The Idolmaster: One For All (title also recorded as The [email protected]: One For All ) on PlayStation 3 is the next installment of The Idolmaster series, popular in Japan. Like our predecessors, the title is a music manager with elements of arcade and adventure games, where we take care of a band of teenage pop singers. A team of developers from Bandai Namco is always responsible for creating the game. The Idolmaster: One For All was released three years after the premiere The Idolmaster 2. The authors abandoned many demanding managerial options of their predecessor, instead expanding the adventure elements of the game and segments, in which we get to know young idols better.
W The Idolmaster: One For All we play the role of a beginner music producer, starting work in the artistic agency 765 Production. His task is to direct the career of young idols who have recently officially debuted in the world of show business. At the beginning we choose one of thirteen girls. She will become our first charge and will be the leader of a three-person team, which we will gradually create by fulfilling the orders of our boss. The main The heroes of the game are the characters that appeared in the previous parts of the cycle. However, it is worth noting that The Idolmaster: One For All is in no way connected with them and presents its own original story. In general, production also puts much more emphasis on adventure elements, which were made in the form known from visual novel games.
The basics of gameplay in The Idolmaster: One For All did not change significantly in relation to the second installment of the cycle. Starting the game we choose one girl who will become the leader of the team. Unlike its predecessor, however, we are not limited in time and the game does not end in a place designated by the creators. In return, we have to regularly perform the tasks assigned by the boss, thanks to which we gain further levels of experience of the manufacturer, unlocking new opportunities, such as expanding the team with new members and participating in special events. The year in the game is divided into four seasons. For each of them there are twelve weeks. Each week is divided into several days, on which we determine the schedule of classes. The game is divided into several different segments. Players can send girls for lessons, auditions or, after meeting the relevant requirements, organize a concert or event. They can also talk and spend time with one of them.
Beginners’ skills are described with three statistics (voice, dance and presentation/charisma). We enlarge it thanks to the lessons, which were realized in the form of three rhythmic mini-games. The acquired skills are tested during auditions during which we perform a selected song, competing with other music groups. In a similar way, we work well during concerts and various events. Apart from voice, costumes, which influence the skills and presentation of the heroines, also turn out to be important.
### Technical issues
The Idolmaster: One For All uses the author’s own graphical engine used in previous titles from the cycle. Each song has been recorded separately by all actresses, so depending on who you choose to join the band you will hear voices corresponding to different heroines. Apart from works known from other editions IdolmasterThe game also offers completely new compositions.
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