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Metareview: Elite Beat Agents

The localized version of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! has finally hit our shores and, as Elite Beat Agents, the player is charged with maintaining the super-cool, dressed-in-black stylings of the crew as they bust the most elite beats and kick it to save those in need. Apparently, if the critics are to be believed, in its overhaul from Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! to Elite Beat Agents, they lost a little something, however reviews generally say the game is worth owning.

  • Gamespot - 89%: "Though there isn't much competition, Elite Beat Agents is easily the best rhythm game available for the Nintendo DS, and for that matter, it's easily one of the most randomly addictive experiences on the platform. The idea of just tapping circles in time with music while dudes in suits dance doesn't sound like much on paper, but the insane presentational components and enjoyable challenge the game puts forth do a lot to bring the whole experience together into something extremely playable. Those without a penchant for the unabashedly bizarre might find Elite Beat Agents to be a bit too much, but just about anyone else with a DS would do well to try this one out."
  • IGN - 95%: "Westerners who've played the original Osu! Tatake! Oendan! might end up a little disappointed that the Nintendo of America version might lack the kitschy Japanese flavor with its bandana-adorned personal cheerleaders and incomprehensible J-pop tunes accomodating the quirky, lost-in-translation stories. But even with new characters, popular Western tunes, and plots that actually make sense, Elite Beat Agents retains the awesome, addictive gameplay core. And let's be honest: the Elite Beat Agents are too cool for school and could kick those pansy bathrobe-wearing cheerleaders' asses any day of the week."
  • 1UP - 90%: "Import-geek protestations notwithstanding, Elite Beat Agents is here, and it deserves to be in every DS owner's library. Very few games can truly claim to be for all players of all ages, and this is one of them. With a delirious mix of slapstick humor, comic storytelling, infectious music, and tons of replayability, Elite Beat Agents is one of the best music-oriented games to date and stands among the cream of the DS's impressive library. Don't miss it."

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1. I bought this game yesterday and its very different from any other game for the ds. I havent had much time to play it but the songs and the stories for the first few levels are awesome. It's something everyone should check out. At least it can hold you over till yoshis island 2 comes out next week.

Posted at 11:23AM on Nov 8th 2006 by anurita

2. I wrote a long detailed review but it got erased when I submitted it.

Summery.

3 reasons why this game is the best of the DS.

1. You can skip through the cut scenes.

2. Mini game Battles where you can play a wireless opponent or a ghost.

3. Three bonus episodes that motivate you to work through the game on hard mode.

Lastly, Here is a video clip I took from my favorite episode in the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irTk0MO0T5s

Posted at 11:39AM on Nov 8th 2006 by Portland DS Fan

3. I'm obviously in the minority, but I honestly can't see how people like these games. I love music and rhythm games, but the fact every time you hit something in this song the music is interrupted by that loud drum hit noise or something similar just makes me wonder how anyone is supposed to enjoy it! I'd like my music to actually be heard, thanks, not sound like I'm trying to play a CD player at the shooting range.

Posted at 12:56PM on Nov 8th 2006 by Kia

4. I loved Ouendan, and EBA just makes me want to play Ouendan more. There's somethings I like specifically about EBA, and some about Ouendan, but above all else... I don't like most of the music in EBA. The only song I really *like* in EBA is the very first song in the game. A lot of these songs I have hated for years, and they're the last thing I want to get stuck in my head.

I haven't played any of the bonus tracks, but in the normal gameplay I've noticed a complete lack of hip-hop tracks. I don't typically listen to hip-hop, but the two in Ouendan were my favorite songs of the game.

I tend to replay Ouendan for the songs... and I can't do that for most of the songs on EBA.

I don't want to say it's a bad game, because it isn't. But, for someone who generally doesn't like American pop music, it's really hard to enjoy thoroughly.

Posted at 3:19AM on Nov 9th 2006 by Md

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