- DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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