Under the giant banner of Bandai Namco, which actively continues to carry and promote this game at various gaming events, even at E3 and TGS, Playstation 4 gets Taiko no Tatsujin. After a long wait, it is finally available on the market. You can get it as a standalone game which gives space for you to enjoy it through DualShock 4. But on the other hand, Bandai Namco also distributes a separate controller in the form of a separate drum the definitive way to enjoy this rhythmic game. We happened to get this last version.
Rhythmic with Customization
Taiko No Tatsujin is a rhythmic game. For those of you who are not too familiar with this genre, you can call it a game that makes the beats in a specific song / rhythm the foundation of gameplay. The point is to press the button that appears on the screen according to the song. Each song will offer its own challenge through the speed of the song, the sticky beat, and variations that usually require you to execute various actions in fast motion. Those of you who are starting to enjoy it in the latest games may find the same concept in Hatsune Miku’s Project Diva game, for example. Or those of you who are “older” will enjoy it in games like Bust a Groove or the classic – Dance Dance Revolution.
So this is what Taiko No Tatsujin offers. The variety of challenges that are distributed through the existing difficulty levels will be ready to offer challenges for your eye and hand coordination. On low difficulty, beats travel freely from point to point with only at least two or three key combinations you need to execute. But as the level of difficulty increases, the speed and density will serve you. The main goal? Of course finish the song by reaching the required number of scores. The more combos you achieve from being able to hit each beat precisely, the higher your chances of beating it.
The rest? Of course enjoy playing the popular songs they choose, without having to open each of them first through a series of achievement processes and the like. Some songs will come with “opponents” for you to beat, like the boss battle that you have to win, and it comes from many cool franchises that you never predicted before. You can even fight against Hatsune Miku, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and Heihachi from Tekken. If you win, you will get a cosmetic reward.
Even this cosmetic reward can be said as one of the “charms” that might encourage you to continue tasting Taiko No Tatsujin. Through the wins you get, you will get in-game resources that can be exchanged for a kind of box system that will contain a random series of items. Through it, you can modify the appearance of the drum character that accompanies you quite freely, from just changing the color, giving the character a companion, to even adding wigs from the iconic characters that you beat for him.
Given the track he offers, the experience for the long term is more geared towards the available online competitive modes. Together with him, you can compete against other players in a ranked format whose format is of course standard – where more wins will lead you to higher levels and meet equal opponents who have the same experience, and vice versa. The songs that are competed during the online match process are also random, so there is no benefit for each party involved in it. Simple process with a strong competitive aura.
The rest? Having fun. If you are a perfectionist gamer, you can try to try each song with the perfect number of beats, which of course you will not be able to do at the highest difficulty level. The good news? We believe this process will not be boring if you remember the songs he offers.
Cool Song Selection!
If there’s one thing that we love about Taiko No Tatsujin is the selection of songs they offer here. Despite the fact that you are playing a drum / drum which incidentally doesn’t produce a variety of tones at all, it is still able to make your playing feel exciting through the selection of songs injected in it. Two thumbs up and appreciation deserves to be directed to Bandai Namco for what they are doing with this one title.
So as one can predict, 100 percent of the songs you encounter at Taiko No Tatsujin are Japanese. So, for those of you who are not very familiar with Japanese songs, there will be two reactions that can arise: first, a sense of disinterest because these music will not have any meaning in your eyes and ears. But for gamers who are a little open-minded, the second consequence is to be the entrance to recognize these Japanese songs even if you don’t understand the lyrics they are singing. Meanwhile, for gamers who have kept up with the development of popular Japanese music over the years, it contains content that will be ready to tempt you.
Divided into separate categories such as: Pop, Anime, Classical, Namco, to Game Music, Taiko No Tatsujin provides enough Japanese song content to make you fall in love at first sight. Not all of these songs can be called “new”, but popular seems like the right choice of words, especially from the decision to choose some songs that are quite old. The choice of genre category is also a bit questionable given the simplification that makes some popular songs that are not POP, but are included in POP. Example? Babymetal, for example.
However, it’s hard not to admit that the decision to include these super popular songs is indeed one of Taiko No Tatsujin’s charms. When you first enter the song selection menu, you will be greeted with RADWIMPS – Zen Zen Zense which is actually an OST for the super popular anime – Kimi No Nawa (Your Name). Go deeper, and you’ll find songs from Babymetal – Gimme Chocolate, Orange Range – super classic Ikenai Taiyou, to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu with her Ninja Re Bang Bang. The fact that this game includes one song from our personal favorite visual kei band – X-Japan with “Kurenai” even makes us biased enough to want to give the perfect number for this one game.
Meanwhile, from the Anime category, you will face OSTs for popular anime from Attack on Titan, One Piece, Dragon Ball Super, to Kemono Friends! Other categories such as “Variety”, for example, even contain viral songs from Pikotaro – PPAP. That’s right, you can play the song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen here!
With around 70 songs distributed in various different categories, you will be presented with so many choices that you might catch your heart because of the familiarity of the original song source, or just fall in love with the song after hearing it for the first time at Taiko No Tatsujin. But keep in mind, you won’t get the full song for each of these songs, but only a few minutes’ snippets. We also regret the decision to keep the descriptions and titles in Japanese, which makes it possible for most of us to fail to find and find the original singer of each of these songs if we don’t look for them from other sources of information.