The highly-anticipated 25th entry into the massively-successful beatmania series is just around the corner, racing into arcades across Japan under the name "beatmania IIDX 25 CANNON BALLERS." It represents the next lunge forward in the ever-evolving music game genre, bringing with it a divisive new tracklist that includes two incredible songs that were previewed via Konami's official YouTube channel this week. I'm talking of course, about the entries by both Taku Takahashi and YUC'e into the beatmania universe.Let's take a look at the entry from YUC'e first of all, coming in with the incredible "Chemical Cookie." From start to finish, the song feels and breathes the very essence of beatmania, all while sprinkling in the charm that makes each of YUC'e releases so addictively sweet. I'm not kidding when I say both myself and other staff members here have had the phrase "EAT IT!! EAT IT!! and DO IT!! DO IT!!" stuck in our head all day, with absolutely no sign of that clearing up anytime soon.
Following YUC'e entry into the game, we have Taku Takahashi's "Last Century Melancholic," a highly-experimental 'Future J-pop' track filled to the brim with gorgeous arps and beautiful chords. That beauty doesn't last, however, as players enter the destructive breakdown that had us moving in ways we didn't know possible. It's something unlike anything else I've ever heard and is definitely a welcome addition to the games constantly evolving catalog.
If there's ever been a time to get into the arcade series, this would absolutely have to be it. Set to release in Japan on December 21, 2017, players can expect to find cabinets at their local arcades updated in time for opening that day. There has been no word of a release date in the United States. Interested in making your way to Japan to check out the game? Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming piece on arcade etiquette here in Japan.