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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!

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Based on 16 critic reviews
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74

Top Critic Average

56%

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Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 2, 2018

Publisher: Bandai Namco Games

Taiko No Tatsujin is finally here for the PlayStation®4 platform! ◆Well-known mainstream songs with more than 70latest hits! You can now enjoy that all so familiar game center experience playing Taiko No Tatsujin at the comfort of your home! ◆All essential gaming elements are catered for in the PS4TM Taiko No Tatsujin! Simply register your friend or family member's Sony Entertainment Network account as a friend allows you to have a causal game session with their Ghost data even if they are not around! Perhaps playing with a popular character through the Game Session with Guest would be equally appealing ♪ And for those with great ambition, the Taiko Ranked Match provides you the opportunity to put your skills to the test and compete against online players from all around the world! You will be matched up automatically against other online Ghost data befitting of your current skill level. Savour the VS battles as you win your way through the ranks aiming for the top spots♪

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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! (PS4)Developer: Bandai NamcoPublisher: Bandai NamcoReleased: November 2, 2018MSRP: $49.99 (No Drum)Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session, is the second of two Taiko games that launched last week, alongside Nintendo Switch release Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun. But whereas the latter's focus is on mini-games and party modes, Drum Session's PS4 release is more focused on the core Taiko no Tatsujin experience.Drum Session's rhythm-action gameplay is very straightforward. You bash along, on your drum controller or PS4 pad, in time to symbols that appear on a fast-moving on-screen track, ala Rock Band, Guitar Hero or any number of previous similar titles. The red symbols represent hitting the skin, the blue symbols require a tap on the rim. The larger symbols mean you strike with both sticks together, while extended yellow bars require players to hammer out a thunderous drum roll.Players score points for perfect timing, as well as for not dropping a beat, with extended combos making for major league scores. There is a large variety of songs to choose from, ranging in difficulty, and you can compete against a friend or against other player's "ghosts" online.

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No matter what way you choose to buy, though, both are great and make for an excellent musical addition to your game collection.

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Bright, colourful and a lot of fun, Taiko no Tatsujin is a beat 'em up I can really get behind.

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The decision not to release the drum controller in the West is a baffling one, as it robs Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session of its identity. However, if you're willing to give it a shot with a regular pad, there's a challenging rhythm game here for you to master, with a wide variety of tracks and seamless online play. The lack of extra modes is a shame, but if you get hooked on this game's unique brand of beat-matching gameplay, the climb towards better scores should keep you going for a good while.

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