Graphics have never been one of the key focuses of the DDR series. The backgrounds have always been bright and shiny in their own ravy way - but they have never been something that really blew your mind. For the most part, this is the same story with DDR Max 2. The primary element, the arrows, is big and easy to see -- even with the visual shenanigans going on with the backgrounds. The newest addition to the game is the inclusion of original music videos that play with some of the game's 65 songs, such as Kylie Minogue's 'Love At First Sight'. The game also features an unlockable option that allows animated characters to dance along with you on screen.
Song selection is vitally important to the game -- otherwise you're just stomping on a bunch of arrows with no rhyme or reason. The variety of songs offered in the game is big and should offer at least one song for everyone. DDR Max 2 is a little more accessible to casual gamers with the number of songs offered. The number of licensed tracks heard in DDR Max 2 should provide a few more songs (or groups) people have heard of, including KC and the Sunshine Band, The Crystal Method and Dirty Vegas. A few heavily requested songs, such as Tenth Planet's 'Ghosts' are also present in the game. The sound quality is great, especially with pumping out of a nice sound setup, but it would have been nice to get a little more bass out of the game.