DDRMAX 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 DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix.
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution for the North American PlayStation 2
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Designer(s) Yumi Yoshida
Yoshiko Wada
Rieko Komatsubara
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Bemani
Engine DDRMAX DDR 6th Mix (PS2)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA October 29, 2002
Genre(s) Music, Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
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 PlayStation 2 console. It was released by Konami on October 29, 2002.[1] 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.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

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 calculated with two 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.[4]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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.[2]

Nonstop Challenge[edit]

Oni Mode, also known as Nonstop Challenge, is a game mode which debuted on the Japanese version of DDRMAX2.[5] The mode involves playing through 5-21 different (usually themed) songs with limited gaps between them - just like in Nonstop Mode. However, 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[edit]

The songlist for DDRMAX in North America does not match that of the original Japanese version.[6] It includes several classic songs, several that were featured on DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix[7] and licensed and original songs that are exclusive to the North American market.

Song Artist Note
License
"Dark Black Forest (short trip)" Steve Rhyner from the album of the same name
"I Like To Move It" Reel 2 Real from the album Move It!
"Sandstorm" Darude from the album Before the Storm
"Take It to the Morning Light (Extended Vocal)" Golden Gate
"YOU LEAVE ME ALONE" Venus
"MY GENERATION (Fat Beat Mix)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X8
"ORDINARY WORLD" AURORA featuring NAMIEE COLEMAN from The Best of World Trance FantasiA
cover of Duran Duran
"stomp to my beat" JS16 from Dancemania WINTERS
"SYNCHRONIZED LOVE (Red Monster Hyper Mix)" JOE RINOIE from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"RHYTHM AND POLICE (K.O.G G3 MIX)" This song must be unlocked CJ CREW feat. CHRISTIAN D. from Dancemania SPEED 5
New Konami Original
"Look To The Sky (True Color Mix)" This song must be unlocked System S.F. feat. Anna New Konami Original
"DYNAMITE RAVE (Down Bird SOTA Mix)" This song must be unlocked NAOKI New Konami Original
"Do It Right (Harmonized 2Step Mix)" This song must be unlocked SOTA feat. Ebony Fay New Konami Original
"DROP THE BOMB (System S.F. Mix)" This song must be unlocked Scotty D. New Konami Original
New BEMANI crossovers
"OVERBLAST!!" L.E.D. LIGHT from Beatmania APPEND 5thMix (PS)
"PEACE-OUT" dj nagureo from Beatmania 4thMix
"I'M FOR REAL" This song must be unlocked SLAKE from Beatmania IIDX 4th Style
"Jam & Marmalade" This song must be unlocked Final Offset from Beatmania III
"LOGICAL DASH" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania 4thMix
"THE SHINING POLARIS" This song must be unlocked L.E.D. feat. Sana from Beatmania IIDX 4th Style (PS2)
Konami Original from previous versions
"AM-3P" KTz from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
"BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE" DIVAS from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"BRILLIANT 2U (Orchestra-Groove)" NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
"CUTIE CHASER (MORNING MIX)" CLUB SPICE from おはスタ Dance Dance Revolution
"ECSTASY" d-complex from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
"exotic ethnic" RevenG from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix
"Groove 2001" Sho-T feat. Brenda from Dance Dance Revolution Extra Mix
"Healing Vision ~Angelic mix~" 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix (PS)
"INSERTiON" NAOKI underground from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
"Let the beat hit 'em! (CLASSIC R&B STYLE)" STONE BROS. from Dance Dance Revolution Extra Mix
"Look To The Sky" System S.F. feat. Anna from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix (PS)
"LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT (For Melissa MIX)" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"MATSURI JAPAN" RE-VENGE from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
"Midnite Blaze" U1 Jewel Style from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix (PS)
"ORION.78 (civilization mix)" 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix (PS)
"PARANOIA EVOLUTION" 200 from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"Remember You" NM feat. Julie from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
"Share My Love" Julie Frost from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix (PS)
"gentle stress (SENSUAL mix)" This song must be unlocked MR. DOG feat. DJ SWAN from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
"Silent Hill" This song must be unlocked THOMAS HOWARD from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
"LOVE THIS FEELIN'" This song must be unlocked Chang Ma from Dance Dance Revolution 2nd ReMix (PS)
"Get me in your sight (AMD CANCUN MIX)" This song must be unlocked SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS with 1479 from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"SO IN LOVE" This song must be unlocked Caramel. S from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix (PS2)
"Healing Vision" This song must be unlocked DE-SIRE from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
"Kind Lady" This song must be unlocked OKUYATOS from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix (PS2)
"Secret Rendez-vous" This song must be unlocked DIVAS from DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix
"true... (Trance Sunrise Mix)" This song must be unlocked RIYU KOSAKA from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix
"MY SUMMER LOVE" This song must be unlocked mitsu-O! with GEILA from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"TRIP MACHINE CLIMAX" This song must be unlocked DE-SIRE from Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
"GRADIUSIC CYBER (AMD G5 MIX)" This song must be unlocked BIG-O feat. TAKA from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
BEMANI crossovers from previous versions
"22DUNK" SLAKE from Beatmania 5thMix
"BROKEN MY HEART" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY from Dance Maniax
"DEEP IN YOU" dj nagureo from Beatmania 4thMix
"era (nostalmix)" TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Let's talk it over" SHIN Murayama feat. Argie Phine from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"never let you down" good-cool feat. JP miles from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"RUGGED ASH" SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS from Beatmania 4thMix
"THE CUBE" DJ SUWAMI from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style
"celebrate" This song must be unlocked JJ COMPANY from Beatmania IIDX
"Let the beat hit 'em! (BM IIDX Version)" This song must be unlocked Stone Bros. from Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style
"SANA MORETTE NE ENTE" This song must be unlocked Togo Project feat. Sana from Beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX 2: Going Global
"Abyss" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style
"Holic" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"GAMBOL" This song must be unlocked SLAKE from Beatmania IIDX
"Electro Tuned (the SubS Mix)" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style
"5.1.1." This song must be unlocked dj nagureo from Beatmania IIDX
"I Was The One" This song must be unlocked good-cool from Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style
"PARANOiA MAX (DIRTY MIX) (Club Another Ver. 2)" This song must be unlocked 190 from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Spin the disc" This song must be unlocked good-cool from Beatmania IIDX 5th Style
Boss songs
"CANDY☆" This song must be unlocked Luv UNLIMITED Accesible ONE MORE EXTRA STAGE
from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix
"MAX 300" This song must be unlocked Ω Accessible as EXTRA STAGE
from DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix

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