Get Ready to Smash That “O” Button
One of our most anticipated games of January 2017 is Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone, and it’s not terribly hard to figure out why that might be the case. With catchy songs (even if you don’t know what they’re saying) and a majority of sickeningly sweet faces singing and dancing along to them, it was easy for this first time Hatsune Miku gamer to see just exactly why these titles are so popular.
My era was that of Dance Dance Revolution, and I’m loathe to admit just how much I miss those games. Since then I’ve always been on the lookout for good rhythm games, with very few ever really catching my eye. Kickbeat was the first to do so in a long time, and I cannot tell you just how excited I am for the remaster of Parappa the Rapper. That being said, I knew only slightly of Hatsune Miku and the Vocaloids before taking on this game, primarily from my years of anime conventions and a few YouTube videos. This, however, is my first foray into Vocaloid culture and as stated prior, I understand the obsession.
If you, like I was myself, are unsure, let me convert you, you weary wanderer and gamer.
First of all, the game is very inviting. Insanely easy menu navigation and a quick and adorable (albeit mandatory) tutorial module gets the player off and running in just a few short minutes. This is amazing, considering that with all of the DLC Future Tone has over 200 songs to contend with; some with varying difficulties, while others can only be accessed through single difficulty levels. Venture forth at your own risk on these. I still haven’t been able to get more than a few seconds into one of the more difficult settings of games. All I can tell you up front is: get ready to smash that O button.
While some songs may require you to be inhuman in order to successfully complete them, menu navigation is incredibly simple. Once on the song select menu, the right and left bumper buttons will allow you to increase or decrease the standard difficulty settings of most music titles. If there are no variations you will get new songs where the old ones are replaced. If you’re searching for an old favorite however, the D-Pad will allow you to navigate between alphabetical listings and those that you’ve ‘favorited’ throughout your gameplay.
You also have the option to change the outfits of all of the Vocaloids, or even make them the primary character of all of the music videos if you have a preference. You’ll have to go back to the main menu for this, but when you select “Customize” a whole new world will open up, including the option to buy new outfits with credits achieved through completing songs. The outfits are limitless, and all seem to be available immediately for purchase so long as you have the proper amount of credits.
At the end of the day Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone is pure addictive fun. The overarching cuteness along with the mind-bendingly bizarre yet entertaining music videos that accompany the songs will keep you coming back again and again. You’re sure to find some favorites songs along the way as well, and may catch yourself singing along (or trying to) throughout the day. All in all, the experience with Hatsune Miku Proejct Diva Future Tone was enjoyable, and not nearly as labor intensive as actually saying the name in everyday conversation. If you’re remotely curious or even have just a passing interest in rhythm games, this is definitely not a title to miss.
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone will be available on PlayStation 4 on January 10th, 2017.