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There used to be a time when SRXD felt more like a fun concept than a game, where the dev and designers were throwing mud at a wall and seeing what sticks. That time has long passed, and now it feels like a pretty fully fledged music game experience.
Visually it's very nice, especially by music game standards. On top of that menuing is very responsive and minor things that add up in other games are near flawless here, such as time between song restarts and load times in general.
General control in SRXD feels satisfying, and there's a myriad options to tweak to your comfort level regardless of setup, so there should be little to no barrier of entry there. On top of that, the gameplay design here is solid and feels quite unlike any other game in the genre, which is important when a lot of the peak of the genre just comes down to vertically scrolling rhythm game with [x] number of buttons. SRXD definitely stands out here as a game with fun, unique controls that also isn't restrictive to input devices, accepting just about anything you'll throw at it.
The tracklist is kind of a miss for me, but not in the sense that I dislike the music. Rather, my main issue with the game in general is track length. Songs that take upwards of 4 minutes feel way too long for a game in this genre, and often get tedious before the end of the song.
As a whole, while I don't think it quite reaches the level of quality attained by genre leaders like DJMAX, if you are looking for a music game that is less about testing your APM and more about reading charts well, this is gonna be up your alley. If you're more interested in the high APM many buttons aspect of the genre, or the long songs are too big a negative to ignore, I would sooner look towards DJMAX Respect V or EZ2ON Reboot -R- on PC, or whatever options your local arcade might have in terms of Bemani games.
This game is a complete trainwreck that assumes the player is paying exactly zero attention to anything with constant recaps of any given event. The utter lack of respect it has for the player is baffling for a mystery game.
Soundtrack's great though.