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Thanks for your concern. ========================================== | ~Table of Contents~ | ========================================== |1.Basics of Being an Agent | |2.Difficulty Settings | |3.Ranking System | |4.Single Player Mode | | 4A.Episode 1-Walkie Talkie Man | | 4B.Episode 2-Makes No Difference | | 4C.Episode 3-Sk8er Boi | | 4D.Episode 4-I Was Born to Love You | | 4E.Episode 5-Rock This Town | | 4F.Episode 6-Highway Star | | 4G.Episode 7-Y.M.C.A. | | 4H.Episode 8-September | | 4I.Episode 9-Canned Heat | | 4J.Episode 10-Material Girl | | 4K.Episode 11-La La | | 4L.Episode 12-You're The Inspiration | | 4M.Episode 13-Let's Dance | | 4N.Episode 14-The Anthem | | 4O.Episode 15-1 Without a Fight | | 4P.Episode 15-2 Jumpin' Jack Flash | | 4Q.Bonus Episode 1-Believe | | 4R.Bonus Episode 2-ABC | | 4S.Bonus Episode 3-Survivor | |5.Replay Data | |6.Agent of Rank and Unlockables | |7.Multiplayer Modes | | 7A.VS Ghost | | 7B.VS Player | | 7C.Co-op | |8.Credits | ========================================== --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~1.Basics of Being an Agent~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Elite Beat Agents is different than other rhythm games you may have played, so it is best that you start with the Training Mode on the main menu. You will learn everything you need to know in order to tap to the rhythm during the Single Player mode. Descriptions of the exercises are as follows. Elite-O-Meter--This meter, which is represented by a red and yellow bar at the top of the touch screen, is basically the "life bar" for the game. The bar is split up like this: --------------------------------- / | Yes\ --------------------------------- At the beginning of each song, the Elite-O-Meter will start at the very top (as opposed to the middle as is with other games). However, during the course of the song the meter will steadily be falling. In order to refill the gauge you will need to tap the Hit Markers, Phrase Markers, and Spinners that appear on the screen at various times. Do so correctly, and the meter will fill back up again. Miss a beat, and the meter will go down by about 1/6th. If it passes the "|" (which is about 45% up the meter), you will be in the "No" section. When that occurs, the screen will zoom in on the lead agent, signifying that you are currently failing that song. When the meter falls below 10%, you will be at the "!" stage, the camera zooms in further on the lead agent, and shows that you are dangerously close to failing the song altogether. How fast the meter falls by default depends on the amount of beats in the song and the difficulty level. An easy song on an easy difficulty will have a slow falling meter. An easy song on a hard difficulty will have the meter fall at a quickened rate, while a hard song on a hard difficulty will have the meter drop very quickly. Be careful. Songs are split into several different sections. If the Elite-O-Meter reads "Yes" when you reach the end of a section, you will clear it with a "O" reading. However, if you reach the end of a section with the meter in the "No" or "!" section, then you will get an "X" instead. The only thing the O's and X's effect are the ending of the mission. You will still clear the song even with all X's. Hit Marker--These are what you will be tapping throughout the majority of the game. Hit Markers are colored circles with a number on them. When they appear on the screen, a Timer Circle will appear around them. The Timer Circle will determine when you hit the beat in rhythm with the song. When the Timer Circle touches the boundary of the Hit Marker, tap it! ----- ----- / \ / \ | (1) |.........| (2) | | | | | \-----/ \-----/ This is basically what Hit Markers look like. You will always hit them in their numbered order. Not only should that be a basic concept, but the Timer Circle for later Hit Markers cover the the marker after the ones before it do. Even if you wanted to, you couldn't hit the 2nd Hit Marker without hitting (or missing entirely) the first one. The other situation for Hit Markers is when there is more then one overlapping each other. The way you can tell this happens is when you see multiple Timer Circles appear around what originally looks like one Hit Marker. If you look closely, you will be able to see another one (or a third, sometimes even a fourth and fifth) beneath it. They look somewhat like this: /-------\ | --- | | |(1)| | | --- | \-------/ As you can see, there are two Timer Circles surrounding this beat. However, once you tap the first Hit Marker, the point value for it will appear, essentially covering up the second Hit Marker (and more if there were others) and the Timer Circle. You'll need to rely on the song itself to determine when to tap. Is it right after? Do you need to wait half a second? Maybe a full second? As you play the game, you will understand how the beats work, and you'll be able to determine when to tap subsequent Hit Markers the lie under below the first. Phrase Markers--Quite different from Hit Markers, you will also be encountering Phrase Markers during the songs. Phrase Markers will appear as a number with a long line attached to it (or half-circle, curver, zig-zag, there are many different shapes in the songs). What you need to do is tap the number when the Timer Circle overlaps it. However, instead of lifting up the stylus as you normally would, you will need to hold it on a ball that will travel across the length of the marker in rhythm with the song. The ball will move by itself, and all you need to do is keep the stylus on it at all times. -------------------- (1). . . . . . . . . . ( ) -------------------- The ( ) at the right represents the end of the Phrase Marker. Be sure that you are holding the stylus on the ball until it reaches the end! You can safely take it off when the point value appears for clearing the marker. The periods represent the pellets found in Phrase Markers. You MUST be holding the stylus on the ball when it rolls over these. Each pellet will add to the multiplier. If you aren't holding the ball as it passes over a pellet, you won't collect it, the multiplier will drop backk to zero, and the Elite-O-Meter will suffer a little. However... -------------------- (1). . . . . . . . . . (<) -------------------- When you see a U-turn arrow at the end of a Phrase Marker, it signifies that when the ball reaches that point it will rebound and head back for the start of the marker. The pellets will reappear on the Phrase Marker when you hit the rebound point, so no getting off easy. Sometimes you will have multiple rebounds within the same Phrase Marker, so be constantly aware of that. Despite what Commander Kahn says, you do NOT have to keep the stylus on the ball at all times, although it is highly advised. The only times you need to have it on the ball is when you tap the Phrase Marker to get the ball moving to begin with, each time it passes over a pellet, and when it reaches the end/rebound point. You will not suffer any penalties if you accidentally take the stylus off the ball for a brief moment assuming the ball doesn't hit a pellet or reach the end of the marker. Under any circumstance, NEVER miss an entire Phrase Marker. Doing so is hard because most last several seconds, but if you somehow manage to get an X on it, the Elite-O-Meter will suffer more than just missing a single Hit Marker. It all depends on the length of the Phrase Marker missed and the difficulty, but you can lose between 1/4th and 2/3rds of the Elite-O- Meter from missing a single Phrase Marker. As long as you collect at least one pellet, or are holding onto the ball is it reaches the end of the marker, you will get some point for the effort. Never give up! Spin Marker--Finally, there is the Spin Marker. These are the simplest to understand as well as to complete. On most songs, these appear right at the end, although a few will have them in the middle (or not at all, even). All you need to do is spin the spinner. It doesn't matter which direction you spin it. As you do, the meters on the left and right will fill up. You need to make them reach a top (inciting the word "Clear" to appear) in order to pass the Spin Marker. Once you have cleared the Spin Marker, each additional spin will earn you 1000 Bonus Points. Keep it in mind for when you are actually playing the songs! Points--As you could tell during the practice sessions when hitting Hit Markers, or by the fact there is a number representing your score, you will earn points as you hit the beats in rhythm to the songs. First off are Hit Markers. Hitting the Hit Marker with perfect timing earns you 300 points. Barely missing the timing will earn you 100 points, and being quite off beat will earn you 50. If you were insanely off, or you missed it entirely, you will get an X and no points. Phrase Markers work slightly differently. When you tap the beginning of the Phrase Marker won't affect the score. You can be slightly late or early, it only matters that you tap it. You will get 10 points for each pellet picked up (these 10 points are never affected by the current multiplier), and 300 for completing the Phrase Marker. If you miss a pellet, then you will earn 100. If you miss multiple pellets, but get at least one, then you will earn 50 points. If you get every pellet, but take the stylus off the ball right before it rolls into the finish, you will earn 100 points (the multiplier will not be affected, however). Spin Markers will earn you 300 points for clearing them. Each full spin after clearing a Spin Marker will earn you 1000 Bonus Points (the Bonus Points are not affected by the multiplier). The last beat of the color group of beats is generally the most important. If you managed to get all 300's in a color group, you will earn a 300 point Elite Beat which will refill the Elite-O-Meter by a large amount. If you got a least one 100 in a color group, but the last beat was a 300, then you will get a 300 point Beat, which refills the Elite-O-Meter a decent amount. If the final beat in a color group is a 100, you will get a 100 point Beat which barely refills the Elite-O-Meter at all. Multiplier--As you hit consecutive beats without missing one, you will notice that the multiplier will rise. It will rise by one for each Hit Marker you tap, one for each pellet collected in a Phrase Marker (and an additional one for completing the Phrase Marker), and by one for completing a Spin Marker. The multiplier will reset if you miss a pellet in a Phrase Marker, or get an X on anything. However, the multiplier effects are not direct. Just because it's at x100 doesn't mean you're getting 30,000 points per Hit Marker. The bonus you get depends on the difficulty level and, of course, the multipler. Here are the formulas: Breezin' Difficulty--(Multiplier-2)*.04*(Points earned on Marker) Cruisin' Difficulty--(Multiplier-2)*.10*(Points earned on Marker) Sweatin'/Hard ROCK Difficulty--(Multiplier-2)*.20*(Points earned on Marker) Basically, this is the reason you will earn far more points on Sweatin' and Hard ROCK than on Breezin' or Cruisin'. There aren't any other concepts behind point gains that need to be grapsed. Another thing about the multiplier:Every now and then during the song you may notice the lead agent's face appear on the left side of the screen. This is a signal you're playing the song well, and happens when the multiplier hits certain points. Their head appears when the multiplier is at 30, 60, 100, 150, 200, and so on. It has no effect on the outcome of the song. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~2.Difficulty Settings~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are four difficulty settings for you to choose from, but only two of them are unlocked from the start. Breezin' is lead by Agent Spin, and is the easiest of the difficulties. You will not find many Hit Markers in most of the early songs, as compared to later difficulties. You will earn the fewest amount of points here. Cruisin' is led by Agent J, and is the medium difficulty. You will find a decent amount of Hit Markers, far more when compared to Breezin'. You will earn a decent amount of points on this difficulty. Sweatin' is led by Agent Chieftain. This mode is harder than the others, and features a huge amount of beats. The Elite-O-Meter also falls at a very quick pace. Although there are more beats, you can probably see how they are more in-tune with the song as compared to easier difficulties. You can earn the most amount of points here. You will unlock this for beating Jumpin' Jack Flash on Cruisin'. Hard ROCK features the Elite Beat Divas, led by Agent Starr. This is the hardest difficulty available, and can only be unlocked once you finish Jumpin' Jack Flash on Sweatin'. Hard ROCK has the exact same beat patterns as Sweatin', and the amount of points you can get stays the same. However, all of the beat patterns have been mirrored. If there was series of Hit Markers going from left to right on the top of the touch screen in Sweatin', it would be going from right to left on the bottom of the touch screen in Hard ROCK. What's worse is that the beats appear a mere second before you need to touch them, and they are much smaller. Phrase Markers are hard to spot as you generally won't know something is a Phrase Marker until you've already started it (requiring some memorization). --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~3.Ranking System~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you finish a song, you will be given a rank. It'll be either D, C, B, A, or S. Getting S-Ranks on every song and difficulty is a general goal for most players. Your ranking is not determined by your score, or your highest/average multiplier. Instead, it is determined by the amount of 300's you earn on a song. An S-Rank is difficult to obtain, but simpliest on concept. You will need to earn at least 90% 300's on a song. The 10% of 100's and 50's you can get is rounded down. If there are 139 beats in a song, then you can only get 13 100's or 50's. Also, you have to hit every single beat. If you don't get perfect on the song, missing a pellet in a Phrase Marker or getting an X on anything, then an A-Rank is the best you can obtain. An A-Rank will probably be one of your most common ranks. If you get between 19% and 11% 100's or 50's, then this will be your rank. You will also recieve an A-Rank if you get less than 10% 100's or 50's and you weren't able to perfect the song. A B-Rank is obtained when you get between 29% and 21% 100's or 50's. You will likely earn this rank on harder difficulties on the harder songs, and most certainly on Hard ROCK. A C-Rank is obtained when when you get between 39% and 31% 100's or 50's. Try not to get this rank--with a little practice on harder songs, you can easily do better than this. A D-Rank is obtained if you get more than 40% 100's or 50's. Try not to play as horrible as to obtain this rank. On later difficulties and harder songs, this isn't exactly easy to obtain. Getting tons of 100's and 50's won't refill the Elite-O-Meter much, so you'll probably fail the song entirely. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~4.Single Player Mode~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Single Player Mode is the main mode of the game. When you select this mode, you will need to choose the difficulty level you want to play on. Each one is basically its own save file. If you complete the first three songs on Breezin', then go back to Cruisin', you will start at the very beginning and will have to do those songs again. When you fully complete a tier of songs, several new ones in the next tier will become available. In order to unlock new songs, you merely need to finish the ones before it. It doesn't matter if you got all X's on the cutscenes, got S-ranks, or just flat out played awful. You only need to finish them. The differences between the difficulties has already been descibed in an earlier section. The main difference is the amount of beats per song. There is also a different lead agent for each difficulty, but that's just for asthetic appearences. Once you choose a difficulty, you are brought to the overworld map. All of the levels that you can play on can be chosen at any time. Move the map around by dragging it with the stylus, and tap on the building/structure with the mission you want to play on. Locations with either "HELP!" or "BONUS" (in the event of the bonus missions) signify songs you have yet to clear. Locations with a gold medal above them represent you have already cleared that song. You can replay songs as many times as you want. The way I describe songs is pretty simple. I'll list the general episode information at first, and then describe the overall beat patterns for each difficulty. I split them up into sections (1st Section through the Final Section). Sections are the parts of the songs with cutscenes between them. You'll always start on the 1st Section, reach a cutscene shortly after, and then you'll be on the 2nd Section. Not too hard of a concept. For harder songs and difficulties, I'll map out the beat patterns that are likely to make you go "How'd I fail so fast?". Finally, I also provide links to Youtube videos of people getting all 300's on the particular songs and difficulties. NONE OF THESE VIDEOS ARE OF ME PLAYING. Just wanted to get that across. I take no credit for any of these videos--these people have far more skill than I'll ever possess. There aren't too many songs for Breezin', however. I suppose watching those is just boring to most people. But there are videos for the other difficulties. Use the videos to identify spots in the song where you have the most trouble, then try to correct it. That's the best advice I can offer. Yes, it does work. That's how I managed to get the majority of my S-ranks. I also list the total amount of beats per song (as represented at the end screen of every song). Every Hit Marker is a beat, every Phrase Marker is a beat, and every Spin Marker is a beat. I list the maximum multiplier obtainable in the song, too. Finally, I give S-rank tips and difficulty for every difficulty setting, identifying the hardest areas of the song and what you can do to not make those kind of mistakes. Finally, I mention the rate the Elite-O-Meter will drop during the song. =========================================================================== ~4A.Episode 1-Walkie Talkie Man~ =========================================================================== Mission-Trio of Mayhem! Love and Boyfriends! Song-Walkie Talkie Man Difficulty-* Target-Jane Age-17 Sex-Female Misc. Info-She loves eating cookies. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--68 Maximum Multiplier--68 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--This the first song on the easiest difficulty, so naturally you should find it easy to finish. I feel that few of these beats are even close to what they sound like in the song, so don't get the feeling the rest of the game will be like this. Take it easy. 1st Section--You will start out with four singular beats, all appearing at the center of the screen. A group of three beats will appear from left to right across the center of the screen again soon after. Tap them each three seconds after the one before. The last three beats of the section are exactly the same. 2nd Section--There will be four sets of two beats each, going from top to bottom, alternating on the left and right sides of the screen. You'll then repeat the chorus from the 1st section, but this time it is from right to left. You will do it four times. Also of note is that the chorus is just a little faster--there is a two second pause between each beat instead of three. 3rd Section--Like the 2nd section, but the four pairs of beats are going left to right, alternating from the top of the screen to the bottom. There will then be four sets of three beats, going from left to right like normal. The interval between the beats is still two seconds. Final Section--Once again, four pairs of beats going from left to right along the top and bottom of the screen. There will then be three final sets of three beats. Once that is done, there will be the final Spin Marker. Clear that and the song is over. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--It may seem absurd this isn't the easiest S-Rank to obtain, but the fact you can only mess up six times makes things far harder. That, and the fact that once you get used to Sweatin' you will realize that Breezin' has VERY off-beat patterns, making things much harder. Focus on the Timer Circles and completely ignore the song is you have to. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--109 Maximum Multiplier--109 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--There are far more beats here than in Breezin', but there still aren't any Phrase Markers. In any case, it's still an easy song, and most of the beats actually make some sense. 1st Section--There will be three pairs of beats going from top to bottom, slowly shifting their way right across the screen. After that there will be a single beat at the top of the screen, leading to three beats next to each other at the bottom. These beats have a one second interval between them. There will then be a group of three beats going from left to right, then two beats at the bototm of the screen (two second interval between them), then three more in the middle of the screen. There will then be three beats on the left side of the screen going from top to bottom, two more on the right in a similar fashion (two seconds apart), and then three more in the middle from top to bottom. 2nd Section--Oddly enough, this section has literally the exact same beat pattern as the first section. The only thing that changes are the words in the background. Some of the beats in groups of three can be difficult since the Timer Markers overlap the other beats in the group briefly, but otherwise nothing changes in this section. 3rd Section--The third section is, once again, exactly like the first section. If you had trouble with something on any of the previous sections, you're still going to have trouble with it here. Try and change your timing if that is the problem. Final Section--There will be four pairs of three beats going in diagonal directions across the screen. Each is two seconds apart from the other. There will then be four sets of three beats going left to right (follow the background music for them), and then two final sets of three beats from top to bottom. A Spin Marker finishes the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--There's more beats, so you can mess up several more times (A total of ten, by the way). If you can perfect the first section, then you've perfected 75% of the song since sections two and three are exactly the same. The final section has all triple-beats, and you have had enough practice of those from the rest of the song. Not too hard. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=ocybPwoxk_U ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--228 Maximum Multiplier--279 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--Wow! It got a lot harder from the previous difficulties. Most of the beats this time now follow the words of the song, and not the background music, so watch out. Some areas of the song also alternate between beats to the lyrics and beats to the music. You'll need to remember those moments so you don't hit a beat too far ahead of time. 1st Section--This starts off with eight simple beats--four to the right and four to the left. Then there's two sets of three beats, beats 7 and 8 come right after, and then three more above them. Then there's four more heading right and then heading left, followed by a long Phrase Marker. There's four beats after it. The next eight beats follow each syllable in the chorus, with another five beats after them and a Phrase Marker. The next few beats are a mirrored image of what you just tapped, but instead of a Phrase Marker there will be four more beats. 2nd Section--Like in Cruisin', this section is just like the first. The difference here is that it's mirrored slightly. Everything that went from right to left is now left to right, a vice versa. Nothing flips from the top of the screen to the bottom, though. Remember that the Phrase Markers take several seconds, so don't move the stylus too fast. 3rd Section--The beginning is just like the 1st section, but after that you get a very short Phrase Marker and a three-two-three beat set up afterwards leading to the top of the screen. Past that point, the rest of the section will remain much like the first, except for the ending. Instead of several more beats, you will have to do a Spin Marker. It fills up fast, so rack up some Bonus Points. Final Section--There's the usual eight-beat setup at the start, but beats 3, 4, and 5 are all close to eachother. You will repeat this same pattern again after a group of five beats, and the beats past that have a Phrase Marker at the end. You will then face several groups of three beats, and then one final color group whose timing is very tricky. The lyrics speed up right at the end of the song: (3)--(2)--(1) (4)(5)(6) There is no long pause between beats 3 and 4, so hit them quickly. After this there is the final Spin Marker, and the song is over. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--The beats make a lot more sense, so with a little practice you probably won't be making as many mistakes. The hardest part of the song is probably right at the very end (as diagrammed above). It may take several tries to not get miss one, or most, of those beats. Once you can clear that part, the rest of the song shouldn't be much harder to get mostly 300's on. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=SmFRYwHUeLw ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--228 Maximum Multiplier--279 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--This will be your first Hard ROCK song, so get used to the way things work. The beats appear only a second before you need to him them, and they are much smaller. You also can't tell if something is a Phrase Marker until it's too late, so memorizing their locations is key. Although it feels Hard ROCK is faster, it's actually the same rate as Sweatin' (since the beat patterns here are just mirrored from Sweatin'). If you can get past the Phrase Markers, you can probably finish the song no problem. 1st Section--You'll start with eight beats-four to the left and then four to the right. You'll then have to tap two sets of three beats, a pair of beats with a short pause between them, then three more beats. After the next eight beats there is a Phrase Marker followed by four quick beats. Another set of eight beats is after this (beats 3, 4, and 5 need to be hit quickly), and then there is a green color group of beats. The sixth will be a Phrase Marker. You'll then need to hit another set of eight beats, and then nine beats. The last four are about half a second apart from each other. 2nd Section--This section is just mirrored from the first (everything on the left is now on the right, but there won't be an vertical changes). The fourth group of beats with be blue, and there will be eight of them. The beat after that is a Phrase Marker. The second group after that will be green, and the sixth beat in that set will also be a Phrase Marker. Two more groups will be next, and they are the same as in the first section. 3rd Section--This section is almost exactly the same as the first. However, the first beat in the second group (which is green) is a short Phrase Marker. There's no pellets, so even if you don't hold the ball you will clear with 50 Points. After a group of eight beats there will be a red Phrase Marker, so be alert. There is another Phrase Marker in the next green group. It's the sixth beat in. After another group of eight beats there will be a Spin Marker. Final Section--The first part of this section isn't anything new. However, the red group has a Phrase Marker on the sixth beat. The next group is pretty easy, and then you have the final group. (6)(5)(4) (1)--(2)--(3) Again, there is almost no pause between beats 3 and 4. Once you finish these you have to clear one last Spin Marker, and the song is finished. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--There's only a small amount of Phrase Markers in this song, and they are pretty easily guessable first time through. Remembering their locations isn't too hard, so you should be fine on that regard. Don't falter on the last six beats as shown above. They are a bit tricky, but Hard ROCK technically makes their timing slightly easier. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=-NcOV9AEC4Y =========================================================================== ~4B.Episode 2-Makes No Difference~ =========================================================================== Mission-Red Carpet Premiere! Smash Hit or Box Office Crash! Song-Makes No Difference Difficulty-** Target-Chris Age-36 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Thinking about his speech for the awards ceremony. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--78 Maximum Multiplier--259 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--This is one of only two songs that has five sections instead of the usual four. For Breezin', most of the song is Phrase Markers. Four consecutive Hit Markers is the worst you'll need to overcome. Overall, it isn't too bad. 1st Section--This section is composed of just several pairs of Hit Markers. There is nothing too hard about this section, and for the most part the beats occur three words after eachother. Timing isn't absurdly hard. 2nd Section--Things get mixed up a bit here. You will encounter the first of many Phrase Markers here. There are two of them in this section, and there will be several beats after each one. At the end of the section there is a group of four beats moving from right to left. The last one needs to be hit right before "To" in the song, not during "Me". Don't get tripped up there. 3rd Section--You will start with two sets of four beats before a Phrase Marker. You'll hit about another ten beats before the next Phrase Marker, and almost every beat is the same distance away from eachother. After another group of beats you will encounter the same four beats like at the end of the 2nd section. The same rule applies on the last beat, so don't think it changed. 4th Section--You will have to hit four straight Phrase Markers. All of them move quite slowly. After the fourth one you will need to hit a final Hit Marker, and that's the end of the section. Final Section--This first half of the section is exactly identical to the 2nd section of the song. Right after the fourth beat at what would be the end of the 2nd section, you will need to hit the Phrase Marker, some more beats another Phrase Marker, then four beats. After that, there's a final Phrase Marker, two more beats, and then the Spin Marker to finish the song with. S-Rank Difficulty--1/10 S-Rank Notes--Half of this song is nothing but Phrase Markers, and those are insanely easy to get 300's on. The hardest part of the song is the group of four beats where the final one needs to be hit on "To". Once you figure that out, you can perfect it on the several occasions it is used in the song. An S-Rank should be easily obtainable, possibly on your first play of the song. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--151 Maximum Multiplier--276 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There are more beats, as well as shorter Phrase Markers, so you will need to work a little harder in Cruisin'. However, now there's a beat for every word in "Makes no difference to me", so there aren't any tricks in that respect. 1st Section--There are only eleven beats in this section, and they only skip several words in the song. You can probably guess when to hit them based off of how close they are to eachother. Nothing major yet. 2nd Section--There are Phrase Markers in this section. After the first one you will face several diagonal-patterned beats. The first red color group has six beats, and they match every word in the sentence (except for "what"). The second half of this section is just a mirrored version of the first half, but the six beats at the end match the lyrics of "Makes no diff-erence to me". 3rd Section--You will have several groups of four and three beats, all with about a second pause between each beat. About halfway through the section you will encounter a Phrase Marker, with two sets of diagonal beats, and then the continuing six beats. Another Phrase Marker is after that, with another two sets of diagonal beats and then six beats to finish the section. 4th Section--The pattern here will start with a Phrase Marker, then six beats in tune with "Makes no difference to me". This will be repeated two more time. After the fourth Phrase Marker, there will be four beats in tune with "Makes no difference". The last two words aren't said, so don't be expecting them. Final Section--This section works exactly like it did in Breezin'. You will start off by performing the 2nd section all over again. Once you finish what is similar to the 2nd section, you will then repeat something similar to the 4th section. However, the first beats after the Phrase Marker match "Makes no difference", the ones after the second Phrase Marker are "Makes no difference to me", and the beats after the final Phrase Marker match "Makes no difference" again. After this is the final Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--There may be more beats, but the difficulty isn't too much harder. The later sections of the song just reuse beat patterns from earlier in the song. If you could handle it then, you can handle it when it gets repeated. If you get mostly 300's on the first three sections of the song, chances are you will be able to get an S-Rank. Otherwise, practice up on the areas you get many 100's at and try again. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=Cx0ZFDFHtj0 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--179 Maximum Multiplier--425 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--This song has a lot of beats, and almost all of them match the words of the song (some of them the specific syllables of words, especially in the case of "difference"). There otherwise isn't too much of a difference from Cruisin', although many beats switch directional positions (from horizontal to vertical), so you will need to adjust. 1st Section--The amazingly short first section is the easiest of them all. It's composed of several five beat groups, the last one being four. In every single group, the fourth beat is placed close to the third. Needless to say, you will need to hit it right aftere you tap the third Hit Marker. Other than that, nothing major in this section. 2nd Section--The first three groups of beats will compose of two beats moving in a diagonal direction, and the third will be a Phrase Marker (the first Phrase Marker has a rebound at the end of it!). After that is another Phrase Marker with four beats after it. Another Phrase Marker, and then you will repeat the first two groups of this section. It ends with six beats looping around to the bottom of the screen. 3rd Section--You will face three groups of six beats. All of the beats are hit at roughly the exact same rate after one another, so keep your tapping consistant with the lyrics. The final group (which is red) has the final two beats very close to eachother. After that, you will repeat the second half of the second section. There are several Phrase Markers, but they are nice and slow. 4th Section--In this section there will be a Phrase Marker, followed by six beats. This repeats three times, but the last one has four beats after the Phrase Marker. Once you end each Phrase Marker, hit the second and third Hit Markers right away. Those follow the background music, not the lyrics. Don't get caught in that trap. Final Section--Like the other difficulties, it is only a repeat of the second section. Halfway through, however, it changes a bit. It turns into a Phrase Marker with three Hit Markers right after. Right after you finish the Phrase Marker you must hit the second beat to get the 300. Any hesitation and you will get a 100, or possibly miss it entirely. Two beat groups after some Phrase Markers have a two Hit Markers overlapping eachother. It's easily seen. Once you pass the second overlap, you will need to clear the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--The only difficult part about getting an S-Rank here would be the third section. Being slight off-beat there can result in multiple 100's destroying your chance at an S-Rank in a flash. If you can survive that easily, then the latter half of the final section is the only other trouble area. Keep your timing straight and you should all 300 that area with ease. Otherwise, you're in trouble. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=tnoV3DlFfR4 ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--179 Maximum Multiplier--425 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--This song is full of Phrase Markers, and that is what can destroy you on Hard ROCK. Luckily, the last half of the song reuses the beat patterns from earlier in the song, so if you can memorize the first half then you should be fine for the last half. There aren't too many Hit Markers, and most of them are fairly easy to hit. 1st Section--Much like what you had to do in Sweatin', all of the fourth beats in this section come right after the third. There isn't any form of a pause, so don't hesitate to tap them. The final group of beats in this section contains only four of them, and there is a pause between the second and the third/fourth beats. Nothing else is in this section. 2nd Section--The first three sets of beats each have a Phrase Marker in them, and all of them are on the third beat. After the third set there will be yet another Phrase Marker, which is followed by four beats. There is another Phrase Marker right after that, and then two more sets of three beats. The third beat of each of these is also a Phrase Marker. The section ends with another group of six beats, the last four close to eachother. 3rd Section--You will face three sets of six beats, each of them moving in a circular direction. The third and fourth beats of each group are closer together (but very slightly) than the rest of the group. Once you get through that, there will be four more beats (the third and fourth ones very close together). The next three groups will have a Phrase Marker on the third beat, so keep that in mind. After that there will be another Phrase Marker followed by four more Hit Markers. There will be another Phrase Marker, then followed by two more groups with three beats each. The third beat is a Phrase Marker in both. Then there are six beats looping in a backwards-four shape. 4th Section--This section contains four groups of beats. All of the groups starts with a Phrase Marker, followed by six Hit Markers. The last group only has four Hit Markers after the Phrase Marker. Note that the second and third beats of each group needs to be hit right after you finish the Phrase Marker--these Hit Markers match the music instead of the lyrics. You'll probably remember them from Sweatin'. The last group, again, only has four Hit Markers after the Phrase Marker. Final Section--You will start off with a repeat of the second section. There will be three groups of three beats, the third one being a Phrase Marker. After that is another Phrase Marker with four Hit Markers after it, another Phrase Marker, then two groups of three beats each (the third, again, Phrase Markers). After six more beats there will be a Phrase Marker and three beats following it right away. After four more beats (3 and 4 are overlapping) there will be another Phrase Marker with three beats quickly following. The previous three groups will repeat themselves again, and then you need to clear the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--This song has a ton of Phrase Markers, so learning all of them can be a real pain. Once you do learn all of the Phrase Markers, getting an S-Rank shouldn't be too hard. Some of the beats in the final section can throw you off (especially the ones that come right after the Phrase Markers), so practice those if you have trouble. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=0N3mq-23qgI =========================================================================== ~4C.Episode 3-Sk8er Boi~ =========================================================================== Mission-Hey, Taxi! To the Hospital, and Hurry!! Song-Sk8er Boi Difficulty-** Target-Jack Age-32 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Has his coffee with eight sugars. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--96 Maximum Multiplier--96 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--As with almost all Breezin' songs, most of the beats aren't exactly in tune with the song. The Timer Circles make things pretty easy, though, and since the chorus is repeated many times, once you nail it you can easily clear half the song. The other half is just seperated beat by beat. Not too hard. 1st Section--This section is just composed of nine beats. The first six will occur in pairs. For them, the second beat comes two words of the song after the first beat. At the end are three beats, the first two are the first two words of the line, and the third beat is the last word. 2nd Section--This section alternates between four beat patterns and three beat patterns. Much like the first section, each beat generally comes two words after the beat previous. This is the chorus of the song, so you'll be seeing something similar to this pattern several more times. All of the beats are kept the same distance from eachother, so keep an even rhythm. After the last group you will need to hit one final beat. 3rd Section--The first few color groups are just mirrored patterns of the first section. After three of these groups, a group of four Hit Markers lines down the center of the screen (the last two beats are close to each other). After that, you will repeat the second half of the second section, but most of it is mirrored to the bottom side of the screen. Hit the last beat at the end to finish the section. Final Section--The first three groups are setup in a pyramid shape, and they are slightly off beat with the song. After those groups comes a long Phrase Marker, and then you will be repeating the second section once again. The chorus repeats itself twice, so keep on tapping. Once you clear this you will have to finish a Spin Marker before the song ends. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--Although some Hit Markers are quite off beat from the song, several playthroughs and you will have gotten used to it. There aren't any particularily challenging sections, but the first half of the final section might be difficult to some people. Practice it a little until you can get 300's on those beats. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--135 Maximum Multiplier--211 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--Most of the beats match the words of the song, making your job slightly easier. The only difference here is there's more Hit Markers and an extra Phrase Marker or two, but otherwise the song is still pretty slow, and should easily be finished. 1st Section--Here, you will be faced with a group of four beats, then two beats, then another group of four beats. Like in Breezin', almost all of these beats match every other word of the song, so follow that cue. Once you finish the last group, five beats will appear across the screen. They match every single word of the song, and all of them are tapped at the same steady rate. 2nd Section--The chorus of the song is full of the same group of beats repeated four times. It starts with one line of beats, the second and third close to eachother, then three more beats below it (the fifth and sixth close together), and then there is a new group that starts with a Phrase Marker and has three beats all tapped at an even rate right after. After the final Phrase Marker you will be presented with five more Hit Markers, also hit on every word of the last sentence. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will just repeat the same patterns from the first section. The transition group has three beats near eachother, then the fourth is a Phrase Marker. After that, you will just repeat the second section chorus. This part of the chorus, though, is much shorter, so expect the group of five beats at the end instead of a repeat of the lyrics. The last five, again, are each hit word-by-word. Final Section--You will have to hit several beats moving in a square-shaped pattern. After finishing those groups, two more beat will appear, the second being a Phrase Marker. After this, most of the second section will be repeated. Towards the end, however, there will be three straight Phrase Markers, three more beats, and then a Spin Marker signifying the end of the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--Most of the beats are on tune with the song this time around, so there's not much else for me to say. Some of the beats after several Phrase Markers have a very short pause before you need to hit them, so learn the timing a bit better if you can't get 300's on those. It's a slow and easy song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=nfIjyRfDuc8 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--191 Maximum Multiplier--282 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There is now a beat for pretty much every word in the song, so you shouldn't be questioning their placements anymore. However, you will be contending with very short Phrase Markers followed by some quick Hit Markers during the chorus, and that's the only really hard part of the song. 1st Section--This section contains two main groups repeated several times. The first has three beats, where the last two overlap eachother. They match the words (the last two words are said quickly together, so tap accordingly). The other group has five beats, each matching the words at an even rate. The final group has three beats, the last one being a Phrase Marker. 2nd Section--The chorus of the song took a major overhaul, so be prepared for it. The main two groups of the chorus alternate. The first one has a short Phrase Marker, two Hit Markers, and another short Phrase Marker with two Hit Markers. The second group has a Phrase Marker followed by five Hit Markers matching the words to the song. This will repeat several times, but in the middle of the chorus will be a green group that has only three beats (the third is a Phrase Marker). The final group in this section also has an additional beat at the end--a long Phrase Marker. 3rd Section--The first half of this section is just a repeat of the first section. Right after that will be some diamond-patterned beats, all needing to be hit at a quick rate, and then the pattern repeats. The fourth beat of the second group, though, is a long Phrase Marker. You will then have to tap to the latter half of the second section chorus. Unlike the second section, there will be an additional three beats at the end that go with the background drums. Final Section--The first half of this section will be a group of six beats, all matching the lyrics, and the sixth beat is a Phrase Marker. In the fourth group, there will be seven beats and no Phrase Markers. After that the chorus will repeat, but there are several key beat changes. The first two groups lack Phrase Markers, so all four beats are hit at a fast rate. After a line with the Phrase Markers, the no Phrase Marker group will return twice again, followed by two more groups with the Phrase Markers. Finally, there will be a group of seven beats with Hit Markers two and three overlapping. Clear the Spin Marker and the song is over. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--This song may surprise you with the amount of beats it has, but you will need to stay calm. By far, the Phrase Markers are what destroy your chances at an S-Rank more than anything else. If you let go of the stylus too early, you will likely just clear the Phrase Marker with 100 points. With the absurd amount of short Phrase Markers, doing this too many times will cost you. If this is a problem, force yourself to wait until you see the point value for the Phrase Marker appear before moving on. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=PpPPbCab2SU ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--191 Maximum Multiplier--282 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--The chorus is the hardest part of the song. You'll need to remember the locations of the Phrase Markers, otherwise you may be tempted to lift the stylus up assuming it was just a normal Hit Marker, which will certainly impact the Elite-O-Meter. Other then that, there aren't too many beats here. The majority of them are simple. 1st Section--The first group of beats consists of a single beat followed by two beats that overlap eachother. This is repeated again, and then there are a series of five beats following the lyrics of the song. The first two groups of beats will be repeated yet again (don't forget to double tap), and the final group has three beats. The third beat is a short Phrase Marker. 2nd Section--You can easily fail this section if you aren't careful. At first, every odd numbered group will have a short Phrase Marker on the first and fourth beats of the group. The even numbered groups will have a Phrase Marker on the first beat, then followed by five normal Hit Markers. After a total of four groups, there will be a green group with only three beats (the third is a Phrase Marker). Then the odd-even-odd patterned groups will repeat, but the final group has a long Phrase Marker on the seventh beat. 3rd Section--The first half of this section is a repeat of the first section. After that there will be two groups of beats moving in a diamon shaped pattern, and the final beat of the second group is a long Phrase Marker. After that, you will just repeat the last half of the second section chorus. Don't forget the long Phrase Marker on the seventh beat of the red group. There are also three additional beats at the very end, so keep watch for them. Final Section--The beginning of this section will have three groups of six beats each. Each groups has a Phrase Marker on the sixth beat. The next group will have seven beats and no Phrase Markers. You will then repeat the chorus, but the first two groups of beats have no Phrase Markers--just really quick Hit Markers. The next threee groups have one Phrase Marker as the first beat, though. Then there is one final group without a Phrase Marker, and then you just need to clear the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--There are a ton of Phrase Markers, and that is easily where you can mess up your chances for an S-Rank (either by getting 100's or simply missing the marker entirely). Memorize those locations and you should be fine. Some of the overlapping beats can be hard to see, so if you have trouble, remember where those are too. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=b5Dl9O0WlNM =========================================================================== ~4D.Episode 4-I Was Born to Love You~ =========================================================================== Mission-Art and Beauty! Love and Happiness!? Song-I Was Born to Love You Difficulty-*** Target-Leonard Age-27 Sex-Male Misc. Info-His cap collection is said to be the largest in the world. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--52 Maximum Multiplier--212 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--Half the song is Phrase Markers, the other half is mostly off beat Hit Markers. If you can ignore that, it's a really simple song. 1st Section--This section contains ten beats, and I honestly can't find any real connection between them and the song. Follow the Timer Circles, I suppose. There aren't very many beats so you should get by just fine. 2nd Section--This section starts off with several Phrase Markers. The third one has a single Hit Marker right before it, and after it is a group of four Hit Markers barely matching the music of the song. You will then have to tap mirrored images of the previous Phrase Markers you just hit, ending on a single Hit Marker. 3rd Section--In the first two groups in this section, the first two beats are hit to the word "Born". The last Hit Marker in the first groups matches "Yeah", while the remaining Hit Markers in the second group match the rest of the words in the sentence. Then there's just one more Phrase Marker. Final Section--The first half of this section will look exactly like the second section. Then you will get a group of three Hit Markers, followed by another Phrase Marker, and then one final. Then you just need to complete the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--Well, you can only get 5 100's or 50's. But, half the song is nothing but Phrase Markers, and those you shouldn't be getting 100's on. This S-Rank isn't too hard, but several beats might mess you up a bit. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--101 Maximum Multiplier--182 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--There's roughly twice as many beats, and much fewer Phrase Markers, so you have some room for error. The song is still slow, but most of these beats make sense, so things should be a bit easier. 1st Section--The first two groups contain four Hit Markers all spread out at the same pace. You'll then have a Phrase Marker, then several more beats. The red Phrase Marker on the bottom will have two final beats appear after it. They are close together, so don't pause between hitting them. 2nd Section--You start with a huge Phrase Marker, followed by several beats matching the words, and then yet another Phrase Marker. The next three beats match the music. Then there is a short Phrase Marker with several more beats. The next group of Hit Markers follows the music, not the lyrics. The group after it, though, follows the lyrics and has a Phrase Marker on the sixth beat. The next two groups have several more Hit Markers, but the second has a Phrase Marker at the start. 3rd Section--You will face single beats in corners of the screen several times, with two Phrase Markers inbetween them. There will then be a string of five Hit Markers following each syllable in the sentence. After that there will be a Spin Marker. Final Section--This section matches the last half of the second section perfectly. Most of the beats here match the word "Born" in the lyrics, so note that. Near the end is a group of five beats in an "M" pattern. Listen to the lyrics--listening to the music will make you miss the timing by a little bit. After that will be three more Hit Markers, then another group of three (markers two and three overlap, the timing for the third is based on the lyrics). Finish the next Phrase Marker and eight more Hit Markers, and you'll have to spin the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--There's nothing real special about this song, and I don't think that there are any spots that are too challenging. The final section might have several tough spots (notably the beginning and the ending), but nothing else than that. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=njttxNb0e-8 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--121 Maximum Multiplier--270 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--Sweatin' has far more Hit Markers to counter the fact there are even fewer Phrase Markers. That's good because you probably don't want to memorize them when you do it on Hard ROCK. As per usual, the beats here really match the words, but the pace seems to have quickened up a bit. 1st Section--There will be four groups with four Hit Markers each. These match the syllables of each word, rather than just the word itself. After the fourth group there will be a group of three beats, the first and third being short Phrase Markers. The final group has four beats, split into two overlapping pairs. 2nd Section--This section contains many groups with Phrase Markers, generally followed by several beats. After the first few groups, the second beat of the group will need to be tapped right after the Phrase Marker. There won't be a pause. There are also several overlaying Hit Markers here. All of them follow the words of the song, and the first overlapping beats have a pause between them. Other than that, nothing too difficult. 3rd Section--The beginning pattern of the first section will be repeated several times. There will be a Phrase Markers and several extra Hit Markers inbetween them, however. After that is a group with three overlaying Hit Markers, ending with a short Phrase Marker with several rebounds and one final Hit Marker. Final Section--Most of the second section will be repeated here. You need to keep in mind that there are a bunch of short, consecutive Phrase Markers in the middle of this section. After several diamond-shaped beat patterns there will be some more Phrase Markers quickly followed by more Hit Markers. After three more Hit Markers, you'll need to finish a Spin Marker to clear the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--Because of the many consecutive short Phrase Markers, you may only get 100 points for lifting up on the ball too early. Also, several overlapping Hit Markers can be slightly difficult due to the nature of whether they are on beat with the music or the lyrics. Past that, only the Phrase Markers are the hard part of this song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=v7tgT9D0z5g ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--121 Maximum Multiplier--270 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow-Medium Overview--Ah, crap. You'll hate the realization there are a ton of Phrase Markers in this song. Also, some of the double and triple overlapping Hit Markers you'll need to remember as you may not recongnize them until it is too late. It'll probably take a lot of practice to S-Rank, let alone finish, this song. 1st Section--There will be four groups of four beats each. The fifth group will have two Phrase Markers on the first and third beats. The final group has two pairs or two overlapping Hit Markers. 2nd Section--You will start off with several straight Phrase Markers, with two Hit Markers overlapping the second. Then another Phrase Marker, and another on the fourth beat of the group. There will be a Phrase Marker on the first beat of the next group, and then another on the second group of the group after it. Then there are two more consecutive Phrase Markers, and then another three Phrase Markers in the upcoming the groups. The last beat in the red group is a Phrase Marker. (Ugh! So many Phrase Markers!). 3rd Section--The beat pattern from the beginning of the first section will repeat four times. After the second time there will be a Phrase Marker and two overlapping Hit Markers. Be alert. After the fourth repeat, there will be four Hit Markers (the last two overlap), and then a short Phrase Marker that rebounds several times, with a last Hit Marker after it. Final Section--This section start with a Phrase Marker, two overlapping beats, another Phrase Marker with several beats after it (the fourth is another Phrase Marker). The next group starts with a Phrase Marker, and then shifts to another group with three Phrase Markers on the second, third, and fourth beats. The first half of this section gets repeated again, and there will be a Phrase Marker at the end of the second to last group, and then there will be three more Hit Markers before the Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--I can't stand the absurd amount of Phrase Markers in this song. If you forget the location of just one of them, you'll likely miss a pellet and destroy the possibility of an S-Rank. Several of the overlapping Hit Markers can be hard to determine when to tap them as they appear very quickly, but they are much easier to figure out than remembering the Phrase Markers. It'll take a little practice, but once you remember all of the Phrase Markers, you will be table to tackle this S-Rank head on. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=w49iiLI_vf4 =========================================================================== ~4E.Episode 5-Rock This Town~ =========================================================================== Mission-Magic Meets Madness! The Show Must Go On! Song-Rock This Town Difficulty-*** Target-Thomas Age-36 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Has a doctorate in Mathematics. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--82 Maximum Multiplier--202 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--There's nothing tricky about this song. Well, some of the beats don't match the song, but you should be used to that by now. As fast paced as the song seems to go, the beats are spread out enough to make it seem quite slow. 1st Section--This section starts with groups of a Hit Marker and a Phrase Marker. Nothing special. Soon after is a group with with three beats placed close to eachother. After that there will be a a long, then a short, Phrase Marker to finish. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is exactly like the first section. However, instead of two Phrase Markers at the end, there will only be one followed by more beats. There isn't much else to say about the ending groups of Hit Markers. The only ones that fit the beat of the song are the three placed near eachother. Just follow the Timer Circles carefully (which can be hard since they often overlap nearby Timer Circles as well). 3rd Section--This is the shortest section of the song. There will be two groups with a Phrase Marker and several Hit Markers. After that there will be several more groups with three and four Hit Markers each. There is one lone Hit Marker to end the section. Final Section--This section is mant spaced out Hit Markers. Midway through the section there will be a simple Hit Marker, and then more three-group Hit Markers. At the end there will be two Phrase Markers, and the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--Sure, there are a decent amount of beats that seem off from the rest of the song, but that's nothing you can't solve by staring at the Timer Circles. There is a fair amount of beats, so you have some room for error. Overall, it isn't too difficult of a song to S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=vNZ3z9g5YIg ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--121 Maximum Multiplier--271 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--The song overall seems to have been quickened, and there are more beats this time around. They match the song far more than they did on Breezin', so you should certainly have an easier time. 1st Section--This section of the song contains many consecutive beats, generally in groups of three. They match the words of the song, so once you get the hang of it, they aren't too hard. Other than that, there will be two Phrase Markers towards the end of the section. Don't get tripped up by them. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is just a repeat of the first section. After the Phrase Marker lining the bottom of the screen, there will be several more groups of Hit Markers, several of them having Phrase Markers at the end. At the end of the section there will be one final Hit Marker that doesn't fit into the song at all. Be careful. 3rd Section--In this short section, you mainly have to face several Phrase Markers, each with a could of Hit Markers placed after them. Midway through the section there will be three close beats, but it shouldn't be too much trouble. Several more Phrase Markers and the section ends. Final Section--There are a ton of beats in the final section. Most of this part of the song is just three beats close together, with a fourth Hit Marker a second afterwards. There's usually a Phrase Marker and two other Hit Markers between these types of groups. The end of the song has two groups of four Hit Markers, and the timing is a bit weird for them. You may need to practice them--they can be tough. Get through the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--Despite there being far more beats, you should be able to tell how they match the song. With a decent amount of Phrase Markers, a little practice and this S-Rank shouldn't be too difficult. The last are of the final section can give you problems, but the timing isn't to terribly difficult. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=TS1IdJ5kf0c ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--171 Maximum Multiplier--336 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow-Medium Overview--There are a ton of beats in this song now, and a lot of them can be tricky if you don't listen carefully to the music. Other then a few tricky beats near the beginning and ending of the song, there isn't too much new here. 1st Section--The first two groups of beats follow every word in the sentence, with a Phrase Marker after that. Soon after there will be several beats moving downwards, and two groups have two overlapping beats. Again, matching the words. There's a couple of snaking Phrase Markers at the end, but it's only the large amount of quick beats you have to worry about in this section. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is quite similar to the first section. However, the Phrase Markers in the first groups appear sooner and there is an extra Hit Marker after them. Midway through the section you will encounter something different, however. It's generally a Phrase Marker followed by several Hit Markers. There will still be some snaky Phrase Markers and long strings of close beats. Don't forget about the lone Hit Marker at the end of the section. 3rd Section--The first half of this short section is just some short Phrase Markers with several rebounds in them. The second half is a repeat of the latter half of the second section. If you could clear that easily, there isn't going to be a problem here. The lone Hit Marker is still at the end, as well. Final Section--The first half of this section is just a bunch of even and closely placed Hit Markers, with a Phrase Marker stuffed in every now and then. Midway through the section you will repeat most of the second half of the second section, up until the end. There will be two groups of four beats each, and beats 2 and 3 of the first group has tricky timing. After that there will be the final Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The first section can be tricky if you aren't expecting the overlapping beats. The biggest mess up can occur in the last section, right at the end of the song. The last two groups of beats have very awkward timing when compared to the rest of the song, so be sure not to falter there when going for an S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=vjoeNI380Wc ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--171 Maximum Multiplier--336 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--If you didn't think there were a ton of Phrase Markers in Sweatin', you will easily think so in Hard ROCK. Most of them are in pretty easy to remember places, however, so a couple of runthroughs of the song and you should be set. Now you just gotta hit the remaining beats to succeed, but that shouldn't be as hard. 1st Section--The first two groups have a Phrase Marker at the end of them. Since the beats appear so fast, you may not notice the overlapping beats in the next section, be be aware. There are two more Phrase Markers at the end of the section. 2nd Section--The first two groups have easily missable Phrase Markers, and the second group has an additional one at the end that rebounds. There are several overlapping beats again after this, and another Phrase Marker in the green group. The upcoming three groups have several Phrase Markers, generally in the middle and the ending of the group, and all of them have at least one rebound point. There are two more short groups, two more Phrase Markers, and a final Hit Marker at the bottom of the screen that you may miss. 3rd Section--The beginning of this section has some Phrase Markers with several rebounds. After a couple more simple Hit Markers, you will then repeat the ending of the second section, and the two Phrase Markers also repeat. Don't forget the lone Hit Marker also at the end of the section. Final Section--There's some Hit Markers at the start, followed by a Phrase Marker. This same pattern repeats a second time. The next group of five Hit Markers has a Phrase Marker at the end. This group repeats three more times in roughly the same pattern. The final two groups have only Hit Markers, but the timing on them can be slightly tricky. The final Spin Marker comes after them. S-Rank Dificulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--The Phrase Markers can quickly make your try for an S-Rank end in failure. Once you memorize their locations, then the beats at the end of the song can give you the most trouble. The final section in general is quite difficult, hosting a ton of beats. Be careful as you go through it. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=avnRzTFAtUw =========================================================================== ~4F.Episode 6-Highway Star~ =========================================================================== Mission-A Pug's Life! 400 Miles from Home!! Song-Highway Star Difficulty-*** Target-Sam Age-3 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Buried a biscuit last week in the backyard. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--84 Maximum Multiplier--155 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--It's a pretty simple song, and there aren't many places you can really mess up on. You may find that the song is shorter than you will think, so that may also be nice to know. 1st Section--Several of the first groups of the song have some close Hit Markers. They are in tune with the lyrics. Past some Phrase Markers, most of the Hit Markers will be in tune with the music rather then the lyrics. This mainly applies to the last two groups. After them there will be a Spin Marker. 2nd Section--This section has just reversed directions of the beats from the first section. The main differences is that the second and fourth groups appear in the top corners of the screen, and there isn't a Spin Marker at the end. It has been replaced by several Phrase Markers instead. 3rd Section--This is the shortest section of the song. You merely repeat the first several groups of the first section. There's a Phrase Marker at the end, however, instead of several Hit Markers like there should be. Final Section--You start off by repeating the ending of the first section again. However, the final group of the section is slightly different. You have five Hit Markers moving in a zig-zag pattern instead of in a straight line. They follow the music moreso than the lyrics. After that is the Spin Marker ending the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--Well, with no tricky beats (save the ones in the corner in the middle of the second section), there isn't anything noteworthy. Of course, it is Breezin', so you shouldn't be expecting too much here. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--94 Maximum Multiplier--187 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There's a similar amount of beats compared to Breezin', and the overall layout of the beats is identical. The beats here match the song it bit better, so you should have an easier time. 1st Section--The first half of this section is almost exactly like it was in Breezin'. However, there's an additional Hit Marker thrown into the first and third groups. After them are some Phrase Markers and close together Hit Markers. Get through a couple more groups, and then there will be a Spin Marker at the end of the section. 2nd Section--The first half of the section, despite having the same lyrics as the beginning of the first section, has a different beat layout. It's generally two beats and a very short Phrase Marker. Midway through there is a long Phrase Marker, and you will then repeat the latter half of the first section. Instead of a Spin Marker, there will be a long Phrase Marker, a group of Hit Markers, and another Phrase Marker. 3rd Section--All you do in this tiny section is repeat the beginning of the first section. At the end there will be a Phrase Marker instead of what was a Hit Marker. Final Section--The last section now makes you repeat the last half of the first section, but there will be a Phrase Marker at the end. There is also a Spin Marker right after it, ending the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--It is still a pretty slow song when you view the beats. Nothing I can think of is insanely hard here. Some of the Hit Markers that are close together may be tricky if you miss the timing slightly, but other than an easily fixed mistake like that you shouldn't have trouble. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=tY1LkNcaBY4 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--164 Maximum Multiplier--269 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium Overview--There are a ton of beats in this song now, and it's a major change. The song now seems much faster, and with plenty of overlapping Hit Markers and Phrase Markers. It may take several tries to finish this song due to how difficult it can be. 1st Section--This section starts with overlapping beats, and the second groups also has some overlapping beats. These beats follow the syllables in the words, so note that. These three groups repeat themselves yet again right afterwards. The next few groups have some Phrase Markers in them, and there is an overlapping pair of beats hidden away. Right after the blue Phrase Marker comes the hard part. There will be two beats in three seperate areas that overlap, but they come about a second after eachother. The point value covers the second beat, making the timing very hard. Focus on the song. The first beat comes at the start of the first word, and the second beat comes at the end of the second word. After another Phrase Marker and some Hit Markers there will be a Spin Marker. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is quite similar to the beginning of the first section, but there will be two pairs of overlapping beats in the first and third groups. The song moves quick so you will need to react fast. After a long Phrase Marker, the latter half of the first section is repeated again. However, in the red color group there will be three overlapping beats. Hit them all quickly. Three more Phrase Markers finish off this section. 3rd Section--In this short section, you will have almost every other group have an overlapping beat. Every even numbered group has a Phrase Marker as well. The section is short, and mirrors the beginning of the first section again, so if you didn't have trouble there then this will be simple. Final Section--You will begin towards the ending of the first section. There's nothing new here. After the final five beats there will be a Spin Marker, and the song will finally be over. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--They certainly made this song hard for Sweatin'! The first section is certainly the hardest part of the song, with a ton of areas where you can miss a beat (especially the overlapping ones halfway through). The timing for those is especially tricky, so longer practice may be needed to adjust yourself. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=bOfwEaihDWM ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--164 Maximum Multiplier--269 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--This song can be pretty difficult. You don't get much time to react to a lot of the overlapping beats (of which there are quite a lot of), there's a bunch of Phrase Markers, and the first section of the song by itself can be a real killer. Although, all of the following sections just repeat the first section for the most part. If you can survive the first section easily, logically, the rest of the song shouldn't be a huge hazard. 1st Section--The first three groups have some overlapping Hit Markers in them, and the first group has a Phrase Marker at the end. After the third group, these first three groups get repeated again. The next two groups have Phrase Markers in them, and then these two groups also get repeated again. Then you have the hard part--the three pairs of overlapping Hit Markers. See the description for them in Sweatin'--they remain the same. But now since they are so small, the point value covers up the Timer Circle as well, so your timing needs to be perfect. After a few more Hit Markers and a Phrase Marker, there will be a Spin Marker. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is a repeat of the first half of the first section. All of the Phrase Markers have been taken out and were replaced by overlapping Hit Markers, so be watching for those. After a winding Phrase Marker, you then repeat the latter half of the first section. Right after the part with three pairs of overlapping beats, you will have a red color group with three overlapping beats (replacing the Spin Marker). There will be three straight Phrase Markers after this. 3rd Section--This section is just a repeat of the first half of the first section. It's only three groups repeated twice over. There are Phrase Markers on the first and third groups, but other than that this isn't too difficult. Final Section--Now this is the last half of the first section. Instead of the Spin Marker, there will be two groups of five Hit Markers each (don't forget the Phrase Marker right before these groups, though). After these two groups will be the actual ending Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--Blargh, so many Phrase Markers. There is also the three pairs of overlapping Hit Markers in the first, second, and final sections. You will more likely then not be stuck in these areas, and one falter will ruin the attempt at an S-Rank. Be careful of the part with three overlapping Hit Markers--a mistap can also cause a quick failure here as well. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=GD6jXbSqrEI&feature=related =========================================================================== ~4G.Episode 7-Y.M.C.A.~ =========================================================================== Mission-Ahoy, Mates! Sunken Delights and Adventure!! Song-Y.M.C.A. Difficulty-**** Target-Capt. Brooke Age-61 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Says he's married to the sea. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--88 Maximum Multiplier--194 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--You shouldn't have much trouble with this upbeat song. Don't worry--Breezin' will get a bit harder soon, but the next few songs aren't going to change your current opinion on it. The best part is that every beat matches the song or the infamous "Y.M.C.A." lyrics, so you shouldn't have much trouble 1st Section--All this section has is several beats focused on the lyrics of the song. There are a couple of simple Phrase Markers, but nothing too hard here. Don't get tripped by the last two Hit Markers placed near eachother. 2nd Section--This section has a bunch of Phrase Markers, with some Hit Markers inbetween. "Y.M.C.A." gets repeated four times, and it's the second and fourth times that can be tricky. The Phrase Marker only covers the first two letters, while two quick Hit Markers are in tune with the last two letters. Other then that, there's still nothing too hard here. 3rd Section--This section is a repeat of the first section for the most part. However, the first few groups are now placed on the left and right edges of the screen, and the final group of six beats is placed on a mirrored placement when compared to the first section. Final Section--This section has a few tricky beats. The first blue color groups has a beat on each of the five loud "dee"'s in the song, right before the Y.M.C.A. chorus. Once you get past that, the rest of the song is just a repeat of the second section. The last two groups aren't, though, but they contain just a simple Hit and Phrase Marker each. Clear the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--I can't say much for this song. I don't find it very hard, but then again, this is Breezin'. The only hard part would be the blue color group at the start of the final section, but other than that this should be a fairly simple S-Rank. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--128 Maximum Multiplier--234 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There are a lot of overlapping Hit Markers within the Cruisin' version of this song. Other then the abundence of those, the layout of the beats looks pretty similar to Breezin', with several other differences notable in the chorus. 1st Section--This section contains three groups that have two Hit Markers, a short Phrase Marker, and then two overlapping Hit Markers. After that there will be six Hit Markers matching the lyrics, just like in Breezin'. 2nd Section--This is the longest section in the song, but it is basically the same half repeated twice. There are quite a lot of overlapping Hit Markers, but if it isn't part of Y.M.C.A., then it is part of the background music. Those are slightly harder to judge when to tap the second time, but a little practice can improve your timing tactics. The second half of the section is just a repeat of the first half, and then there will be two Phrase Markers at the end. 3rd Section--This section has the exact same beat setup like the first section (three groups with Hit Markers, a Phrase Marker, and two overlaps), but they will be placed in far different sections of the screen. The final group of six Hit Markers is a mirrored pattern of when they were in the first section. Final Section--The first few groups can be a bit tricky, especially the blue color group. There were five beats in Breezin' that matched the "dee"'s in this section, and the same five Hit Markers are back. But the first four are split into two overlapping pairs. The timing is the same, so don't lose focus by this change. After this you will just repeat the majority of the second section. There are two Phrase Markers near the end, and then a Spin Marker at the end of the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--You may find this hard at first, but with a little more experience with the game you will be used to all of the overlapping beats. That's really the only detrimental hazard to an S-Rank, and can be a great source of 100's. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=iDW08ULnyfo ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--176 Maximum Multiplier--290 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--I don't think this song is much harder on Sweatin'. The second and third sections got a ton of Hit Markers added to them, but there isn't a single overlapping pair of markers this time around, so your job is much easier. Overall, not too bad. 1st Section--All this section has is three groups with the same style of beats (several Hit Markers and a short Phrase Marker). After that will be a long group of Hit Markers, and the final group has a rebounding Phrase Marker with two Hit Markers afterwards. Not too bad. 2nd Section--The whole "Y.M.C.A." gets a bit tougher now. After the first one you will have a short Phrase Marker and four beats all near eachother. They match the background music, and it can be very tricky learning the timing for them. It isn't hard after you learn it, though. After the second repeat, you have this large group of beats: (1) (7) (2) (8) (3)(4)(5)(6)(12)(11)(10)(9) This group will repeat itself several more times in the song (sometimes it is reversed and the "1" appears where the "7" is and so on). The section soon ends after the last repeat of this. 3rd Section--This is exactly the same as the first section. The only difference is that the first two groups now line the sides of the screen, and the third group goes right to left. Nothing special here. Final Section--Most of this section is just an exact repeat of the second section, except for the first two groups. It's only a total of eight Hit Markers, and the second groups matches the "dee"'s of the music. The rest of the second will, as I said, a repat of the second section. The last two groups will be different, but they are just several Phrase Markers before the Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--The large amount of beats in the second section, which is repeated several times in the song, is realistically the only hard part of the song. The rest of it is just some simple Hit and Phrase Markers, nothing you haven't already encountered a bunch of times. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=NXxk2eUA6sI ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--176 Maximum Multiplier--290 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--Well, there's a decent amount of Phrase Markers, but most of them are easily guessable, and the rest shouldn't require much memorization to learn where they are (since some are in the chorus, and that's repeated multiple times). Overall, nothing too challenging. 1st Section--Every group in this section has a Phrase Marker in it. The first two groups have a Phrase Marker in the middle of it, and the third group has one at the end. The last group starts with a Phrase Marker. Pretty easy stuff. 2nd Section--There are a decent amount of Phrase Markers in this section. The last half is just a mirrored repeat of the first half of this section. There is a Phrase Marker in pretty much every group of this section, and most of the time they occur at the end of the group. In the middle of the section is a group that isn't repeated. It's a red color group with the third beat being a Phrase Marker. The final two beats in the section are also Phrase Marker. That large section that may have been hard in Sweatin' isn't too hard--everything appears one-by-one. 3rd Section--This section is just a replica of the first section. The first two groups will be aligned along the sides of the screen instead of the middle. The Phrase Markers remain the same, so you shouldn't be troubled by them. Final Section--The first two groups aren't too hard (it's just a bunch of Hit Markers). Afterwards you will repeat the second section all over again. The final two groups are different, and merely contain several Hit Markers and two consecutive Phrase Markers, all leading up to the Spin Marker ending the song. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--There's nothing too special about this song. Several playthroughs to learn where the Phrase Markers are is all you'll need to perform well. Since the song repeats several areas many times, learning the first half of the song is all you'll really need to earn the S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=8YS9ctVwsLY =========================================================================== ~4H.Episode 8-September~ =========================================================================== Mission-Cry Wolf! Meteorology and Parenting!! Song-September Difficulty-**** Target-Sofie Age-34 Sex-Female Misc. Info-Has a black belt in karate. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--76 Maximum Multiplier--231 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There's only a few more "simple" songs left when it comes to Breezin', so there still isn't much that I can really tell you here. Just some more Hit and Phrase Markers to be honest. 1st Section--This is a pretty short and eays section. You have several groups, and each has a Hit Marker and a Phrase Marker. There's one seperate Phrase Marker at the end of the section, too. 2nd Section--This is another easy section. There will be a ton of groups that have two Hit Markers followed by a Phrase Marker. There will be five Hit Markers in the midpoint of this that follow the horns in the music, not the lyrics. Then there's just a bunch more of these similar groups. There will be one large Phrase Marker at the end, though. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will repeat the first section of the song. After that, the first half of the second section will play. The same five beats that match the horns of the music signal the ending of this section. Final Section--You will repeat the last half of the second section here. The middle of it has a Phrase Marker that wasn't in the second section, but it isn't any trouble. At the end of the section there's the usual Spin Marker, and the song is over. S-Rank Difficulty--1/10 S-Rank Notes--It's easy. Very easy. It's just some Hit Markers, a Phrase Marker, and then it repeats over and over again. Probably one of the easiest Breezin' S-Ranks in my opinion. Nothing too hard about this. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=JfKdkQdyrzw ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--131 Maximum Multiplier--263 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--The song isn't much different than it is on Breezin'. It just follows a similar beat pattern, but they throw in an extra Hit Marker every now and then. 1st Section--This section generally has several groups, each having a couple of Hit Markers followed by a Phrase Marker. The last group is the only exception, having a Hit Marker after the Phrase Marker. 2nd Section--This is the longest section of the song, but it is still pretty basic overall. Most of the groups contain two overlapping Hit Markers, followed by several more and then a Phrase Marker, having three final Hit Markers to end the group. This will break off near the end of the section where you get several consecutive Hit Markers. 3rd Section--This first half of this section is just the last part of the first section. Several of the Phrase Markers have shifted positions, and are much smaller, so it should be slightly easier. The last half of this section will repeat the first half of the second section, ending with a rebounding Phrase Marker. Final Section--The first half of this section will have a large amount of overlapping beats. They match the music instead of the lyrics (as was the case with the rest of the song). The last half of this song contains a small Phrase Marker group followed by several more Hit Markers, and this pattern repeats one last time. A Spin Marker concludes the song. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--This time around, all of the overlapping Hit Markers can be hard in the beginning of the final section. The second section's length can also be a pain, but it isn't too overly difficult. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=OUId9nKT_h0 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--208 Maximum Multiplier--315 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--There are a ton of beats in this song now, and the last section is pretty quick. You'll have to think fast for a good majority of this song, but at least the majority of it is manageable. 1st Section--The first group is the only one that has overlapping beats in this section. After that, there will generally several Hit Markers all in quick succession leading to a Phrase Marker. This will repeat several times until the final, long Phrase Marker with a single Hit Marker after it. 2nd Section--Get used to the first half of this section--it makes up the entire final section. It is just a Phrase Marker, a Hit Marker, then a large groups of consecutive Hit Markers leading to another Phrase Marker. This group repeats itself several times. The last half of this section has a bunch of beats alternating between Phrase and Hit Markers. There will be a Spin Marker at the end. 3rd Section--In the first half of this section, there will be several triple overlapping beats. It's nothing too hard to comprehend with the rest of the song. After several Phrase Markers there will be a Spin Marker. In the second half of the section, you simply repeat the first half of the second section. However, the is triple overlap at the end that wasn't in the second section. Final Section--The first part of the section contains repeats of the same three groups. It's two Phrase Markers followed by several groups of two or three Hit Markers. You will then have a group comprised of all overlapping Hit Markers before the first three groups repeat themselves. After that, the overlap group finishes the song. There is no ending Spin Marker oddly. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The final section can really throw people off due to the large amount of beats that are in it compared to the rest of the song. All the final section is is just repeating the same few groups. If you can do it once, you can finish the rest of the section. There's nothing else real noteworthy here. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=on8e8oU8CNc ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--208 Maximum Multiplier--315 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--There's a decent amoutn of Phrase Markers and a ton of overlapping beats, something that will mess you up if you aren't paying close attention. The Elite-O-Meter may be dropping like a rock, but passing this song isn't much harder than it was on Sweatin'. 1st Section--There is a Phrase Marker within every group of this section, so be aware. There are a couple of overlapping Hit Markers in the first group, but otherwise this section is quite calm. It ends with an easy group that has a Phrase and a Hit Marker. Nothing too bad. 2nd Section--Here's where you can mess up quite quickly. It's a long section, so try not to get too tired. The main groups of the section have a Phrase Marker on the first and seventh beats. That's not too hard to remember (these groups repeat in the final section as well). After a Phrase Marker and a triple overlap, the second half of the section starts. It is mostly just alternating between Hit and Phrase Markers. Some have several Hit Markers inbetween. Nothing too major. There will be a Spin Marker at the end of the section. 3rd Section--The first half of this song is slightly different. There are a decent amount of triple overlapping Hit Markers. Several short Phrase Markers are here, but they generally occur at the ends of groups and can be guessed. After a Spin Marker in the middle of the section, you will then repeat the first half of the second section. The ending is different, and now has three overlapping Hit Markers instead of just a lone one. Final Section--The first half of this section and the second half are exactly the same. There will be three groups of ten beats each, the first two both being Phrase Markers. There will then be a group consisting of only overlapping Hit Markers. The second half of this section, as I stated, just repeat the first half again beat for beat. There's no Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--Note how the final section is similar to the second section, probably the hardest section in the whole song. Don't forget about all of the overlapping Hit Markers within the song. Getting tripped up by those can be very irritating, especially towards the end of the song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=4evHJ4Fc_1g =========================================================================== ~4I.Episode 9-Canned Heat~ =========================================================================== Mission-Family Honor! Introducing the Secret-Weapon Ninja!! Song-Canned Heat Difficulty-****** Target-Ken Ozu Age-21 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Has a world-class collection of RC planes. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--96 Maximum Multiplier--210 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--Blargh. Many people tend to have trouble on this song on Breezin' for one reason--none of the beats make any sense! Honestly, you will find Hard ROCK a breeze compared to this (in terms of going for an S-Rank, at least). For just beating it? That's simple. 1st Section--This section is short, but you will quickly find out why these beats make no sense. The only thing here is several groups of beats, with a Phrase Marker at the beginning of each. The last groups Hit Markers, to some extent, match the tone of voice change over the one word stressed at the end of the section. 2nd Section--This section is also pretty short, but contains more beats. They make more sense, however, this time matching the lyrics almost perfectly. The Phrase Markers are quite slow, so nothing much here is hard, luckily. 3rd Section--The first half of this section matches the music. You may need some practice to survive this section. The second half is just a repeat of the second section. It ends with four consecutive Hit Markers, however, so don't expect to end easily. Final Section--The first few groups of beats match the words of the song. They can still be slightly tricky, and don't let the Phrase Markers throw off your timing. After two long Phrase Markers with a couple of Hit Markers between them, get past the Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The entire song is just...ugh. I can't really detail one hard spot because, for the most part, everything sucks here on Breezin'. It may take a ton of runthroughs to finally S-Rank this. If you hate how the beats sounds, then just focus on the Timer Circles. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--159 Maximum Multiplier--257 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--I must say that Cruisin' is far easier to understand than Breezin' was, and that'll be good news for a lot of you. Sure, there are a lot more beats, but at least they make sense so you can probably minimize mistakes made. 1st Section--This section is pretty calm, and is just mostly Hit Markers until near the end. You will face three overlapping Hit Markers near the end of the section, and they can be tricky. They aren't supposed to be hit very quickly, but rather in tune with the music (sounds like "do-dee-do", each of those has a Hit Marker designated to it). Don't get too distracted by them! 2nd Section--This section is also pretty calm for the first half, but the second half has several overlapping Hit Markers. Note the distance between the Timer Circles in each overlapping pair. Some of them are spaced out, so you really need to listen to the music to get the feel for when to tap. The rest are just quick taps, including the final three overlapping markers. 3rd Section--The first half of the section will follow the music very carefully, and you will need to follow suit. Half of it is just some easy Phrase Markers, and there are some overlapping Hit Markers along the way. I can't describe it perfectly, but listening to the music carefully is the best advice I can offer. The last half of this section repeats part of the second section (the ending is just one long Phrase Marker instead of three overlapping Hit Markers thankfully). Final Section--The first half of this section follows the lyrics of the song, and they are much easier to follow than beats to the music. When the music severely changes, you'll know you are close to finishing the song. The ending is just several Phrase and Hit Markers, all pretty easy (also in tune with the lyrics). There's a Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--Now that most of the song actually makes some sense, you may find it to be much easier than its Breezin' counterpart. Some overlapping beats are tough, and the second section can be a real killer due to its length when concerning it beat patterns. Overall, better than Breezin', but it has its own share of troubles. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=NZ6dBLF7P9E ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--245 Maximum Multiplier--331 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--There are a ton of beats, everything really makes sense, but now there's difficulty from that instead of everything not making sense. The absurd amount of beats can be a complete torture to some players, and long practice is the best solution to beating this song. 1st Section--Wow, this is far different. The first two groups alone should show you what you are in for the rest of the song. These beats move fast, and any Hit Markers next to eachother should be hit one right after another. Don't wait unless there is a blatant gap between them. The third group has very awkward timing. It matches the music, yet, it is really hard to tell. There are several overlapping beats here, and there is still no time to hesitate between tapping. The final groups hard a large amount of Hit Markers near eachother at the end. Don't get confused--this is their pattern: (4) (6) (5) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) 2nd Section--There isn't anything particuarly noteworthy in this section, but remember that if any beats are close to the end of a Phrase Marker, be sure to hit them right after at the Phrase Marker ends. That happens several times here and it can cause some missed beats entirely if you don't hurry. There's a ton of Hit Markers near the end of the section, so be sure not to lose pacing, otherwise you will start getting 100 after 100, and regaining the pace for 300's is very hard. 3rd Section--The first half of this section contains a ton of closeby Hit Markers, and there are several overlapping markers hidden in there. They make sense, yes, but you can miss them if you don't pay attention. Once you reach the midpoint of the section, you will basically repeat the majority of the second section. It'll be mirrored, but it otherwise is exactly the same. The ending has a Spin Marker now. Final Section--The first half of this section is quite hard. It overall feels like the same few groups getting repeated over and over again, but there are differences (despite the lyrics not changing at all for half of this section). All of these groups match the lyrics of the song, some of them matching the syllables of the words. In the second half of the section, when the music takes a major change of tone, there will be several straight Phrase Marker before one final group of Hit Markers. Be careful of the last two pairs of overlapping Hit Markers. They match the words, but the lyrics decide to speed up right at the end, so be aware. Pass the Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--The first seriously difficult S-Rank to obtain. The insane amount of beats, and really quick beats all over the song, make this quite hard to achieve. First you need to actually be able to hit every beat without missing any. Once you can do that, note the first section is the hardest, so work there. Once you can do that, focus on the second section. The rest of the song is moderately easier than them. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=PzTxx0GN0wU ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--245 Maximum Multiplier--331 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--Hmm. Because of the way Hard ROCK works, it won't look like your being swarmed by beats, despite the fact you really are. I guess that makes things slightly calmer for you. Some of the Phrase Markers in the first section that are very short can be a pain, but there's few of them and they shouldn't cause much trouble once you learn them. It's about as tough as on Sweatin'. 1st Section--For the first two groups, there will be a tiny Phrase Marker on the last beat. Be cautious of that. Don't get tripped by the overlapping beats either. Some can be hard to see. The third group, like in Sweatin', has some awkward timing. It can be managed, but it is hard. The final group has a ton fo Hit Markers arranged like so in an odd pattern: (11) (10) (9) (8) (7) (5) (6) (4) 2nd Section--The first two groups have several Phrase Markers, but their shortness can probably be seen right before you need to hit them. Remember these locations for the time being--this beat layout is repeated several more times throughout the rest of the song. There is also another Phrase Marker near the end of the section, but there's nothing hard here. 3rd Section--The first half of this section goes by very quickly, and there are several overlapping beats you may miss if you aren't paying attention to how quick the song is moving. There are several Phrase Markers here, but it isn't anything major. As for the second half of the section, all you are doing is repeating the majority of the second section. There will be a Spin Marker at the end of the section. Final Section--The first half of this section is pretty basic. There aren't any extreme Phrase Markers (although some locations can be a bit tricky, so keep paying attention). There are a bunch of overlapping Hit Markers in each of these groups, so they can cause some problems. The second half of this section is much easier. There will be five straight Phrase Markers, followed by a few more Hit Markers. Be aware that in the last group there are two pairs of overlapping beats were the lyrics speed up. Don't get confused there! The Spin Marker will finish up the song. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--Some of these Phrase Markers can be a pain, but the speed of the song is the real challenge to overcome. Some parts of the first and third section can be slightly difficult, but Hard ROCK's quick timing can make things slightly easier for you, which is nice. Overall, it's about as hard as it was on Sweatin'. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=rwADNiNaI_c =========================================================================== ~4J.Episode 10-Material Girl~ =========================================================================== Mission-Survive! Celebrity Lives and Desert Isles!! Song-Material Girl Difficulty-***** Target-Carrington Sisters Age-24 Sex-Female Misc. Info-Feed diamonds to their cat. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--108 Maximum Multiplier--236 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There's Phrase Markers. Lots of them. And some Hit Markers thrown in here and there. Me, I just plain find the song annoying. At least it's much easier than Canned Heat on Breezin'. 1st Section--This is the longest section in the song. It's Breezin', so don't expect much else besides the usual "nothing here matches the song!" fanfare. It still applies. Although, since half of this section is Phrase Markers, that's half the effort you really need to put into it. I guess that helps. Just watch the Timer Circles since very few of these beats match the song. Watch out for the overlapping beats right at the end. 2nd Section--This section is very similar to the first section when it concerns the lyrics, but the beat pattern is different. There is more focus on the Hit Markers instead of Phrase Markers this time. There is also a Spin Marker at the end, so expect that as well. 3rd Section--The first part of this section is a repeat of the beginning of the second section. The last half of this section is sort of a crossover between the last half of the first and second sections (It's the "Material Girl" chorus bit). They sort of blended the Hit and Phrase Markers together. Luckily it isn't a big mess here, so it shouldn't be a large problem. Final Section--There's a few Hit and Phrase Markers here, and one set of overlapping beats. There is a Spin Marker at the end of the song, and that's it! S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--Hmm. Again, not too sure what to say for this one. Most of this song is absurdly easy, and you might even S-Rank it on your first try. Some of the overlapping beats may be slightly hard, but nothing else can really be considered hard. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=g9MipQ4p1B8 ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--184 Maximum Multiplier--304 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--The song is a bit harder this time around, but despite a ton of overlapping beats, most of it is still Phrase Markers. Nothing else to really say here. Most of the song actually makes sense. 1st Section--Every group in the first half of this song has overlapping Hit Markers. If you need practice on them, this sure as hell is the song to do it on. Most of the first half is also flat out Hit Markers. There are a few Phrase Markers here and there, but nothing major. The last half of the section (which is repeated in the following section, just with slightly altered beats) also has mostly overlapping markers. The Phrase Markers are short, so don't lift the stylus early. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is insane. It sounds exactly like the beginning of the first section, but now instead of spread out beats, almost all of them are overlapping! The biggest troubles can from from the stack of six overlapping Hit Markers (the most in the entire game). These beats are tough, so replay the first section to learn how they work (the timing remains the same, but the overlaps can throw you off). After that is just a repeat of the last half of the first section. There's a Spin Marker at the end, however. 3rd Section--Hmm. This song is just repeating itself over and over again, huh? The first half changes its beat pattern yet again. There are more Phrase Markers, and almost everything else is overlapping beats. The second half of this section should look familiar, and by now you should be able to do it easily if you've got it down. Final Section--There's only a few beats within this section, and a couple of Phrase Markers. Luckily, only one pair of overlapping beats is here, and it's pretty close to the Spin Marker at the end. Not too bad. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The second section can be absolute torture due to the long pause in the overlapping Hit Markers. Keep playing the first section to learn the timing if necessary, then apply the same timing to the second section. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=nGAEXLX9SRA ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--252 Maximum Multiplier--320 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--Yeah, there's a ton of beats in this song now. There's also a ton of overlapping beats now, so you'll probably have trouble on them on your first try through this song. It can be pretty hard. 1st Section--Most of the first half of this section is just regular Hit Markers, with a few Phrase Markers thrown in here and there. When you reach a pattern like this in a green color group: (5) (4) (6) You will need to hit them in quick succession, despite what the pattern may make you think. Once you hit the midpoint of the song, get used to the fact that there are a ton of overlapping beats. This chorus is repeated in every section, and these overlaps can really get annoying unless you master them now. 2nd Section--This section is basically just a mirrored version of the first section. There are several different Hit Marker locations towards the middle of the first half, but it isn't anything major. Some timing can be slightly difficult. The second half is just a repeat of the second half of the first section. The ending is now a Spin Marker instead of some more overlapping beats. 3rd Section--This section is pretty calm, containing more overlapping beats and regular Hit Markers. There will be two short Phrase Markers in the middle of the section with several rebounds each. Right after this there will be five overlapping Hit Markers. They can be trciky. The rest of the chorus is the same as always, so don't expect anything special. Final Section--This is a very short section, ending with a Spin Marker. Be careful on the last few Hit Markers. In the blue group, markers 6 and 7 are overlapping, and there's a brief pause between them. It can be tricky at first, so try not to be tripped up. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--The insane amount of overlapping Hit Markers in the chorus can absolutely destroy you in this song. You may need to work on this song for a long time to get the timing down well, so be sure to take care of that. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=OVLkqVoTseQ ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--252 Maximum Multiplier--320 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--The hard part about this is the overlapping Hit Markers. There aren't many Phrase Markers, so that isn't the concern. Since the markers are so small, a slight shift in position can cause you to miss overlapping markers. You may be stuck on this song for a while. 1st Section--The first half of this section contains mostly Hit Markers, several of them overlapping with a pause between the beats. There are several Phrase Markers, but they aren't too hard to see ahead of time. Once you start the chorus, almost everything is an overlapping beat, and most groups have a Phrase Marker stuck into them. Memorize their locations--this chorus is repeated almost exactly beat by beat over the course of the song. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is just a mirrored version of the first half of the first section. There are a few changes, such as some groups of beats taken out, but that just makes it slightly easier. The second half repeats the chorus (also mirrored), but there will be a Spin Marker after the red color group. 3rd Section--The first half of this section resembles the first halves of the previous sections, but it is quite short. Also, there are two Phrase Markers right next to eachother that rebound several times. You may mess up by not realizing that if you don't pay close attention. There is a group of five overlapping Hit Markers right after that. That too is a huge trouble spot. The rest of this section just finishes up the chorus, and you have already donw that several times. Final Section--There are several Phrase Markers here in this short section, and a couple of overlapping beats. Nothing hard here. It all ends with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--The first three sections, obviously, are the only difficult parts of this song. The chorus is a real killer. With all of the overlapping markers, one slight mis-hit can throw off your timing, resulting in many unwanted 100's. This can be devistating if you do it too much, and a little luck, as well as practice, it the best way to fix this. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=mhHb98qcePA =========================================================================== ~4K.Episode 11-La La~ =========================================================================== Mission-NURSE!! Gold Medal Hero or Zero!! Song-La La Difficulty-***** Target-Cap White Age-Unknown Sex-Female Misc. Info-Just what the doctor ordered. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--109 Maximum Multiplier--301 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--Some of these beats can be annoying, especially any of the red colored ones. Thanks to the pink background, the red Timer Circles can be a pain to see. You'll have to rely on the song in these cases, which really sucks since this is Breezin'. 1st Section--There are some easy beats here. All of the Hit Markers match the lyrics of the song, and the Phrase Markers are still pretty easy. Nothing much here. 2nd Section--There's a few Phrase Markers here, but that's not a concern. Some of these Hit Markers (including the overlapping ones at the start of the section) have some tricky timing. Some of them match every other word in a particular sentence of the song. That too can be frustrating. Watch the Timer Circles to learn when those instances occur. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will just be a repeat of the first section. As for the latter half, you will be repeating the second section. The middle of this area has several different Hit Marker groups, but they still match the lyrics. 4th Section--Most of this section is just Phrase Markers. Inbetween each one is a set of of Hit Markers, still matching the lyrics. There will be two consecutive Phrase Markers at the end. Final Section--The first half of this section roughly repeats the first half of the second section. The last half of this section will just be a bunch of Phrase Markers. It's extremely simple. There will be a Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--Well, most beats make sense. Most of the song is also just a ton of Phrase Markers, and that makes your work a lot easier. The two pairs of overlapping Hit Markers in the song may be difficult, but nothing else that can't be fixed with practice. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--184 Maximum Multiplier--318 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--This isn't much harder than when it was on Breezin'. It all still makes sense, but here are fewer Phrase Markers in comparison to Hit Markers. Don't expect it to be as easy. 1st Section--I personally think that the Hit Markers in this section make less sense than in Breezin'. That's weird. There are some easy Phrase Markers here as well, but it's the Hit Markers that are difficult. Oh well. 2nd Section--This whole section can be pretty tough. In most areas, if you are ever slightly off beat, you are likely to get all 100's or 50's. The main things are the strings of consecutive Hit Markers, and the groups with two sets of three overlapping markers. Their timing is understandable, but slightly messing up can hurt you. 3rd Section--The first half of this song is merely a repeat of the first section, while the last half is a repeat of the second section. There is an interim between these halves and you'll need to pay attention to the lyrics as the markers still match them. Fourth Section--This is a pretty easy section, mainly split between Hit and Phrase Markers. Some of the Hit Markers are tricky (mainly the ones close together), but close attention to the song can fix those mistakes. Final Section--This section is essentially the first half of the second section repeated twice. Towards the last half of the section you will discover that many of the beat layouts have been changed around. Pay attention to the markers close together. They can be tough to hit correctly if you hesitate. There's a Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--The second section, which keeps repeating itself over the course of the song, is the trickiest section of the song. The mass consecutive and overlapping beats can be annoying, but by this point in the game you should be used to them. A few tries and you should have an S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=q-wCfkhaOws ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--244 Maximum Multiplier--366 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--There are a ton of Hit Markers now, and almost all of them are placed near eachother. This can make things pretty difficult. The second section especially is complete torture. Not to mention that section gets repeated over and over again. Ugh. 1st Section--This section is pretty simple. Although there are a bunch of Hit Markers all close together before a Phrase Marker, they match the tune of the song rather well. Be sure to hit each group at the same pace, otherwise you can mess up (and many 100's won't refill the Elite-O-Meter at all). 2nd Section--Well, it isn't as bad as I made it out to be. It's just the fact it gets repeated often that makes it annoying. There aren't many Phrase Markers here, just flat up Hit Markers. Most of them occur in large groups. As usual, don't mess up your timing. Be sure to note the brief pauses. Don't tap too quickly on the overlapping markers either. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will repeat the first section. As for the second half, it merely repeats the second section. The beat locations have been changed entirely for both areas, though. You should be experienced enough so that doesn't effect you at all. 4th Section--This section has mostly Phrase Markers, with several Hit Markers between them. Everything here matches the lyrics (if it doesn't appear to be so, it's because sometimes the beats match the syllables spoken). There is also a Spin Marker at the end. Final Section--Most of this section will be a repeat of the second section, except some areas of it will appear mirrored. That too shouldn't prove to be nuch of a problem. Around the last half of the song there will be many Phrase Markers, most having only one Hit Marker between them. Don't lose focus here. Letting go of the stylus too early can hurt you. Like most songs, there's the Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--There's nothing extreme about this song now. Sure, there are many beats strung close together in the second section and the parts that repeat it, but get used to it. Many songs in Sweatin' from here on are going to be doing that. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=B0LuoIVIlf4 ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--244 Maximum Multiplier--366 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--There's nothing new here when it comes to Hard ROCK. There are some Phrase Markers of course, but it isn't anything you shouldn't already remember from Sweatin'. Since there are some complicated beat patterns, them appearing almost one at a time really helps here. 1st Section--If you're fine with the pacing of the song, then the rest of it should feel easy. Also note that long period of time between beats midway through the section. These times of rest take a fourth out of the Elite-O-Meter, so be sure to miss little during the song. You can fail entirely even when there's no beats. Really stupid, honestly. 2nd Section--There are a ton of Hit Markers here, and a lot of them are bunched up in groups. Since they generally appear one by one, you shouldn't have much trouble hitting them all in numerical order. Be careful of the overlapping markers near the end of the section. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will be a complete repeat of the first section, but the markers are aligned in different positions. The second half of the section is a repeat of the second section. There is an interim between these repetitions, and here are two Phrase Markers during it. Be careful. It only lasts a few seconds, however. 4th Section--Every group in this section has at least one Phrase Marker, and there are only a few, if any, Hit Markers inbetween each of them. All of them follow the syllables of the lyrics, so watch out for that. There is a Spin Marker at the end of the section. Final Section--This section repeats the second section twice. The second repetition, lyrics wise, is the same. However, the beat pattern is drastically different. There is generally a few, or just one, Hit Marker inbetween Phrase Markers. This repeats again up to the final two Phrase Markers. The song ends with the Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--The Phrase Markers are few in this song, and those aren't hard to memorize. There are several areas in the song with a large amount of beats, but if you can get a full combo on this song you should be very capable of an S-Rank. Practice the second section due to the repitition of it over the song. If you can get through that easily with mostly 300's, the rest of the song should follow. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=nVOOuDD1PCQ =========================================================================== ~4L.Episode 12-You're The Inspiration~ =========================================================================== Mission-A Christmas Gift Song-You're The Inspiration Difficulty-***** Target-Lucy Age-7 Sex-Female Misc. Info-Wants to marry someone like her daddy. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--157 Maximum Multiplier--271 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--This is the point where Breezin' starts getting difficult. Some players might actually fail the song entirely on their first try, which may come as a shock. This song, despite making complete sense once you play it several times, is difficult at first. 1st Section--Although I can't think of a word to describe what it is, this section matches some odd sound effect in the music. You'll understand it once you start playing. This section is simple, but the fact the beats are moving faster makes the song a bit more difficult. It may take you several tries to realize this. 2nd Section--This section will follow the lyrics quite carefully. The Phrase Markers don't make much sense, but at least the Hit Markers do. Be careful of the overlapping markers midway through. The second one matches the music rather than the lyrics. 3rd Section--This is the longest section in the song. The first half of this section's beats follow the same sound effects as the first section did. That's probably the hardest part of the section. As for the second half, it mostly repeats the second section. It'll last slightly longer, however, due to a longer Phrase Marker ending. Final Section--You will be given several Hit Markers, still matching the lyrics of the song, and then a star-shaped Phrase Marker. The song ends when you finish it. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--Finishing this song for the first time is probably harder than getting an S-Rank here. Some of the overlapping beats are difficult to understand, but the rest of the song makes some sense. The Phrase Markers don't, but those are hard to mess up anyway. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=8UqNUHsuFfI ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--178 Maximum Multiplier--299 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Slow Overview--There's more focus on Hit Markers this time. Although there are still a decent amount of Phrase Markers, note how most have only one, if any, pellets in them. Either way, this song isn't so hard as long as you played it on Breezin'. 1st Section--Oddly enough, I don't like most of these Hit Markers. They made a lot more sense in Breezin'. If you're having trouble with the timing then you will need to resort to looking at the Timer Circles. I don't know why it is difficult to figure out, but if you don't have trouble then more power to you. 2nd Section--This section makes more sense since the beats match the lyrics and not some silly sound effect. The overlapping beats here can be tricky because they match the lyrics, as well as some of the background music. Pay close attention to them. Don't try tapping the three overlapping Hit Markers too fast, or you may miss one of them by hitting it early. 3rd Section--In the first half of this long section, you will repeat the majority of the first section. The alignment of the beats is slightly different here, so don't get tripped up. The second section will get repeated shortly after the first half ends. The area inbetween them has a bunch of overlapping Hit Markers, so don't falter. They match the lyrics (and the second section still does as well), so you should have an easier time at it. Final Section--There are three sets of overlapping beats here. The first two are triple, and they are the same as the last times you've seen them. The last one has only two, but there is a full second gap between each one. Pay attention to the song. Finally, there will be the star-shaped Phrase Marker. It moves very quickly, and rebounds as well. This will end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--It's about as hard as it was on Breezin'. Some of the overlapping beats can be tricky to understand, but that's the only difficult part of the song. Also make sure not to mess up on the final Phrase Marker. It moves fast, so keep up with it. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=dMCNC6ls0Jg ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--227 Maximum Multiplier--327 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--There are a ton of beats in this song now, but everything makes a lot more sense, and that should make you feel better about the song. There's plenty of overlapping markers and short Phrase Markers, so be at the ready. 1st Section--Most of this is pretty simple to understand. Be sure to hit the Hit Markers right after the Phrase Marker before it ends. That's a simple thing to mess up on this section. Also, you'll need to do that the other way around, too. Some Phrase Markers are pretty short, but leave you little time to begin them. Don't wait too long or you'll miss it entirely. 2nd Section--Just be careful of the overlapping beats in this area. The Phrase Markers follow the song, and most of the Hit Markers follow the syllables in the lyrics. Don't get thrown off by that. Don't be tripped up by the lone triple Hit Marker stack midway through the section. 3rd Section--The first half of this section is a mirrored version of the first section. If you could pass it once, then it shouldn't be much harder for you the second time. Then the second section gets repeated again. There is a small area inbetween the repeated sections that is different. There is a little of everything here--some Phrase and overlapping Hit Markers. After that it shifts to the second section. All of this matches the lyrics. Final Section--It was harder on other difficulties. There's the long star- shaped Phrase Marker, and then a Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--There isn't really any specific trouble spots in this song, mainly because any area of the song can be hard for somebody. At least everything makes sense, but I'd say the third section can be hard if only for how long it goes on for. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=PVq4BU-layk ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--227 Maximum Multiplier--327 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--You'll really need to learn where the Phrase Markers are for this song in order to have a shot at it. Most of the Hit Markers have simple timing now, so that should make it about as hard as it was on Sweatin'. 1st Section--Almost every group here has a Phrase Marker in it. The overlapping markers can be a bit tricky if you aren't paying attention, but otherwise the only hard part is the last two groups. Both Phrase Markers here appear right after a certain Hit Marker, and you have little time to react. Remember their locations if you must--missing a Phrase Marker will seriously hurt you. 2nd Section--This section has the beats follow the lyrics, so it should be a bit easier and guessable. There is a triple overlapping beat in the middle of this section, so don't skip over it thinking it was a double. That's an easy mistake. There's a long Phrase Marker at the end of the section. 3rd Section--The first half of this section is just a mirrored version of the first section. There are several differences, such as two tiny Phrase Markers added, but nothing major. There's a short part after that leads to the second section repeat. This mostly contains overlapping markers (everything from here on matches the lyrics). There's some short Phrase Markers here too. Then the second section is repeated, also with minor differences. Final Section--You've got a long star-shaped Phrase Marker (the one and only things that WASN'T mirrored from Sweatin' to Hard ROCK), and then the final Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--The large amount of Phrase Markers can make this song a bit difficult, but you should be able to manage it with several runthroughs. It's really about the same as Sweatin', and not many sections of the song should give you much grief. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=waKgtxVXUpg =========================================================================== ~4M.Episode 13-Let's Dance~ =========================================================================== Mission-Rags to Ritches! Go East Wildcatter! Song-Let's Dance Difficulty-****** Target-Colonel Bob Age-40 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Serves his wife breakfast in bed daily. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--108 Maximum Multiplier--168 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--Ugh. A lot of these markers don't make much sense, and you'll easily understand what I mean once you play through. There should have been several more beats just to even out how odd the song plays. 1st Section--A lot of these beats are spread out at even rates, which is quite nice. The tricky parts are the overlapping beats. Their timing, for whatever reason, feels very weird. There's not much to say for this section. 2nd Section--The first half of this section doesn't make any bit of sense when concerning where the beats are. They don't follow the lyrics, and I don't know how they follow the music, so watch out. The second half does follow the lyrics, however, and that part is much easier. 3rd Section--The section works this way:it focuses on the lyrics, and then on the music. The beat pattern repeats this twice. Neither is particuarly difficult, but the music sections can throw you off. Final Section--Most of this section follows the lyrics, except for the ending. The beats switch over to the music, but you should be able to figure it out by this point. Once you finish that, there will be a Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--It would help if most of these beats were easy to figure out, but so is not the case. The first half of the song is the hardest to learn, but the rest is moderately easy once you do. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--140 Maximum Multiplier--248 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--The additional beats makes the song appear to make more sense now, so you should hopefully have less trouble then in Breezin'. It feels slightly sped up, but nothing you can't handle. 1st Section--Most of the markers here are either close together, or are overlapping eachother. The triple overlapping markers make a clapping sound when hit, so use that to determine better their timing. 2nd Section--All of the Hit Markers in this section match the lyrics. The Phrase Markers, more or less, match the music. Most Phrase Markers have overlapping beats come right after them, so pay attention to that. Note in the last section that all of the Hit Markers are spread out evenly. Don't hit them too fast. 3rd Section--If you're going to fail anywhere in this song, it is likely in this section. There are two places in it that have a huge mess of Hit Markers, and the point values and Timer Circles easily cover up the numbers on them. Follow this guides if you can't hit all of them: (2) (9) (1) (3) (14) (10) (8) (4) (6) --> (13) (11) (5) (7) (12) It repeats this pattern twice. The second time there is no 14th marker. Final Section--This section repeats the second section. The only difference here is that several overlapping Hit Markers have been added, and there is a Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--The third section can really kill you. It's hard enough to full combo through it, but it's even harder to get through it without slightly adjusting your timing (therefore resulting in mass 100's). It's the only danger zone of the song. Past that, everything else is a breeze. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=qZU5h-t8UuI ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--219 Maximum Multiplier--290 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--This song has a lot of killer areas, especially if it's your first try. The beginning alone is difficult, and the second and third sections also have very tricky beat layouts. 1st Section--The first group here gets repeated several times over the song, so get used to it. It's two markers, then and overlapping pair, a single one, then another overlapping pair, then two more seperated. That sounds confusing, but you will easily miss one on your first try of the song. Or all of them, possibly. There isn't an hesitation between the third and last Hit Marker, so don't pause. The rest of this section is simple compared to that (and it gets repeated again in this section!). 2nd Section--Wow. This section is much longer now in Sweatin' (well, it feels that way at least), and there's tons of Phrase Markers. The first half of this section is pretty simple. Just follow the lyrics and you can get the timing down pretty easily. Near the end of the section will be a long string of Hit Markers. The first two are part of the same color group, and go one by one up each side of the screen. The second group is difficult to see due to the overlapping Timer Circles: (14)(15) (12)(13) (9)(10)(11) (8) (6) (3) (7) (4) (1) (5) (2) To top it all off, there's a Spin Marker after this! 3rd Section--The first part of this section will look similar to the first section, but then they throw a ton of beats at you that are in another crazy pattern: (9) (11) (8) (10) (12) (6) (7) (5) (4) (2) (3) (1) This exact pattern will get repeated again once the group from the beginning of the song repeats. However, a 13th marker was added on at the end. Final Section--This is, for the most part, another repeat of the second section. The only difference is that the patterns have been mirrored a bit, and there are several more overlapping Hit Markers than when it was in the second section. At the end of the section you will need to clear a Spin Marker to finish the song. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--A lot of areas of the song, such as the ones I diagrammed, are huge trouble spots. The beginning group is repeated several times in the song, and you will need to learn it now. It is difficult at first, but once you can clear it easily you shouldn't have any trouble with it. It may take a while to obtain an S-Rank on this song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=upDvZpoPDcQ ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--219 Maximum Multiplier--290 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Ludicris Speed Overview--Reacting quickly to the Phrase Markers in the song can be a huge pain. Missing anything can spell disaster due to insane speed that the Elite-O-Meter drops at. Be sure to get plenty of 300's. 1st Section--There's only two Phrase Markers here, but don't get used to such a low amount. The beginning group is easier to understand now due to the beats appearing practically one at a time. Not to mention you had to clear the song on Sweatin' to get to this point, so you should at least remember how to clear the intro. 2nd Section--There are a lot of Phrase Markers in the first half of this section, but they are in very similar patterns, or even a bunch in consecutive order. Just past them are a bunch of overlapping Hit Markers, and there will be a long string of Hit Markers. The first group is pretty easy to figure out due to the Hit Markers moving all in a line. The second group is more difficult: (2) (5) (1) (4) (7) (3) (6) (8) (11)(10)(9) (13)(12) (15)(14) There's a Spin Marker right after this. 3rd Section--The first area of this section is pretty simple. The third group can be a bit tricky if you aren't paying attention, though: (1) (3) (2) (4) (5) (7) (6) (12) (10)(8) (11)(9) After this tricky group, a rough outline of the first section will repeat itself. Don't mess up on any of the following Phrase Markers! Most of them are long, so when you see no Hit Markers appear ahead, expect a Phrase Marker. Final Section--This section is a complete repeat of the second section, but it is mirrored (so it's basically the same as Sweatin's second section). The last part of the section repeats the ending of the third section, including that tricky group (but adding a 13th marker), before ending the song with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--It's as hard as it was on Sweatin'. The tricky sections are not as hard here due to the markers appearing one by one on Hard ROCK. That's no excuse to slack off, however. Keep your tapping consistant on the long strings of Hit Markers and you should avoid getting too many 100's. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=69H8DphKFfc =========================================================================== ~4N.Episode 14-The Anthem~ =========================================================================== Mission-Batter Up! Home Run Hero Makes a Comeback!! Song-The Anthem Difficulty-******* Target-Hulk Age-28 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Named "Rookie of the Year" 10 seasons ago. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--176 Maximum Multiplier--319 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--Everything in this song makes...sense? Yes! Finally a Breezin' song nobody can question! Haha! It's a bit faster paced than any of the other songs you have played so far, so be ready for that. 1st Section--This section should show you how fast the song is going to be playing. Everything here matches the lyrics (the majority of the song does, by the way), so the Hit Marker timing should be fairly simple to determine. Don't slip up on the rebounding Phrase Markers. 2nd Section--This is another short section, and several Hit Markers that match the lyrics can be tricky because the words sometimes are placed close to eachother. This only happens a few times, so there shouldn't be too many problems. 3rd Section--The first half of this song has a lot of close together beats. Be sure to take a very short pause between them. There is a pause, yes, but it isn't long at all. As for the second half of this long section, the only problem that could arise is from the overlapping markers right at the end of the section. Final Section--This section continues to follow the lyrics, and it isn't too bad. Some of the Hit Markers are close together, but you should know the timing of that by now. There's a Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--3/10 S-Rank Notes--The fast paced nature of the song may throw you off, but a runthrough or two and you'll be used to that. The second section may be slightly tricky, but nothing in this song is particuarly hard on Breezin'. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=fNzN7fOLFv4 ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--226 Maximum Multiplier--372 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--Cruisin' has a lot more beats than Breezin', but you shouldn't have much harder of a time following them. The song seems to move even faster now, and any hesitation between beats can cause you to miss them in the end. 1st Section--This section is still pretty simple. The entire song still follows the lyrics, after all. The only hard spots would be the overlapping Hit Markers. They aren't really tough to be honest, but if whatever score you get on the first one you'll likely get on the second as well. Don't change tapping speed. Also, near the end is a group when the last Hit Marker has a longer pause before you need to hit it. Pay attention. 2nd Section--This short section can really trip you up midway through. There is a blue color group when the first four beats make a square shape. The timing for them is quite awkward. Although you think it should match the song, it actually doesn't. It goes more for the background music. If you go through the song several times, perhaps you'll understand what I mean (and even then, that group is hard not to mess up on at least one of those beats). 3rd Section--The first half of this song is a mirrored version of the second section. The major difference would be an increase in overlapping markers, and there is a triple overlapping marker in the middle. The second half of the song isn't too hard, but there are a lot of overlapping beats that you will need to take care of. Final Section--Most of these beats are on tune with the lyrics, but towards the end it sways slightly towards the music. The overlapping beats with a pause between each tap can be tricky if you aren't listening carefully. Complete the Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--There's plenty of overlapping markers, but that's nothing new here. Overall, it isn't too hard of a song. After a while, it shouldn't feel fast paced at all, either. Not too hard of an S-Rank, but may take you several tries nonetheless. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=2fXyCtuHBH0 ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--258 Maximum Multiplier--408 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--There's not too many additional beats from when you played this song on Cruisin'. It can be a bit tricky at first due to how many markers are in each group, as well as how changed the Phrase Markers became, but you can handle it. 1st Section--As always, the markers match up with the lyrics for the entire duration of the song. Now, Sweatin' makes it a bit tricky. Each group will generally have several Hit Markers near eachother, then at least one placed a short distance from them. There's a small pause between when you need to tap it. The two short Phrase Markers here move quickly, and have many rebounds. These Phrase Markers are seen several other times during the song, so expect them. 2nd Section--The third group of this section can be troublesome due to some awkward timing. The first four beats form a square shaped pattern, and that should make it sound easy. The timing feels slightly off from the song for whatever reason. The section ends soon after that. The only other trouble spots are the areas with a bunch of markers close together. At least those match the lyrics. 3rd Section--The first half of this section will look similar to a mirrored second section. There are some added Hit Markers in the middle of it, as well as two triple overlapping pieces during the section. Don't try to play it all on second section memory, or you will mess up. The second half of the section is a bit different. It's pretty short, and has a decent amount of overlapping beats. Just follow the lyrics to succeed. Final Section--There's a lot of Phrase Markers in this section, but there are also a lot of close together Hit Markers. They can be a bit tricky to all hit correctly, and most of them come right after the Phrase Markers. The ones that are close together tend to follow the syllables of the lyrics, so use that as a guide. The last group has eight Hit Markers forming a figure-8. They are all placed evenly apart from eachother, so ignore the lyrics for them. They follow the music. Finally, there's the Spin Marker. This one is different than in any other song. On Sweatin' and Hard ROCK, people have trouble trying to clear it. Looking back, I'm unable to earn any bonus points on it (I can still clear it, though). It probably is the hardest part of the song. Spin like crazy! S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--Some parts of this song can be really difficult. Look out for Hit Markers evenly spaced from one another, and especially the Spin Marker at the end of the song. That destroys people. If you can't complete it, you can't get an S-Rank anyway. Practice spinning if needed. You will want it. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=OuMe5WsgAR8 ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--258 Maximum Multiplier--408 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--There's a decent amount of Phrase Markers in this song, yes, but what can be troubling is how fast the Hit Markers change position on the screen. One second your tapping on the top half, next your tapping the bottom right corner. You'll need to stay alert through the song. 1st Section--This is the easiest section of the song, so get used to the speed. Early in the song the groups of beats change from the top half to the bottom half quickly, so remember that. Don't let go of the stylus on Phrase Marker--the really short ones will kill the Elite-O-Meter if you miss them. 2nd Section--This section has several groups of beats pretty close to eachother, and it also has that stupid box-pattern of Hit Markers. All of them can be pretty tricky, but keep your tapping quick and consistant with the words. As for the box-shape, follow the Timer Circles as best as possible. You'll likely get several 100's or 50's in that area due to the tricky pattern. 3rd Section--The first half of this section blends a new area of the song in with the second section. The area has some overlapping Hit Markers, but everything still matches the words fine. There aren't many Phrase Markers, either. The second section has mirrored positions here, but you probably won't get thrown off. When that ends, you'll have the short last half of the section to go. Every group has at least one pair of overlapping beats, and there's a Phrase Marker at the end of every one (except for the last group where it's second to last). Final Section--This section has a ton of Phrase Markers, as well as large groups of close together Hit Markers (which generally come right after the Phrase Markers). Don't hesitate inbetween these close ones, or you may miss one entirely. The last few groups of the song have evenly spaced Hit Markers, and you'll need to ignore the lyrics from there. The Spin Marker, as it was with Sweatin', is insanely difficult to complete. Don't expect to earn any bonus points with it. Just try to at least clear the damn thing. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--Some Hit Markers can be tricky, and it's generally the third section that trips people up due to its length. The ending Spin Markers, as you may know, can destroy any chance at an S-Rank if you can't even complete it. I don't really have advice on spinning that thing, but you'll need to move your hand as fast as possible. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=x0LzF21WLF4 =========================================================================== ~4O.Episode 15-1 Without a Fight~ =========================================================================== Mission-No More Music!? The Last Hope!! Song-Without a Fight Difficulty-******** Target-Unknown Age-Unknown Sex-Unknown Misc. Info-N/A Note-To play this song, you'll need to have cleared every song up to this point. Tap the large star in the middle of the ocean, then tap anywhere on the Earth to play this song. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--103 Maximum Multiplier--269 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--I hate all of the beat placements in Breezin', but that's only because I love playing it on Hard ROCK. For the new player, this song will probably kill you many times due to how fats it goes. It'll take some time, but you'll eventually pass it. 1st Section--All of the beats in this section match the lyrics, but there is a slight problem. You will need to hit all of the Hit Markers just a bit earlier than you think you would in order to get 300's on them. I'm not sure why this is, but that's how I see it work. The Phrase Markers are sped up a bit, so don't rush it. 2nd Section--The "hitting the markers early" thing applies for the whole song, especially here. See, those overlapping markers in this section have nothing at all to do with the song or lyrics. Tap both a tad early to get 300's. There's two areas of the song with a bunch of close together beats, so be sure to tap with a good speed. Final Section--Well, it's the shortest song in the game (although the actual song in reality is over twice as long). The first half of this section has a few Phrase Markers, and several other beats matching the quick lyrics of the song. There's a Spin Marker midway through it, and then you will repeat the second section (overlapping markers and all, too). There is another Spin Marker at the end. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--It's only hard because it makes no damn sense! By the time you start going for S-Ranks (and for most people, that's after beating every song at least once), you'll realize this is a pain to deal with from something as difficult as Hard ROCK. Few of these make sense, and the song feels really slow. It's all trouble. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--130 Maximum Multiplier--300 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--Well, I must say the beat pattern makes a hell of a lot more sense here. You should find it moderately easier than on Breezin', and that's saying something. 1st Section--All of the Hit Markers, save for two of them, match the lyrics to the song. The Phrase Markers still aren't hard, and matching the lyrics to the beats is pretty easy. The two that don't match are, naturally, overlapping beats midway through the section. The go more in hand with the guitar playing in the background. 2nd Section--This section has two halves. The second half is exactly the same as the first half, but it's mirrored. All of the Hit Markers match the lyrics as usual, and the Phrase Markers match the stressed lyrics. There are a couple areas where the markers are spread out, but you'll need to hit them all quite quickly. Pay attention to the song during those areas. Final Section--The first half of this section is a bit tricky. There are a bunch of consecutive Hit Markers, so you'll need to tap quite quickly. There will be a Spin Marker right after this area, too. Then you will have another repeat of the second section. In two spots one of the Hit Markers has become a very short Phrase Marker. If you let go too early, you'll get a 100. Be careful (there's another Hit Marker RIGHT after it. Don't hesitate). S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The tricky areas in the third section can net several unwanted 100's. Notably are the short Phrase Markers which may prompt you to lift off the screen just a small fraction of a second early. Other than that, a decent amount of practice may be needed to S-Rank this song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=AJp1W6hoZwE ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--155 Maximum Multiplier--314 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--Sweatin' holds a lot more beats (well, considering how short the song is...). The second and third sections can destroy you thanks to a ton of short Phrase Markers. Don't lose sight! It's not that bad! 1st Section--As before, all of the Hit Markers match the lyrics of the song. However, two parts now suffer like they did in Cruisin'. These don't match the lyrics. In two areas there will be a double and triple overlapping beat, one right after another. They make a clapping sound when tapped, so imgine that in your head. It isn't hard once you learn the timing, though. Just two and three quick taps. 2nd Section--This section is split into two halves, and the second looks like a mirrored version of the first half. It's also quite hard. There are a ton of short Phrase Markers that move very quickly. Then, there is almost always a Hit Marker right after it. As soon as the Phrase Marker ends, do not hesitate to hit the next beat. Just tap it and it's usually going to result in a 300. Don't be taken aback by how fast this section moves, or you will quickly fail. Final Section--The first half of this section has a bunch of consecutive beats, so you'll need to tap them with a unchanging rate. In the middle of the section there will be a Spin Marker, and then you will repeat the second section entirely. Hopefully you didn't find it too hard the first time. Afterwards there will be a Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--Since it's a short song, you can get plenty of retries without taking up too much of your time. The second section is what you will want to practice the most since it's repeated again in the final section. Keep trying--it's not as hard as you think. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=s_pjoKrk1DY ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--155 Maximum Multiplier--314 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--It is about as hard as it was on Sweatin', and that may make you happy or angry in discontent. Thanks to the way Hard ROCK works, the song seems to move even faster now. Good luck, though. 1st Section--There aren't many Phrase Markers in this section, and for those that are here, most of them are guessable due to them all being on stressed lyrics. The double and triple overlapping Hit Markers that appear twice in this section are a bit easier due to the timing of this difficulty, so you should hopefully find it easier as well. 2nd Section--Every group in this section has a Phrase Marker in it, and that makes things tricky due to how fast they move. You have little room for error. All of them are on the second and last, or just last, beat of the group. There's nothing overwhelmingly tricky about this section, but the speed of the Phrase markers can easily throw you off. Final Section--For the first half of this song, there will be a bunch of consecutive beats. They are spread evenly, yet close to eachother, so don't stop tapping. After a Spin Marker, you will repeat the majority of the second section. Once you finish that up, there will be another Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--The tricky Phrase Markers of the second section is what makes getting an S-Rank so difficult. That section gets repeated again in the last half of the final section, so you could be in some trouble if you are unable to get enough 300's on it. The first section isn't too bad. Any 300's there are easily correctable mistakes. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=7JqDyEEruEM =========================================================================== ~4P.Episode 15-2 Jumpin' Jack Flash~ =========================================================================== Mission-No More Music!? The Last Hope!! Song-Jumpin' Jack Flash Difficulty-******** Target-Unknown Age-Unknown Sex-Unknown Misc. Info-N/A Note-Once you clear Without a Fight, you will immediately be starting Jumpin' Jack Flash. If you want to play this song again, head to the screen where you normally would choose Without a Fight. Tap the Rhombulan mothership (or a giant star once you beat this song) to play. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--194 Maximum Multiplier--396 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--If you haven't lost to a Breezin' song yet, I assure you that this song will most certainly kill you for quite a while. And if you think this is hard, wait for the other difficulties! Don't give up now! You've already come this far. 1st Section--This section may seem hard, but overall it is actually quite simple. All of the markers in this section match the words, and Phrase Makers cover the stressed words. The tricky parts would have to be the overlapping markers. The triple overlap is simple (matches "Jump-in' Jack), but the double overlaps can be a bit trickier. Just watch the Timer Circles and tap twice if you can't do it very well. 2nd Section--This section is exactly like the first section, but everything has been mirrored. Also, the ending Phrase Marker has been split into two separate parts, so you'll need to actually lift your stylus up to hit both of them. Not too hard if you could at least pass the first section. 3rd Section--This section will cause your hand to hurt, if you're even able to survive that long. The first area has some pretty simple markers, with a Spin Marker at the end. Next there will be group that mirrors the group before the previous Spin Marker. It ends with another Spin Marker. Then you'll have two Hit Markers and a simple multi-rebound Phrase Marker, and a third Spin Marker afterwards. Finally, there's this tricky group: (1) (2) (7) (8) (3) (6) (9) (4) (5) (10) I'll admit that even I have trouble surviving this, but that's only because the Timer Circles cover up the damn numbers until it's too late. Oh yeah, there's another Spin Marker after this. But the final area of this section is pretty calm. There's a decent amount of overlapping beats, though. Final Section--It's all come down to this! This section repeats the same line over and over again, but the beat patterns keep changing. They start off easy--just a few Hit Markers and a Phrase Marker. It gradually gets harder, making a bunch of Hit Markers appear before and after short Phrase Markers. The only hard part is this section of a red color group: (8) (10)(9) Other than that, get past the ending Spin Marker and you've cleared Breezin'! S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--The song seems hard at first, but once you can finally complete it easily, an S-Rank shouldn't be too hard to obtain as well. The overlapping markers can be hard, and several parts of the final section can be a pain just to complete, let alone get 300's on. Many retries may be needed to S-Rank this song. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=fYxAM48eNYo ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--266 Maximum Multiplier--438 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--This is way harder than when you played it in Breezin', so don't expect an easy ride through it. It feels quite fast, and you'll have to do quite a lot of tapping in order to finish the song. 1st Section--This can feel like a lengthy section, but that's only because there's so many beats packed into it. Everything matches the lyrics of the song except for the ending area. A lot of the Hit Markers are placed pretty close to eachother, and you'll need to know that the Phrase Markers move quite fast here. The last two long Phrase Markers match the music since there aren't any lyrics at that point. 2nd Section--For the most part, this is just a mirrored version of the first section. However, there are some notable differences. Several Phrase Markers have been added, or now have rebounds to appear longer. The ending two Phrase Markers has been changed to just one, with two Hit Markers coming right after it. 3rd Section--This section, and the final section, have very annoying beat patterns. The Timer Circles for the Hit Markers cover the numbers, again, and this makes hitting them all correctly up to chance. The first difficult pattern is this: (1) (2) (9)(10) (7)(8) (3) (6) (5)(4) The second pattern is: (1) (3) (11)(2) (9)(7)(4) (10) (8)(6)(5) ...followed by a Spin Marker. The next area has an exact mirrored version of this pattern, so just flip it around to get the same results. There is also a Spin Marker after it. The next group of markers forms a circle, and it is far easier to comprehend. As usual, there's a Spin Marker after it. Then there will be a mirrored group of those beats as well, with a final Spin Marker for this section. The last few groups come pretty quickly, and only trouble further your tired hands. It's similar to part of the first section, but there are several overlapping Hit Markers replacing what used to be single Hit Markers. Final Section--The first part of this section will seem quite easy. Just three Hit Markers and a Phrase Marker. Then they throw several groups with a ton of Hit Markers, all of the Timer Circles covering their numbers, just for kicks and giggles: (11)-----( ) (9)(8)(5)(4)(1) (10)(7)(6)(3)(2) The group after this one will have the first five going right to left, and then the last five going left to right below them. After this is the final Spin Marker of the song. There you go, Cruisin' completed! S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--The third and final sections are the ones with craptons of beats, and surviving them flat out, ignoring you score for a minutes, is hard enough to begin with. Remember to keep your timing consistant. If you start getting 100's, try to correct your errors before you get too many of them. You want as few as possible for an S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=h2JsQuftcqM ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--332 Maximum Multiplier--471 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--And now it's time to cover this song on Sweatin'. Chances are, you're reading this because you're bored and you already know this song is tough, or you're here for advice because you're getting raped by anything in the song (and it does that well). 1st Section--It's like the previous difficulties, only they put it in a lot more markers to make it harder. After the first Phrase Marker there will be five Hit Markers all needing to be hit right away. That can easily trip you up. When you reach the area of the section with rebounding Phrase Markers on the corners of the screen, they always come in pairs. There's a lone Hit Marker between them. Finally, at the end of the section there are two Phrase Markers. This is the only time in the game where this happens:there is a Hit Marker overlapping each Phrase Marker. I guarentee you will miss it on your first try, and take awhile searching for why you keep getting X's there. Well, double tap it. The second tap starts the Phrase Marker. 2nd Section--The majority of this section is similar to the first section. Most Hit Markers are in groups of three, and have a fourth as a Phrase Marker. There's nothing significant here until you reach the end of the section where you face several color groups with hard timing. The first has eight markers, and despite changing positions several times, you will need to hit everything in this group (and the next two groups) at the same pacing. If you mess up the timing, expect a lot of 100's. That's bad, mostly because you need every 300 you can get to keep the Elite-O-Meter up. 3rd Section--Things go downhill quickly thanks to mass Spin Markers and crazy large beat patterns. The first few groups are pretty simple, but then after the first two Hit Markers of the group before a Spin Marker, they throw this at you: (12)(13) (11)(9)(8)(5)(4) (10)(7)(6)(3) Followed by the aforementioned Spin Marker. The group after that is merely a mirrored version of this. Don't let the patterns sweeping from left to right confuse you. It's still following a zig zag. After the mirrored group there will be another Spin Marker. Then there's another difficult group: (8)(9) (11) (6)(7)(10) (12) (5)(4)(3) (13) There is also a Spin Marker after this. As you could guess, the group after that will also be a mirrored image of this pattern, and the Spin Marker gets copied with it. The ending of this section is just full of some simple Hit and Phrase Markers. It's far easier than when it was in the first section, so you shouldn't have trouble. Except, the mass spinning you had to do may have worn out your hands. Hopefully you have enough stamina to finish the song. Final Section--This section is almost entirely made up of Hit Markers, save the few Phrase Markers in the beginning of the section. There will be two slightly complex groups of Hit Markers, and then there will be two more. The second is a mirrored image of the first, but the first isn't easy to begin with: (13)(14)(1)(4)(5) (12) (2)(3)(6) (11)(10)(9)(8)(7) As I said, the next group is merely a mirrored image of this. After that, there will be one final group: (8)(7)(6)(5)(4) (9) (1)(2)(3) (15) (10)(11)(12)(13)(14) If you managed to clear the song up to this point, then all that's left is a Spin Marker and you will have finished Sweatin'! S-Rank Difficulty--9/10 S-Rank Notes--The whole song is insanely hard to begin with, and getting an S-Rank is going to be no easy feat. It will take tons of tries to get enough 300's to earn and S-Rank, but it'll be so rewarding once you are finally able to do it. The third and final sections are the real killers. Playing those Spin Markers so many times can get annoying real quick. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=DpqFCOHmqvY ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--332 Maximum Multiplier--471 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Ludicris Speed Overview--The song and difficulty that is the bane of many players. Sure, it "technically" is as hard as it was on Sweatin', but the tiny markers mean that one small mistap where you thought you tapped a marker, but really didn't, can destroy your chances at victory. Miss two markers in a row? You're dead. Get too many 100's in a row? You're dead. The Elite-O- Meter falls insanely fast in this song. No messing around. Let's finish. 1st Section--Ready to start a hard song? The beginning of the song can be pretty hard to finish due to how many Hit Markers you need to hit, and how small they are in general. The amount of Phrase Markers in the first half of this section is quite minimal, but there will be more. Once you reach the midpoint of the section, there will be a bunch of Phrase Markers lining the sides of the screen (it's the chorus of the song, and you should know it well). After the Phrase Marker at the end of the red color group near the end, there will be two more Phrase Markers. Remember that there is a lone Hit Marker overlapping each of these Phrase Markers, so you need to double tap. 2nd Section--For the most part, this section will appear to be a mirrored version of the first section. However, the most major differences are at the start of the section. There are more Hit Markers grouped together, and there won't be long Phrase Markers until midway through the section. The chorus has the most major changes. There are now additional Phrase Markers towards the end of the chorus, so don't get thrown off. They move fast, so keep the stylus firmly on the screen. The last groups of beats move from the bottom of the screen to the right, and then to the top of the screen. Don't change the rate of tapping, or you may end up with a ton of 100's. 3rd Section--Remember those awfully annoying patterns from Sweatin'? Well, in Hard ROCK, as by now you probably already know, the beats appear one by one. Those patterns don't pose any issue anymore. That's wonderful. That doesn't mean you'll get by easy, though. The first area has one major group of beat before a Spin Marker. You'll see what I mean by "it's easier than Sweatin'". Of course, if you're having trouble, just mirror the diagram I have in the Sweatin' description. The second major group will be a mirror of the first you just went through (or, essentially, the same as the first group in Sweatin'). There's a Spin Marker, too. The third major group of beats moves in a zig zagging pattern, but cuts off towards the end and just starts moving up. After another Spin Marker, you'll repeat the same pattern, but it'll be mirrored. After one last Spin Marker in this section, you will encounter the last few beats for the section. It's mostly a mirror of the ending of the first section, just several Phrase Markers taken out. Final Section--This is the last, and arguable the easiest, of the sections in the song. Hopefully you won't blow it now. The first few groups will look just like the ending groups of the third section. Once you get through that, there will be two groups that each end in a Phrase Marker (the last ones in the song). There will then be three huge groups of Hit Markers, but the fact they appear one by one takes any challenge out of hitting them correctly. If you make a mistake here, you're probably just too nervous and are jittering your arm around (yes, myself and several other people have that happen from time to time). If you can tap all 15 markers in all three groups, then it's just a simple Spin Marke standing between you and finishing the song. S-Rank Difficulty--10/10 S-Rank Notes--Dubbed the hardest song to S-Rank in the game, I must agree...at first. Oddly enough, after playing this song for several hours, I'm able to S-Rank it without much effort. For the average player, S-Ranking it for the first time will be insanely hard, and pulsepounding towards the end. Just be sure in the major sections of the song that you don't change the rate of your tapping. Whenever you do that, you can ensure that you will get plenty of 100's. That's harmful for an S-Rank attempt. =========================================================================== ~4Q.Bonus Episode 1-Believe~ =========================================================================== Mission-Aspire! Dancing to the Limelight! Song-Believe Difficulty-**** Target-Amanda Age-26 Sex-Female Misc. Info-Still loves country music. Note-This song is unlocked in all difficulties once you reach the "Captain of Soul" ranking. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--71 Maximum Multiplier--212 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--This song is absurdly slow, and there are very few beats within it. You may slip up several times due to rushing it. You need to reach the fourth ranking, and the total score needed to reach that likely won't be obtained until you are in Cruisin'. 1st Section--This section has a few beats, as well as a lone Phrase Marker. Just pay attention to the Timer Circles as nothing here is going to make any bit of sense. 2nd Section--This section is much longer, and most of the markers now match the lyrics of the song quite well. Note that the Phrase Markers move very slowly during this section, so just be patient. It makes more sense than the first section, at least. 3rd Section--There will be several Phrase Markers at the start of this section, and then a Spin Marker. Afterwards, you will repeat a mirrored version of the last half of the second section. Nothing too tricky. Final Section--Most of this section focuses on the lyrics, again, and there will be several Phrase Markers that continue to go slowly. After the last one, there will be a Spin Marker ending the song. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--The only hard part is being able to tolerate the fact the song moves so slow. If you are able to not tap too quickly, then you can probably S-Rank this quite quickly. ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--88 Maximum Multiplier--250 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--It's a bit better than it was on Breezin', but I still think a decent amount of the Hit Markers make no sense, and the Phrase Markers are still slow. Quite annoying as compared to the more faster paced songs in Cruisin'. 1st Section--The Hit Markers of this section match the lyrics quite well, and the Phrase Markers...don't really match anything. They are also slow, so stop trying to move the stylus faster. It isn't going to get anything done. 2nd Section--This is a pretty long section compared to the first, and it is mostly slow Phrase Markers with tons of rebounds within them. The rest of the Hit Markers continue to match the lyrics, word by word, so they should be moderately easy to hit correctly. 3rd Section--The first half of this section can be slightly tricky due to there being several Hit Markers close to eachother, and their timing can be slightly tricky. There's a Spin Marker after that area, and then the second section repeats. A decent amount of the beats have changed, though. Instead of long Phrase Markers you will occasionally have several Hit Markers spread out evenly from eachother. At least is lasts shorter than the second section. Final Section--The first half of this section is insanely hard compared to the rest of the song. There are several overlapping Hit Markers, and then after a group contains several of them there will be three overlapping markers. Their timing is spread out, about one second for each marker. The remaining it of the song mirrors the last area of the third section, ending with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--4/10 S-Rank Notes--The triple overlapping markers is the hardest part of this song, and it naturally comes in the last section. Other then that, nothing else about the song strikes as difficult. Besides the fact the song is slow and that can mess you up, but we shouldn't count that. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH8nYd8I7Ks ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--145 Maximum Multiplier--254 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--There's a decent amount of markers in this song now, so it will move at a decent pace throughout. However, by the time you play this in Sweatin' you should be used to the game long enough to perform quite well here, so there's not much else to add. 1st Section--The first two groups of beats have a ton of Hit Markers placed all right near eachother, so you'll need to tap quite fast to keep on rhythm with the song. The remaining part of the section fits the lyrics well, so no worries there. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is moderately easy. It contains mostly Phrase Markers, but there are a couple of Hit Markers stuck here and there just to keep the song going. For the second half of the section, you are merely repeating the first half of this section, but the markers are mirrored. 3rd Section--The first half of this section moves quickly. There are a bunch of consecutive Hit Markers and Phrase Markers, and it ends with a Spin Marker. For the second half of this section, you will repeat part of the second section, but a lot of the markers have been changed. Some of the Phrase Markers have been removed and replaced by several Hit Markers, and vice versa. Don't get tripped up, especially by one of the smallest Phrase Markers in the game. Final Section--This section starts off by repeating the last half of the third section, but it changes quite quickly. Several points of this section have trios of Hit Markers next to eachother. There's also some overlapping beats, but paying attention to the lyrics should make their timing pretty simple. The song ends with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The song has gotten a bit harder for Sweatin', but you should be able to handle it easily. The last section, as usual, has the trickiest markers to hit, but nothing else in the song can really be considered more difficult than that. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6i1aOmuUkY ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--145 Maximum Multiplier--254 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--Honestly, the Phrase Markers are the only tricky part about this song, and there are like only two that you may need to memorize due to how quickly they appear. It's a rather simple Hard ROCK song, but I doubt you are complaining about that. 1st Section--The first two groups have a bunch of Hit Markers close together, and each end on a Phrase Marker. There's just a few more Hit Marker groups after this before the section ends. 2nd Section--The first half of this song has a decent amount of Phrase Markers, and usually appear when the lyrics ends or on stressed words, so careful attention should make it pretty easy to determine. Once you clear the first half of the song, the second half will merely be a mirrored version of the first half, so don't expect anything new. 3rd Section--The first half of this section moves pretty quickly, with Phrase Markers spread out evenly between Hit Markers. A Spin Marker will appear midway through the section, then you will repeat part of the second section. Watch out for the first blue color group--there's three consecutive Phrase Markers in the middle of it, and they can throw you off if you don't realize that. The group after has a short Phrase Marker on the fifth marker. Other then that, not too bad of a section. Final Section--The first blue color group starts with a triple overlapping stack of markers, and everything after in that group is a pair of overlapping markers. Don't let the speed make you forget that. Nothing else is really worth mentioning here, besides a Phrase Marker at the end leading to a Spin Marker, ending this song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--Like Sweatin', nothing about the song is absurdly difficult, but the third and final sections may trick a few people due to some markers not being clearly visible until it is too later. Memorize those simple mistakes and avoid them when shooting for 300's. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIyBMY8UKas =========================================================================== ~4R.Bonus Episode 2-ABC~ =========================================================================== Mission-Here, Kitty, Kitty! Baby Hijinks!! Song-ABC Difficulty-****** Target-Max Age-5 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Smells like apple pie. Reason unknown. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--163 Maximum Multiplier--292 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Slow Overview--The song starts off pretty easy, but towards the end they throw a ton of Hit Markers in such weird positions that you'll likely hit them out of order, resulting in nothing but a confused look on your face. 1st Section--As you will quickly tell by this section, almost everything in this song matches the lyrics. Everything except the final group. The second through fourth markers don't match the lyrics, but they are all right next to eachother, so hit them all quickly and ignore the song for a moment. 2nd Section--The first half of this section is moderately simple. Nothing too complex, at least not yet. The second half of this section repeats the last half of the first section. After that ends, there will be several additional groups. The first two groups have odd marker placements. The second group just mirrors the first (and this diagram is of the first one): (1) (2)(6) (3)(5) (4) Don't mistake the 6th marker for the 4th. 3rd Section--This section contains many groups, each with only four Hit Markers. They follow the soft voice in the lyrics, so be sure to pay attention to them. If you get your timing off, you can expect a lot of easy 100's. Final Section--The first several groups hardly match the lyrics, and that is where the difficulty starts to climb. Pay attention to the Timer Circles as you aren't likely to find the song helping you. The first half of the song gets repeated again in the second half, but there are four Hit Markers tacked on at the end, ending the song. S-Rank Difficulty--6/10 S-Rank Notes--I hate a lot of these markers. They make such little sense, as if it's all intentional of something. Focus on the last two sections more than the others. That's where the markers start getting difficult to figure out. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3hJozyrQ0 ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--193 Maximum Multiplier--328 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Slow Overview--There are a decent amount of tricky beats within this song, but by now you should be able to handle most of them without difficulty. 1st Section--There are a decent amount of overlapping beats midway through the song, and the second marker is spaced out a little. Follow the lyrics, as the markers follow them all throughout the section. The last half of this section isn't too bad. Several markers are close together, and the final red color groups acts the same as on Breezin'--don't follow the music for it. 2nd Section--For the most part, this section repeats the last half of the first section. There are some minor differences, such as additional overlapping beats towards the end of the section, and string of Hit Markers replacing Phrase Markers. It's nothing too major, and you should be able to take it. There's an additional few groups after the repeat, but it keeps following the lyrics. 3rd Section--This section basically keeps repeating the same group of markers, and they follow the lyrics still. The voice can be slightly difficult to hear, so pay attention carefully. Final Section--If you've done the rest of the song well, you can do this just fine as well. At several points the markers might go with the background voice, but this only applies for two groups near the start. The beats stay the same speed all the way through this section, so it should be pretty calm. The last four markers don't really follow the song, so pay attention to the Timer Circles. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--This is easier than Breezin' due to the beats making more sense, but they can be fairly difficult, like the final section may prove. Don't go too easy on it, or you'll find yourself trying to get an S-Rank for a long time. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuXRF_9VgIQ ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--253 Maximum Multiplier--336 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--Things are a lot more difficult on Sweatin'. There's many short Phrase Markers, and a Hit Marker or two like to come right after them, and in the opposite corner to boot. It can be quite difficult, but feasible. 1st Section--The first section has a lot of string together beats, and several overlapping beats as well. The song is actually moving slower then you think, so don't go tapping extremely fast, because you'll likely get an X for hitting too early. See those short Phrase Markers with a Hit Marker in another corner of the screen right after? Try to get a 300 on the Phrase Marker AND the Hit Marker. Generally, you'll likely get a 100 on one of them. Move your hand faster. 2nd Section--This section works like a mirrored version of the first section. Keep following the lyrics to ensure you don't stray off beat. Several beats can be pretty tricky, but you should just follow the Timer Circles if you are having trouble. After the first section is done repeating there will be an additional few sections, but it isn't too tricky if you pay attention to the song. 3rd Section--This section has two different group patterns. The first gets repeated several times, and has an overlapping beat in it. The second group is just a circle string of Hit Markers, all with pretty easy and similar timing. Nothing major here. Final Section--All of the markers in this section match whoever is singing (it changes several times in the section). The overlapping markers are quick, so be sure to double tap quickly. The first half of the section will repeat again in the second half, and then the song is over. Shouldn't be too bad, but the middle of the section's timing doesn't match the lyrics properly, and that can be confusing. S-Rank Difficulty--7/10 S-Rank Notes--The first section and the last section have the hardest beat patterns. The first section is annoying will all of the overlapping beat patterns within it, while the final section has several difficult groups that don't match the lyrics well. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsEB4k4tUL4 ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--253 Maximum Multiplier--336 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--It can be difficult due to the smaller Hit Markers, but unless your hand covers up the upcoming markers, you shouldn't have too much trouble here. 1st Section--There are several Phrase Markers in this section of the song, and the Hit Markers aren't too difficult to tap, but it's the tricky chorus section that can hurt. In every group there is a short Phrase Marker at the end, and a Hit Marker starting in another group in an opposite corner. If you don't move your hand fast enough, you'll be in trouble. 2nd Section--This section is basically just a mirrored version of the first section. Several Phrase Markers and Hit Markers have been changed, but you should still be able to follow the song easily. Once you finish the repeated section, you will encounter a few new extra groups that contain only six Hit Markers each, and they keep matching the lyrics. 3rd Section--This sections contains only two groups that get repeated several times. The first type of group has an overlapping beat in the middle of the group. The second group is just a string of Hit Markers that generally makes a simple circle. Not too difficult to figure out. Final Section--Almost there! This can be a difficult section as it tends to move quite fast, and there are several Phrase Markers that can easily trip you up by how fast they come at you. It looks similar to the second section, though, so that might help. The last half follows the lyrics a bit more carefully, except for the last section that doesn't really follow any standard. S-Rank Difficulty--8/10 S-Rank Notes--The third and final sections, much like in Sweatin', will easily cause the most trouble for you. They've got some tricky beat patterns, and not everything follows the song. That's really annoying, and can cause some 100's to appear. S-Rank Video--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zutVXwwa8Rw =========================================================================== ~4S.Bonus Episode 3-Survivor~ =========================================================================== Mission-The Last Laugh! Just a Peanut Matter!! Song-Survivor Difficulty-******* Target-Jake Age-36 Sex-Male Misc. Info-Plays bridge with old ladies at retirements homes. ===================== ~Breezin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--150 Maximum Multiplier--349 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Medium-Fast Overview--This is a fast moving song, and there are quite a lot of beats for a Breezin' difficulty song. Luckily, it's insanely easy on Breezin' (well, compared so Hard ROCK at least...), so don't expect a ton of trouble here. 1st Section--There's nothing tricky about this section. The beats on this song match the lyrics, except some parts of the song sort of cross between the lyrics and the music itself. Yet, it shouldn't be too hard to follow. 2nd Section--This section works like a mirrored version of the last half of the first section. It hasn't increased in difficulty, naturally, so it's just more of the same. 3rd Section--Pay attention to the lyrics in the first half of this section. There are overlapping Hit Markers in the middle of each group at first, and they match the lyrics perfectly. The chorus repeats in the second half of the section, but it's changed this time. It's mostly simple Phrase Markers now, so you should be able to finish it off easily. Final Section--The first few groups match the light voice in the background before the chorus is repeated. This time it looks like how it was back in the second section, so it you could handle it then, you can handle it again here. The song ends with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--2/10 S-Rank Notes--It's crazy how easy Breezin' is compared to Sweatin' and Hard ROCK. There's no much to say here. The overlapping beats in the third section may be difficult, but nothing else in the song can be called hard. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=0VlGPUVRJiI ===================== ~Cruisin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--203 Maximum Multiplier--380 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Fast Overview--Cruisin' has made the song a bit tougher, and there are several groups that will easily trip you up, and the fact the Elite-O-Meter falls this fast for this difficulty is madness. Good luck, and be sure to look ahead for the tricky groups. 1st Section--The first half of this section can be tricky because several Hit Markers are spaced in an odd way from the rest of the group. Watch the timing, and remember that the beats are following the lyrics. The second half of the song is the chorus, and the hardest part about it are the Hit Markers that are close together. They follow the lyrics still, so you should be fine. 2nd Section--Most of this section is just a repeat of the first section, but with mirrored beat patterns. For the last half of the section, there appear to be more Phrase Markers, and they all line the edging of the screen. Take care not to miss any. 3rd Section--This is the section where everything gets shot to hell. There are a lot of close together beats, and then the first blue color group you come to does this as the song speeds up considerably: (1) (2/3) (4) (6)-----( ) (5) You may be tempted to hit the 6 as it comes, placement wise, before the 5th marker. After two groups of triple overlapping beats, the chorus will repeat itself. You should be able to this repeat of when it was in the first section. You shouldn't slip up. Final Section--This ending section is pretty easy. It repeats the chorus twice, and it looks the same both times. It looks like a mirrored version of the second section's chorus, so there's still nothing new here. Clear the Spin Marker to end the song. S-Rank Difficulty--5/10 S-Rank Notes--The bastard third section can very easily trip you up, and destroy any chance of an S-Rank. Even with practice, you may still be tempted to hit the 6 before the 5. The third section also has a ton of overlapping beats, which can also be tricky. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=8qpsTkKCBVE ===================== ~Sweatin' Difficulty~ ===================== Total Beats--298 Maximum Multiplier--415 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Very Fast Overview--Sweatin' is in a league of its own. If you thought Cruisin' was easy, Sweatin' will kill you. Very, very quickly. The first section alone is a huge pain, with an insane amount of tapping you'll need to do, and the rest of the song works the same way. Good luck. 1st Section--The first half of the section is a long gauntlet that is one of the hardest areas of the song. It contains a ton of packed together Hit Markers and overlapping beats. The thing to realize is that these beats match the music rather than the lyrics. Keep that in mind, and avoid missing too much or getting tons of 100's. The Elite-O-Meter drops very quickly, and as stated, you can fail quite quickly here. The second half of the section is the chorus. Follow the lyrics for it. It's FAR calmer, so you shouldn't have problems there. 2nd Section--There are a bunch of closely packed Hit Markers in the later groups of the first half of this song. They can be tricky if you get just slightly off beat, resulting in many 50's and 100's, possibly missing the markers altogether. The second half of the section is the chorus, different than in the first section. The Phrase Markers are shorter, and there are pentagon-shaped patterns of Hit Markers whose timing is quite tricky. They keep following the lyrics. 3rd Section--The first half of this song, like the beginning of the second section, also has lots of close together Hit Markers. There are several Phrase Markers packed inbetween, so try not to rush those. There is often a short pause before you need to tap the Hit Marker, so be careful. A repeat of the first section's chorus gets repeated after this, so it shouldn't be too hard. Final Section--The first two groups are the only odd parts of this section. The voice in the background, which the markers are on pace with, can be hard to hear. Past that, you will repeat the first section's chorus twice over, ending with two pentagon-shaped patterns. Often the groups will change from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen, so your hand may be covering them up. The song ends with a Spin Marker. S-Rank Difficulty--9/10 S-Rank Notes--Wow! This song just got a hell of a lot harder. The first section can be a killer, and after that, the rest of the song can be hard if you're slightly off beat. It's either 300's or all 100's. It may take you a while to finally S-Rank this song do to how absurd it is. Also, there is some severe lag issues with the song. The framerate drops a bit whenever the top screen changes scenes. If you don't wanna get messed up thanks to lag, then get all 300's. Heh... S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=CnoPXK70-Ic ====================== ~Hard ROCK Difficulty~ ====================== Total Beats--298 Maximum Multiplier--415 Elite-O-Meter Rate--Ludicris Speed Overview--Dubbed as the only song that compared to Jumpin' Jack Flash in difficulty, Survivor in Hard ROCK will kill you so many times you should get some paper and mark just how many times you fail. Memorizing many areas of the song is key, mostly because your hand will cover several markers when they switch quickly from one side of the screen to the other. 1st Section--It was bad enough in Sweatin', but now add the fact that these markers are small, and messing up will seem a whole lot more likely. For the first half of this section, every even numbered group has a Phrase Marker on the fifth beat. The odd numbered groups have several overlapping markers towards the end of their groups. It's not difficult in concept, but the insane amount of tapping required, adding in the quickly dropping meter if you get too many 100's, makes this section killer. The last half of the section is the chorus, and it goes much slower. Memorize this section! Note when the beats switch sides of the screen! This will help you in later sections. 2nd Section--The first half of this section has a Phrase Marker in every group, and the pacing of this section is quite consistant with the song. The second half is the chorus, but this time around there are those pentagon-shaped patterns of Hit Markers. Also, most groups line the left and right edges of the screen, constantly flipping back and forth between them. Move your hand away from the screen quickly to see where the next beats are appearing from. 3rd Section--The first half of this section has a ton of Hit Markers, stuffing Phrase Markers into the ninth beat of those two eleven beat groups. Don't get inconsitant with your tapping. After that half of the section, the chorus repeats and it models that of the first section. This is why I said to memorize trouble spots. Your hand will cover several groups (regardless if you're left or right handed). Knowing this section well will ensure your success. Final Section--This hellhole is almost over. The first few groups just match the words, nothing major. After that, the chorus is repeated twice. First it matches the chorus beats in the first section, then the beat patterns in the second section. Don't get thrown off. Once you clear the Spin Marker at the end, this song finally ends. S-Rank Difficulty--10/10 S-Rank Notes--This song will more likely then not destroy you in your attempt for an S-Rank. Yes, you must hit ever single beat. Not to mention you can only get 29 100/50's, this song is crazy. Your hand will also wear out quite fast, too. Just don't push yourself too hard. It can be done, and you'll feel damn great once you do it, but just practice and memorize. If you can complete the song with ease, then hitting every beat will come with a little more practice. After that, it's only a matter of time before you obtain an S-Rank. S-Rank Video--http://youtube.com/watch?v=1ZWz79Vo5vw --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~5.Replay Data~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Whenever you finish a song, you have the option of saving the replay to the game. You can then look at it from under the Options menu. You can only save one replay per song, and it doesn't matter what difficulty or how you played. You just need to finish the song to be able to save the replay. Also, when you highlight the song that you want to replay, you also have the option of broadcasting the data. By doing this, any other person who has Elite Beat Agents as well can download your replay. All they need to do is tap "Download" instead of "Replay/Share". Those downloading will be asked if they want to download the replay(s) that have been found within the range of the DS. Be warned, however, that when you download a replay it will overwrite the current saved replay, if there is even one to begin with. Be sure you're fine parting with your beloved replays. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~6.Agent of Rank and Unlockables~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Under the Options menu, you have the option of going into the Rank section. This will display the total score of every song you have finished. Keep in mind that every song has its own score for each difficulty. Once your total score has gone up to a certain point, your ranking will increase. Several ranking will unlock secrets within the game. Trainee--0-399,999 points Soldier of Song--400,000-1,499,999 points Master of Dance--1,500,000-2,999,999 points Captain of Soul--3,000,000-5,999,999 points Three-Star Commander--6,000,000-9,999,999 points King of the Beat--10,000,000-14,999,999 points God of Groove--15,000,000-19,999,999 points Four-Star Commander--20,000,000-24,999,999 points Legendary Agent--25,000,000-34,999,999 points Hero's Hero--35,000,000-49,999,999 points Five-Star Commander--50,000,000-79,999,999 points Lovin' Machine--80,000,000+ points You may be wondering how the hell you're expected to get your score so high. Well, if you go for an S-Rank on every song, once you finish your total score will be pretty close to 100,000,000. That's more than enough to reach the final ranking. ============= ~Unlockables~ ============= Sweatin' Difficulty--Complete Cruisin' difficulty. Hard ROCK Difficulty--Complete Sweatin' difficulty. *Make Commander Kahn lead agent in Hard ROCK--Complete Hard ROCK difficulty Gallery Pictures--You get these at various points in each difficulty setting. Bonus Episode 1-Believe--Reach Captain of Soul ranking. Bonus Episode 2-ABC--Reach King of the Beat ranking. Bonus Episode 3-Survivor--Reach Legendary Agent ranking. View Credits at any time--Complete Hard ROCK difficulty (this option is found in the Gallery section) Congratulatory Picture--Reach the Lovin' Machine ranking (this picture is found in the Gallery section) *--You can still have Agent Starr be the lead diva if you don't tap the "GO" button that appears above "OK" to start this difficulty. If you do tap it, Commander Kahn will replace Starr until you quit Hard ROCK. Oddly enough, he performs the divas' dance moves rather than the male agents'. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~7.Multiplayer Modes~ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tired of playing by yourself and want to play with someone else for a change? Well, then the Multiplayer modes are just for you. You can either play against your replays, or against other players regardless if they have Elite Beat Agents or not. =========================================================================== ~7A.VS Ghost~ =========================================================================== In this mode, you can choose to beat one of your replays. You start by selecting a replay you have saved, and then you will play the song on the difficulty the replay was saved on. All you're trying to do is get a higher score then yourself. Overall, there's not much of a point to this than just going into Single Player and doing it there. Note that beat yourself won't make a "high score" or anything. Also, it works like Single/Multi Card battles where the markers get tiny when your opponent (in this case, yourself) gets enough Beats and Elite Beats. You can't hinder the ghost, but they can hinder you. =========================================================================== ~7B.VS Player~ =========================================================================== When choosing this option, you will be asked to either create a group or join a game. If you host the group, then you can wait for three other DS players join in. If someone else has made the game, choose to join their group. If at least one person doesn't have Elite Beat Agents, everyone will play on the shortened version of the game. The only difficulties available are Breezin' and Cruisin'. You only have five songs to choose, also. They are Walkie Talkie Man, Makes No Difference, Y.M.C.A., Material Girl, and La La. When battling eachother, everyone has the same beat patterns, but there will be several large stars at the top of everyone's screen (replacing the Elite-O-Meter). For every Beat you get, half a star will fill. An Elite Beat will fill a full star. When all of them are filled, an attack will be automatically launched on your foes. Depending on how well they are doing (signified by the segmented bars on the top screen), their markers will shrink from a little amount, to being only several pixels wide. This makes it more likely for the winning player to succeed briefly. If everyone has their own version of Elite Beat Agents, then there are no restrictions. You can play on any song and difficulty level. =========================================================================== ~7C.Co-op~ =========================================================================== This mode is only availble if two people have their own copies of Elite Beat Agents. In this mode, you can play any song on any difficulty, and both players will work together to clear it. Each player will either play the same section, get different sections, or only get sections to themselves (solos, basically). If only one person gets a section, the other player can see the beats, but they will be greyed out and won't have any effect if you tap them or not. =========================================================================== ~8.Credits~ =========================================================================== Me-Wrote this FAQ for you to enjoy You-The reader who makes this FAQ have a purpose CJayC and the Baconator-For making an awesome website to host all of these walkthroughs Copyright Deathborn 668. This Walkthrough is not to redistributed elsewhere without author's permission.</p>