Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live Review
Not every video game is made for every person. There are niche titles that are made for a very specific audience and sometimes you have to consider that when reviewing a game. Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live features the extremely famous VOCALOID, Hatsune Miku, performing her songs in front of the player as well as a massive digital audience.
The gameplay of Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is minimal. You use your DualShock 4 to wave and pump a glow stick in rhythm with the crowd and an occasional mini-game and you also use the mic to call out "Miku" to help get the crowd excited. If you successfully do this well enough you are rewarded with an encore, which gives you a "private" concert with Hatsune Miku. Each "stage" (which is what they call each DLC) lets you choose three songs out of a possible six for Miku to perform. The game does keep track of the songs that you've heard, so it's easy to go back and listen to the tracks you haven't heard.
The best part of the whole game are the songs. They are almost all upbeat J-pop songs that honestly make you smile. You may not know what she is saying, but it's really hard to not smile while listening to the songs. This will make people want to go back and listen to the songs that may have missed during their first playthrough.
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is much more of an experience than an actual game. During the concert, you are able to sit in different seats around the arena which gives you a different perspective of the show. My biggest gripe is that at $15 per DLC the arena never changes. If there was an option to have some variety in the venues it would at least feel like Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live had more depth.
Overall this is not a game that I would recommend to anyone who isn't already a fan of Hatsune Miku or VOCALOIDS - and that's okay. This game is intended for a Hatsune Miku fans, but just know that it is a bit shallow and you will probably want more from the experience.
2.75 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Sega for providing us with the code.