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Gitaroo Man – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language

PaRappa the Rapper 2

Game Description: You gotta' do what? You gotta' believe that he's back! See if you have enough rhythm to keep the beat with everyone's favorite rappin' puppy. Join PaRappa and a cast of characters old and new on a mission of the greatest importance: to prevent the Evil Noodle Syndicate from turning everything into noodles. Dance along with the foot-stomping tunes and catchy lyrics created by musician Masaya Matsuura, the talent behind the original PaRappa the Rapper. As in the original game, the graphics were created by New York artist Rodney Greenblat. The title includes guest appearances by Lammy and her band MilkCan, plus the ultimate rapping sensei, Chop Chop Master Onion. The multiplayer mode allows two rapping disciples to square off, while the practice mode lets you learn how to get your beat on.

PaRappa the Rapper 2 – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language

Gitaroo Man

Game Description: Gitaroo Man is an entirely new type of music rhythm game, in which your instrument is actually your weapon in the fight against evil. Unlike traditional music games that simply require the player to press buttons in rhythm with onscreen actions, Gitaroo Man makes players use both the analog stick and controller buttons at the same time, thus manipulating the onscreen characters with jumps, ducks, and attacks.

Samba De Amigo – Review

Yes, Samba de Amigo requires $80 maraca peripherals that come in a big yellow box with cartoon characters on it. And yes, it's one of those silly music games that are so huge in Japan. But what do they know? They bought more copies of Seaman than Soul Calibur. And you read online that there are some Ricky Martin songs in the game, and there's no way you're ever buying a game featuring the Latin sensation from Menudo.

Samba De Amigo – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Comic Mischief

Samba De Amigo

Game Description: Even those of us who have tin ears can make music with Latin America's musical rattle, the maraca. The idea in Samba de Amigo is to use visual cues to shake your maracas in time with the music's rhythm. Although that might sound easy, it's not. The visual cues prompt you more than just to shake them, but where to shake them, and in three levels between your head and your knees. In other words, think of Samba de Amigo as a cross between Dance Dance Revolution and semaphore. The game requires quick reflexes, great timing, and powerful concentration.

Space Channel 5 – Review

And so it pleases me greatly to see that in Sega's latest music/rhythm genre release, Space Channel 5, 'sexiness' isn't something the game merely wears on its sleeve, but rather something that is ingrained into the very fabric of the gameplay. Most of Space Channel 5's sex appeal is attributed to one thing—or, rather, character—its knockout bombshell of a protagonist, appropriately named Ulala (pronounced Ooh-la-la).

Space Channel 5 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes 

Space Channel 5 – Second Opinion

I agree with Chi on the issue of Ulalas sex appeal and the unusual style of the game. From first glance, Space Channel 5 is unlike anything Ive seen before and the overall design gives it the feel of an interactive American Bandstand or Soul Train -- or MTVs The Grind for our younger readers. Granted some of her dancing and gyrations can best be described as "suggestive," it is all in keeping with the direction the designers are heading. The character and level designs are perfect for this type of game and the mannerisms and animations of the supporting characters are hilarious. Combined with the catchy music, all of these elements come together to add personality and flare to a game already ripe with individuality.

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