The rhythm genre may have grown and faded for Western developers, but Japan continues to support it with stronger and stronger titles. 2015 brought us two standouts, both choosing to tie catchy gameplay with beloved characters.
Best Rhythm Game of 2015: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
If there’s some sort of hierarchy in the realm of music games, Hatsune Miku is unquestionably the queen. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is a best-of game, combining all of the hits and costumes from the first two Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai games in one perfect package. It has the touch control gimmick, precise button controls and some of the catchiest Vocaloid hits you’ll ever hear. Not to mention Puyo Puyo 39. Puyo Puyo 39 is great.
Damn. I think I have “Age Age Again” stuck in my head… again. – Jenni
Runner-up: Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Persona may have never ventured into rhythm games before, but it had certainly developed a knack for telling a good story. It’s that narrative proficiency that drives Dancing All Night to success, breaking up the song-after-song tedium with some fun side stories with favorites like Chie and Teddie. Persona has been good to the Vita, and this game just keeps that streak going. – Graham