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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.

Rating:  $40


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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. 

"$40":  Usually 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.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either 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 Seconds."

"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.

"Dogshit":  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 for you!

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