Highly rated rhythm title, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX on the 3DS is out now and collectible fans will want to take note of this sweet deal. Rice Digital have and exclusive lanyard, along with 19 double-sided AR cards.
Limited exclusive items like this don't usually last long, so we wouldn't hang about if this is something you fancy. UK shipping is FREE.
Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX is the world-famous vocaloid's first foray onto 3DS. Boasting a large soundtrack, retooled rhythm gameplay and an adorable chibi art style, it looks to be an essential purchase for fans and a great fit for the system.
The first pre-orders have now opened, and I'm delighted to report that they're right in our wheelhouse. Rice Digital are currently selling Project Mirai DX for £5 less than the SRP along with exclusive physical merchandise: a replica of Hatsune Miku's strap that can be used as a wallet chain, lanyard, or a cosplay accessory.
Make sure to check out our Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Vita Review and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Review. If you like what you see and own a Vita or PS3, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is still available for £15.00.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is a fantastic rhythm game starring of the most iconic vocaloids on the planet. It "ups the challenge and delivers a seriously intense rhythm experience," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "A diverse setlist, exceptional Vita visuals, satisfying gameplay and plenty of unlockables make for a must-play if you enjoyed the original, though newcomers should start there."
Better yet, specialist retailer Rice Digital have replenished their stocks and are once again selling at £15 delivered, the lowest price around.
Alternatively, the PS3 version is also available at the same price, but we reckon it's best experienced on a handheld.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is a fantastic rhythm game starring of the most iconic vocaloids on the planet. You can now buy it for just £15.00 on PS Vita, which is one of the cheapest prices we've ever seen.
"Project Diva F 2nd ups the challenge and delivers a seriously intense rhythm experience," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "A diverse setlist, exceptional Vita visuals, satisfying gameplay and plenty of unlockables make for a must-play if you enjoyed the original, though newcomers should start there."
And one of the best we've seen in recent months, to be perfectly honest. This innovative SHMUP looks like a traditional scrolling shooter at first glance, boasting some gorgeous graphics, amazing visual feedback and a punchy soundtrack, but there's more than meets the eye.
See, it's actually a crazy music game where you control the flow of time, not the ship itself.
If that sounds good, that's because Retro/Grade is brilliant (I can actually vouch for this one) - and you can pay what you want for it on IndieGameStand. A Steam code usually costs £6.99 but can be yours for only £0.64 here, or even $0.25 if you only want a DRM-free download.
However, you should be aware that Retro/Grade is currently in the Bundle Stars Insert Coin Bundle, which costs £1.99 and presents significantly better value. If you aren't going to pick it up for whatever reason, this is the best way to cherry-pick.
TheatRhythm is awesome. Although you will get some odd looks if you bust it out on a train and start pulling shapes to all of your favourite Final Fantasy tunes. Trust me.
The sequel expands on the original game massively, with a bunch of new gameplay modes, over 200 songs, and 60 playable characters. Thanks Kei1!
Vocaloids are amazing. Half international pop phenomena, half musical instruments, Hatsune Miku and her friends/fellow synthesiser applications have taken the world by storm. Crowd-sourced virtual idols who'll sing anything you write for them, so long as you own the software. Despite existing as little more than anime advertising, animated music videos and fan art, these non-existent divas pack out shows, hold conventions and are no less real than any other pop star out there.
We really are living in The Future.
Confused? If so, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is not the game for you! The original will be more your speed, plus I start our 8/10 review with a deeper explanation of what/who vocaloids are. Project Diva F 2nd, meanwhile, is very much a direct sequel that pushes the intense rhythm gameplay into satisfying new territory while providing a more rounded selection of tracks, providing greater challenge and a wealth of new content for dedicated fans.
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Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit is a game about breasts.
No, that's literally it. In case you're new to the series, allow me to explain: the entire Senran Kagura franchise is an up-front (no pun intended) piece of fanservice starring an all-female cast of infeasibly well-endowed schoolgirls who also happen to be ninjas. And who, unsurprisingly, end up exposing themselves and kicking each other's clothes off during each fight.
It's embarrassing, harmless and cringe-inducing stuff that could have been titled Carry On Shinobi, but in a surprising twist, both Senran Kagura Burst and recently-released Shinovi Versus were excellent portable fighting games in their own right. I thoroughly enjoyed both and would recommend them. Unfortunately, as a breast delivery vector disguised as a rhythm game disguised a cooking game spinoff, Bon Appetit has its work cut out.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox One (reviewed) | Xbox 360
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
I genuinely love my Kinect sensor and the musical legends at Harmonix, but I think they might have missed the point here.
Guitar Hero and Rock Band make you feel like a rock god, whether you're shredding on a plastic guitar, smashing the drums, laying down a bass line or howling into a microphone. Rocksmith literally teaches you how to play a six-string, much like Dance Central teaches you a selection of hilarious dance moves. Child Of Eden makes you feel like a transcendent electric death machine. You're only stood in front of a telly with a plastic peripheral or Kinect sensor, but the physical movements feel empowering and rewarding in and of themselves.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is supposed to turn you into the Sorcerer's Apprentice and grant you dominion over music itself... but playing it feels like directing traffic at a busy intersection. Or attempting to guide a light aircraft in to land in your living room. You're just waving your arms about in time to music, more like a weather reporter in front of a greenscreen than a magical orchestra conductor.
It's a shame, because Disney Fantasia is otherwise one of the most fascinating and unique projects ever developed for the Kinect sensor, letting you create crazy remixes out of classic and current music.Click here to read more...
Cosmic DJ is essentially a beginner's guide to music sequencing wrapped up in a bundle of crazy. And I love it.
The developers at Austin studio Gl33k are no newcomers to the scene, though you're more likely to have found them working behind it than stepping into the spotlight in the past few years. They've been responsible for some award-winning sound design across the likes of Halo 4 and Uncharted 3. Put simply, they know their shit.
Perhaps that's why Cosmic DJ is such a delight. It's a simple, straightforward affair that provides instant pick-up-and-play appeal, filled with all sorts of utterly bonkers instruments and effects, and set to a narrative that has you (the Cosmic DJ of Legend) and a floating polygon named Steve (who sounds a lot like the eponymous virus that infects Lister in the Red Dwarf episode "Epideme") saving the universe through the power of music, by fixing a bunch of "Jamtennae" and creating barmy dance music to barmy pictures of horses wearing 3D glasses, barking corgis, and pixel pizza.
It's quite odd. It's also a lot of fun.Click here to read more...
Final Fantasy's soundtrack is a thing of rare beauty, capable of packing out the Royal Albert Hall and venues worldwide thanks to Nobuo Uematsu's legendary anthems. It's a joy to listen to, but even more fun to tap along with, thanks to the excellent rhythm game/JRPG hybrid Theatrhythm that graced 3DS handhelds back in 2012.
Squeenix has now confirmed that its sequel, Curtain Call, is coming to North America and Europe later this year; containing 200 tracks, 60 characters from throughout the franchise and plenty of new modes. Definitely one to watch out for - and we'll keep you posted.
Oh, and it's pronounced 'theatre-rhythm.' Just so you know.
2014 has already been a great year for localised Japanese gaming, especially on PS Vita. Us Europeans have been thoroughly spoiled by the likes of Danganronpa, Sorcery Saga and Ys: Memories Of Celceta... and SEGA have just released the motherload. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F was a smash hit in Japan, but now the Vocaloid rhythm game has finally made it over to British shores. A gutsy move to say the least, especially since much of the hardcore fanbase will have probably imported a copy.
In case you're not au fait with the term 'Vocaloid,' here's a grossly oversimplified crash course. Hatsune Miku is effectively a musical instrument: a synthesised voice represented by the image of a young lass with huge pigtails. However, canny marketing, massive fan support and an army of talented musicians turned her into a phenomenon, a virtual pop star whose songs and performances are provided by the community and those who use the software. She doesn't exist, yet absolutely does, her personality being interpreted differently by each fan and artist, whether online, in videos, in concert or even the imagination. It's fascinating and rather wonderful, especially since the resulting music is often brilliant.
Still not with me? Okay. Erm... the Nyan Cat song. She sings that. Let's move on.
If you're a fan of rhythm games, J-Pop and J-Rock, Project Diva F is going to suit you down to the ground. If you're a fan of Hatsune Miku and Vocaloids in general, however, this is going to be an essential purchase.Click here to read more...
The latest Humble Weekly Sale is all about toe-tapping rhythm games, and includes some of the most enjoyable examples of the genre we've seen over the last few years (discounting games with the words "guitar" or "band" in the title).
Beat 61p to get Symphony, Sequence and the legendary BIT.TRIP Runner.
Beat £3.64 to also receive Audiosurf, Beat Hazard Ultra and Retro/Grade. Personally, I'd recommend Beat Hazard Ultra as the stealth highlight of the package, since it's an epic SHMUP that builds enemy fleets around your own music. Great multiplayer too- it's all in the review.
Thanks to GobbleTurkey @ HUKD!
The BIT.TRIP series is a superb fusion of gameplay, music and visuals that everyone should probably get round to playing at some point... and the Complete collection is the best way to do it. This unbelievably cheap Wii edition includes extra content, unlockables, every game in the series except Runner2 (natch) and even an original soundtrack CD. Naturally it's also compatible with the Wii U, via its Wii emulator. Thanks to BargainHunter54321 @ HUKD!
Developer: Airtight Games
OUYA needs exclusives like Toejam needs Earl. Following months of what can charitably be described as plucky fumbling, the Kickstarted cube is struggling to find its calling as more than an XBMC box, emulation station or novelty paperweight. For those of us who backed the console, there's been precious little to get fired up about beyond a few cracking titles that are readily available on other platforms. Those groovy crowd funding days are just a distant memory now.
So when the creator of Portal announced an OUYA exclusive action RPG... featuring funky Vikings... and rhythm-based combat... and sweet fresh jams scored by Journey's Austin Wintory... you'd better believe we scampered straight into the office cupboard to locate where we'd stashed the power cable. We eventually found it wedged between our dusty Leap Motion unit and my personal bag of John Carmack's hair clippings [I'm not actually sure if he's joking - Ed].
Soul Fjord is a funky take on Norse Mythology, an epic saga directed like a cheesy 70s Blaxploitation flick. After legendary warrior Magnus Jones dies and finds himself barred from the disco at the top of the World Tree by a chump bouncer, he embarks on an quest throughout a selection of procedurally generated dungeons, matching the rhythm of his attacks to the beat of the funkified soundtrack; with the ultimate goal of ascending back to the top and funk eternal. It's a little like a blend between Dungeon Hunters, Patapon and the original Toejam & Earl, perhaps, only Toejam is now a fly Viking sporting a massive axe and afro to match.Click here to read more...
Bit.Trip Franchise Pack | Steam | £4.41 (RRP: £11)
Bit.Trip Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien Review
You can alternatively buy Runner 2 on its own for £4.09. UPDATE: Credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Rejoice, import fans, because Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is being localised for European PS3s. This rhythm series is incredibly popular in Japan, containing numerous digitised hits from Vocaloid pop star Hatsune Miku (fascinating stuff if you've never heard of her/it).
Look out for it in August.
The latest diary from Kim Swift's Airtight Games talks about how the OUYA-exclusive rhythm roguelike (why not?) evolved in terms of character design. Expect some funkadelic heroes and smooth criminals like the leisure suit-wearing Lounge Dragon.Click here to read more...