Gitaroo Man gives Acid Rock a new meaning.

Go buy this game right now.

Gitaroo Man is a very odd game but is, quite possibly, the best rhythm game of all time. It is so very Japanese it hurts. I’m sure the development team we’re all tripping on acid when they made this game…it certainly feels like you are when you are playing it. The game starts off with you playing as a regular kid named U-1 having troubles with school work, girls and bullies that has just arrived home after a long and arduous day at school. Suddenly your dog, Puma, speaks to you saying that you are the heir to the legendary Gitaroo-Man legacy and that you need to learn how to use the power of Gitaroo to save the universe. You are the only remaining Gitaroo-Man, so you must journey through space battling Gravillions to take back the other Gitaroos they have taken.

Only DDR can compete with the pure awesomeness of this game.

Gravillions vary in form and finagle, but all are undoubtedly members of an evil organization bent on collecting all the Gitaroos. They range from a skeleton trio to a mechanical hammer-head space shark to a rather obvious Micheal Jackson mockery. The characters are all very unusual and entertaining, as are their personalities–to but it bluntly; every character in this game is utterly insane. In battle against these Gravillions you use to power of Gitaroo, which is the power to play a really awesome guitar solo on your futuristic guitar known as a Gitaroo. The music in the game is very, very awesome guitar music and I could listen to the soundtrack on repeat until the day I died. ;)

Seriously, I played this game for 28 hours straight when I first got it!

If you like rhythm games or even just music I highly recommend this game. But be warned, this is a very challenging game, it’s hard enough beating easy mode–if you ever beat Master I will worship you. I don’t mind the challenge of the game though, simply because I get to listen to the great music longer if I lose a level.

It’s a good thing I got it when I was still in High School and didn’t have work to worry about being late for. ;)

Gitaroo Man may eventually be available at Play-Asia. For now, enjoy a video of the totally awesome final stage!

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