The less-remembered 2MB remix MAX. (period), available only on the Japanese console version of Extreme. It was the utter peak of difficulty escalation in DDR before In The Groove's challenge-oriented design forced Konami to up the ante to match. The fourth wall gets a beating - the background video depicts recording sessions and the distorted voice is whispering "WHY DO YOU NEED KONAMI ORIGINAL SONGS?". The normally silent slowdown has a tiny glimpse of nostalgia to the first ever DDR mix, with the faint background music and step patterns taken from PARANOiA, the first boss song of the series. After a few seconds of standard MAX fare, the speed rockets to a staggering six hundred beats per minute, the fastest official song scrolling speed around that time. The rest of the MAX songs skirted the line between "legitimate song" and "difficulty justification", but MAX. is an unabashed attack towards the player.
It's on the fence whether or not it's technically a "MAX" song, mostly owing to its softer difficulty, but MAXIMIZER is just a minute and a half of fast, pulse-pounding, hardcore techno goodness.
DM Asura's Ascended Fanboy mix Delta Max starts with a large "100" in the background while a slow-moving but dense (on higher difficulties) pack of arrows attacks the player. Then the "100" increases in number, one-by-one, while the arrows start moving faster. Yep, that number is the BPM, and it's going to keep going up for the rest of the song, ending at Konami's lucky number, 573. The song itself is bits and pieces of the classic Maxes seamlessly mixed with original sounds. For added fun, the video makes a "checkpoint" effect every 100 BPM.
PARANOiA HADES from Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2. Think of it this way - one of the hardest songs in the game. Halfway in, the song drops in speed, then speeds up slightly again. Partway through that speed up (at 1:26 in the video), the build-up begins. Every time without fail, this part makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, as if to say "This next part is going to kick your ass." Add to that the disturbing backing video, and you actually fear the next part of the song, in the most awesome way.
Hana Ranman -Flowers- by TĖЯRA from DDR SuperNOVA. It also later appeared in Beatmania IIDX 15: DJ TROOPERS.
"Pluto" is a dramatic piano/techno song which matches well with the desperation felt trying to survive or ace its charts. Even the Fake Difficulty stops almost feel acceptable in the face of a song that fits with them so well. Almost.