publisher Ubi Soft and the Ministry Of Sound have teamed up to create
moderngroove: Ministry Of Sound Edition, a piece of PlayStation 2
software that teams five hours of classic music with state-of-the-art
visuals. It's all you need to turn your lounge into a proper club.
Here's how it works.
21st-century clubbers do when they've reached a chill-out sanctuary
after a night pounding dancefloors? Invariably, the answer is switch
on their PlayStation 2s, grab their controllers and settle down for
some videogaming action. Typically, they'd mute the sound on their
TVs and slip a compilation CD on. But Ubi Soft and the Ministry Of
Sound have come up with a new concept which, although it runs on the
PlayStation 2, is designed specifically to provide the ideal
all-back-to-mine experience. Called moderngroove: Ministry Of Sound
Edition, it combines over five hours of tunes - carefully selected by
top-ranking DJs Ferry Corsten, Krafty Kuts, Paul Jackson, Tall Paul
and Paul Dakeyne - with amazing visuals that feed off the music.
Ministry Of Sound Edition is essentially split into two parts: a club
visuals mixer and a music store. To set up the visuals, you can pick
from a vast store of 3D objects, images and video clips, building a
list which determines the order in which they appear. Likewise, you
can build up your own music playlist by simply picking tracks from
the different DJs' selections. The music included on moderngroove:
Ministry Of Sound Edition spans trance, breakbeat, house, hard house
and progressive house, and each DJ's selection is a blend of modern
classics and new tunes fresh out of the studio.
build up a selection of your favourite tracks, with visuals that
respond to the music. And if you're so inclined, you can perform all
manner of actions on the visuals in real-time, using the PlayStation
2 controller. Such as launching streams of particles which appear to
fly out of the screen, rotating the visuals or triggering a strobe
effect. It really is just like having a professional club visuals
system in your front room - except it's as easy to use as any
PlayStation 2 game.
Sony installed pre-launch PlayStations in clubs including the
Ministry Of Sound itself, and backed games like WipEout with dance
music compilation albums, the PlayStation has been inextricably
linked with clubbing. The Ministry's head of licensing, Tony Moss,
acknowledges this: "Our market is very youth-orientated and the
increasing ways in which they listen to music and access the
"dance music/club experience" is obviously of great
interest to us. We see moderngroove as a great way of getting the
music and a taste of the clubbing experience out to new areas, as
well as something a bit different for PlayStation owners who are
already out clubbing and know the music."
adds: "This is a great opportunity to play out to even more
people through a totally new medium. As a DJ, it's great to be
involved in a first."
"It's a taste of the club experience in your living room - it
would be misleading to describe it as something to chill out to. I
mean, you wouldn't describe Ferry Corsten's sound as chilled, would
you?" Corsten himself says: "I realize that many people who
would play this game are not your typical dance music fans, so in
addition to dark, underground records, I also mixed in more
accessible and uplifting tracks."
and whistles in moderngroove: Ministry Of Sound Edition include the
ability to enter your own text and a "karaoke mode" which
displays the lyrics of non-instrumental tracks on-screen (which could
lead to either hilarity or annoyance in a post-club situation).
aspects of moderngroove: Ministry Of Sound Edition are particularly
impressive. The music, including tracks from Plump DJs, Zombie
Nation, System F, Lolleata Holloway, Freestylers, Fergie, Storm and
DJ Zinc, is absolutely top-notch, and with five hours of it on a CD
costing only £19.99, it would seem to be good value for that
alone (particularly when you consider that the PlayStation 2 is the
first console able to churn out hi-fi-quality audio). But then there
are the visuals, the quality of which would be perceived as stunning
in a club, let alone running on a PlayStation 2. And with 500 3D
objects, 1,200 images and 200 video clips, you'll never find them repetitious.
Ministry Of Sound Edition is the first piece of software to take
advantage of the powerful new PlayStation 2's musical capabilities in
a clubbing context. It exhibits all the hallmarks of quality which
have turned the Ministry Of Sound into such an all-conquering brand
and, more importantly, it's fun, good value and handy to have around.
Surely it's destined to find a home in the front rooms of an awful
lot of clubbers around the globe - just like the Ministry Of Sound's
legendary compilation CDs.