Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is the holy grail of an already illustrious franchise. For existing fans of the virtual idol, this isn’t just some greatest hits album. Plenty of formerly arcade-exclusive tracks are available on console for the first time. Newcomers, meanwhile, are positively spoiled for choice and couldn't ask for a better time to start the franchise.
The lack of game modes and other such bells and whistles might put off some people, but I think it’s pretty much moot. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is a pure arcade experience, and to be honest, I think that’s Project DIVA at its best. The massive track list, fantastic music, clever beat maps, and sky-high difficulty ceiling make this one of the best rhythm games available. When you’ve got that, you don’t need a story mode.
This is probably the best game in the “Project DIVA” series to date. With 224 songs and more than 300 modules available in the game it seems more than enough to provide with hours attached to the gamepad playing this game from the classic series fan to the newbie ones or anyone who wants to play a great “rhythm game” completing the different songs at higher levels or trying the different survival courses.
What it lacks in frills, it makes up for in staggering volume, enough to satisfy anyone that's accepted Miku into their heart (that isn't already sick of playing older songs), or serve as a playable canon of popular Vocaloid compositions to pique the curiosity of the yet-to-be-converted.
While the Concert/Live Editor and Your Home mode is absent, the game packs tons of songs and customization features that emulates a pure arcade experience. Meanwhile the art style may have changed, but at 1080p and 60 frames per second, it’s the smoothest, most accurate and beautiful looking Project Diva game to date.
Fans of the Hatsune Miku franchise (or Miku herself) will likely be happy with what Future Tone provides. The sheer number of tracks on offer is impressive, but there's no doubt that this is a rushed compilation that provides little for those that aren't Miku-crazy.
This is easily the most enjoyable rhythm game I have ever played, and with over 200 songs it's not easy too get bored. I'm very impressed with the graphics as well, it looks amazing and it runs at a steady 60fps in 1080p. The game also has loads of modules (costumes) and accessories if you want to customize the vocaloids.
The only thing some people might miss compared to previous titles (such as F/F2nd/X) is the "bells and whistles", basically things like interaction with the various characters and the sense of progression (though there is still some of that), but the main part has always been the rhythm game, and this game pretty much focuses on that part alone, and does it flawlessly.
I've had the Japanese version since the first week it came out in Japan. I never expected this to get a Western release. I'm glad it did though, as now more people can experience this amazing game. For Hatsune Miku/Vocaloids fans, this is the definitive game to play. Over 200 songs = Worth.
The song list seems overwhelming and not as well-picked as in the PS3 games. It's like they threw every possible song in the game and counted on players to find their favorites among the many songs. I preferred the PS3 games as they felt like "Best of"-compilations with interesting visuals. The action on screen is not as well made in this newer game, because they couldn't possibly make a real well-crafted music video for each song since there are too many. More importantly, the motivation one got from chasing the Platinum-trophy is gone since there isn't a Platinum for this game. I think the journey towards Platinum in PS3 games was superior to the massive load of songs in this package.
SummaryExplore the infinite world of Hatsune Miku through the most comprehensive Project Diva game ever released! Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone Prelude comes with two songs and modules to customize. To unlock the full potential of Future Tone, purchase two packs bursting with 220 songs: Future Sound and Colorful Tone. [Playstation.com]