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I love how well-made Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is. I love how stunning Miku is when she’s dancing around in VR. I love being able to put myself right in the middle of her concerts. For a traditional Miku game, I’ve got Project Diva X and Future Tone. That’s more than enough Miku gaming to last me months, if not years more. And now, courtesy of Virtual Reality, I have a completely different Miku experience to enjoy.
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is a bit of an odd duck, it's not a game in the traditional sense, but it's an interesting experience. The PSVR seems like the perfect home for Hatsune Miku, hopefully we'll see a proper game in the future.
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.
Like many of the other VR experiences in this launch, Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is an impressive technical showcase that opens the imagination for future VR games, but is currently bereft of meaningful content or replay value.
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is super disappointing. At its $40 price point there should be some real meat to experience, but it falls far beyond short. In good conscience, I can not tell you to buy this even tho it is not broken in any way. From a pure content standpoint, it does not warrant the price at all. This is a shame, because there is huge potential here, and if this fails the likelihood of a complete Miku VR experience showing up later on is likely zero.
Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is an impressive albeit pricey VR experience. It is not a terribly exciting rhythm game at all, since it is just relying on such a basic shaking gesture. Only those who are interested in a VR experience or are Hatsune Miku fans should apply here, since that is what its strengths are: a passive musical spectacle.
Hardcore Hatsune Miku fans might find something redeeming here, but even then they won’t be getting much for their $15 or more they spent. Even within its limited scope of being a virtual concert, Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live is a disappointment. Much more could’ve been done with this idea, and maybe the future DLCs will do just that, but right now it’s without charm or much pizazz.
Those expecting any sort of gameplay at all in exchange for their money are out of luck with Hatsune Miku: VR Future. It’s most assuredly one for the vocaloid’s superfans and even they may be disappointed, given the fleeting nature of the experience.