Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Hardest Game I've Ever Played

Dance, or possibly a better term, rhythm is not one of my strongest abilities. To be honest, it's not really one of my abilities at all. I can't dance. Period.

When arriving in Seattle, I found it one of my duties to seek out a game import store, where they sell games from Japan. One such game, Osu! Tatakae Oendan, caught my eye in particular. I've heard so much about it. Many people think that it's the greatest game for the Nintendo DS, while others think it's just plain awesome.

Rhythm games are very popular in Japan and Oendan is one of the best. Of course, the US has Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, but to compare those to Oendan is absurd. To play the game, instead of hitting buttons to the rhythm, you actually have to tap the screen in number sequence (you'll see what I mean when you watch the video). The better you are, the more points you get.

The cool thing about Oendan, is that you're basically cheering people on through their daily lives. For instance, a sculptor was having a hard time being creative, and could only make crappy sculptures. So he called for Oendan to cheer him on and he ends up making masterpieces. By following the rhythm, you are able to cheer him on successfully and help him out.

This video is of the last level of the hardest difficulty (where you get to be actual cheerleaders). Keep in mind I'm on the first difficulty level and can't get past this part.

Rhythm indeed.

Just for background info, all the people in the beginning sequence are those who you help throughout the game, and they all come together to help you destroy the meteor. The flames and stuff behind them are there to show that they're getting pumped or something. Enjoy.


bill said...

wow. @ that game x_x

I don't know if I could handle that. I mean I'm a master at rhythm games but that's just crazy

Anonymous said...

Hey Derek. That game looks pretty hard. I am an expert at Dance Revolution so you may not stand a chance against me!