Elite Beat Agents – Energetic Enough?

Elite Beat Agents ReviewElite Beat Agents is a rhythm-based music video game developed by iNiS. Published by Nintendo, the game was released in North America on 6th November 2006 and in Europe on 13th July for the Nintendo DS gaming device. The game was first released as a Japanese rhythm game titled Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan in 2005. One year later it hits the rest of the world as “Elite Beat Agents”, but with contemporary audio-tracks, and in English. Elite Beat Agents was also released with the Touch! Generations label in North America. The label is a Nintendo brand, which is used to bring the game to more audience than the traditional gamers. Like in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Elite Beat Agents is a music game in which the player’s objective is to tap and drag the presented indicators on the Touch Screen in synchronization with the beat and rhythm from the corresponding audio track. The Elite Beat Agents are members of a “secret” government agency, who are dedicated to help those in need through the spiritual power of music. Every single stage in the game has its own unique plot presented in a comic-book style. A situation is shown at the beginning of each stage, where a particular character faces a barrier in his life and cries desperately for help, after which the Elite Beat Agents are instructed by Commander Kahn to “GO!” help them overcome the obstacles in their life. The Agents never encounter the character directly; instead they inspire the people they assist through music and dancing, motivating them to get their heads up and overcome the particular crisis they are facing. The success of these people depends on the player’s accuracy, which means the more accurate the player is to the rhythm of the music, the better degree of success will those people get.
Elite Beat Agents - Commander Kahn and the Agents

Elite Beat Agents - Commander Kahn and the Agents

Elite Beat Agents keeps the roots of its Japanese predecessor Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, thus the game-play is the same as it, but with new characters, audio-tracks, stories and themes. The player takes control of the “situation” right after the comic book-like intro of the selected stage ends. Elite Beat Agents also has a few additional features to its game-play; the ability to save ghost data; the ability to play versus your ghost; the ability to review your last seconds of performance at the end of each stage, and the ability to reveal a wider range of statistics for the player’s performance. Since this is a rhythm game, the main objective is to tap-to-the-rhythm; follow the beat; be in tact with the music. If you are a “musically challenged” person, you will have trouble playing this title.
Elite Beat Agents - Comic Book Like Story Sequences

Elite Beat Agents - Comic Book Like Story Sequences

The Game-Play mechanics are pretty simple: tap the numerical hit markers when they show up on the screen; tap and hold the numerical phrase markers while they slide along the displayed path; spin the disc item when it shows up on the touch-screen as fast as you can. In order to perform each of these actions successfully, the player has to tap; spin or drag at the appropriate time while listening to the music, since the timing of every single marker is synchronized with the rhythm of the particular audio track.
Audio Tracks Covered By Unlockable
Ashlee Simpson - La La Laura Jane No
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi Angela Michael No
Cher - Believe Lynn Rose Yes
Chicago - "You're the Inspiration" Julian Miranda No
David Bowie - Let's Dance Delaney Wolff No
Deep Purple - Highway Star Kaleb James No
Destiny's Child - Survivor April Harmony Yes
Earth, Wind and Fire - September TC Moses No
Freddie Mercury - I Was Born to Love You Paul Vician No
Good Charlotte - The Anthem Kevin Ridel No
Hoobastank - Without a Fight Kevin Ridel No
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat Jason Paige No
Madonna - Material Girl Melissa Garber No
Stray Cats - Rock This Town Mark Latham No
Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man Jason Paige No
Sum 41 - Makes No Difference Vinn Lombardo No
The Jackson 5 - ABC TC Moses and Brittany Kertesz Yes
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash Billy Fogarty No
Village People - Y.M.C.A. TC Moses No
Story sequences are displayed on the top Nintendo DS screen. Each stage is separated into different story sequences with three possible endings. Each end depends entirely on the game-play and experience of the player, which means that the story end will vary depending on the number of story sequences passed. If all sequences are completed in one stage successfully, the character in the particular story will succeed. If only one, but not all of the story sequences are completed, the character will have an average success. If all story sequences are failed, the character’s story ending is going to be devastating.
Elite Beat Agents - Game-Play Mechanics

Elite Beat Agents - Game-Play Mechanics

The character’s performance is revealed in the statistics at the end of each stage. It is rated with letters, such as “S” (the highest grade), and “D” (the lowest grade). The player must “Perfect” a stage without losing a single beat to achieve the highest grade. After the player beats the game at the highest difficulty, a new one will be unlocked featuring another audio track. You will be surprised to see what happens when you beat all difficulties, but I assure you that this won’t be easy. Elite Beat Agents features a couple of Multiplayer Modes. Up to four players can challenge each other in a wireless multiplayer battle using one or more copies of the game. When players are playing from one copy of the game, only a couple of audio tracks are available, but when every player has his own copy, everything becomes available. Players can also play versus their saved ghosts, to see if they improved their experience or just “challenge themselves”. The game also features a cooperative multiplayer mode where players take turns playing the different story sequences of one stage. If one of the players fails on one of the sequences, the game ends for both players. Japanese players of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan will be disappointed to see that Elite Beat Agents does not have their “cheerleader” Japanese flavor, but that is made for the best. Elite Beat Agents takes the “cool and awesome” out of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and turns it into an energetic and over the top rhythm game, that will challenge and entertain every Nintendo DS owner out there.

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