eJay Clubworld - Review
As consoles have become more powerful they allow for better graphics, gameplay options and sound. One of the applications of this increase in power is the ability to create your own music in real-time. Usually confined to the world of PC owners due to large processing and sound requirements, as well as storage space for the created files, the Playstation 2 is now home to several music creation programs including MTV Music Generator 2 and this game, EJay Clubworld.
|Using the turntables.|
The great thing about eJay Clubworld is that it allows aspiring musicians to create your own music hit on PlayStation 2 without any formal musical training - in a matter of minutes! You can enter any of eight real-world clubs and locations are waiting for you: each with a different and current music style for your creativity to explore. With help given to you along the way by DJ Carl Cox, you can be sure that the crowd in your Clubworld will be jumpin'!
When you start eJay Clubworld you can select from eight real-world clubs and locations including Amnesia (Spain), U60311 (Germany), Athena (India), Brooklyn (USA), Queen Club (France), The End (UK), Zouk (Singapore), and Old Mill (Virgin Islands). Each of these has a different music style. U60311 in Germany is Techno based while Athena in Bombay has an ambient sound with other locations covering a range of styles from hiphop, to R&B, to house and reggae. After deciding what style of music you wish to create you enter the associated club.
|Legenday DJ Carl Cox offers advice.|
Actually creating a music track is not a complicated process, and you don't have to be a musician to create something to be proud of. Before you hit the full music creation area however it's an idea to run through the tutorial. This shows you the basics of creating a music track in the program and modifying it to your needs. Basically your task is to join music samples together to create a full track. Each of these samples is broken up into areas such as vocals, drum beats, bass, hi-hat etc depending on the style of music being created. As you add new samples you can play back your creation in real-time to see if it works. If it doesn't take it out and put something else in there instead.
One of the biggest disappointments is that you can use samples from different music styles (or clubs) and mix them into a single track. Sure, they are different styles of music, but some of the effects and voices could be used in any tracks. This severely limits the amount of samples in each track to about 1/8 the total samples in the program. Somewhat surprisingly the game allows up to 4 players to mix songs together, which in theory is nice, but unless each person has spent a long time learning the program it doesn't work as well as you would hope. This type of program is much more enjoyable as a music track generator.
|Mixing the sounds.|
Graphics are also quite drab, but lets face it, you're placing music samples on a grid, how exciting can it be. What is there is clear to understand an functional enough to get the job done. Perhaps some video clips of the clubs would have been nice to see when playing back your song. The game does provide a light show, but it's not quite as detailed or interactive as that in UbiSoft's Moderngroove: Ministry of Sound Edition.
As you would expect the music in this game is awesome, as long as you like dance/club styled music, which I do. The range of samples to generate the music from is impressive while the styles are distinct enough. Sadly, eJay Clunworld only includes stereo sound rather then including surround sound support - something that this kind of program is shouting out for. It would have been great to create some surround effects in the music, but that would be taking the program to another level - far beyond that necessary for Clubworld's target audience. The range of samples is very impressive with over 10,000 samples to select from there are so many variations that you are bound to find what you are looking for to make your track perfect.
|Make samples via the keyboard.|
I must say that I haven't played with Codemasters' MTV Music Generator 2 for more then a couple of minutes, so I can't directly compare it to this title. eJay Clubworld however, is a terrific program for those of us wanting to be a world leading DJ. Those more interested in grunge or rock music should steer well clear, but if you like dance music this title can be fun and will keep you occupied.
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|GRAPHICS||Everything is laid out logically - this program isn't about the graphics.||62%|
|SOUND||Only stereo sound, but the samples and created music sound great.||87%|
|GAMEPLAY||Easy to make music, but you can't mix samples from different styles.||79%|
|VALUE||There is plenty to do and the output good, but no style mixing sucks.||72%|
|OVERALL||Ejay Clubworld isn't a game as such, but a music creation program. The best thing is that it's relatively easy to use with some impressive results. If you want to be a dance music creator or DJ then this game should keep you entertained for quite some time. Check it out.||77%|