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May 24, 2005

E3 2005: Beatmania

beatmania.jpgBilled as the world's first DJ simulation for the PlayStation 2, Beatmania was one of the standout new games shown off at last week's E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.

It's from Konami, the guys who brought you the award-winning Karaoke Revolution and the hugely popular Dance Dance Revolution. (They invented Castlevania, too, so they kind of know what they’re doing.)

Players in Beatmania use a special turntable controller (included with the game) to match beats and scratch in time with on-screen cues. The game encourages you to freestyle with the samples and scratches to increase your score and create unique works sonic art.

"Just like DDR and Karaoke Revolution, we expect that Beatmania will develop a strong core following and take off as another 'must-have' party game for people of all ages," said Jason Enos of Konami. "Never before has there been a game that combines so many different and distinct music elements into a completely interactive DJ style experience."

The PS2 version of Beatmania is based on the hit arcade game of the same name, and features more than 50 tracks of house, trance and pop music. Look for it in stores later this year.

Posted by Dan Ackerman at May 24, 2005 06:15 PM

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