Incredibly, it all finally culminates in a full-scale alien invasion. And even when you’ve worked your way through the available tracks, there are reasons to return in the shape of unlockable bonus tracks, agents and an alternative, all-girl dance team. Plus there’s a decent multiplayer mode, in which two teams of agents can either cooperate on one of the single-player missions, or go mano-e-mano in specially designed versus scenarios. Having battled it out with high-strung chefs and intergalactic fighter pilots, I can tell you that these are every bit as enjoyable as the missions in the single player game.
All in all, EBA is another awesome DS release. Like any rhythm action game, there are some questions over its lifespan. No matter how much time you devote to getting every point perfect or trashing your mates in multiplayer, you’re bound to eventually get sick of the same nineteen songs. However, I suspect you’ll get an awful lot of enjoyment out of it before that happens. Like Katamari Damacy or Guitar Hero, EBA is filled with the sheer, stupid joy of gaming, and held aloft by its infectious humour and exaggerated sense of fun. It’s the sort of game that will make you feel better about taking your morning trip to work or coming back from that bad day at the office. For that reason alone, I feel like shaking each and every one of you until you agree to buy a copy, or demanding that the government dispense it on the NHS. Still, given that things are as they are, I guess neither is an option. You’ll just have to take the initiative yourself. Do so, and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether or not you’re mouthing along with the words…
If you’re feeling down and gloomy, Elite Beat Agents will bring you all the ‘in-spur-a-shun’ you need. If you haven’t picked this up already, pick it up right now.