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B-Boy

Great things to do in this break-dancing sim.

Get the inside track on some great B-Boy moves and action from the PS2 funkmeister.


1 SEE AMAZING DANCE MOVES
PS2's never seen anything like these animations. Twelve genuine B-boys donned the special motion-capture suit of balls to record their moves - and the results are incredible. Footwear creases as you step into your routine of stunning flicks and swirls; your dancer's clothing flows realistically, as you spin like a raging windmill, and the watching crowd shuffle along as the rhythm takes them over. The locations look beautiful too, from the docks to the packed-out arenas, and each is an authentic B-boy venue, such as the B-boy UK Championships stage at Brixton Academy.

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2 TAKE ON RIVAL GANGS ...WITH THE FUNK
Leave your bamboo "shivs" at home because in B-Boy you fight with the funk. As an opponent steps into battle, you can diss them by flicking the right stick. This builds up your power bar so you can make a flashy entrance when it's your turn. But you've got to string combos together to really show off.

3 DISPLAY THE SKILLS TO PLAY THE BILLS
B-Boy starts off simply, but as the competition gets better, so must you. You've four basic movements: Toprock w, Footwork q, Freeze r and Power e. Toprock moves are all about your stand-up steps, but others are more extravagant. Footwork moves make you hit the deck on all fours and twist around to the beats. Freeze is about striking a pose and holding it - using o and u to balance. Power moves are windmills, head spins and the like. Hitting a direction and any button will perform an easy move, double-tapping will perform a more difficult trick and triple-hitting will access the big-money skills.

4 ROCK YOUR BODY TO BREAK BEAT TUNES

  • The Incredible Bongo Band - Apache

  • Cypress Hill - Phuncky Feel One
  • James Brown - Cold Sweat
  • Kool and the Gang - Open Sesame
  • Nas - Made You Look
  • DJ Shadow - Organ Donor
  • Babe Ruth - The Mexican
  • Beatnuts - Watch Out Now
  • The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park
  • Tha Alkaholiks - Make Room
  • BT Express - Express
  • Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost
  • Lynn Collins - Think (About It)
  • The Meters - Same Old Thing
  • Breakestra - The Champ
  • Black Heat - Love The Life You Live
  • The Jackson Sisters - I Believe In Miracles
  • Jackson 5 - The Life Of A Party
The verdict

B-Boy is one of the most original games to dance on to PS2, with a vast move set and a great soundtrack. Review next month.

Format
PlayStation 2
Developer
Sony Europe
Publisher
Sony Europe
Genre
Rhythm Action

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