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Agents Are Go! November 13, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Reviews, Video Games.
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I shouldn’t have waited so long to buy into Elite Beat Agents, but the fact is that I did. What originally put me off about the game was that there seemed to be no point to it. A rhythm game where the characters — members of a clandestine organization — help save the world through song and dance? It all seemed so silly.

In this instance, however, it turns out that silly is just a euphemism for mad fun.

Those in the know are already aware that Elite Beat Agents is just the “localized” version of the Japanese Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!, itself a smash hit. Now I can see why. The long and the short of it is that this is yet another must-have title for the Nintendo DS, even for those who (like myself) would never have thought themselves inclined to play a rhythm-type game (I ain’t got no rhythm, dammit!). It’s perfectly suited to the touch-screen interface, through which players should tap on the appropriate area of the screen in tune with the music currently playing. The soundtrack is a healthy mix of songs that are quite decently done and catchy, even if merely covers of the original. And even I have to admit that it’s a very addictive experience, my complete lack of rhythm notwithstanding.

It’s also worth mentioning that the non-sequitur storylines — and this is clearly not a game anyone will buy for the story — tend to be amusing and often downright charming. My personal favorite? Weathergirl Sofie who lies on TV about the dismal weekend weather so as not to disappoint her son, owing to a promise she made to take him on an excursion. What she has to go through to make the weather turn out right is just so wrong…and yet quite touching at the very same time.

So yes, it’s silly. It’s unusual. It’s so unlike what I would normally play.

And I loved every damn minute of it.

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