage World Tour and Rampage
Universal Tour) for allegedly failing to break any new ground. On the other hand, if they stray too much from the
original concept (Hasbros miserable Frogger remake) then
theyre wholly different animals (or amphibians) and catch a lot of flak as a result. Or in the case of Frogger, they catch flak
because they just plain suck, on top of straying too far.
Bust-a-Groove 2 should satisfy everyone though. In normal mode, the basic play
mechanic is identical to the original: press the X or O button on the fourth beat after
entering a series of commands on the directional pad.
Two new modes have been added as well: easy (only press O on the fourth
beat) for the rhythm-impaired, and mix (adds buttons square and triangle on
the fourth beat) for the smoothest muthas around. In
normal and mix modes, the R1 and R2 buttons are now used to block/attack and reverse
The scoring system has also been improved, and now
POINTS! Golden-age games always
had points, but once the fighting game craze took over the free world, a lot of games
began dropping a real score, opting instead for a simple winning streak as a
measure of success. I like to see points on
the board and am very happy that we now have an easy way to keep track of how were
faring on the dance floor.
BAG2 has revamped its cast of dancers as
well. Gas-O, Hamm and Pinky didnt make
the final cut, but Kelly was given a hot makeover (cop uniform) and new additions to the
cast include Comet - sister of the artist, Frida, and Bio - father of the original
games Gas-O. Eighteen characters in all
provide more than enough variety, though fan favorites are likely to be the fun loving
Shorty, Kitty-N, and Comet.
All new stages grace the screen as well in this
sequel. In the final stage the player dances
in a helicopter against the ultimate fifty-story high dance-a-tronic fiend: Robo Z Gold!! Cmon everyone, shake your body down to the
ground. And then go buy this game.
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