THE iDOLM@STER: Live for You!
THE iDOLM@STER: Live For You! (アイドルマスター ライブフォーユー AIDORUMASUTAA RAIBU FOO YUU) is an Xbox 360 game released in Japan by Namco on February 28, 2008. The game is a spinoff to THE iDOLM@STER, which followed the career of a producer who works for the fictional 765 Production studio and had to work with a selection of ten prospective pop Japanese idols. In this game, due to the temporary absence of their normal producer, the player, in the role of one of their fans, is given the role of "Special Producer" and is charged with coordinating the idols' concert.
After the success of the Xbox 360 version of the game, Namco revealed the production of Live for You! in October 2007. The game focuses more on the concert event section from the original, with higher customization of the stage, costumes and songs.
The game was sold in two versions, a Limited and a Regular Edition. The limited edition included a custom slipcase and a special DVD containing an OVA and previews of remixed versions of the songs, available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Pre-reservations contained a download card that would allow users to download a new song, 'shiny smile' (3/27 release) for use in the game. A set of prepaid Microsoft Points cards featuring the iDOLM@STER characters have also been released to accompany the game. Two different versions were offered in 3,500 point denominations.
Multiple downloadable content updates have been released, including new songs from the THE IDOLM@STER MASTER ARTIST series. The updates include new costumes, costume pieces, song remixes, themes, gamer pictures, and Idol Drama skits in the form of short videos. Each content piece ranges from 200 to 1000 Microsoft Points.
To coincide with the release of THE iDOLM@STER 2, downloadable content was marked down from its original price.
The game focuses mainly on the concert coordination aspect of the original and expands on it in many ways. Rather than playing as a producer, the player is a fan representative of the idol(s) in the performance. Kotori Otonashi, in her first on-screen appearance, serves as the player's assistant.
Before each performance, the player is introduced to their idol of choice in a small communication event with no branches. The event is randomly selected from about seven conversations for each of the twelve idols (including Mami and Awakened Miki). Afterwards, the player is able to customize the song, stage, costumes and performance.
During the concert, the player is engaged in a rhythm mini-game using 6 different buttons to build up a voltage meter indicating the excitement of the fans during the concert. A higher meter corresponds to a better ranking and higher score during the post-concert evaluation. The player may also set the game to do a video only performance and save that video to their console's memory.
If a player manages to score more than 90% Voltage, they will unlock the Remix A version of the song they just played.
|765 Production Idols|
|765 Production Staff|
The game was received well, with initial Famitsu scores placing it higher than its predecessor. The game sold 40,000 copies of the limited edition and 2,000 copies of the normal edition on the first day, exceeding the first week sales of the original.
Since then, it has become available from Xbox Live Marketplace from its Games on Demand service, along with the original game.
- Although Awakened Miki is a selectable character, there is no personality change from her regular slothful personality, compared to Mami Futami who tries to act as if she really is Ami.
- While labeled as returning songs, the music above had several songs that debuted in THE iDOLM@STER SP only weeks before becoming Live for You! DLC.
- Although Takane Shijou and Hibiki Ganaha did not appear in Live for You!, a calender sold at THE IDOLM@STER 5th ANNIVERSARY The world is all one!! concert showed what they would have looked like in this game.