By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Close
Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! (PS4)

Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! (PS4) - Review

by Thomas Froehlicher , posted on 10 May 2021 / 1,778 Views

Japanese publishers love long game titles and Square Enix certainly gave its best when naming this adaptation of the famous Love Live! anime. But behind the peculiar name, Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! is actually a fairly orthodox rhythm game in which you play as the various idols from the series.

The first thing I like about After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! is its elegant presentation. You can choose your favorite singer from the main menu, where she performs charming commentary depending on the categories you select. The menu is nicely colored and clear, making it both practical and pleasant to browse through. The big surprise though is that Square Enix has included both groups belonging to the Love Live! licence, with the L2 button allowing you to change between members of the μ's and the Aqours. That means you almost get two games in one, and no less than 20 characters.



Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! therefore has a great deal of content, but it comes at a price. Square Enix opted for a free-to-play model for the game, meaning that you can grab it from the PlayStation Store free of charge, but in order to complete it you'll need to purchase DLC. A wide range of music tracks is essential to enjoying any rhythm game, but the base offer here only features seven. There are more than 100 tracks available via the PlayStation Store, with each pack of three or five songs costing between $10 and $20. Purchasing everything would therefore cost a real fortune - $300 just for the songs, and as much again for the costumes. However, it's great that you can listen to samples and then buy only the ones you like the most.

Fans of rhythm games will be more at ease with other aspects of Square Enix's creation. The gameplay of the Live Show mode (the rhythm game aspect) is very intuitive - you simply press L1, R1, Circle, and the X buttons as the notes corresponding to those controls come down the screen and split to the left or right. Naturally, they fall down the screen in rhythm with the chosen track. After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! is tough with neophytes - while easy mode is accessible to all, the difficulty jumps considerably in normal mode. Here there are many more notes and they appear much faster. And if that's not challenge enough for you then there are also hard and ultra-hard difficulties above that. This latest Love Live! game can therefore be very challenging, but also truly enjoyable for veterans of the genre, while still being accessible to fans of the Love Live! anime who just want to give it a shot.

Much like Hatsune Miku Project Diva, After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! boasts great music videos. The choreography is detailed and diverse, the camera work is sophisticated, and the idols are very expressive. There's real visual pleasure to be found in playing and rewatching the music tracks, and it's a clear cut above the average for the genre. If you want to fully appreciate the visual aspect then you can do so in photo mode, which allows you to take clear pictures from various camera angles. You can also use the pictures you've taken to create a sort of virtual business card, which you can then share with other players.

Costume-making is the most disappointing aspect of Square Enix's newest Love Live! game. You can unlock new sets of outfits for either of the two groups by spending materials earned in the game, but it takes ages to build up the funds. Success in Live Show mode always gives precious few materials, so it can take a good dozen hours to get enough for any of the outfits, let alone the exact one you might want... could this be an underhand way of forcing players to purchase the costumes separately? Even if it's not, the system as it is feels frustrating and limiting.

As a rhythm game, Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! clearly does a good job - it's pretty, perfectly animated, and challenging in terms of gameplay. It's just a shame that Square Enix opted for such a harsh free-to-play model and an annoyingly stingy costume system, both of which make the final bill hefty. Still, After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! is tremendously enjoyable, and fans of both rhythm games and Love Live! should certainly give it a try.

  


After graduating from a French business school, Thomas felt an irresistible force drawing him to study Japanese, which eventually led him to Japanese Profeciency Test level 1 in 2012. During the day, Thomas is a normal account manager. But at night he becomes Ryuzaki57, an extreme otaku gamer hungry for Japanese games (preferably with pretty girls in the main role). His knowledge now allows him to import games at Japanese release for unthinkable prices, and then tell everyone about them. You may also find him on French video games media. Feel free to contact on twitter at @Ryuz4ki57


VGChartz Verdict


7
Good

This review is based on a digital copy of Love Live! School Idol Festival - After School Activity Wai Wai Home Meeting!! for the PS4

Read more about our Review Methodology here

More Articles

13 Comments
AFattyGamer (on 10 May 2021)

A game I'd play when I'm high as fuck. Looks spiffy thanks for the review of this VGChartz :)

  • +1
Dulfite (on 10 May 2021)

I'm just going to say what I'm thinking. I'm stating this in a calm way, not attempting to troll or incite anger or anything, these are just my honest thoughts. Games like this are super creepy and have a pedophile vibe to them. I don't know anything about this game specifically, but based on the images above and title, it totally fits into that. Playing games where little girls dress up in revealing, skimpy outfits, and they giggle and wink at you or whatever is just disturbing. I get that these games will exist, that's capitalism, but does this website really need to review and show off the creepy image of this kind of game as the top of the web page image for all to see when they visit VGChartz? It honestly makes me not want to visit here when I see things like that, and I've been coming here for years.

What about people that heard about this site's history with tracking sales data? When they visit here on their first time and see some Hentai looking image at the top, it is probably not encouraging them to come back to this site. If VGChartz wants to stay alive, it cannot embrace this kind of inappropriate content. This only encourages a culture we should be fighting against.

  • 0
Darwinianevolution Dulfite (on 10 May 2021)

Why shouldn't a video game site review a videogame of a quite established video game series? This seems to be nothing out of the ordinary, a rythm-based game with people in flashy outfits, like other japanese rhythm game (the Miku games being the perfect example).

  • +8
Dulfite Darwinianevolution (on 10 May 2021)

I haven't said anything before because I was hoping common decency would lead to common sense and VGC would stop making reviews of games that lead to terrible mentalities towards kids, but apparently the problem isn't going to just go away on its own so I felt compelled to say something.

  • -7
Darwinianevolution Dulfite (on 10 May 2021)

The thing is, I don't see the problem here. If you say they should stop because of "terrible mentalitles towards kids", the site should not review any game that has kids or young adults dealing with any kind of thing that would be considered bad, which would probably make reviewing a good chunk of story-based games forbidden (for example, you couldn't review games like Fire Emblem because it has minors going to war, and war and violence is bad). And if we're going for the "What about people that heard about this site's history with tracking sales data?", why wouldn't they want to know about this kinds of games' sales data as well? I'm not sure why the content of this game (and especially something as tame as this) would make people go away.

  • +10

There are revealing and suggestive outfits on the characters in Fire Emblem too, at least in the one I'm playing through at the moment.

In fact it's incredibly commonplace in Japanese games of all genres.

  • +6
SvenTheTurkey Dulfite (on 10 May 2021)

It's unlikely I will ever play this game or any like it. But it's just a game. You seem a bit hyper sensitive to the content.

You're entitled to your opinion, but this game isn't doing anything overtly inappropriate from what I can tell.

Besides that, they're fictional characters. It's not as if they're being exploited in any way. It just seems like a cutesy game that isn't doing any harm. I don't have any hard data, but I have a feeling there are a lot of people who don't get the type of pleasure you're assuming they get from playing this type of game.

  • +6
AkimboCurly Dulfite (on 11 May 2021)

If it were up to me, we would not have games which depict school age girls in a sexual manner, or at the very least not have games whose titles brings together the words "after school" and "love".

But we do in fact have them, and they're popular, and I'm not one for censorship either. I also don't want a VGchartz which takes quasi political/activist positions on these kinds of things. So I'm OK with VGchartz reviewing it.

  • +1
Machina AkimboCurly (on 11 May 2021)

That's pretty much my view too.

  • +2
OneTime Machina (on 11 May 2021)

This thread is too funny!!! Can we discuss which bits of Love Live! (rated "TV-G: for kids all ages" on Amazon) needs to be censored?

  • 0
OneTime Dulfite (on 11 May 2021)

I'm pretty sure this game is aimed at young girls. The anime series is made for 12 year-old kids as well. I got through one episode before binning the series - it is just kids-playing-wannabe-pop-stars fluff. You should really do some research before you embarrass yourself - sometimes a kids' cartoon is just a kids cartoon.

  • +3
Comment was deleted...
Hiku Dulfite (on 13 May 2021)

Love Live was ranked No. 1 in top-selling media franchises in Japan for 2016. It's a very popular mainstream series primarily aimed at kids and females. (A 28 year old female friend of mine is very into it.)

When it comes to not reviewing 'games that lead to terrible mentalities', this sounds like how some people have been pushing to ban violent games like Resident Evil because they depict severed limbs, etc. Except those games actually go as far as depicting the violence people are concerned about. While Love Live doesn't depict any age gap relationships. Banning Love Live because a girl is winking at the screen would be more like drawing the line at someone merely holding a gun.

In either case, I look at it from the perspective of what these games are trying to convey, and to whom. Because it's entertainment.

  • +2