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POSTED 14/9/15


HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT MIRAI DX

SEGA



If 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!

Usually 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 StreetPass support.

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.

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