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Monday, March 16, 2009

Games Played 03/12/2009

Star Ocean: The Last Hope - X-Box 360


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Frequency (2001)
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 02/10/2001


The game allows you to create your own character or "FreQs". I called mine "2-FreQ-1".

It's funny how easily we can be entertained. Frequency is one of the most basic rhythm-action games ever made. All you have to do is move left and right between different musical tracks of a song and match the corresponding notes with the push of several buttons on the controller. It would have been pretty boring if not for the great selection of songs included in the game, my favorites being No Doubt's cool "Ex-Girlfriend", Freezepop's uber-geeky "Science Genius Girl", and DJ HMX & Plural's delicious "Cool Baby". It's like listening to your favorite music while directly interacting with it. With that being said though, the game's main problem for me is the slight disconnection with the songs - you see, you have to unlock the different tracks of the song while playing it to hear the entire sonic range of the performance so there are too many awkward moments where the vocals, the bass, the drums, et cetera are missing not because you fail to match notes but because it's the natural progression of the game where you have to keep unlocking those individual parts and you have to choose which one to unlock first. Back to Audiosurf for me.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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