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Big Update for Love Live! School Idol Festival Adds Aquors

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KLab, the team behind Love Live! School Idol Festival has added a new update to the game with some major revamping, as well as the addition of Aquors, the newer of the two Love Live! idol groups.

The biggest part of the update is the addition of Aquors. While many of the group’s songs have been playable for a while, the cast will now be added in full, with an entire story mode focused on Aquors. And good news for players who aren’t at the top – Aquors’ story mode is playable by everyone, regardless of your idol rank, allowing everyone to gain immediate access into Aquors’ story mode. Players will unlock Aquors songs based upon completing goals, which are independent of rank.

There are a number of other additions as well. To begin with, players can now switch between μ’s mode and Aquors mode. When playing in one group’s mode, using characters from that group will make players earn bonus points. Players will also be able to switch between an idol’s pre-idolized and idolized forms, allowing just that extra bit of added customization. Other quality of life additions will help players along; KLab made the total number of idol members 120 from the start, as opposed to the original 90, as well as the ability to pick a partner member that will appear at the menus and lead the player through the game as a guide.

Other additions include the new SSR rank of rarity, which falls between the SR and UR rarity, and reward boxes, which are rewards for players that complete a number of live shows. These come in a variety of rarities, and require higher scores to unlock higher ranked boxes. School Idol Skills have also been expanded upon, and now come into play during practices and Idolization.

And finally, for players that are experienced with the rhythm game, Expert mode has been added permanently to all songs, included A-side tracks which previously only had easy, normal, and hard difficulties. Alongside this, a new Master mode is being added to a specially selected four songs per month which will be more difficult than Expert.

It’s time to start powering through those new Aquors songs. Maybe we’ll get some A-RISE or Saint Snow in the future?

Love Live! School Idol Festival is a free-to-play mobile game, available on both Android and iOS.

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40 comments
  1. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    September 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

    This is one of the few mobile games that does F2P right. Sure the rhythm game is kinda simple, its no Project Diva for sure, but there are no shitty adds, there are frequent updates and events, the limitations are reasonable and there’s a sizable selection of songs.

  2. Guin
    Guin
    September 30, 2016 at 10:37 am

    If anything, there’s too many events. They kept piling one after another that I just gave up.

    I’m sticking to my guns and say that Granblue has the best model, but both are different genres so it’s a bit of an apples and oranges deal.

  3. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    September 30, 2016 at 10:56 am

    “This is one of the mobile games that does F2P right”
    Thats what everyone says about their favorite free garbage
    Ive heard this from Planetside 2 to Graal Online

  4. Chensaw
    Chensaw
    September 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

    “This is one of the few mobile games that does F2P right”
    No it doesn’t, the principle of every rhythm game is to fail and practice over and over again and this game doesn’t let you practice forcing you to pay to play continuously.

    If anything is a decent F2P game.

    And there’s the difficulty too, it’s no problem at the beginning but some songs have a lot of notes and you just can’t practice them.

  5. Lucky
    Lucky
    September 30, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Lol who cares about crappy moe FTP mobile games?

  6. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    September 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

    70% of Japan.

  7. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    September 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

    It’s still a cash guzzler, especially during ranking. Then again any F2P mobile game with ranking is bound to attract whales when their precious waifu is locked behind getting ranked 100+.

    Starlight Stage is better anyways.

  8. Krimhelm
    Krimhelm
    September 30, 2016 at 11:57 am

    It’s like a double edge sword. Too many events keep the game alive, but players have no downtime to do other things,because they feel like they HAVE to do the event, especially if it’s limited. Tack on limited energy and you’re bound to struggle with priorities.

    Not enough events and the players think the game is neglected.

  9. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    September 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    ….me…

  10. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    September 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Different strokes and all.

  11. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    September 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Idolmaster > Love Live.

  12. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    September 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t have much problems with the harder difficulties. I played allot of rhythm games though.

  13. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    September 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah if you wanna rank high and get the higher tier rewards you will need to spend gems. I cant even get too worked up about since they gotta get people to spend cash one way or another to keep the game alive.
    On the other hand if you play casually and don’t care too much about the card collecting aspect you don’t have to spend a dime.

  14. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    September 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    A little bit late tough, I DLed the Japanese version using QooApp a few weeks ago and it already had Aquors

  15. Lucky
    Lucky
    September 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Well at least you’re honest.

  16. Lucky
    Lucky
    September 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I meant for countries that aren’t gonna die of old age. :P

  17. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    September 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Granblue and Kancolle if you ask me. People may talk shit about Kancolle but in Kancolle the only thing that you really need is Slot Expansion and those are only 7 bucks for 10 which is really cheap if you consider you only have to buy when events come and you need extra slots

  18. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    September 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Japan is all over Starlight Stage though

  19. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Idol Shit is so much more respectable than Love Lice.

  20. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    September 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    It’s finally time for “IT’S JOKE!”

  21. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    todokete

  22. Guin
    Guin
    September 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Why should they pander to you?

  23. Guin
    Guin
    September 30, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    They are irrelevant. When did they make anything that I like?

  24. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    September 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    How is the FTP in it? Are the purchases selectable and permanent (like buying skins/characters/items/songs of your choice) or are they using some sort of scammy “gatcha” (gambling) system?

    I don’t mind the former as it just shifts the cost of the game to DLC instead or flat out, kinda like League of Legends/DOTA2.

  25. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    September 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    No Gatcha system in either?

  26. vayanui8
    vayanui8
    October 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Aqours have been out for months now…

  27. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Eh, I haven’t spent a cent and I consistently hit the penultimate reward tier. You gotta spend gems, but you can earn and save quite a few of those for free.

    It isn’t particularly beginner friendly, though, and hitting those higher tiers typically requires you invest a decent amount of time. Still, most fun I’ve gotten out of a F2P on phones, if that means anything.

  28. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 2:47 am

    The earliest difficulties are laughably easy, so you shouldn’t be failing those. There’s a learning curve with the later ones, but by the time you should be tackling those, your energy cap should be significantly higher and your decks significantly better.

    You practice by playing; if you fail, you lose the rechargeable energy it cost to play the song—that’s it. Worst case scenario, you get up and do something else while you wait for your energy to recharge—so basically like every F2P ever.

  29. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 2:55 am

    True, but this game is pretty good comparatively speaking. By and large, you get more out of it by putting in time, not money.

    You can spend money to buy in-game currency that’s used for a variety of things, namely “scouting” for new cards (here’s where the random F2P bullshit comes in). But this isn’t necessary if you just want to play casually.

    It’s mostly a single player experience. Play songs, listen to fully voice-acted story bits, and collect cards of the idols. The only time there’s any PvP interaction is during limited time events where your final placement dictates your rewards. Outside of complete whales, I can hold my own with nothing but cards acquired for free.

  30. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Basically the latter, but you can do the same thing by saving up for free. Purchases net you in-game assets used to “scout” for new “idols” (cards), but you can get by without buying them—I know they all say that, but you really can here.

    Most of the people who drop money on this game desperately want one specific card and throw embarrassingly large amounts at the game in hopes of getting said card. It’s hardly perfect, but I’ve seen the gatcha system abused far more egregiously in other games (Metal Slug Attack comes to mind); not really a defense or excuse of the practice, just my two cents.

  31. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 3:05 am

    On the Japanese game; they just hit the English one. English is always playing a bit of catch-up.

  32. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    October 1, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Ehh nevermind then. Who wants to play games just to skirt by and get to the ending instead of trying to get the coolest endgame gear/characters?

    That sounds more like playing because someone is paying you to instead of playing for fun.

  33. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    October 1, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Right? The only games that do F2P right are ones that are free and then offer additional content as DLC with no randomness, whether it be new levels/characters/items/skins.

  34. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I’m not trying to sell you on this game or anything—if you’re not interested then cool—but comparing this to a RPG is silly. It’s a F2P rhythm game—its endgame is its death. There is no story ending or Ultima weapons waiting to be found; new content will continue to come out as long as it remains a viable platform. F2P games and completionism are basically antithetical to one another—you basically can’t get or see everything in this game, or most any other F2P game for that matter; that’s more or less a hallmark of the style.

  35. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    October 1, 2016 at 3:56 am

    And therein likes the catch, completionism is actually what they bank on from a very few players. Essentially all the new development costs go toward hoping a handful of people will dump a few thousand dollars every new event to get the new things.

    They don’t even care about players who would be willing to spend as much as a normal PS4 game would cost ingame, they mean nothing to them, that’s chump change. It feels wrong playing games where its very clear that the target player.

    Then again, if you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend even a few bucks in game for some reason, then all this might not seem bad as you’re essentially just playing a free game. I don’t get those people though.

  36. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 1, 2016 at 4:08 am

    You’re not wrong, but I honestly don’t know why you would have expected anything else honestly. That’s almost invariably how F2P games work—the few F2P games in which purchased content is predominantly or exclusively cosmetic items are basically all competitive multiplayer games, which this game is not. If playing a game that operates off the general F2P scheme feels wrong to you, you can, unsurprisingly, effectively discount all F2P games immediately, no questions or discussion required.

    Personally, I don’t play it because it’s free; I mostly play it because I like earning new cards in events. It’s a time-waster; If I want a meatier experience, I’ll play a real game.

    No hostility intended, mind you.

  37. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    October 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

    No, just construction. The construction is random and what ship will come out varies by the amount of resources used (Gas, Steel, Ammo and Bauxite), but the resources are obtained in game through mission, expeditions or just let them regenarate with time by loggin off and waiting a few hours.

  38. Guin
    Guin
    October 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hence why no serious player actually plays the English version.

  39. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    The company or the world?

  40. SullenSamurai
    SullenSamurai
    October 2, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Okay, Scotsman most true.