Hatsune Miku is a phenomena, and her games have always been extremely addicting. I have played a few other Hatsune Miku games before I knew they were going to have a virtual reality concert experience. I was excited to see how that would be since I have always wanted to go to a Hatsune Miku concert in Japan. So for the time being, this was a great alternative. This review is based on the first stage and set list available. More stages and set lists will be released as DLC at a later time. Read on for our full thoughts and review on Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live.
Title: Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live
Available On: PlayStation VR
Reviewed On: PlayStation VR
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Copy purchased for the sake of this review
In the beginning of the game you get to decide which song you would like to listen to out of two choices. Throughout the song you have to move your controller up and down to the beat of the song, following the crowd’s example. The better you do on staying with the rhythm the better chance you have of unlocking one of her many costumes along with a new glow stick or a number of different objects, such as a wand or a tambourine. Her dances were great and seeing her interact with the crowd was an awesome experience. Now if only I could just see that live too!
Before the concert even began I looked around to see everyone standing there cheering. It really was an experience that is hard to describe. During the concert there are not very many controls or interactions. You are able to move throughout the concert hall and see Hatsune Miku up close on the stage, from a viewpoint that would be considered front row seating, somewhat close, or see her from further away. I stayed closed for majority of it other than to just see what different angles were available. You can pretty much move around a large portion of the auditorium. When Hatsune Miku begins to hover over the crowd and lifts up into the air, jumping back to a balcony seat and seeing her right there in front of me was a nice touch.
Once the concert is over the crowd, along with you, have to try to get an encore from Hatsune Miku. If you cheer enough to have the whole crowed cheering too, you get invited to a “private” encore. She of course ends up singing my favorite song of hers (I don’t want to give away the surprise) and she even ask if you would like her to wear one of the outfits that you unlocked.
I would say that this is more of an experience than a game, but there is nothing wrong with that. You get to experience something different and unique with light interactions to make you feel like you are not just sitting there. I wish there were more songs or maybe different interactions, but I know more songs are coming with the Second Stage and Third Stage DLC’s. Unfortunately, because there isn’t much else to do, the game only lasts as long as the songs, so you can get through the entire thing, minus replayability for the unlockable costumes, in roughly 20 minutes. But besides that, it is a fantastic idea and I would just love a Uta No Prince Sama concert experience next! I cannot wait for more content to be released for Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live, and to see where PlayStation VR can take these types of concert settings.