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.