Gitaroo Man Lives was big hit in Japan and the US when it was first released on the Playstation. Now it’s available on your PSP with all-new modes, for even more guitar-playing action! It features a new ad hoc multiplayer mode, a Duet mode for playing co-op or head-to-head, and all-new vocals provided by well-known Japanese pop stars.
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Fun and musical challenge
As far as music games, this is the one I like the most. I first played the game on the PS2, and it still meets my expectations on the PSP.
The music is lively and entertaining, and the story line is great from the humble beginnings of U-1, down to the climatic battle with Zowie.
The game is also helpful with practicing rhythm, if you hit the right button exactly on the beat you will get a “Great”. Some stages can get a little tricky, rhythmically speaking.
I like the added Jukebox feature, where you can listen to the music you have unlocked during the game. Also after each stage, you have the option of watching a replay of your performance.
3 Stars A Decent Port
If you’re a fan of Gitaroo Man and wish you could play it anywhere you go, then this is a good port of it. Gitaroo Man is my favorite game all time, but I do have a few complaints on this game.
First, this may be resolved with the new 3rd gen PSPs coming out…sometime in the future, when the new PSPs can handle more movement, but for now with my 2nd generation PSP, some of the movement of the symbols on the screen become fuzzy and hard to follow. This makes it quite difficult and can sometimes cause real headaches.
Second, the hard mode has been watered down. Anyone who is familiar with Hard Mode and the pure pain of the Sanbone Trio will be disappointed (or glad) that now, they no longer each have their own set of attacks. Now, the trio does their easy set of songs all together. It makes the level way too easy to beat whereas it took me months to pass some of the dreaded unique combinations that would keep this level fresh each time you play.
Lastly, I love the two new songs on here, they are great. My final complaint is that you have to turn on your wireless and play versus if you want to play the songs on your own. I’m not sure if it works this way on the PSP, but I know for sure on my DS that the wireless function kills battery and with the PSPs already short battery, it could be the same problem here too.
Either way, I am glad that I purchased this game cause it brings back so many memories,and if you’re a Gitaroo Man fan, it’s a must have.
4 Stars its great!!!
the music and storyline and graphics… everything is pretty much great except its really short and load times are unbelieveable… but other than that… its great
5 Stars Best of the Best!!!
Gitarooman is amazing. If you own a PSP and do not have this game, you are missing out – guaranteed. This genre is underrated in the US and is called Bemani. Bemani gameplay centers around music, rhythm, and timing… This game in particular is truly diverse because of its unique gameplay and excellent control system.
You utilize the analog controller to follow wavy instrumental tubes that strangely follow the music as they move with the rhythm. You also use the buttons x,o etc. which blaze at you for impressive mind bending game play. You will be amazed of how fast this game moves. For clarification, the tubes are not annoying they follow the music in a very natural and pleasing way.
The story is beautiful and has a strong and clear message that is relevant to life. It focuses on believing in yourself – similar to the Parappa story – but more moving and gorgeous imagery.
This port is from the PS2 version and is an exact translation. To describe how popular it was on the PS2, when people finally realized this game was a masterpiece, it was selling for over a $100.00. I sold mine here on Amazon for over 80 – and was a little upset – I missed it much.
Replay Value: 10++++
Graphics: 10++++ Japanese Anime
No Cons: Except maybe I want a sequel of this!
Cautions: This game is so intense; that you will probably brake your analog controller on the PSP. I replaced mine and found the parts very cheap -ck Ebay for controller. Be careful the screws will strip easily if not using correct phillip.
Again – One of, if not the best game of all time – and I played many and have had most systems.
5 Stars More challenging that it looks
This game is quirky but strangely addictive. The story line is obscure but the gameplay undenialble. This is one rhythm based game that makes you want to replay and get a better score. Perfect title for a portable game system.