Believe it or not, posting this for the second time. I wanted a longer and more detailed rant.
Despite I am a two year old fan of a franchise, I feel insulted.
Let's start with the new feature to the game: penlights.
Penlights are really popular in Japan. It is used in Western countries too, but not often. Also, I don't see: Fu! Hai! Woo...Hai! ect in Western countries, only in Japan. I actually thought it was a nice touch to the game to potray what live shows really look like in Japan! Namco promised us to control over 10.000 penlights. Only on game included stages. DL Live stages don't have it. I watched the S4U videos and no, trust me, they are too lazy to include 'em on the DL Stage.
I love all of the new songs! Miracle Night is my favourite. This is my new favourite song. I Want is second. I also like 'Happy!' and 'The Live Kakumei de SHOW!'. I will quote from my first post:
I wished that they revived some of the original songs. We have THE iDOLM@STER, Agent Yoru wo Yuku, 9:02pm, Positive!, but not: Here we Go!! (5 years have passed, Namco.), Ohayou!! Asagohan, Taiyou no Jelausy, First Stage and let's not forget, Aoi Tori. Some of those fantastic classics from the arcade game.
I'm quite dissapointed that they didn't even add 'Here We Go!!'. It hasn't appeared since THE iDOLM@STER 2! Neither in Shiny Festa and Shiny TV, nor in OFA! I'm starting to worry that they completly forgot 'Here We Go!!' It's really cute and I love it!
Rhythm elements are fine and OK to me. Trust me, I play LLSIF and sometimes Shiny Festa. Graphics are fantastic, as I pointed out in the first post.
No rivals. Microtransactions.
Rivals are important to the game. Sure, arcade, XBOX 360 import and LFU! don't have rivals, but we are competing against other people. Kinda like Score Match in LoveLive!, but diffrent. That's what made the games amazing.
SP gave us the amazing 'Project Fairy', 2 introduced us 'Jupiter', a male group and 'Ryuuguu Komachi' 765 rivals and let's not forget in OFA, Leon! But, in the newest game: no rivals, no competing against other people; What is this mess!? The story progressed with rivals! Every idol probably has it's own rivals! Everyone wanted to be no. 1!
OK... OK! Microtransactions: mobile games included and I don't really care. I always stay Free to play player. Pay to play is possible when you pay things for some features.
But, microtransactions are not acceptable in any console games and I repeat: EVERY console game! You bought an 80 dollar game? Well... If you want to really play: you must buy more cash! How convinient! You know Halo 3 and microtransactions, CoD and microtransactions? They shouldn't be in a game! I hate the concept of P Drops!
I'm quite dissapointed with outfits. I mean, over the course of 11+ years, iM@S has been having types of outfits and recolours of it. I mean, I love the new outfits, but the problem is that they're the same. Probably exeption are the Happy! outfits, they are kinda diffrent. Others are same looking.
Also, no EXTEND outfits. I mean, we have a Miracle Night outfit; But, where are Punkish Gothic or Beyond the Stars?
There are 4 types of outfits: Cute, Cool, Cosmic and Clever. No EXTEND. I'm OK with this. You know; iM@S has some of the best idol outfits. Now, we just get halfassed outfits. Happy! outfits look similar and this is the outfit that they had the most time with. Others; Nah, we're fine. I mean older outfit had the same design, but they were good! Those were EXTEND outfits! Floral, Cute and Girly, Starry, Cosmic and Funny, Luxury and Cool and Sexy were diffrent, because those were outfits that the entire 765pro ALLSTARD danced and it looked unique!
No, older outfits from the other games. They were probably lazy.
DLC is such a joke now; that now include: a new song, two older songs, an outfit, accessories for that outfit! Who needs more outfits and more songs? Nah, we're fine. Fans will enjoy it. No. This is what you shouldn't think while developing a game and a DLC for it.
In coclusion; I will buy a PS3, im@s 2 and OFA. At least they are better than new. I mean, the graphics are better than the older ones, but still they are quite enjoyable and better than the new game! CG:SS is better than this and it is a MOBILE GAME! Is Namco now giving a middle finger to our beloved 765pro idols and released the game just for the fans of the 765pro idols? I think so.
Is it just me, or Hibiki has blue hair? Probably going through Azusa phase (changing hair colours)...