Space Channel 5: Part 2 is a fun and vibrant rhythm game that despite being nearly a decade old has aged extremely well. The buttery beats are still fresh and dishing out moves to destroy evil robots and agents of the Rhythm Rogues is simple yet offers a nice, if slightly steep, challenge. If you never played Space Channel 5 Part 2 then I recommend having a go with Ulala as the intergalactic journey offered in the game is a classic.
+ Gameplay is still fun and doesn’t feel too archaic.
+ Visuals look good on a HD platform, even with some noticeable jaggies.
+ Music soothes my soul in how varied and catchy it is.
+ Tone of the game is completely silly but it’s so damn fun.
- Difficulty spikes may be a bit much for new players.
- Controls feel a bit unresponsive here and there.
Going into a video game and not hacking and slashing everything or engaging in ruthless gun battles may be shocking to some, but I for one welcome the change of pace every now and then. Gamers are of course used to getting some action through puzzle games or simulation racers, but there aren’t too many games out there that take a completely original approach to something which while bucking a genre trend is still entertaining. Back in 2002 Sega released Space Channel Five: Part 2, the sequel to the raucous dancing sci-fi romp that hit the Dreamcast in 1999.