DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution

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This article is about the North American PlayStation 2 release. For the Japanese arcade and PlayStation 2 release, see DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix.
DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution cover art.png
PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA September 23, 2003[1]
Genre(s) Music
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD

DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution is the fifth home version of Dance Dance Revolution to be released in the United States. It was released by Konami on September 23, 2003, for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. DDRMAX2 contains a total of 69 songs, 28 of which are hidden and unlockable.

The interface used is a recoloring and smoothing of the song wheel interface first introduced in the US in DDRMAX. The names of the difficulty modes are "Beginner," "Light," "Standard," and "Heavy," just as they were in DDRMAX.

The game received mostly favorable reviews from critics, and is one of the only three games in the Dance Dance Revolution series to have sold over a million copies, and is the first game in the series to have sold over a million copies in the US.

Gameplay[edit]

The core gameplay of DDRMAX2 is the same as the previous Dance Dance Revolution games. The 2-tiered scoring system which debuted on DDRMAX is still utilized on DDRMAX2.

Changes from the Japanese DDRMAX2[edit]

Unlike the Japanese arcade version of DDRMAX2, the dancing characters which were removed on DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix are present as an unlock on DDRMAX2. Beginner difficulty, which debuted first on Dancing Stage EuroMix 2 is also present in this game. Like any other US home versions, the song list only bore several new songs from the arcade version with several Dancemania licenses, mostly from the Japanese version of DDRMAX, as well as 3 new Konami Original and 4 songs from other BEMANI series not seen in any Japanese games (which later added on the Japanese home version of Dance Dance Revolution Extreme). Select songs even feature their original music videos, such as:

  • Conga Feeling
  • Days Go By
  • Dream a Dream
  • In The Navy '99 (XXL Disaster Remix)
  • Love at First Sight
  • Take Me Away (Into the Night) (radio vocal)
  • The Whistle Song

Extra Stage[edit]

If, on the final stage, a player gets the grade of AA or better on any Heavy step routine, the game gives the message "Try Extra Stage." The song wheel on the Extra Stage is locked to MAXX UNLIMITED, which is played with the Reverse Scroll modifier, the Dark 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 "One More Extra Stage." This time, the Song Wheel is locked on 革命 (KAKUMEI).. The player is forced to play its Oni steps in a Reverse Scroll modifier, a Dark modifier and a x3 Speed modifier. On One More 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.

Nonstop Modes[edit]

Unlike the arcade version of DDRMAX2, Nonstop Mode appears instead of Challenge Mode. Nonstop Mode, a feature from DDR KONAMIX, allows the player to play one of several set courses without stopping. The game also features an Endless mode, which allows the player to play through all of the songs on the game. DDRMAX2 as with other home versions, features a Workout Mode, which can track calories burned.

Music[edit]

Song Artist Note
Licenced songs
"A Little Bit Of Ecstasy" Jocelyn Enriquez from the album Jocelyn
"Busy Child" The Crystal Method from the album Vegas
"CONGA FEELING" VIVIAN from Dancemania SUMMERS 3
"Days Go By" Dirty Vegas from the album Dirty Vegas
"DREAM A DREAM" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X2
"DRIFTING AWAY" LANGE feat. SKYE from The Best of World Trance FantasiA 2
"Get Down Tonight" KC & The Sunshine Band from the album KC and the Sunshine Band
"GHOSTS (VINCENT DE MOOR REMIX)" TENTH PLANET from The Best of World Trance FantasiA
cover of Japan
"Heaven" DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring DO from the album of the same name
cover of Bryan Adams
"IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X3
"LET'S GROOVE" TIPS & TRICKS VS WISDOME from Dancemania SUMMERS 2001
cover of Earth, Wind & Fire
"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'" BUS STOP from Dancemania 21
cover of The Doobie Brothers
"Love At First Sight" Kylie Minogue from the album Fever
"LOVIN' YOU (ROB SEARLE CLUB MIX)" VINYL BABY from The Best of World Trance FantasiA
"SO DEEP (PERFECT SPHERE REMIX)" SILVERTEAR from The Best of World Trance FantasiA
"Take Me Away (into the night) (radio vocal)" 4 STRINGS from the album Believe
"THE WHISTLE SONG (Blow My Whistle Baby)" DJ ALIGATOR PROJECT from Dancemania SUPER TRANCE BEST
"TWILIGHT ZONE (R-C Extended Club MIX)" 2 UNLIMITED from Dancemania X9
"Will I?" Ian Van Dahl from the album Ace
New Konami Originals
"BRE∀K DOWN!" BeForU from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"D2R" NAOKI from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"DESTINY" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"i feel..." AKIRA YAMAOKA from Beatmania IIDX 7th Style
"Keep On Liftin'" dj nagureo from Beatmania III
"rain of sorrow" NM feat. Ebony Fay from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"TSUGARU" RevenG vs. DE-SIRE from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"STILL IN MY HEART" NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
Returning songs
"AM-3P" KTz from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
"CELEBRATE NITE" N.M.R from Dancing Stage featuring True Kiss Destination
"Do It Right" SOTA feat. Ebony Fay from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix (PS)
"Groove" Sho-T feat. Brenda from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix (PS)
"HYSTERIA" NAOKI 190 from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"I Was The One" good-cool from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Jam&Marmalade" Final Offset from Beatmania III
"Kind Lady" OKUYATOS from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix (PS2)
"Secret Rendez-vous" DIVAS from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"Silent Hill" THOMAS HOWARD from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
"Spin the disc" good-cool from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style
"SUPER STAR" D.J.RICH feat. TailBros. from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"THE SHINING POLARIS" L.E.D. feat. Sana from Beatmania IIDX 4th Style (PS2)
Unlockable songs
"AFRONOVA" RE-VENGE from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
"Bad Routine" D.J. Spugna from Beatmania IIDX 7th Style
"Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix)" Mr. T with Motoaki.F from Beatmania IIDX 7th Style
"CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE" NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000
"DIVE (more deep & deeper style)" BeForU from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix (PS)
"Don't Stop! (AMD 2nd MIX)" Dr. VIBE feat. JP miles from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"END OF THE CENTURY" NO. 9 from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
Based on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Ode to Joy"
"feeling of love" youhei shimizu from Beatmania III
"Forever Sunshine" Chel Y. New Konami Original
"I Need You" Supa Fova feat. Jenny F. New Konami Original
"more deep (ver.2.1)" Togo Project feat. Sana from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style (PS2)
"PARANOiA KCET ~clean mix~" 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution (PS)
"PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME" UZI-LAY from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
"Radical Faith" TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style
"SP-TRIP MACHINE (JUNGLE MIX)" DE-SIRE from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
"think ya better D" sAmi from Dance Dance Revolution 2nd ReMix (PS)
"Tomorrow Perfume" dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 7th Style
"Try 2 Luv. U" S.F.M.P. New Konami Original
"VANITY ANGEL" FIXX from Dancing Stage EuroMix 2
"xenon" Mr. T from Beatmania IIDX 8th Style
Challenge remixes
"AM-3P (AM EAST Mix)" KTz from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"CELEBRATE NITE (EURO TRANCE STYLE)" N.M.R from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"Do It Right (80's Electro Mix)" SOTA feat. Ebony Fay from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix (PS2)
"HYSTERIA 2001" NM from Beatmania 6thMix
"Kind Lady (interlude)" OKUYATOS from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix (PS2)
"Silent Hill (3rd Christmas Mix)" THOMAS HOWARD from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"SUPER STAR (FROM NONSTOP MEGAMIX)" D.J.RICH feat. TailBros. from Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000 Original Soundtrack DISC 2
Boss songs
"KAKUMEI" dj TAKA with NAOKI Accessible as ONE MORE EXTRA STAGE
from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
Based on Chopin's Étude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor "Revolutionary Étude"
"MAXX UNLIMITED" Z Accessible as EXTRA STAGE
from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix

Reception[edit]

Critical Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 82.35%[3]
Metacritic 82/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.67/10
GameSpot 7.2/10
GameSpy 4/5
IGN 8.5/10
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4/5

DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution has received mostly positive reviews. GameSpot gave the game a 7.2 out of a possible 10 complimenting and criticizing the game graphics, on the positive side, saying, "Graphically, DDRMAX2 looks roughly the same as DDRMAX, but improvements have been made. The random video that plays in the background of most tracks looks a little better. Additionally, some of the more popular songs, like Kylie Minogue's 'Love At First Sight' and DJ Alligator Project's 'The Whistle Song' to name a couple, actually play portions of the song's music video in the background." On the negative side, saying "However, these video clips have been encoded at pretty low bit rates, so don't expect DVD-quality playback here. You'll see some pretty noticeable blur and compression artifacts." They overall recommended the game, rounding of their review saying "...if you own dance mats and a PlayStation 2, DDRMAX2 is worth owning. If you don't have any dance mats... well, Konami is selling a version of the game that comes packaged with a dance mat, giving potential hotsteppers no excuse to get started."

IGN was even more positive, saying "DDRMAX2 is totally addicting, entirely difficult to put down, and the limit of one's playtime seems pretty much endless. It's ridiculously good fun." They also praised the songlist saying "The new song additions include Busy child (The Crystal Method), Little Bit Of Ecstasy (Jocelyn Enriquez), and Get Down Tonight (K.C. & The Sunshine Band). Seriously, this song list is huge, impressive and for those who are picky, it seems there is enough for everyone in here." But they mentioned as a warning "On the other hand, for the purists, it's probably got too many popular songs in it, thus diluting the mix, but you can't please all the people all the time."

Other reviewers gave very similar reviews, saying the game was the same as ever, but was still really fun, acknowledging the large soundtrack and the addition of music videos in the game.

Sales[edit]

After a series of low selling expansion titles of the first game, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution surprisingly stood out compared to other games in the series in terms of sales, selling 1.09 million units in the US.[5] It is one of only three titles to have sold over a million units, the other two being the first game, Dance Dance Revolution and possibly either Dance Dance Revolution Extreme or Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA, and is the first and only game in the series to have sold over a million units in the United States alone.

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Preceded by
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution
2003
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme