HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT MIRAI DX
renowned control freak record producer Phil Spector were sane today,
he’d fall hard for Hatsune Miku.
While autotune and vocoders
make humans sound like robots, Miku – represented by a
turquoise-haired teen - cuts the crap completely with all of her
vocals synthesized, or ‘vocaloid’ if you prefer. No ego, no drug
problems, no hissy fits – the perfect pop puppet!
more at home on PlayStation systems, our cutesy little Japanese
superstar brings her posse to the 3DS, in an outing to delight any
fan of classic rhythm games. Song plays, dots roll, taps are tapped,
accuracy is a plus. She’s even gone all hyper-twee Chibi in the
process – you know, big heads, little bodies. They all come out and
groove about in typically nuts, insanely hypercoloured music video
situations, writhing about with roughly as much provocativeness as
Tiffany (in other words, very little).
A whopping 48 of
Miku’s greatest genre-hopping J-pop hits feature, and two control
methods are available. There are the more traditional button press
arrangements, or tapping the stylus on the bottom screen in various
coloured areas, depending upon which difficulty level you’ve plumped
for. In a slight change-up to the norm, the note blobs you must hit,
slide or hold down are a little more predictable, as they snake
around screen on a rail rather than lobbing in from all sides.
If you get bored with the rhythmic angle then, well, you
probably bought the wrong game. But you can partake of simple
dress-ups with friends or bonus diversions (including a remix of
Puyo Puyo – yay!), decorate your pad or, the most engaging
extra feature, choreograph songs in Dance Studio. There’s even
An adorably fun and challenging (without
inducing madness) rhythm game, fans of the genre will want this to
be their baby. Tell your friendly storekeeper Phil sent you.