Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd
Developer: Sega, Crypton Future Media
Platform: PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3
Genre: Rhythm Action, Music
I love music. I love all types of music, from the heaviest of metals to the catchiest of J-pop, you can usually find me moving to a rhythm at any given time. It should go without saying then, that I mix my love of music with my love of video games as often as I can – and I do. While there is a plethora of music games aimed at fans of rock music, there are hardly any nowadays that cater to fans of pop and Asian pop music – and even fewer that make it to home console. Thankfully, there’s a new Hatsune Miku game that has just released!
‘Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd‘ sees Hatsune Miku and her friends performing classic Project Diva tracks as well as songs new to the Project Diva games. There are songs and outfits to unlock, and you can now create your own music videos as well! It sounds like a must-have game for Hatsune Miku and J-pop fans, so get out your leeks and bust a move as we dive into our review!
If you’ve never heard of Hatsune Miku or the Project Diva games, allow me to introduce you to them. Hatsune Miku is the world’s first virtual pop sensation. She’s talented, immensely popular and of course, kawaii! How can a virtual pop diva have a voice? Through Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer, where programmers can enter lyrics and match their pitch to create vocals. Sega and Crypton Future Media’s Project diva games take the Vocaloid synthesizer (developed by Yamaha) and match it with a virtual pop superstar, with music provided by J-pop artists and gameplay reminiscent of Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero.
Speaking of gameplay, the player is tasked with matching various inputs on their Vita or PlayStation 3 controller with the on-screen prompts. It’s not as easy as just matching the Square, Circle, Triangle and X buttons – you have the analog sticks on the controller to match as well. Not only that, but certain parts of the song require you to press the D-pad at the same time as the button that corresponds with it (up and Triangle, left and Square, etc) or both analog sticks in the same direction. The result is gameplay that while enjoyable, is a challenge and difficult to truly master. I myself have played the last two Project Diva games and am still struggling on the harder difficulties!
There are a total of 40 songs avaiable in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, with some being favourites from previous Hatsune Miku games and some being completely new. There is a decent mix of songs available, and while they all fall under category of J-pop, they’re all fairly varied from each other. Some are silly songs, others are romantic ballads and there are times where Miku-chan will be rocking out on a guitar with a more punk-rock song.
You can also engage in some side activities in Project Diva F 2nd, such as buying gifts for the game’s characters with currency earned from playing. You can decorate their dressing rooms and customise their appearances with different themed items and outfits. These activities are a fun little distraction but aren’t enough to really stand on their own.
In addition to the gift and customisation aspects of the game, you’re also able to create your own songs to use in the game, and you’re even able to create your own music video backgrounds as well! Getting started is as simple as selecting an MP3 from your HDD or your Vita’s memory card. The creation suite is pretty detailed, with players being able to tweak the eye movements of the characters and sync their lip movements to the music.
- A great amount of content. The songs themselves are well-varied and a decent challenge
- Accessible gameplay
- PS Vita version is compatible with the PlayStation TV!
- On-screen prompts can blend into busy backgrounds, ruining a score streak
- Players need to be really good at songs to unlock more, meaning progress can feel slow due to difficult songs.
Like the Project Diva games that came before it, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is another hit. It’s fun, accessible and has challenging gameplay that is sure to addict many a music/rhythm game fan – just be sure to use help items on those difficult songs!