Gitaroo-Man Lives!

Japan is already bouncing to the beat of Gitaroo-Man Lives! on the PSP,
I couldnt wait for the US version to come out… so I bought a Japanese Import…

If you don’t read or speak Japanese, you’ll be somewhat in the dark playing Gitaroo-Man Lives! However, if you’ve played the US version of the PlayStation 2 classic, then you have nothing to worry about, because this is the exact same game. If you’re familiar with the original Gitaroo-Man game, then you’ll be able to jump right into the import without any difficulty. The menus are all in English, and the only parts of the game that require you to know Japanese are some of the onscreen text and the spoken dialogue in the cutscenes. But even then, the story here isn’t so complex that you won’t be able to put two and two together, whether you’ve played the original game or not.

For those new to the world of talking dogs and guitar-toting superheroes, there’s a full tutorial that you have to play through when you begin a single-player game. There’s a lot of text and spoken dialogue here, but all you need to do is look at the animated icons to know what to do. You simply have to move the analog stick and press the face buttons in time with the icons on screen, which are the same in the Japanese and the US versions of the game.

The sheer rawk of Gitaroo-Man is not reduced in the transition to the PSP.

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging rhythm game to play on your PSP, then you should definitely consider importing Gitaroo-Man Lives! If you’ve played the original Gitaroo-Man, you already know the story anyway, and in fact, the Japanese version is probably the better choice for purists, simply because the voices seem to better fit the characters. We’ll bring you more information about the US version of Gitaroo-Man Lives!–which is due out in the fourth quarter–as it happens.