Amplitude (video game)

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Developer(s) Harmonix
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA March 24, 2003
  • EU September 26, 2003
Genre(s) Music
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online mode

Amplitude is a 2003 PlayStation 2 musical video game. It was developed by Harmonix and is the sequel to the game Frequency.


In Amplitude, the player controls a ship (referred to as a "Beat Blaster") moving down a path of varying shapes and lengths, containing up to six tracks. Each color-coded track corresponds to a different aspect of the song, such as percussion, synth, bass, or vocals, and contains a sequence of notes. As the player hits buttons corresponding to the note placement on the track, the notes activate a small portion of the track. If the player successfully activates enough notes in sequence, the track is "captured" and the section will play automatically for a number of bars, freeing the player to capture another section.

The object of the game is to capture a sufficient amount of sections to reach the end of the song. If the player continually misses notes, an energy meter empties until the game is over.

There are several different powerups available to the player to make gameplay easier. Powerups are gained by activating a series of specially shaped and colored notes. Such powerups allow immediate capturing of tracks, doubling of points scored, slowing down the speed of play, and jumping into freestyle mode (which allows the player to riff to the music, gaining points without the difficulty of playing predefined tracks).


Amplitude offers four different modes of play: single player game, remix, multiplayer and online.

In single player, the object is to unlock and complete all of the songs. There are four levels of gameplay difficulty: Mellow, Normal, Brutal, and Insane. Certain songs are only available to play on harder difficulty settings. Often the player is rewarded with pieces to construct and customize their "FreQ" avatar.

The remix mode in Amplitude is much like the one in Frequency. The player may place notes to every section of the song (except the vocal section) in whatever patterns they so choose, creating a unique version of the song. The effects (chorus, delay, etc.) and tempo of the song are also controllable. Finished remixes are available for gameplay in both single player and multiplayer modes.

Multiplayer mode offers three distinct modes: a typical gameplay mode, a head-to-head mode and a remix mode. The main multiplayer mode offers up to four players simultaneous gameplay through any of the unlocked songs. The head-to-head mode features Simon says-esque gameplay between two players, in which the players alternate creating riffs and then attempting to play them back. The remix mode is identical to the single player remix mode, but with the participation of more players.

Online mode offers multiplayer play with an internet connection. However, Sony of America shutdown the online Amplitude servers on February 26, 2007, preventing this feature from being used.[1] Despite the SCEA servers shutting down, online play is still available in European countries.


There are 26 songs in Amplitude, the majority of which are tracks by popular music artists, with genres ranging from electronica and dance to hip hop and alternative rock. Some of the tracks, however, were produced "in-house" specifically for Amplitude. For example, Kasson Crooker, who served as the musical director for the game, contributed the songs "Cool Baby", "Synthesized", "Robot Rockerz" and "Spaztik", as well as "Super Sprøde" as performed by his band Freezepop.

The following is a list of artists who contributed songs to the game, with corresponding song title, in order of gameplay. The fourth song in each section is a "boss" song while the fifth is an unlockable bonus song. "Spaztik" is unlockable only in the Insane difficulty.

Song title Artist Tier Original track created for Amplitude?
"Boom (The Crystal Method Mix)" P.O.D. vs. T.C.M. 1.11. Neotropolis No
"Cherry Lips" Garbage 1.21. Neotropolis No
"Baseline" Quarashi 1.31. Neotropolis No
"Shades of Blue" Chris Child featuring Melissa Kaplan 1.41. Neotropolis Yes
"Uptown Saturday Night" Logan 7 1.51. Neotropolis No
"King of Rock (X-Ecutioners Remix)" Run-DMC 2.12. Beat Factory Yes
"Urban Tumbleweed" The Baldwin Brothers 2.22. Beat Factory No
"Dope Nose" Weezer 2.32. Beat Factory No
"Everyone Says 'Hi' (Metro Remix)" David Bowie 2.42. Beat Factory No
"Super-Sprøde" Freezepop 2.52. Beat Factory Yes
"Respect" Pink 3.13. Metaclouds No
"M-80 (Explosive Energy Movement)" Papa Roach 3.23. Metaclouds No
"What's Going On" Mekon with Roxanne Shante 3.33. Metaclouds No
"Rockit (2.002 Remix)" Herbie Hancock with Mixmaster Mike, Grand Mixer DXT, Rob Swift, Q*Bert, Babu, Faust, Shortee 3.43. Metaclouds No
"Rockstar" The Production Club 3.53. Metaclouds Yes
"Cool Baby" DJ HMX with Plural 4.14. Elektro Kore Yes
"Kimosabe" BT with Wildchild 4.24. Elektro Kore No
"Nitro Narcosis" Manchild 4.34. Elektro Kore Yes
"I Am Hated" Slipknot 4.44. Elektro Kore No
"Push" Game Boyz 4.54. Elektro Kore Yes
"The Rock Show" Blink-182 5.15. Blastlands No
"Sub Culture (Dieselboy + Kaos Rock Remix)" Styles of Beyond 5.25. Blastlands No
"Out the Box" Akrobatik vs. Symbion Project 5.35. Blastlands Yes
"Synthesized" Symbion Project 5.45. Blastlands Yes
"Robot Rockerz" Komputer Kontroller 5.55. Blastlands Yes
"Spaztik" Cosmonaut Zero 5.65. Blastlands Yes



  1. ^ Kotaku - Amplitude Online Server Getting Axed
  2. ^ "Amplitude". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on January 8, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 

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