Hatsune Miku and her gang have made a return overseas with a whole new set of music, dancing and costumes. This fast paced, colorful rhythm game brings back the charm rhythm games used to have before Dance Dance Revolution, Gutiar Hero and Rock Band standardized rhythm games in their heyday. Is -Project DIVA F- 2nd worth a second look?
The rhythm game genre has seen better days. The rise and fall of the plastic instrument rhythm games left an empty spot in gaming that hasn’t been seen in many years. The genre is kept alive by games like DDR, Rocksmith and the Dance central games; There hasn’t been a rhythm game along the lines Parappa the Rappa, Guitaroo Man or Bust-A-Groove on a major console in a long time. Does Hatsune Miku and her friends have what it takes to revitalize the fun side of the genre?
The Tales of series is one that often times never sees the light of day outside of Japan. That was the case with Tales of Graces which was originally a Japanese Wii exclusive. Tales of Graces f is the PS3 port with improved graphics, resolution and bonus content that includes a lengthy epilogue chapter. Those unfamiliar with the Tales games, they are JRPGs with battles systems akin to fighting games. As the series matured the gameplay has been getting faster and adding more without making the system complicated. Is Tales of Graces f RPG fans want or should the series stay at home.