I wasn't really sure what I was going to end up writing this column about I've been super busy over the past couple of weeks with school projects, and haven't had much time to play any video games. That all changed yesterday when the latest build of Sony's AMPLITUDE crossed my desk. Within moments I had the game booted up and was enjoying the new boot-up sequence, vast collection of new music, and online gameplay. But mainly it's been all about the online play.
I guess I would love to talk about some of the music in the game but a vast majority of it is still unannounced and I can't reveal any of it here. As a fan of rock music though, I'm pretty pleased with the selection. What I can say is that Blink 182's "The Rock Show", Weezer's "Dope Nose", The Crystal Method's remix of P.O.D.'s "Boom" and Freezepop's "Super Sprode" are just the beginning of an excellent track assortment. I don't want to go too in-depth into the game but the music itself makes the game all the more enjoyable.
While the game has had many other improvements the biggest is the online play. I jumped on last night and began trying to find games against the few other people who currently have online builds. I finally managed to hook up with someone and play a couple of songs in the normal versus mode. You can get up to four people playing and my opponent quickly wanted to go up to the "Brutal" difficulty level. It's really amazing how fluid the game moves considering how important timing is in a rhythm/music game. I'm playing on broadband but from what I've been told, the game is very dial-up friendly.
That leads in today: I had a chance to get a few three-player games in, I was playing with a pair of Sony PR reps, Heather and Ryan. We logged onto the server and got into quite a few good games. The multiplayer
There's also a remix mode and a "dueling banjos"-style mode. The remix mode allows you to remix the songs included in the game which is actually pretty cool if you have some sort of musical talent. I haven't tried the duel mode yet but I'm looking forward to it.
AMPLITUDE is currently set to release on March 25th, so when you're picking up a copy of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER you should probably pick up AMP too. Look for our full review next month.
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