DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution


DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution for the North American PlayStation 2
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) Konami of America
Distributor(s) Konami of America
Designer(s) Yumi Yoshida, Yoshiko Wada & Rieko Komatsubara
Series Dance Dance Revolution & Bemani
Engine DDRMAX DDR 6th Mix (PS2)
Platform(s) Sony PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA October 29, 2002
Genre(s) Music & Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player & Multiplayer
Rating(s)
  • ESRB: E (Mild lyrics)
Media/distribution DVD (1)

DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution is the fourth home version of Dance Dance Revolution to be released in the United States, the first of which to be released on the Sony PlayStation 2 console. It was released by Konami on October 29, 2002. DDRMAX contains a total of 71 songs, 33 of which are hidden and unlockable. DDRMAX introduced core changes to the DDR games to the American audience, such as the redesigned Song Wheel interface, and Freeze Arrows.

Contents

Gameplay

Core gameplay remained mostly the same on DDRMAX, with the addition of Freeze Arrows and a new scoring system:

Freeze Arrows appear as green arrows with a long extension. If they are held for the entire length successfully, an O.K. is scored. If it is not held down for the entire length, an N.G. (no good) is scored. Freezes affect the life bar. Scores are calcuated with 2 distinct scoring systems, the long-score system used to determine rankings, and an independent dance point system now used to determine the grade.

All songs have a long-score ceiling of 50 million points, and a bonus score is tacked onto it based on the difficulty of the song and other factors. Rankings are given for the highest long-score accumulations a round. If a player plays more than three songs, then it only counts the last three played. If a song is played repeatedly among the three songs used for ranking, then the repeated songs carry no bonus score.

The dance-point system uses raw step values to determine the grade. A 'perfect' step adds two points, a 'great' step adds one point, a 'good' step is worth nothing, a 'boo' step takes away four points, and a 'miss' step takes away eight points. An 'O.K.' freeze adds six points, and an 'N.G.' freeze is worth nothing. The dance points are also tied to the life bar. As always, if a player takes too many bad steps and depletes the life bar, they will fail, and the game will end immediately. If the first song is in Light mode, then the game will allow a player to fail that song and continue, but will fail the player out if they fail a second song. In two-player games, if one player fails, they can continue dancing, but it ceases to accumulate dance points for the failed player, accumulates score points at only 10 points per step, and automatically gives the failed player an 'E' for the song.

The grade is dependent on the number of dance points accumulated: 100% dance points is 'AAA', at least 93% is 'AA', at least 80% is 'A', at least 65% is 'B', at least 45% is 'C' and anything below 45% is a 'D'. If a net dance-point total of zero is obtained without depleting the life bar and, thus, failing, an 'E' is awarded. The final grade for the entire game is an average of the grades from the last three songs and not derived from the actual dance points scored.

In addition unlike the Japanese arcade release of DDRMAX, the Groove Radar is accompanied by the normal foot ratings as with DDRMAX2.

Extra Stage

A new addition to DDRMAX as with the arcade release is the Extra Stage. If, on the final stage, a player gets the grade of AA or better on any Heavy step routine, the Extra Stage mode is unlocked. The song wheel on the Extra Stage is locked to MAX 300, which is played with the Reverse Scroll modifier and a x1.5 Speed modifier. The Extra Stage is also played in "Pressure" mode, where health bar starts full and does not regenerate if it depletes with missed steps.

If the player scores a grade of AA or better, then they are forced to play the "Encore Extra Stage." This time, the Song Wheel is locked on CANDY ☆. The player is forced to play its Heavy steps in a Reverse Scroll modifier and a x1.5 Speed modifier. On Encore Extra Stage, it is in sudden-death mode, which means just one step that is not scored "Perfect" or "Great" or one freeze that is scored "NG" ends the game. If the song is passed, a special credits scene is shown.

In both cases, if the song is beaten for the first time, it is unlocked for regular play.

Nonstop Challenge

Oni Mode, also known as Nonstop Challenge, is a game mode which debuted on the Japanese version of DDRMAX2. The mode involves playing through 5-21 different usually themed songs with limited gaps between them just like in Nonstop Mode, but the traditional Dance Gauge is replaced by a "battery bar" with 3 lives. A life is lost if a combo is broken (which is done by getting a step judged as a Good or less, or by breaking a Freeze). Lives are regained before every song, some songs give more than one life, and some courses force different modifiers. If all lives are lost, the game ends. There are 3 basic themes, Lesson Oni, Club Trax, and Variety. Others can be unlocked.

Music

The songlist for DDRMAX in North America does not match that of the original Japanese version. It includes several classic songs, several that were featured on DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix, and licensed and original songs that are exclusive to the North American market.

Licenses

Song Title Artist
Dark Black Forest (Short Trip) Steve Rhyner
I Like To Move It Reel 2 Real
MY GENERATION (Fat Beat Mix) CAPTAIN JACK
ORDINARY WORLD AURORA featuring NAIMEE COLEMAN
RHYTHM AND POLICE (K.O.G G3 Mix) CJ CREW feat. CHRISTIAN D
Sandstorm Darude
STOMP TO MY BEAT JS-16
SYNCHRONIZED LOVE (Red Monster Hyper Mix) JOE RINOIE
Take It to the Morning Light (Extended Vocal) Golden Gate
You Leave Me Alone Venus

Konami Originals

Song Title Artist
22DUNK SLAKE
5.1.1 dj nagureo
Abyss DJ TAKA
AM-3P KTz
BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE DIVAS
BRILLIANT 2U (Orchestra Groove) NAOKI
BROKEN MY HEART NAOKI feat.PAULA TERRY
CANDY☆ Luv UNLIMITED
celebrate JJ COMPANY
CUTIE CHASER (Morning Mix) CLUB SPICE
Deep in you dj nagureo
Do It Right (Harmonized 2 Step Mix) SOTA feat. Ebony Fay
DROP THE BOMB -System SF Mix- Scotty D.
DYNAMITE RAVE -Down Bird SOTA Mix- NAOKI
ECSTASY d-complex
Electro Tuned (the SubS mix) TaQ
era (nostalmix) TaQ
exotic ethnic RevenG
GAMBOL SLAKE
gentle stress (AMD SEXUAL MIX) MR. DOG feat. DJ Swan (referred to as SENSUAL MIX)
Get me in your sight -AMD CANCUN MIX- SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS with 1479
GRADIUSIC CYBER (AMD G5 MIX) BIG-O feat. TAKA
Groove 2001 Sho-T feat. Brenda
Healing Vision DE-SIRE
Healing Vision (Angelic mix) 2MB
Holic TaQ
I Was The One good-cool
I'm For Real SLAKE
INSERTiON NAOKI underground
Jam & Marmalade FinalOffset
Kind Lady Okuyatos
Let the beat hit em! (BM IIDX version) Stone Bros.
Let the beat hit em! (CLASSIC R&B STYLE) STONE BROS.
Let's talk it over SHIN Murayama feat. Argie Phine
Logical Dash DJ Taka
Look To The Sky System S.F. feat. ANNA
Look To The Sky (True Color Mix) System S.F. feat. ANNA
LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT (For Melissa MIX) NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY
LOVE THIS FEELIN' Chang Ma
Matsuri JAPAN RE-VENGE
MAX 300 Ω
Midnite Blaze U1 Jewel Style
MY SUMMER LOVE MITSU-O! with GEILA
never let you down good-cool feat. JP Miles
ORION .78 (civilization mix) 2MB
Overblast!! L.E.D. Light
PARANOiA EVOLUTION 200
PARANOiA MAX (DIRTY MIX) (Another) 190
PEACE-OUT dj naguero
Remember You NM feat.Julie
RUGGED ASH SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS with 1479
Sana Morette Ne Ente Togo Project feat. Sana
Secret Rendez-vous DIVAS
Share My Love Julie Frost
Silent Hill Thomas Howard
So In Love Caramel S.
Spin the Disc good-cool
THE CUBE DJ SUWAMI
The Shining Polaris L.E.D. feat. Sana
TRIP MACHINE CLIMAX DE-SIRE
true ~trance sunrise mix~ Kosaka Riyu

References

External links

Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution Konamix
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
2002
Succeeded by
DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution

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