It’s finally here, via Wired’s Game|Life, the Elite Beat Agents song list:
- Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
- ABC – Jackson Five
- Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
- I Was Born to Love You – Queen
- Rock This Town – Stray Cats
- Highway Star – Deep Purple
- Y.M.C.A. – Village People
- September – Earth, Wind and Fire
- Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
- Material Girl – Madonna
- La La – Ashlee Simpson
- You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
- Survivor – Destiny’s Child
- Without a Fight – Hoobastank
- Believe – Cher
- Let’s Dance – David Bowie
- Jumpin Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
- Makes No Difference – Sum 41
- The Anthem – Good Charlotte
I actually waited a day to post this just so I could get over my initial feelings. My first reaction was shock, and sickness. Avril? ASHLEE? WHAT? I just didn’t know what to do. I felt so lost and confused, like that time in High School when I really liked this cheerleader, but then I heard her telling her friend how much she loved Star Wars: Episode 1. When something so good clashes with something so bad, it feels like you just got punched in the stomach. That’s how you made me feel, EBA song list.
The “best comment” award goes to BLADEMARU:
La La….f’n La La made it on that list.
Why not throw Hollaback Girl and London Bridge on there too, then we’ll have a trifecta of crap.
I couldn’t agree more. Thankfully, those didn’t make it. If you actually don’t know those songs, trust me, you’re lucky.
Keiichi Yano, the EBA designer, said, “Also there are obviously songs that are just rhythmically fun to play!” I’m sure that’s true with probably all of those songs. Pop music is catchy, without a doubt. But I would rather stab my DS in the face than go for the high score on an Ashlee song. I can only hope that, as with Ouendan, these are all covers, and sound much different than the originals. After all, one of my biggest problems with Ashlee is Ashlee. Now there’s just the problem with her music being a pile of garbage, but Mr. Clean teamed up with Scrubbing Bubbles can’t help that.
My other problem with the list is that some of these songs are overplayed in general (YMCA), and some of these are even overplayed in other music games: “ABC” is in Taiko Drum Master, “Believe” and “Let’s Dance” are in DDR, “Rock This Town” is in Donkey Konga, and “The Anthem” is in Donkey Konga 2 — but I guess that’s just what I get for playing so many music games. For most people, that won’t be a problem.
I admit that there’s more to the game than just the music; the stories are a big part of it. However, after the first few times, I skip all the cutscenes and go for high scores, which leaves just the music. And I will never be okay with “La La.”
In the end, I just have to remember that there are only a couple songs on there that I really hate, and overall it’s a good list. I’m sure it’ll still be fun, and I’m still excited about it. Some people are saying that if you’re a true Ouendan fan, you should buy EBA no matter what. I disagree. But even if you hate half the songs on it, you’ll have fun with the other half. Plus, if it sells well, there’s always the chance of a sequel, and you might really like the songs on that one.