In a lot of ways it's liberating how simple the package is. Rockstar Games didn't try to cram in video game objectives or anything like that; they simply let the product be what it is. And if you're the kind of person with even a passing interest in creating hip hop beats and techno songs, then Beaterator is a fun way to hone your skills. It sure beats the heck out of spending hundreds of dollars on the professional quality computer programs.
Eventually you will create a song that is actually worth listening to, so it's a good thing you can export your masterpieces from your PSP to your personal computer. Beaterator gives the user plenty of control over their music, something that Traxxpad never got right. Still, I was disappointed that you couldn't transfer music the opposite direction. I was hoping to be able to import small samples, something that would have added a lot to the music I was creating. This is my only real complaint about the product.
Beaterator is not for everybody, it's a niche product for people that want to create a certain kind of music. Gamers looking for a Rock Band Unplugged-style experience will certainly be disappointed, though it may give them a greater understanding on how difficult it is to develop a catchy song. If you're the kind of person who has always wanted to dabble in laying down beats, then this is a cheap way to see if you have what it takes. If anything, Beaterator could be the gateway drug that inspires you to try the harder stuff ... like forming your own band.
Beaterator sets out to create a compelling music creator for the PSP. An application where you lay down beats and map out your own masterpieces. If that's the goal, then it succeeds in every possible way. This is not a game and shouldn't be judged as one. If you have the itch for creating music, then Beaterator is an inexpensive way to hone your skills!
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