Rhythm's New Genre:
Utagumi 575 is a game that creates new ground for a genre; by taking literary sensibilities and mixing it with popular Japanese music, the Haiku - a Japanese poetic form that follows the strict rule of 3 lines following 5 to 7 to 5 syllables per line - a new style of gameplay is invented. Instead of the formulaic approach of only matching button presses to various tempo based patterns, Utagumi 575 incorporates this with a hiragana guessing game. The result for players is that after fulfilling the correct cadence requirements, a prompt for missing Japanese characters appears, and these are filled in by paying attention to the phrase be displayed, the context of the song, and rules of a Haiku.
Inspired By Vocaloid:
While this may sound complicated, the intuitive user interface makes it easy to instantly transition into this new style of play. In fact, any one who is familiar with games like Hatsune Miku Project Diva F or any Vocaloid games for that matter will feel right at home, as many aspects of this game are developed by Vocaloid contemporaries; aside from gameplay differences, there will definitely be a robust selection of songs.
Graphically, everything is designed with a strong anime influence; from cinematic cutscenes, gameplay and animated movies, everything moves with the fluidity appropriate to a new flagship franchise. It is extremely easy to be charmed by the distinct personalities of protagonists Azuki and Matcha; the former is a free spirited girl who moves and attracts those around her with a vivacious energy and the latter being one of independent though and introspective charisma.
As the first product of Sega's Project 575, this game can be recommended to music, anime and even Japanese literature fans!
|Original Name||うた組み575 (通常版)|
|Official Release Date||Jan 23, 2014|
|Genre||Music & Party|
|CERO B (12+)|
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|Average rating:||(5 out of 5)|
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I learned about this game off another import of mine, Miracle Girls Festival, and after some research I decided to get Utagumi as well. It's quite fun.
Even knowing ZERO Japanese I am able to easily play and enjoy this game. Having to pick the lyrics is total guess work for me, but it doesn't even ruin your basic combo if you mess it up. So guess away. The touch only controls work well, even the usage of the back touch pad, and none of that is usually my thing.
The characters are really cute and entertaining, and NOT oversexualized which I really like a lot.
Doing the songs and being able to unlock costumes and backgrounds and such is a breeze. With some trial and error and familiarity with these kinds of games I'd say it's still well worth a purchase even not understanding a single bit of Japanese.
contains a variety proper to play, no dlc necessary! just play with every game unlockables (is many many as backgrounds, customes, themes)
The game is fun and the music is pretty good. Great if you know some japanese too as some parts of the gameplay involve putting together words in japanese.
This was a bit different but none the less really enjoyable. I didn't like that rear touch pad part of the game but it isn't bad. Vita owner should give this one a shot well worth it.
Highly recommended for those who loves rhythm games! Get to learn some japanese in the end :)
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