posted by Dualmask (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Nov 12, 2010
Member since Apr 2008
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The DJ Max game series is one of the more successful and long-lasting franchises on the PSP, but the best entries in the series are the titles that haven't been released in America. If you only have Fever and Portable 3 to go by, you probably wouldn't know what the fuss is all about. It's a rhythm game with original songs made just for the game, where you match notes as they fall down the screen in various button modes (4T uses 4 buttons, 6T uses 6 buttons and is much harder, 3.2T uses three buttons and the analog stick, etc.). The draw here is the variety of music and the steady stream of unlockables that come as you play, such as gears and notes that change the visual design, and characters that affect attributes related to gameplay like experience point boosts.
However, for a much more in-depth DJ MAX experience, I'd recommend you shop online for titles such as DJ Black Square, Clazziquai and Portable 2, all of which offer the same gameplay but a more varied song selection and different levels of challenge. Portable 3 feels dumbed down by comparison (especially missing the OST/Album and Club Tour modes of the aforementioned games), but is still fun to play for the new songs if nothing else. In the end, there aren't any truly bad DJ MAX games, but Portable 3 isn't the pinnacle of the series. Even Fever (the other official US release in the series) is better than Portable 3 in many respects, especially when it comes to songs, but you might not like that game's auto-correct feature, which allows you to continue a combo even if you hit the wrong button (Black Square also has this feature, but Clazziquai and Portable 2 do not).