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BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (Nintendo Wii) Review
Review by 
8.31/10 from 7 user ratings
 

It only made sense to release the six phenomenal BIT.TRIP games on one disk. And to me, a huge BIT.TRIP fan (see the avatar), it only made sense to buy the ultimate collection of one of my favorite game series ever. So was it worth it?

Well, I'll get to that in a bit. But enough about me; let's talk about someone who hasn't already played through BIT.TRIP BEAT, CORE, VOID, RUNNER, FATE and FLUX countless times. I'm not going to go into detail about all six games- that would take about seventy more paragraphs then I'm willing to write. All I'll say is that if you enjoy rhythm games, retro graphics or deep stories in the slightest, you owe it to yourself to pick this collection up. It's only $40, which actually costs less than if you were to download the games seperately off of WiiWare. You even get the soundtrack!


Now the big question: what if you've already played all six of the WiiWare games? Should you still get COMPLETE? Well... probably not. Don't get me wrong, you'll love the challenges- CORE's challenges even made me appreciate the game's weird trapped-in-the-center-of-the-screen gameplay a little more (Hint: learn to master your peripheral vision!). That said, by the time I had beaten FLUX's main three levels, I was all BIT.TRIPPed out and didn't even want to touch the challenges. The online leaderboards are a nice touch, but they would have been more useful back in my BIT.TRIP prime.

My main problem with COMPLETE is that having all six games conveniently on one disk gives you so much freedom that you don't stick around with one game for very long. It's like having six beautiful wives. Back when the games were coming out on WiiWare, you had to play them over and over, because you wouldn't get the next one for a whole four months! Experiencing the games as they were released over a two-year period also made you feel more invested in the story. In COMPLETE, CommanderVideo's journey can go from start to finish in about two weeks, depending on how quickly you beat it.


Despite its odd psuedo-flaws, BIT.TRIP COMPLETE is still a fantastic game. If you can pace yourself while playing through it, you'll have an experience unlike anything else you've ever seen in a video game. With so much content that it's almost too much, COMPLETE gives you more bang for your buck than any other game released this year.

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Posted: 10/02/11, 01:59:18  - Edited by 
 on: 10/02/11, 21:35:24    
 
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I own them all on WiiWare, and still want. Although I do kind of worry that I would jump around them a bit and never really make much progress in any of them, since I already put the real work into them long ago. Then again, there are a few that I never beat and this would be a good excuse to go back to them and finally beat them.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 02:54:54
Secret_Tunnel said:
Now the big question: what if you've already played all six of the WiiWare games? Should you still get COMPLETE? Well... probably not
Oh.

Well, I can see what you described happening. I like the metaphor with the six beautiful wives, haha.

So you have to play through the games again to unlock the challenges?


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 03:15:07
@Guillaume

No, the challenges are there from the start. You start off with five unlocked for each game, and then for every one you clear you unlock another one.

Oh, and I finally listened to the soundtrack. I love it! It even mixes some of the music from the cutscenes in with the level music.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 03:33:24  - Edited by 
 on: 10/02/11, 03:36:56
Tell us more about the challenges. That is the main draw for most of us who already own them on WiiWare. Considering that I'm probably going to buy the disk anyway just because it's BIT.TRIP, how much game will I get out of the challenges?


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 03:46:27
BEAT's and CORE's challenges are the best ones. They're like doing quick mind puzzles that train you to play the games better. They throw really tough patterns at you, and you need to figure them out and master them. I found VOID's challenges to be way too hard. The challenges in RUNNER and FATE should be pretty easy for you if you've beaten the games. I barely touched FLUX's.

I'd wager that the challenges add an extra hour or so to each game. They're the equivalent of playing through a world in RUNNER.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 03:55:26
See, that seems pretty must play to me... 6 hours of new BIT.TRIP content?! But then again, I was buying this anyway.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 04:00:03  - Edited by 
 on: 10/02/11, 04:00:13
Nice review, Secret_Tunnel!

Man, I love, love, love this series. Complete is my first time really spending a considerable amount of time with each of the games, and I'm hooked. I seriously think it's in my top 25 games of all time. So amazing! I'll get SAGA as soon as I can actually find a copy.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 11:15:19
OK, why did I not realize before this collection comes with a soundtrack CD??? Sweet!

Having only played the first three in the series through WiiWare (shame on me!), I definitely would like to get this and/ or Saga (3DS). I realize Complete apparently is the better of the two collections, in part because of the extra features and such.

@Secret_Tunnel

The challenges sound awesome.

What about the extra content, like galleries (images) and stuff? Do you have to unlock a lot of it, and is it worth it if you're a big BIT.TRIP fan?


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 21:20:04
You have to unlock all the extras by beating levels and doing challenges. They're nothing special to be honest- the art isn't anything we haven't seen before, and the videos are just cutscenes and trailers. The letters from Alex Neuse are pretty cool. There are also remixes, but to unlock those you need to get perfects in levels. Well, actually, I unlocked two of them from doing challenges. They're alright.


Posted by 
 on: 10/02/11, 21:29:32
Short and to the point. I like it!

I wanted some more info on the additional content, but you provided it, already.

Are there any graphical enhancements, like in Saga?


Posted by 
 on: 10/03/11, 19:31:01
Nope!


Posted by 
 on: 10/04/11, 03:49:29
@Secret_Tunnel Also they didn't use my remix.


Posted by 
 on: 10/04/11, 04:03:43
@Zero

What were they thinking!

But I used your remix at a special event, so everything's ok!


Posted by 
 on: 10/04/11, 04:53:09
Secret_Tunnel said:
You have to unlock all the extras by beating levels and doing challenges. They're nothing special to be honest- the art isn't anything we haven't seen before, and the videos are just cutscenes and trailers. The letters from Alex Neuse are pretty cool. There are also remixes, but to unlock those you need to get perfects in levels. Well, actually, I unlocked two of them from doing challenges. They're alright.
I think you get one audio unlockable for every ten challenges you complete... at least I unlocked one when I completed 8 beat challenges and 2 core challenges.

I'm not sure about the letters and videos... at least for beat and core I unlocked the trailer and letter without any real effort and the cutscene by beating the third boss.


Posted by 
 on: 10/05/11, 19:23:44
@mrbiggsly

Art and audio unlocks must be random then, with one unlocking each time you clear 10 challenges. You unlock a game's trailer when you beat its first level and the cutscenes after you beat its third level. You get letters by quitting out of stages while playing them.


Posted by 
 on: 10/06/11, 00:28:24
Awesome, I finally got the game!

This is my first time playing Runner, and it's been extremely satisfying. What's funny is that the game doesn't frustrate me, but rather I simply jump right back in due to the quick nature of starting the level over (never any down time), and the music never stops; it just becomes subdued once again when you restart. In fact, I feel somewhat disappointed when the song in the level really gets goings, and then it's over. What can I say, the music is amazing.

I'm on 3-9 now, the Gauntlet. This one is pretty tough, heh, even the first segment with the groups of 3 that you have to jump then slide, in perfect harmony.

Looking forward to playing Fate and Flux and listening to the music CD.

Secret_Tunnel said:
The letters from Alex Neuse are pretty cool.

Indeed. I only have the Runner one, but I'm looking forward to unlocking them all and comparing to your story analysis, Secret Tunnel.


Posted by 
 on: 11/05/11, 07:28:09  - Edited by 
 on: 11/05/11, 07:28:56
Played Fate for the first time. This game is so somber, and rightly so. There's little upbeat music, you can sense CommanderVideo's journey coming to an end.

The on rail mechanic strangely works really well. It's so confining, and dodging bullets becomes all the more trickier as you have to keep an eye on your path. Sometimes it's overwhelming when you feel like there's no escaping enemy fire when the bullets trace closely along your path.

I am not always sure which of the buddies will be most helpful, but it seems no matter who I pick, whether it's Meat Boy, CommandgirlVideo... All the help is greatly appreciated, even though it's only temporary.

Getting through this game has felt a bit easier compared to Runner, but now I am stuck on the boss of stage 6 (Fall). It's like I'm in a sea of multilayered bullets, and then... the lasers. of death. It doesn't matter if I make it to the boss with a max meter, I am quickly decimated.


Posted by 
 on: 11/08/11, 06:58:15
@roykoopa64

I know you got your leaderboards and all that, but you should post your scores in the thread!

I've seen Saga for 3DS in stores, but not Complete. Which sucks, because that's the one I'd buy.


Posted by 
 on: 11/08/11, 17:11:58
@Guillaume

Oh, good idea, I forgot about that thread! I'm usually not a high score competitor kind of guy, but I'll check it out.


Posted by 
 on: 11/08/11, 17:32:58
I've had my copy of this game for two weeks and haven't even cracked it open. I think I'll save it for early next year.


Posted by 
 on: 11/08/11, 20:22:54
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