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Make Your Fingers Dance With DJMax: Technika Tune!

First Thing's First

First let me just say that I apologize for not being here for a very long time, especially after my absurd whining of wanting more attention around here. Well, there is a reason for that. I've been playing my PS3, PSP, and PS Vita more. I've forgotten how much fun these devices were, especially since I've gotten a ton of rare games for my DS and 3DS that I've been ignoring these devices more. Now that I have the holiday off until January 7th, I have far more time and been enjoying Sony's devices a lot more. Also I will be posting more since, again, I have more time off.

Second, this blog has a few spoilers. Not a lot, never few.

Anyway, back to the main point. At the middle of December, I noticed a ton of new fun games on Playstation Network. The very first thing that I was really happy to see and could never ignore was DJMax: Technika Tunes.

DJMAX: Technika Tunes

As you might have noticed from my banner, I LOVE music, therefore I love music games. The DJMax series has always been music rhythm video games where you must press the corresponding buttons the notes that fall down on the buttons at the right time for you to be able to beat the game. That's basically all you have to do in the series, but not in Technika Tunes. Oh no. Technika Tunes is an adaption of the arcade versions of Technika 1, 2, and 3, WITH crossover songs from DJMax games that we didn't get at all, such as Portable 3, which I find very nice. In Technika Tunes, you must touch the notes that appear on screen at the right time in order for you to continue. No buttons, just touching.

Here's a screenshot of the gameplay

Oh no, TOUCHING! From what I heard, people fear many PSVita games that only involves touching because most have inaccurate timing or it simply isn't fun. Well, there no demo for this game, so I'll just tell you from my experience of the game, and it is your decision on whether to believe it or not. This is damn fun, and the touching mechanics on this game is very accurate. Maybe not completely, but from my opinion, yeah it is, as I have yet to have a problem with touching the notes on the screen. Oh yeah, and did I mention that this game utilizes the back touchscreen? Well it does, and it is just as accurate, so if you miss notes or don't touch them in the right time and way, that is YOUR fault. By the way, see that blue bar from the picture I just uploaded? That just tells you when to touch your notes, as that blue bar goes by notes as the song goes by. Once the blue bar touches that note, YOU TOUCH THAT NOTE. It helps when it's you're first time listening to the song, but I still suggest you listen to the song a few times, before or after you play it in this game. I'm not going to explain how to touch each note, since not only does that take way too long, but there's a tutorial right in the game. Just play the tutorial a few times and you should know what you're doing. Forgot? Play it again. It is always there. Oh, and if you miss a note wrong, you'll notice. Playing the note at the right timing plays part of the sound effect in the song you are playing, so that means when you miss notes, it will sound weird. You don't want that, now do you? Even if you did, miss too many and it's game over. See that rainbow bar at thee top center? That's basically you're health bar. Finally, the Fever button at the top right. Fill that bar completely red by not missing many notes in a row, touch it afterwards, and you get extra points when you touch notes correctly.

Let's see.... only four modes. That's it? Uh, no. This is just a distraction. There's a BUNCH of stuff in here, I assure you. Let's take a look into the arcade.

The very first thing you will see is this. This is the easiest mode, utilizing the front touchscreen only and having the fewest notes. If you scroll to your right you have:

Pop Mixing....

and then Club Mixing

Both of these are much harder than Star Mixing, as they utilize the back touchscreen as well. However, as you may have already noticed, Club Mixing utilizes 4 stages, which I will quickly explain about in a moment. Now, there is one more thing that is here if you scroll one last time to your right....

And it should be this. This is just the mode where you can play any song you previously played in any of the Mixings you played them in. Now let us go into one of these Mixings and take a quick glance of what to expect.

A list of songs appears. So many choices. Just pick a song, play the notes in tune, and you're all set. Stare at the screen for a bit and you get a quick preview of the song, so you'll know what to expect and will help you choose towards your liking. By the way, see those three "Offs" at the top right of the screen? Those are mostly gimmicks, and in my opinion, they can make the game harder. Either way, it's a nice addition to how you play. Touch the first "Off"...

And it should show you that. If you hated the direction of where the blue bar goes, you can touch that first "Off" until you find one towards your liking. Touch the second "Off"....

And that's what you'll see. Fade ins and fade outs. If you select fade ins, the notes will only appear as soon as the blue bar appears, otherwise you'll never see them. Fade outs are the complete opposite. Touch the last "Off"....

And that should be what you see. Blinks, when selected, make the blue bar blink. There's also blind, where you don't see the blue bar AT ALL. See what I mean about gimmicks? Well anyway, you noticed my avatar and online rankings from my recent pictures, have you not? Online rankings are exactly what they are, but the avatars are pretty special. Not just to see how cute or cool they look, but they have abilities as well. Let's go into that real quick. Touch the avatar place, and....

This is what you see. Mine has recover 5%. I don't know what that means yet, (since I'm not that far in the game yet), but these really do help with difficult songs. You have to unlock avatars first though. I don't know what those note signs mean yet. Maybe you can change the appearance of notes? Don't know yet.

I finally explained about all the gimmicks. Now then, after you complete a song...

You will taken here, scoring on how well you did.

Sometimes you'll level up....

And sometimes you'll get extra goodies!

So you continue to do that three times in a row (except for Club Mixing, which is four times in a row), which means you have to complete three songs in a row before you are shown this....

The overall ratings of the songs you have chosen and completed in the mixings. After that....

That's it! That's basically all you have to do in the arcades and the whole game itself. By the way, every song is in every mixings except Club, where those have exclusives. Now then, let me do a short explanation about the other modes and then I'm done with this.

This is the collections. In the Image Gallery, you view screenshots of the music you played, you look at some other exclusive pictures, and some other pictures. Play Data is just your best records you made in each Mixings. Internet Rankings is just what it says: all the rankings you can have a peek at. Finally, bonus movies.... which is just what it says. You have to unlock more movies as you play.

Now for Album mode. Album is where you listen to EVERY SONG IN THE GAME, and there are over, I don't know... fifty? Touch the star by it to put it as your favorites, and then touch the star tab, which only show your the songs you favorited, so it's a bit of a shortcut.


By the way, about the songs, see that video camera sign under the CD image? Touch that and you will see the whole music video along with the song you're listening to.

This is the last mode, the Options. As you can see from the screenshot, that is the Control tab, where you can put the game in Touchscreen only if you want, just like in the original arcade version of the game. The Difficulty changes the difficulty of all mixings, so you can make Club Mixing not look impossible to you. The Sound is where you can select the audio output in Earphone mode and Speaker Mode. Data is just whether you can Auto Save or not, and whether you want to delete the whole data by selecting Reset Data. Be careful about that, since when I touched Reset Data, it asked me if I wanted to "Initialize Save Data". You better know what the hell that means, because apparently my brother didn't and he accidentally deleted EVERYTHING I unlocked when he chose yes. Initializing stuff is setting them back at the stuff it started from, which means FORMATTING! Ugh....

Anyway, that's it. Why did I explain literally everything about this game? Because it's that good. The game is bright, beautiful, colorful, and full of delicious Korean music with fun gameplay. I don't have to know what they're saying (because I don't), the music is catchy, wonderful, and is all I'm focused on. My favorite songs from the game would have to be these three:

Lupin (By Kara):

Step (By Kara):

and my most favorite....

Jumping (By Kara):

You can get it at a pretty expensive price in online stores, or you can get it from PSN, although they sacrificed price with a heap of memory (over 3 GB!). It'll both be well worth it, especially if you're a music fan. Although I'm not affiliated with the game or series in any way, I do hope that the series gets the attention it deserves.
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About Solar20XXone of us since 4:50 AM on 06.04.2012

Here's some of my favorite video games and video game series.

Street Fighter
Advance Wars (definitely)
Marvel VS Capcom
Sonic the Hedgehog (only Advance series, Rush series, and Adventure series)
Guilty Gear
Disgaea (only played 3 and 4 so far)
Ghost and Goblins
Rock Band
Guitar Hero
Rayman (excluding Raving Rabbits. Never played those)
Castlevania (Handhelds)
Patapon (definitely)
LocoRoco (definitely)
The King of Fighters
Samurai Shodown
Last Blade
Capcom VS SNK
Soul Calibur
Virtua Fighter (only played 2 and 3 so far)
Shikigami No Shiro
Shin Megami Tensei (I actually love these more then the Persona series)
Vocaloid (definitely)
Ratchet and Clank
Fire Emblem
Project DIVA (definitely)
Pop 'n Music (definitely)
DJMax (definitely)
Jak and Daxter
Mortal Kombat
Killer Instinct
Dynasty Warriors
Warriors Orochi

The games I completed:

NES (3)
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda

SNES (8)
Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
Acro Bat
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy V (NEW)

Neo Geo (26)
The King of Fighters 94
The King of Fighters 95
The King of Fighters 96
The King of Fighters 97
The King of Fighters 98
The King of Fighters 99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2001
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters 2003
Samurai Shodown
Samurai Shodown 2
Samurai Shodown 3
Samurai Shodown 4
Samurai Shodown 5
Samurai Shodown 5 Special
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug 4
Metal Slug 5
Last Blade
Last Blade 2
World Heroes
World Heroes 2
Magician Lord

Genesis (14)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Golden Axe
Golden Axe 2
Golden Axe 3
Altered Beast
Street of Rage
Street of Rage 2
Street of Rage 3
Vectorman 2
Phamtasy Star 4 (NEW)

N64 (4)
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Super Mario 64

GC (8)
Zelda: The Wind Waker
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Super Mario Sunshine
Pokemon Colosseum
Dragon Ball Z Budokai
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
Megaman Battle Network Transmission

PS1 (10)
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2 Ripto's Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Crash Bandicoot
Crash 2 Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot Warped
Crash Team Racing
Crash Bash
Cacom VS SNK
Final Fantasy Origins

PS2 (12)
Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi
Capcom VS SNK 2
Marvel VS Capcom 2
Disgaea Hour of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Cursed Memories
Tekken Tag Tournament
Tekken 3
Tekken 4
Capcom VS SNK 2
Persona 3
Shadow the Hedgehog

PS3 (36)
Final Fantasy 7
Arcana Heart 3
Persona 4 Arena
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Street Fighter 3 Third Strike
Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition
Tekken 5 HD
Tekken 6
Disgaea 4
Persona 3 FES
Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13-2
Virtua Fighter 5
The Fancy Pants Adventure
Modnation Racers
Infamous 2
Mortal Kombat 9
DC Universe Online
The King of Fighters XIII
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
SoulCalibur 4 (NEW)
SoulCalibur 5 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 7 (NEW)
Dynasty Warriors 8 (NEW)
Warriors Orochi 3 (NEW)
AquaPazza (NEW)
Chaos Code (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)

PC (25)
Touhou 6 Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
Touhou 7 Perfect Cherry Blossom
Touhou 7.5 Immaterial and Missing Power
Touhou 8 Imperishable Night
Touhou 9 Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Touhou 9.5 Shoot the Bullet
Touhou 10 Mountain of Faith
Touhou 10.5 Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou 11 Subterrainean Animism
Touhou 12 Unidentified Fantastic Object
Touhou 12.3 Hisoutensoku
Touhou 12.5 Double Spoiler
Touhou 12.8 Great Fairy Wars
Touhou 13 Ten Desires
Touhou 13.5 Hopeless Masquerade (NEW)
Touhou 14 Double Dealing Character (NEW)
Melty Blood
Melty Blood React
Melty Blood Act Cadenza
Melty Blood Actress Again
Guilty Gear Isuka
Sonic CD
Sonic R
Sonic Heroes

GBC (14)
Pokemon Yellow
Pokemon Blue
Pokemon Red
Pokemon Gold
Pokemon Silver
Pokemon Crystal
Tom & Jerry
Hamtaro Ham Hams Unite
The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo
The Powerpuff Girls: Paint the Townsville Green
The Powerpuff Girls: Battle HIM
Dragon Tales
Kirby Tilt N' Tumble

GBA (27)
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Sapphire
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Fire Red
Pokemon Pinball
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Sacred Stones
Advance Wars
Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising
Yoshi Island
Dragon Ball Z Super Sonic Warriors
Tekken Advance
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper
Golden Sun
Megaman Zero
Megaman Zero 4
Megaman Battle Network 2
Megaman Battle Network 3
Megaman Battle Network 4
Megaman Battle Network 5
Megaman Battle Network 6
Sonic Advance
Sonic Advance 2
Sonic Advance 3
Sonic Battle
Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Kirby Amazing Mirror

DS (57)
Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon White
Pokemon Black 2
Dragon Quest 4 Chapters of the Chosen
Dragon Quest 5 Hands of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest 6 Realms of Revelation
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker
Dragon Quest 9 Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Bleach Blade of Fate
Bleach Dark Souls
Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded
Pokemon Trozei
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of the Sky
Pokemon Ranger
Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia
Luminous Arc
Luminous Arc 2
Final Fantasy A2 Tactics
Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2
Megaman Zero (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 2 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 3 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman Zero 4 (Megaman Zero Collection)
Megaman ZX
Megaman ZX Advent
Megaman Starforce
Megaman Starforce 2
Megaman Starforce 3 Black Joker
Lunar Knights
Metal Slug 7
Zelda Phantom Hourglass
Zelda Spirit Tracks
Knights in the Nightmare
Yoshi Touch and Go
Yoshi Island 2
Super Mario 64 DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Cave Story
Sonic Rush
Sonic Rush Adventure
Sonic Chronicles The Dark Brotherhood
Star Fox DS
Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon
Advance Wars Dual Strike
Advance Wars Days of Ruin
Kirby Canvas Curse
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Radiant Historia
The World Ends With You
Luminous Arc 3

PSP (58)
Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles
Castlevania Rondo of Blood
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Persona 2 Innocnet Sin
Persona 3 Portable
Final Fantasy Dissidia
Disgaea Afternoon of Darkness
Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days
Prinny Can I really Be the Hero?
Prinny Dawn of Oeration Panties Dood!
Phantom Brave
Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together
Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions
Yggdra Union
Knights in the Nightmare
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2
No Heroes Allowed!
Cladun: This is An RPG
Cladun: This is An RPG X2
Fate/ Unlimited Codes
Fate/ Extra
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
Street Fighter 2
Street Fighter 2 Champion
Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting
Ghost And Goblins
Super Ghosts and Goblins
Goblins and Ghouls
Final Fight
Street Fighter
Samurai Shodown 6
Metal Slug 6
Metal Slug XX
LittleBigPlanet PSP
Lumines 2
Every Extend Extra
Tekken 6
Blazblue Calamity Trigger
Blazblue Continuum Shift 2
Guilty Gear XX Access Core +
LocoRoco 2
Patapon 2
Patapon 3
Wipeout Pulse
Wipeout Pure
Project Diva
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
Final Fantasy Anniversery Edition
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV Intrelude
Final Fantasy IV The After Years
Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim

3DS (13)
Kid Icarus Uprising
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Overclocked
Super Mario 3D Land
Zelda Ocarina of Time
Mutant Mudds
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Super Street Fighter 4
Pokemon Rumble Blast
Code of Princess
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (NEW)
Tetris Axis (NEW)
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (NEW)

PSVita (14)
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Rayman Origins
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention
Persona 4 Golden
Lumines Electric Symphony
Street Fighter X Tekken
Aqua Kitty
DJMAX: Technika Tune (NEW)
Cytus Lambda (NEW)
Chaos Rings (NEW)
Ragnarok Odyssey (NEW)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (NEW)
Spelunky (NEW)

Total So Far: 292 Games Completed (22 NEW GAMES COMPLETED!)
Updated: 12/2/2013