PS Vita Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f

(NOTE This review is my opinion only. All pictures are taken in game using the PS Vita’s screeshot function)

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f

I am going through my collection of PS VIta games and review the ones that I have missed. First up is Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f, a rhythm game developed by SEGA and Crypton Future Media and published by SEGA. It is a part of the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series of rhythm games and is the first one on the PS VIta.

Meet the Vocaloids, the Uncanny Valley's newest tenants
Meet the Vocaloids, the Uncanny Valley’s newest tenants

As with most rhythm games, to play use press the buttons during the music when prompted to. Project Diva f also uses the PS Vita’s touch screen to flick stars to the rhythm as well. The characters for the buttons (X, Square, Triangle, and CIrcle) fly in from off screen to a little circle. You time your button press witth the note hitting the circle.. Near the end of the song, a Star meter appears and hitting the note correctly builds up the meter. If it is filled and you flick the star note at the correct time you will get a Big Finish to the video.

Hit the notes to score big.
Hit the notes to score big.

The songs are in Japanese and feature Miku or the other Vocaloids, the computer generated singers that are big in Japan. Even the songs they sing are created using the Vocaloid program. Some song have more than one character, but it does not affect game play. The characters act out the videos, often appearing in new costumes, which you can purchase with in-game points. After you beat the songs you can also watch it like a music video..

\The games' settings range from a Chinese dance hall to a futuristic city to grassy fields.
\The games’ settings range from a Chinese dance hall to a futuristic city to grassy fields.

Other modes are the Diva room, which you can interact with you favorite Vocaloid by touching the screen and buying them gifts. There is a Shop that you can buy unlocked outfits for the Vocaloids. as well as the gifts. There is an edit mode in which you can take one of the game songs or an MP 3 and make you own level. You can even upload these levels to challenge other players on PSN.

Miku loves donuts.  Give her donuts!
Miku loves donuts. Give her donuts!

This is a pretty basic rhythm game. Once you have beat all the songs (and the few available as DLC), there isn’t much replay value. The ability to download user generated content is nice, but if they made one based on an MP3 they have, you must have the same one on your PS Vita. The different Vocaloids sound different enough, but unless you can understand Japanese or just really like the sound of J-Pop, the novelty wears thin. I bought the game because I was curious about the Vocaloids and I like the game enough. If you are a fan of the Vocaloids and/or J-Pop, this might be up your alley. Others might want to try the demo first. You might find it addictive enough.

Miku performing Cat Food.
Miku performing Cat Food. Yes, the band are a bunch of clowns…

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f is available as a digital download from the PlayStation Store.. A sequel, Hatsune Mike: Project Diva 2nd is available digitally and in physical format as well.


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