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access_time August 27, 2020 at 9:30 PM in Reviews by David Poole

VR Review | Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! — Space 39 Miku Pack

For this week in our VR Review, we’re returning to the world of Space Channel 5. Back in March, we reviewed Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash!, finding it to be a fun return to the franchise despite a high price for the game. Thankfully, the price has since gone down to $24.99, making it a bit easier to swallow. As for why we return to this funky VR title, it’s for the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku! Thanks to Sega, we get this special guest in some new DLC called “Space 39 Miku” Pack. With a little more star power, is this dancing rhythm game worth returning to?

Well…the Space 39 Miku Pack sadly doesn’t add much. It grants access to a new arcade scenario called “Miku’s Far-Out Report Show,” starring Hatsune Miku herself. This scenario is only in Japanese, meaning both Miku and Ulala speak Japanese with English subtitles. Like the other scenarios in the game, the Moralians are causing trouble and forcing people to dance. Miku, Ulala and either Roo or Kie have to work together to free everyone from their trance.

While it’s a cool crossover, it feels like there could have been more. Miku doesn’t sing any of her songs and it feels like a typical scenario with a Vocaloid guest star. The scenario takes all but five minutes to complete, and after a high five with Miku, it’s over. There’s nothing else to do with Miku, and it’s honestly pretty disappointing.

The Space 39 Miku Pack does at least come with extra costumes for Ulala, giving her Miku’s Vocaloid outfit as well as her Space 39 outfit. There’s also eight other bonus outfits, allowing Ulala to become other characters. While it’s a nice little bonus, we don’t even get to change Miku’s appearance. She doesn’t even get an addition in the Friendopedia, which is another missed opportunity.

Overall, there’s not much to say here for the Space 39 Miku Pack. For $4.99, you basically just get a guest star and a few extra costumes. As fun as the rhythm game is, only the biggest Hatsune Miku fan might find this worth purchasing. I like Space Channel 5 VR, but this DLC wasn’t funky or fresh. It was honestly just a major bummer.

Final Verdict: Not Recommended

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