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My DJMax Collection (plus thoughts on Technika Tune)

Just had my DJMax Technika Tune LE delivered today. Paid an arm and a leg for it, no thanks to the UPS Brokerage and their INSANE fees. I used to constantly blame the Canadian customs and government for the additional import cost but it turns out the culprit for the excessive charges comes from the broker. Anyway~ Here are some photos of the set. :3 They’re all kind of blurry here because WordPress resizes them to fit the blog’s theme/style. You can click on them for larger, crispier, & clearer versions (except the one with the open game case).

DJMax Technika Tune LE slipcase
DJMax Technika Tune LE slipcase
DJMax Technika Tune slipcase + box
DJMax Technika Tune slipcase + box
Clockwise, from top left: artbook, wrist strap + screen cleaner, game + card case, soundtrack, Vita slipcase
Clockwise, from top left: artbook, wrist strap + screen cleaner, game + card case, soundtrack, Vita slipcase
No manual. Not a surprise though.
No manual. Not a surprise though.

As a bonus, here’s my current DJMax collection. XD There were a few that I didn’t buy since they were either way too expensive and/or hard to find (like the Portable and Portable 2 ones), or just had stuff that I didn’t care about. I think DJMax Trilogy LE came with a mug or something goofy like that. Oh yeah, these are all pre-orders too so I got them all at retail price. :3

Haha. I didn't realize that DJMax Trilogy was upside down until I was cropping the photo. XD
Haha. I didn’t realize that DJMax Trilogy was upside down until I was cropping the photo. XD

I have an unopened copy of Fever in The Crew Edition LE because I bought the game first before PM Studios decided to sell the limited edition. The shiny silver thing between the Technika Tune LE and Trilogy is the DJMax Technika Exclusive Collection soundtrack. Bought it on a whim even though I never played the arcade game before. In fact, Technika Tune is the first time I played a game in the Technika series.

DJMax Portable Black Square: Quattra Edition has tape on its cover because either Play Asia or the people putting together the thing slashed it. I know for certain that it wasn’t me since the box itself was no where near the opening flaps of the shipping box that it came in.

Man, between all the limited and special editions here, I have 3 or 4 Platinum Crew cards. ^^ I’ve never used them before either. :3

DJMax Hot Tunes LE. I decided to open up the box again since I had the game on my shelf for the longest time. I forgot how extravagant and over-the-top this design was.
DJMax Hot Tunes LE. I decided to open up the box again since I had the game on my shelf for the longest time and wanted to put it away. I forgot how extravagant and over-the-top this design was.

Hot Tunes had one of the best looking DJMax limited editions, IMO.

Now about Technika Tune itself~~ it’s pretty fun! Only played about 4 songs in Freestyle (on Easy XD) though. I’m gonna need a lot more practice with this game since I’m bombing here and there on 2 – 3-star stages and might not move out of Easy difficulty for a while. ^^; (Bombing = breaking quite a bit. My lowest rating has been a C but I mostly get  B’s and A’s)

I just switched it to Normal to see how different it will be in terms of judgement and if note patterns change. I have a feeling I’ll be putting it back onto Easy though.

Edit:

Adding some thoughts about the game~~

  • I do like this game quite a bit! I gotta say that it’s more fun than DJMax Portable 3. 😛
  • Mostly playing on Star Mixing mode until I get my reflexes up a bit more. I tried Pop Mixing and failed the first stage. XD Played it again and go through 3 stages. Had to set the difficulty on Easy though. .___.;
  • I find myself using one finger only. :/ Also, I’ve set it so that it’s only on touchscreen and the time line comes from the left.
  • Some tunes have distracting videos. For example, I Want You just flashes at some point and unless you’re familiar enough with the pattern, you may end up mistiming some things cuz the time line becomes hard to see.
  • The hand DOES block notes so it’s always good to glance ahead a little if possible.
  • Really wish they’d get rid of the stupid “Thanks for playing” splashscreen after completing a mixing mode. I KNOW it’s supposed to emulate arcade style gameplay but bleh. I guess that’s what Freestyle is for.
  • Fucking hell. I wish the goddamn Fever button wasn’t at the top right corner. Would worked better in the center or something.
  • Ugh. Forever is another one that suffers from the time line that blends in with the video. 9__9
  • Grr. Ghost is one of my fave songs but I can’t do well in it. .___. Same with Ruti’n.

Edit #2 (Dec 20th):

More babblings!

  • Getting better at the game now. Managed to pull off some full combos (with Anti Break 3 … but even with it equipped, it doesn’t need to kick in at times ^_^v) and some S and S+ ranks in Star Mixing and Freestyle (Star ones, of course). Currently trying to get a higher combo in Freestyle. I went back to Easy difficulty to ensure a better chance of maintaining a combo. XD

    Almost 100%. :/
    Almost 100%. :/
  • Spammed the hell out of Facebook last night to see what kind of exclusive items I can get. Turns out it’s some Fever +40% and EXP +40% consumable items. Looks like you can spam FB like 15 or so times? But because I did it like midnight – 1 AM, I won’t be able to post any more updates until tomorrow. XD

    Stocking up on consumable items via spamming Facebook status updates. XD
    Stocking up on consumable items via spamming Facebook status updates. XD
  • Pop Mixing is pretty fun! I think I like the touchscreen + touchpad gameplay. I just kind of suck at it at the moment. 😀
  • I just realized that I officially own some Kara tunes now. ^^; The only song I heard from them before was Jumping and that was from the Japanese version of Just Dance Wii. Actually, I think they may have another song or two on that but I never cared about it. I even bought the Japanese single of Jumping off iTunes JP. I like Step and Lupin now after hearing them so much in Technika Tune. ^^; I guess I’ll look for the singles to hear them in their entirety.
  • Managed this on Easy difficulty. I think I would have gotten a game over in Ghost if it were on Normal. :/

    Pop Mixing. Ghost almost did me in. :/
    Pop Mixing. Ghost almost did me in. :/

DJMax Ray: Data Reinitializing Bug Fixed!

Edit on March 17, 2013: I’ve upgraded to iOS 6.1.2 yesterday and updated to the newest version of DJMax Ray so I decided to give it a try again. With jailbreak, you can now log into Pmangplus and be online for ranking and stuff but you CANNOT buy any in-app purchases. Since I wanted to explore 6.1.2 more, I restored my iPod touch and currently using stock OS. It was only this way that I was able to buy the Dramatic music pack. (I wanted it for My Heart, My Soul, and Ventilator.) :/

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With the latest update (1.0.2) released on Monday, the game no longer throws me back to level 1 whenever it decides to crap out on me~! This meant that I was finally able to catch up to my previous level and score! In celebration of this, I spent a part of yesterday playing the hell out of the game. I got from rank 1060 to 359 in a few hours. XD Currently at 356~! :3

Unfortunately, it still randomly minimizes itself every now and then. I believe this could be a RAM issue with the iPod touch? I know it happens a lot more frequently when it’s in jailbroken mode. :X

Anyway, here are some screenshots~! (They’re somewhat blurry because the theme automatically resizes them to fit on the page. :/ They can be clicked on for the full version though (which isn’t much bigger. ^^)

DJMax Ray - Daylight unlocked~!
Along with the data reset bug being fixed, Neowiz also reduced the clear conditions of some of the challenges. 😀 Phoenix Virus used to require a “Fade In Clear” on 5L/MX but now it’s 5L/HD. 😀
DJMax Ray - Memory of Beach Clear Condition Nerfed
Another challenge change! Memory of Beach is still on 5L/MX difficulty but instead of the 91% (or was it 90%?) rating clear, all you need is 85% accuracy. :B
DJMax Ray - Memory of Beach Challenge Complete~!
Either the judgement became more lenient or I just got lucky but this is the highest accuracy rating I got the tune so far. I wish I managed this when the clear condition was still at 91%.

Memory of Beach, along with Seeker, is a tune that I’ve played so many times in just about every PSP and PC (re: Trilogy and Online) DJMax game, but for some reason, I can NEVER do well in them.

DJMax Ray - Bronze medal~!
Got a bronze for clearing all difficulties of Heart Beat with B grade or above.
DJMax Ray - Silver medals~!
I later upgraded the bronze for Heart Beat to a silver by clearing a few difficulties with S rank.

It’s kind of strange but you can get bronze AND silver medals simultaneously after completing all of a tune’s lines and difficulties. Gold will probably never happen since it would require me to get S rank on MX modes which is next to impossible. :B Maybe if I had a gear, note, and coolbomb that greatly raised judgement, then maybe I could do it.

Here’s a funny screen:

DJMax Ray - Nightmare 4L/MX Button Mash XD
Only got through this by button mashing. XD Tried to do the same on 5L but it didn’t work. ^^

I have two more songs to unlock but I’m having doubts that I’ll be able to do it since I think one of the challenges is WhiteBlue 5L/HD with Fade Out 2 Clear and my timing gets thrown off part way through it. WhiteBlue has always been one of my fave tunes but I don’t like any of  its note patterns in this game or Tap Sonic. :/

The only beef I really have with this game is that there are far too few tracks right now. I only want to replay them so many times before I’m bored. :\ Sometimes, I’d put the effector on Random just to get different patterns but randomly generating patterns typically throws in crazy slide notes that span the entire play area. >_>

Oh, and since I’m racking up Max big time, it would have been nice if Neowiz had more gears, notes, etc. as unlocks or allow players to purchase the 5th tune of any music pack with Max. >:\ Honestly, I’m not crazy about any of the Ray-exclusive tracks but I’d still like to see them unlocked. XD

Edit: WTF! I was about to complete the 2nd Feel challenge (full combo on 5L/HD) and then the game just terminates shortly before the end of the tune. >_> Goddamn.

Edit #2: Girlz has a fun pattern on all difficulties. Its MX pattern is pretty easy too!

Edit #3: Ahaha. I was failing the Extra Challenge for Feel (Fade In 2 + 90% clear) on 5L/HD or MX and the game kicked me out mid-way though. XD

DJMax Ray issues

Edit on Feb 1st, 2013: I meant to write this earlier but Neowiz has decided to not even try to support jailbroken devices. They just automatically assume everyone that uses one pirates, I guess. Pretty sad. This just means they won’t get my money. Anyway, I could swear that Tap Sonic is immune to IAP hacking but works fine with jailbroken devices so why can’t apply the same type of programming or whatever to DJMax Ray?

Edit on March 17, 2013: I’ve upgraded to iOS 6.1.2 yesterday and updated to the newest version of DJMax Ray so I decided to give it a try again. With jailbreak, you can now log into Pmangplus and be online for ranking and stuff but you CANNOT buy any in-app purchases. Since I wanted to explore 6.1.2 more, I restored my iPod touch and currently using stock OS. It was only this way that I was able to buy the Dramatic music pack. (I wanted it for My Heart, My Soul, and Ventilator.) :/

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Update on October 10th: I got a reply back from PmangPlus support. They said that they’ve already submitted an update (version 1.0.2) that should fix the random data reset problem. I really hope it does. >:/

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Neowiz released version 1.0.1 yesterday which addresses some sort of login issue to PmangPlus. Since I’m not getting rampant data reset issues whenever I finish a tune, I assume that the update was somehow related to that. However, I still experience the following:

  • If you happen to be taking a screenshot of a results screen and accidentally hold the Home button too long, the game will minimize (which is normal behaviour) but the user data will reinitialize. >_> I suppose the quick fix for this is not to take screencaps of the game but seriously, something like this shouldn’t exist and is a developer issue.
  • The game abruptly exiting/minimizing into the multi-task area while playing. This can happen at any time with any song. The good thing is that you’re not thrown back to level 1 anymore when you go back into the game. I’m guessing this could be some sort of memory leak problem? I just manually exit and restart the game from time to time in hopes that that’ll help. ^^ I really hate nearly full comboing a tune and racking up a high score only for the stupid app to close on itself. >:E

I’ve had to start all over multiple times already and really wish they could have just gotten the bugs ironed out before the game’s release. I know some folks that were/are getting errors when attempting to do in-app purchases but I was lucky enough that mine went through with little issue. It was still a scare when I didn’t get a purchase confirmation right away though. Hopefully, the latest update corrected the IAP problems too.

Sigh. Kind of annoyed that it’s going to take a while to reach my original leaderboard points. 😛 I was at level 10 when the game just hiccuped and kicked me back to level 1. >___>

Anyway, I’m not a Technika player so Ray is the first time I’ve never heard this tune. I like this quite a bit~!

Also like Angel~! I wonder if Technika Tune has these? Guess I could look up the track list of the game.

Ah! Splendid! They are~! :3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJMax_Technika_Tune Oh geez, Jumpin’ by KARA is too? XD I’m only familiar with the Japanese version though. Hoping the US release won’t take out some of these tracks cuz it looks like a pretty good list! (DJMax Metro Project? Is that a combination of Clazziquai Edition and Black Square or something? :/ Oh, it includes the first Technika as well?)

Oh yeah, meant to show this earlier:

DJMAX Ray - Extracting the music files
i-FunBox for all your iOS browsing needs! :3 (http://www.i-funbox.com/)

i-FunBox is a file manager for Windows and Mac platforms and you can use it with your iOS device even if it’s not jailbroken. (However, if you intend to do some illegal software installations — re: pirating apps — you’ll find that the program won’t support such things.)

The screenshot shows the folder where you can find your music. I have a suspicion that the app already includes all the tracks and note patterns and that IAP only unlocks them because, IIRC, I didn’t have to do any additional downloads when I bought the bundle.

DJMAX Ray

Sexy title screen

Dammit. I was oblivious to this title. I heard about it but I thought it was for another platform so I kind of ignored it. Suddenly, I see people tweeting that it’s out and it’s for iOS!

So yeah, if you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, get this: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/djmax-ray-by-neowiz/id543439937 (Also available in App Stores of other countries too.)

I’ll write up my impressions later on. So far, it stays pretty true to the classic DJMax play style except with the new slide notes (which are part of the core play style in  Tap Sonic). The ability to purchase Gears & Notes (with both virtual money and real money) like from various DJM games is in this.
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