The popular Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku and her crew are back with another adventure in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, a new rhythm game on the PS4 and PS Vita. Featuring more songs to tackle, a variety of costumes to dress up in, and a new storyline, is Hatsune Miku’s latest number worth your time?
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X
Developed by Crypton Future Media and SEGA / Published by SEGA
Available on the PS4 and PS Vita. Reviewed on the PS4.
*Review code provided by SEGA
In Hatsune Miku X, players will join the virtual idol and her companions in restoring song and music throughout the virtual realm. All the vocaloids have mysteriously lost their voices, so Hatsune must charge music clouds with voltage through spectacular performances in order to restore melody to their world.
The plot is pretty light, and serves more as background noise as players go about taking on the game’s songs. It’s simple stuff and isn’t particularly interesting, as the vocaloids rant on and on about being song-less or missing some sort of performing facet. Miku promises to restore them to their former glory, and when she does they become ecstatic with their returned skills. It’s entirely skippable, though it might be a welcome addition for fans looking for more Miku.
In regards to the gameplay, it’s pretty much the same as Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd (the previous title in the series), and that’s not a bad thing as it’s a solid rhythm game. Players will get to play through a variety of catchy songs that span a wide breadth of styles, and must press buttons to the beat in order to get high scores. It sounds easy, but the challenge lies in both the different types of buttons one could press – like single targets, long targets, analog stick or touch pad flicks for star targets, pressing both directions and buttons for double targets, or the new Rush notes that players have to mash – as well as how they appear on the screen.
While other rhythm-based games have fixed UIs, the commands in Project Diva X appear in random patterns all over the screen as the vocaloids dance and sing in the background. This actually makes it more difficult, since you have to train your eye to find out which is the next button you have to press, while struggle to keep focused as the buttons can blend in easily with the background animation. It can get quite confusing at times, but it’s also pretty addicting, and there are various difficulty levels to choose from, so players can ease themselves into harder challenges by completing them in easy mode first.
In addition to new songs to play with, this time around players will also get to dress up Miku and co. in a bunch of cool and silly outfits called modules. Not only do these let players customize the vocaloids how they like, these also serve a function, as they can improve the overall score and voltage earned during songs if the chosen clothing pieces share the same element or if special conditions are met. Some pieces are complete sets that hold one element type, while others are single pieces can be mixed and matched, though going with items of the same type usually yield the best results. It’s a cool feature that lets players customize looks while also improving their chances in-game.
The rest of the game is similar to the previous entry, with the story mode (known as Cloud Requests) unlocking new tracks and costumes as you go along re-energizing clouds, event quests giving special challenges and unique rewards and the ability to play through three tracks in one sitting, and free play to check out tracks and improve on your scores without having to deal with the story. In addition, players can also tweak which vocaloids who’ll back you up, gift stuff to the vocaloids to build relationships, mess around with concerts, take photos, play with costumes, and more.
When it comes down to it, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X is another fine and entertaining rhythm game featuring the popular vocaloid and her companions. It doesn’t really mess with the formula or bring anything new to the table, but it’s a great time with some excellent songs and plenty of costumes to play with.