Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone was my first venture into the Hatsune Miku games, and I will admit, I was hesitant. I have never played rhythm games before and only heard about it through its cult following… I walked away from this game as an official member of the cult. This game absolutely reeled me in hook, line, and singer.

Singing Waifu

The game itself is fun and frustrating, but the videos are what brought me in. The music videos playing behind the rhythm that you’re playing are quite good. They almost always tell a story, the graphics are great, and lets be honest… Miku is adorable. Whether she is dancing out the song, or acting through the story, she is fun to watch.

Apparently the customization feature changes are highly anticipated, so I’ll cover a little bit about it. Instead of just picking a different model of the character, you can now fully customize that person. For example you can pick an outfit, hairstyle, hair accessory, and back accessory (like wings or a cat tail). I toyed with this feature for a good hour, buying different pieces to make my waifu perfect. The currency is earned by playing songs, so it might be a while until you can afford your favorite Miku model.

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The Tunes

The two DLCs, Future Sound and Colorful Tone, give you a huge selection of songs to choose from. In total, there are over 200 songs to play at different difficulties. If you find a difficulty too easy, but don’t want to change it, change the modifier. This changes the falling button icons and will make your brain melt. I tried it once, and immediately failed the song. Who knew such a simple change would change the gameplay completely.

The songs in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone are extremely catchy, and throw you curve balls often. You thought that song would be slow and melodic? WRONG. The choir nerd in me was screaming in frustration at the sudden changes but I appreciated the break in repetition.

The repetition in some songs was the only issue I had with the game. I know that the game is based on patterns, but adding a double tap every other verse wasn’t enough variation to keep me hooked on that song. Usually I’ll play one song a few times, just to clear it and then to beat my previous score, but the repetitive ones I cleared and then moved on from.

Overall

Would I sink hours and hours into this game? You betcha! Though I had never played a game like this Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone sucked me right in. It was easy to learn but had some difficult sections (the combos get me every time), and the modifiers and difficulty changes give me something to look forward to later on. The music videos look great and I have watched a few without playing, using the “watch video” feature.

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You can snag Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone with a couple songs for free, but the DLCs will cost you. Future Sound and Colorful Tone are each $29.99, but can be bought as a bundle for $53.99. Is it worth it? You bet! If you’re a fan of rhythm games, you can easily sink 50 hours into this game. It was a colorful and adorable break from my usual game library.

 

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
The Good
  • Catchy songs
  • Challenging gameplay
  • Great music videos
The Bad
  • Slightly repetitious
9.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
9.0

About The Author

Lexie P.
Editorial/Review Staff

Lexie's love for video games started early when she was rarely seen without her GameBoy, and traded Oreos with the neighbor kid to play his N64. Throughout the years Lexie has developed into a PC gamer, specializing in horror and MOBAs. She has been a game writer for a few years now and has previously worked at PAX West.