I wasn’t gonna review this but somehow during my commute to work the last few weeks I ended up unlocking every song in the game so I figured why not! Since this is just a music game there’s not really any spoilers so feel free to read on!
Same as UtaPri music 1. You pick a song, play in Easy/Hard/Pro modes, unlock some mini no-CG scenario with a prince. They added features now that you can hear the actual sung songs or switch to melody only when playing. Sometimes I preferred melody only mode (like with Triangle Beat) because often the pattern of the buttons follows that rather than the voices you hear singing. As usual you can unlock backgrounds and costumes for the guys which include stuff like swimsuits, kimonos, stage outfits and pretty much every sprite from Debut and All Star. What seems to be missing are the school uniforms that were in Music since I guess our dudes are graduated now and no longer school kids. There’s also onpu-kun which is the little note character that Otoya drew and you can have him be in every song instead of the usual guy who sings it. He’s voiced by Otoya, sounds like he’s high and makes puns about curry if you start playing like shit and making mistakes:
The Reward Scenarios
Oook well this is where the problem begins. In UtaPri Music everytime you completed a set of Easy, Hard or a Pro mode, it would be a scene with the guy and ‘you’ aka Haruka. Now? They literally drew this “TV” set so it’s like you’re some 3rd party idol loser fangirl watching them on TV having fun with each other. HARUKA IS GONE. There is only a select few songs which give you a scenario with Dude x Haruka and you must clear pro-mode to receive this.
WOW FUCKIN GREAT IF I WANNA SHIP THE PRINCES WITH HARUKA I GOTTA DESTROY MY RIGHT HAND FIRST ／(^o^)＼. And well the scenarios aren’t even worth it. Off the top of my head only Ren’s and Camus’ scenarios actually stick out as being somewhat decent? I also remember thinking how freaking moe Reiji was and then remember how lewd he was in all star and how much I missed it 😦
There are some more stuff with Haruka in the memories section (I have no idea what I did to unlock the few I did unlock.) Unfortunately, it’s very Cero A lol. I’m mainly complaining because in Repeat & Fandisks the scenes & memories were randy as all get out, but here it’s like “I decided not to kiss lady because I know she’d be embarrassed and run away.” WHY щ(ºДºщ). So yea even when Haruka’s presence was there, it was so watered down I couldn’t really enjoy it either. I’ll be honest, I found some of the “dudes having fun with each other” scenarios sincerely more entertaining. There’s no denial though, that some were borderline ┌(┌ ^o^)┐ﾎﾓｵ:
Particularly the scenarios with Ai, Natsuki and Sho were hilarious as well as some with Reiji, Tokiya and Otoya. Some of Cecil and Camus’ were great too but those 2 always make me laugh in every game. STILL there’s plenty of “group” songs where they could have put these scenarios and at least leave the individual songs to just be scenarios of GUY x HARUKA. But nope, Haruka’s existance has been all but wiped off the face of this game. Since Haruka x Dude is actually one my favorite parts of UtaPri because well I really loved Talented Hard Working Persistent Game Haruka (and not Unable to Read Sheet Music Sickly Anime Haruka) this made me extremely sad. Once I cleared all the songs that I actually liked, I found little to no motivation to clear modes of other songs because I knew that the reward wouldn’t have her in it. On the topic of missing characters, there’s no Satsuki, no Hayato, no Ringo and no Ryuya. What gives? Ringo and Ryuya both had songs in All Star, so why couldn’t we play their songs in this? It makes no sense to me and it’s very disappointing. (￣ε￣；) Also I miss Satsuki calling me a stupid octopus.
This game is absurdly hard. The only song I ever had issues with in Music 1 was Orion de Shout it Out. In this game, like half of the songs I just cannot clear in Pro Mode beyond B rank (and that’s if I get lucky and not C rank it by default.) The sad part is of course the songs I managed to clear on Pro Mode (and by Clear I mean get at least A rank which is enough to unlock a scene) were ones that don’t actually unlock any clothes or scenarios! ／(^o^)＼ For example I easily cleared A rank on Baby, My Strawberry (which I’ve never heard until now but it’s a great song!). Sadly, there was not much of a reward for clearing it. Meanwhile, I can’t clear any of Masato’s or Otoya’s songs on ProMode, which means I can’t actually see them with Haruka, goodbye my motivation :lol:. Also the only song I managed to clear with S rank in ProMode is MajiLove 2000% :lol:.
If you like challenging (and I mean carpal tunnel causing) music games, then this game is definitely for you! If you like to pretend the heroine in otome games doesn’t exist and you just wanna see dudes having fun with each other, this game is definitely for you! If you want to see romance between an otome game heroine and the guys in the game, this game is NOT for you! Anyway it wasn’t a total loss as I enjoyed a few of the songs on here. My favorites were My Little Little Girl (Tokiya), Orange Rhapsody (Ren), Top Star Revolution (Natsuki), Gamushara Romantic (Reiji, Tokiya, Otoya), Zettai Reido Emotion (Camus), Baby, My Strawberry (Ren, Camus), MajiLove 2000% (animu ED song). Seeing how I managed to clear all of Ren’s and Tokiya’s songs on Pro Mode makes me wonder if in the end they are my favorites??? I cleared one of Sho’s songs on Pro mode even though I can’t stand Shimono’s singing lol. Anyway difficult music game aside, it saddens me that just when I thought things had improved with All Star, they once again go and make Haruka like Casper the Friendly Ghost. I know the anime fandom loves teh yaoiz but I wish they would have kept that stuff anime only and not changed things in the “game” section of the series. Now I start to wonder how much presence Haruka will even have in their upcoming All Star fan disk.