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The player can invite two additional idols for a quintet performance for certain songs, resulting in 5 idols on stage.
 
The player can invite two additional idols for a quintet performance for certain songs, resulting in 5 idols on stage.
  
Also included in the game is the "Stage For You" mode, which resembles SP's "Office Mode", to create a stage without producing an idol unit, utilizing 1, 2, 3, or 5 idols on the stage. All 13 765Pro idols are available to use in S4U mode. In the Story Mode in IM@S 2 PS3, players can use Iori, Azusa, Ami, and Ritsuko in their story after NOT being playable in the Xbox 360 version.
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Also included in the game is the "Stage For You!" mode, which resembles SP's "Office Mode", to create a stage without producing an idol unit, utilizing 1, 2, 3, or 5 idols on the stage. All 13 765Pro idols are available to use in S4U mode. Though limited in terms of customization, Jupiter and the other DLC idols can also be used in S4U!.
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In the Story Mode in IM@S 2 PS3, players can use Iori, Azusa, Ami, and Ritsuko in their story after NOT being playable in the Xbox 360 version.
  
 
==Story==
 
==Story==

Revision as of 12:34, 13 September 2012

THE iDOLM@STER 2 is the latest game under THE iDOLM@STER 2nd Vision label. It was released for the Xbox 360 on February 24th, 2011, and re-released for the Playstation 3 on October 27, 2011 with extra content. Both games were rereleased on August 2, 2012, for both systems as part of a Best Seller's line.

Gameplay

Gameplay mostly remains unchanged from the previous game, only now that the player is forced to choose amongst 9 idols and make a trio group.

Lessons have been reworked slightly with the exclusion of two mini-games. Auditions have also been reworked from their original concept.

The player can invite two additional idols for a quintet performance for certain songs, resulting in 5 idols on stage.

Also included in the game is the "Stage For You!" mode, which resembles SP's "Office Mode", to create a stage without producing an idol unit, utilizing 1, 2, 3, or 5 idols on the stage. All 13 765Pro idols are available to use in S4U mode. Though limited in terms of customization, Jupiter and the other DLC idols can also be used in S4U!.

In the Story Mode in IM@S 2 PS3, players can use Iori, Azusa, Ami, and Ritsuko in their story after NOT being playable in the Xbox 360 version.

Story

The game takes place about half a year to a year after the idols first debuted. Although the settings and characters strongly resemble the ones used in the older games, iM@S2 is in fact a standalone in the series. One could call it a parallel universe where Producer never joined 765 Pro. 961 Pro's Project Fairy didn't exist either. However, the characters Takane and Hibiki both exist and are part of 765 Production.

765 Pro is facing a lack of recent success in Story Mode. One of the only recent hits is Ryuuguu Komachi, a unit comprised of Azusa Miura, Ami Futami, led by Iori Minase, and produced by former idol Ritsuko Akizuki. The 9 selectable girls have made solo debuts already but haven't become anywhere as popular as Ritsuko's group. Because of Ryuuguu Komachi's success and the recent lack of public interest in solo idols, Junjirou Takagi entrusts the Producer with creating a idol unit, with the goal to make 765 Pro successful.

Takao Kuroi's secret weapon to beat 765 Pro involves a batch of male idols forming the idol unit called "Jupiter". It includes Touma Amagase, Hokuto Ijuuin, and Shouta Mitarai. The group becomes very popular with their songs Alice or Guilty and Koi wo Hajimeyou.

Faced with living up to Ryuuguu Komachi's success and attempting to deal with the mysterious new threat of Jupiter, the Producer must manage each girl's tension, produce songs, and aim for the Idol Academy title.

Songs

The game features both new and old songs, but severely lacks older songs in favor of former DLC and MASTER ARTIST image songs. For a list of available songs, check the Official Song Listing.

Added in PS3 version

Additional idols are made available through upcoming DLC Catalogs.

Release

The game was first released for the Xbox 360 on February 24th, 2011, with a limited first print edition called the Sparkle Pack. The Sparkle Pack edition contained a 4 part photo set, a 765 Pro Employee ID with an unique employee number and Serial ID, a download card for the DLC song Little Match Girl, and 2 Weiss Schwarz promo cards.

The game was re-released for the Playstation 3 on October 27, 2011 with extra content on the disk, including the first 3 catalogs of downloadable content. The PS3 version of the limited first print edition included the limited edition of the first volume of THE iDOLM@STER anime on Blu-Ray disc (which also includes the PERFECT IDOL 01 CD), Gravure For You! Vol. 1, a mini-gravure model magazine featuring Iori and Haruka, a 5 photo image set of Iori, as well as the official soundtrack CD with the BGMs from the game. This all came packed in a special box which seems to be for future volumes of the anime, as the box is simply labeled "THE iDOLM@STER", referencing itself to the anime, not the iM@S2 game.

Changes

Costumes are now classified as Floral, Luxury, and Starry, replacing the old Cute & Girly, Cool & Sexy, and Cosmic & Funny categories respectively. The standard versions of the costumes are called Vital Sunflower (Floral), Pink Diamond 765 (Luxury), and Charming Venus (Starry).

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