Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... on the screen, in time with the music (Hence the 'Elite Beats' title). The story is completely pointless and cartoony (in fact, it i... more
An absolute must-play
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Member Name: ReidE96
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Advantages: Brilliant music; nice graphics; good difficulty scaling; simple gameplay
Disadvantages: ...I honestly can't think of any. If you don't like music, you won't like it, I suppose.
Ah, Elite Beat Agents (or EBA for short). This, along with Hotel Dusk and Phoenix Wright, is one of my all-time favourite DS games. Scratch that, one of my all-time favourite games, full stop. The basic premise is simple, but great - the EBA are a secret government agency devoted to helping people in their hour of need. By singing and dancing to inspire them.
Each mission is introduced in a comic book format, ranging from babysitting some bothersome kids or driving to the hospital with a pregnant woman to getting back from a desert island or quite literally saving the world. These sequences finish with Commander Khan saying "Agents are..." and slamming his desk, pointing, with a loud, "GO!". Most missions are very tongue-in-cheek, with a single notable exception. As you complete the easier missions, harder and more important ones will crop up. The different difficulties offer a nice progression, from Breezin' for beginners trying to get the hang of the game and Cruisin' for folk who know roughly what they're doing, to Sweatin' for those who've got a handle on the game and are ready to face some complex beatmaps and Hard ROCK! for masters of fast tapping on smaller sized icons.
The graphics are wonderfully done, but the sound is the real treat. The game uses cover versions of popular songs, ranging from Sum-41 to Chicago 17 to Cher to Queen, and fits them to the mission. The gameplay itself is outrageously simple - tap the icons at the right time. Very easy to learn, but extremely hard to master. The hardest song is arguable Canned Heat on Sweatin' difficulty, which whilst not meant to be the hardest does switch from melody to rhythm at times, this song having so many changes itself that it's almost impossible to conquer.
A heartily recommended game, with a fun little multiplayer mode to add even more replay value. But the game itself provides ample for sheer levels of fun.
Summary: A bundle of sheer, unadulterated, FUN.
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