unlike probably most who will be reading this, i've been introduced to music games using additional controllers back when drummania, guitarfreaks and the first dance dance revolutions were released. i also love karaoke revolution, so i naturally was very excited about what i hoped would be another konami music gem.
unfortunately, just as with dance dance revolution X, this recent attempt to try something new and maybe appeal to a broader audience, somewhat failed.
what's positive about this game is the music selection, which has even more modern rock (and hardcore, numetal, ...) than rock band - at least that's positive if you're into this kind of music.
i also liked that they didn't ditch their 2d-style vertical scrolling layout from their original bemani games. worked just as well for me as it did some 7 or so years ago.
and i did like the fact that the pedal seemed to respond better than in guitar hero or rockband.
but... these things are overshadowed by some incredibly stupid choices. e.g. i can't even begin to understand what the hell drove them to not display band names in the song selection. as i just said... that's simply stupid.
also, i couldn't figure out the health system - is it supposed to be those bars on top of the screen? (i just played it at a friends and we didn't want to check the manual) if it is, that placement is also very stupid because i just can't look that far up while playing. and in any case, it's way too easy to pass songs at least when you don't play alone. e.g. i passed one song with over 200 misses and a total percentage of around 40. i think the lowest i've ever gotten after successfully completing a song in guitar hero was around 80...
oh and... no singing?! are you fucking kidding me?! in a game released by the very company who created karaoke revolution?! once again: very stupid.
while i probably won't play this a lot in the future, i still hope the game will find enough people who play it, so konami will make another one and has the chance to fix at least the very stupid things. because without those, i think that game could be really nice.