I won’t get too deep into the lyrics and the little touches, but let’s just say it’s great to have Haruka’s USOTSUKI, Makoto opening the song and Miki closing the deal. It’s also very important to note that Machiuke Prince is while not the first iM@S song of this kind, it’s the first one of the relay medley style of song that could possibly be performed live in a way that is a lot of fun to watch. Those people who are planning to hit the two-day live in February, are you READY?
Some key thoughts:
Skill do translate over. I played Shiny Festa a lot–SS rank in two out of three, and almost SS in the third. And that’s not including my PSP playtime (which is not nearly as much admittedly). Notably, I play the group songs to death because they are fun and easy, plus you see everyone in those. (However I do admit I have not gotten 100% on most of the songs on M@STER.) So when I was unlocking those season 4 challenges, they all came pretty easy. Outside of Yayoi’s season 4 episode 1, I didn’t really have much problems. I guess Ai Like Hamburger was a little annoying because that one is also new, but not new enough like Machiuke Prince.
It was a feat of effort and stupidity to clear Machiuke Prince’s minimum challenge in Master mode while I totally forgot to turn on charms. LOL. Probably could’ve saved me at least 30 minutes to an hour.
It has to be said that the controller makes a huge difference. I only have a Sixaxis and a Dual Shock PS3 controller, and both are getting a little long in the tooth (although it’s not like I use them all that much). Actually, it isn’t terrible except trying to press rapidly on the D-pad sometimes. What happens is that there’s gradation in pressing down so some presses end up not registering if my finger didn’t reset back far enough. Don’t have this problem with the buttons on the right at all. The trigger buttons have way too much travel to be practical I think. And I never got the analog stick trick to work.
Which is just to say the PS3 controllers are way better than the PSP buttons on my first-gen PSP. Yeah, this is partly why I didn’t play Shiny Festa on the PSP all that much. It pays to get a good controller, although it’s kind of arguable if it’s really necessary. In the end Shiny Festa is not a hard game, nor is Shiny TV.
The Shiny TV challenges from Takane’s DLC pack is about as hard as Haruka’s. For me it’s slightly more of a challenge because I was never all that good with Overmaster and Next Life, although the other original songs end up being easier. Kimi wa Melody, however, I played lots! And somehow Ohimechin’s gravure mode came off as appropriately classy and not nearly as nosebleed-prone as Haruka’s or even Yayoi’s. Outside of Gravure mode, however, the navi costume you get from logging in however many times can be a little sketchy. I mean, what’s up with that Yukiho outfit? That’s like, Love Live level man.
I thoroughly expected to be schooled by Chihaya’s pack when it comes out next week.
PS. For those of you care to vote for Ready in that Anime Music Tournament, it is in the middle of the second round and losing badly to an admittedly god-tier song. Check it out! Voting closes in another 4 days or so.