Here's the thing about "Frequency", the music beat-matching
challenge: you have to have pretty nimble fingers to be
successful at the upper echelons.
"Frequency" is just a cool idea, and the translation of the idea
into a game is mostly well done. You are tasked with mixing a
number of different instruments, including a lot of electronic
equipment, to make songs that match real songs included in the game.
These songs, by groups like The Crystal Method, DJ Qbert, and
others, are mostly metal, electronica, and scratch hip-hop tracks,
so it made for some cool listening for me...when I didn't have to
actually match the beats!
But, due to the control system, it's not easy to press buttons as
fast as some of these songs need to go to be correct. And,
using the D-Pad to switch between instruments, the word "frenetic"
has never had a better friend than this game. Even on Normal
difficulty, this one is a fight to the finish.
An in-game mixer allows you to make your own music, which is
pretty sweet, and there's a jukebox to listen to the songs as they
were meant to be played. Multiplayer online is a cool idea,
but I would imagine that not many folks are going to want to stick
with it. Otherwise, this is a good game that could reach
greatness with an improved control scheme.
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience