It seems like the Investigation Team can’t catch a break. They solved a supernatural murder investigation, fought in two fighting tournaments and where even sent back in time. Now in Persona 4: Dancing All Night they find themselves defeating evil with the power of song and dance. Is this rhythm game a good look for Persona?
So far two Hatsune Miku game to be localized outside of Japan and they have been helping diversify and revitalize the rhythm game genre. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is the newest title to be localized and will have a new look and gameplay from its PlayStation titles. Do these changes mean that the game won’t be as good as Project DIVA?
At the Toronto Comics and Arts Festival 2015 (TCAF) I played various games in various stages in development. I have a soft spot for rhythm games and after seeing LOUD on Planet X is was interested. Developers Pop Sandbox are currently running Kickstarter campaign and aiming for release on PS4, Vita and iOS. They currently have 9 popular indie bands on board and it has a unique personality and gameplay that other rhythm games that could have the same songs don’t have.
Final Fantasy song DLC ended a few months ago. However DLC hasn’t completely ended. Tracks BRAVELY DEFAULT, SaGa Frontier, Romancing SaGa 1 & 2, Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger have been added as DLC for the game.
This is exciting news because Squaresoft/Square-Enix has a fairly deep library of JRPG’s under their belt. If Square is known for anything else it’s their music. Now all Sqaure-Enix needs to do is add a preview function to their DLC store because I can tell you right now that I don’t know what a lot of these songs sound like.
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?
Good old Square-Enix milking one of their franchises again. Theatrhythm isn’t a spin-off or squeal to a series nobody wanted; it’s their charming and addicting rhythm game for the 3DS. Curtain Call more than doubles the track list of the original but is this simply a cash grab or is there enough to revisit this game again?
Do you remember rhythm games before Rock Band and Guitar Hero popularized and killed the genre for many gamers. It was a time where this genre embraced whatever the strange and weird ideas that came into the developers heads. These were unique gameplay experiences without the additional investment of plastic instruments, dance pads or motion tracking cameras. Elite Beat Agents came early in the Nintendo DS’s life cycle and when Guitar Hero was just making is way into gamers minds. It also used covers for popular music but it’s the gameplay and presentation that makes it stand out in gamers minds.
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?