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Review: 'Dance Dance Revolution' cuts loose

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Platform: PlayStation

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(IDG) -- Konami's great PlayStation translation of "Dance Dance Revolution" gives you the freedom to look like a loser in the privacy of your own home.

The setup is simple enough -- step on the arrows on the dance floor to match the onscreen cues -- and the dance pad controller offers an arcade-style workout. The meager graphics -- not much more than polygonal dancers, scrolling arrows, and headache-inducing psychedelic patterns -- hold up well, but with 27 songs on board, it's all about the groove. "Dance Dance Revolution" offers all the fun of the arcade and none of the humiliation.

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Graphics: Look at all the pretty colors! Trippy patterns and 16 onscreen dancers serve to only distract you while playing, but at least the wallflowers have something to watch besides your booty.

Sound: DDR takes tracks from the original game plus the 2nd Mix and 3rd Mix upgrades, and all styles are represented -- from retro '70s to hip-hop to what sounds like epileptic seizures. You'll find something your speed.

Controls: If you're not willing to throw down with a dance pad, don't bother -- Dual Shocks are for wussies. You might want to anchor the mat down with some duct tape, though.

Fun Factor: The freedom to learn at your own pace, the diversity of different styles of music, and the fun of actually keeping time with your legs -- "Dance Dance Revolution" translates very well to the home. Boogie down!


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