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Space Channel 5 Part 2 XBLA Review

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Review by: Master Blud
Up, Chu, Hey, Chu, Down, Down, Up, Up, Chu, Hey, Hey and the occasional instrument. I use to be so addicted to this game when it was on Dreamcast, though trying to revisit the game seems very different. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t played it since almost 9 years ago, I sort of forgot how the game operates. I myself have grown to love rhythm games, and Space Channel 5 was probably one of those that has probably stuck in my head.

You play as Ulala, a reporter for Space Channel 5, as she reports her TV Broadcast she is to fight off the Rhythm Rogues who took the president and everyone else for ransom. In order to save everyone, you must imitate the Rogues dance moves, thus defeating the rogues.

You encounter more obstacles and challenges along the way, although there is only 4 buttons you need to hit, they change as you go along. For example, they change with sounds, you will find later on that you encounter mini bosses and bosses which require to use not only the sound of hey, chu, up, and down, but instruments as well. There isn’t much to the controls, but for someone starting out on the game, you will have a tough time. If you fail too many beats, you are out of the game. As you continue through the game, you will unlock outfits for those who like the completionist challenges.

The visuals have certainly improved, it looks like the rendering got a little HD Boost, but the cut scenes remained the same fuzzy renders. With the improvement of the graphics, I was able to concentrate on the beat more instead of straining my eyes while trying to play, I know this probably doesn’t make any sense, but I visualize beat by sight and sound. The soundtrack is still the same, nothing has changed from the original, except it seems that there was some mastering in the audio to enhance the environment you are playing in.

Final Thought:
I like that they brought this game to Xbox Live Arcade, but why didn’t they bring the first one before the second one, makes sense doesn’t it? Hey, at least Space Michael is still in the game. Remember that don’t cha!? I give this title a 3.5 out of 5. As much as I enjoyed the original, the game does have improvements, but loses flavor and patience quickly. Looking for a rhythm challenge, then I can recommend this to you.


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