Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone Review

Site Score
9.0
Good: Over 200 songs, Countless costumes, Fun visuals, Training mode is helpful
Bad: Song lyrics aren't translated, Not accessible to less skilled players
User Score
10.0
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Even though Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone offers a lot of content, it’s geared more towards hardcore players than casual ones. For starters, most of the songs do not have an easy version, with some songs lacking a normal version for an easy one and all songs containing a hard and extreme version, with some including an even more difficult version. The songs are also arranged in a way where normal would be closer to hard by Project DIVA X’s standards than normal.

This is largely due to the changes in controls. Contrary to previous titles, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone removes dual and star inputs and instead asks for multiple inputs, triggers/thumb stick inputs and holds. The difference between dual and multiple inputs is that you’re never asked to input up and triangle at the same time, but you might be asked to push circle/right and X/down. This makes it harder to press the inputs, in addition to making it harder to go from that to another input. Holds work in a similar way, where you gain additional points for holding that specific input until you release or you hit the maximum amount of points.

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To go along with this, the songs make it clear how well you perform. Every song will give you an exact percentage, show you which award you’re on track to receive and so forth. For some this information can be exciting, but for others it’s frustrating. Like even if you get a perfect you’ll still receive a score below 100 percent unless you get cool for every input.

If this sounds up your ally, then you’re going to love some of the side modes. Since every song is harder than previous entries, you can enter practice mode and try your luck. In practice mode you can skip to a part that gives you trouble and practice the inputs without the music video or just try your luck at the whole song. This is perfect if you simply can’t do one part or don’t want to bother with another part. Songs also have a no fail setting, allowing you to try a song you might not be able to finish, but fully experience with the music video included.

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From here, there is also a leaderboard to see where you stack up next to other players in terms of completion. Sadly, it does not show you who’s the best at each song or where you fall on a small scale, but it’s still cool that you can view your overall progress next to other places and work to improve it.

Verdict

JPS Editors ChoiceHatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone might be the simplest release, but it easily offers the best bang for your buck. With over 200 songs to experience for a price below $60, it’s hard to argue. Especially since every song comes complete with a music video, various difficulties and countless costumes to unlock. Sure, a lot of the content is rehashed and it’s far from the most accessible entry in the series, it’s hard to deny the overall value and is an absolute must for fans of Miku and the game alike.

[Editor’s Note: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone was reviewed on PS4 platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone Review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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