Over 6 months from its original Japanese release, and North America finally gets a Playstation 4 release of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone. This is easily the most fun that I have ever had with any of the Hatsune Miku games.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is made up of two song catalogs, Colorful Tone and Future Sound. Colorful Tone is full of upbeat and cute songs, while Future Sound is comprised of dance and rock songs. Something that most fans of the Hatsune Miku series will be happy to hear is that these songs are all taken from the Project DIVA, Project Mirai, and Hatsune Miku arcade games. It should be noted that this is strictly an arcade style game (no story mode) and a hardcore Miku fan’s dream. Colorful Tone and Future Sound have over 100 songs a piece (200+ songs altogether.). The only unfortunate part about that is that none of songs are actually translated to English (The Japanese is written Romanji, Roman Letters.).
As you begin the game, you’ll have the opportunity to play through Future Tone’s tutorial mode. In my opinion, this game is much easier than Project Diva X and the touchpad is not required to play; however, you can manually change the controls in one of the menus. The gameplay is definitely not easy on normal, hard, extreme, and extreme extreme difficulties. Also, the fact that this game has a survival mode is crazy. It is only for the best Hatsune Miku players though. The songs in the survival mode are among some of the hardest ones in the game.
In Project Diva X, the series brought the setting and feeling of live concerts to the living room. In Future Tone, the arcade feel is back and we have amazing music videos. Even though many classic songs are back, the music videos and songs feel like a lot more than a simple remastered version. These music videos can bring smiles, tears, an arousal feeling, and “WTF” faces to fans. Music videos can be viewed without even having to complete the songs beforehand too. Another cool feature is a custom playlist mode where you can select all of your favorite Hatsune Miku songs and binge watch them.
Customization is back and features layers upon layers of clothing, accessories, and more for our divas. In Future Tone, players have so much freedom to play around with. It is fun and you can make some very unique music videos with the costumes. And of course the game gives you a recommended costume for each song. All of the costumes are unlockable and Sega even added some new ‘Sega’ exclusive costumes (Sonic, Valkyria, and more). The more you play the game, the more you can unlock. Bikinis and bathing suits are 3,000 points so start saving up those points. One thing the game doesn’t have and actually should have is a Platinum Trophy (This makes me a sad panda 😦 ).
Future Tone also features practice mode to master your skills. There is an online rankings, lag calibration, and a gallery mode. The game features the following girls and boys: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, KAITO V3, MEIKO V3, Akita Neru, Kasane Teto, Sakine Meiko, and Yowane Haku. Graphics in Project DIVA Future Tone are so beautiful. I am simply amazed at how gorgeous they are. I never saw any dips in framerate and there didn’t seem to be any screen tearing. Players can also take screen shots with the share button or in-the-game on the music videos. This is absolutely an amazing looking game.
Overall, this is going to be a true Hatsune Miku fan’s best present ever. The music videos are exciting and well-thought out, the gameplay is outstanding, and the graphics are stunning. This is the game that should be on every vocaloid fan’s wishlist.
9.5/10 – The game is nearly perfect for J-Pop and Hatsune Miku fans.