Crypton Future Media
Release Date: August 27, 2013
ESRB: T for Teen
A download code was provided by the publisher for this review
What the heck is a Vocaloid? Basically, they“re singing synthesizer applications with humanoid personas. You“ve probably heard of the most popular Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku, even if you didn“t know what one was before. Miku even has her own video games and concerts – the former of which has finally made an official appearance on western shores.
Like the previous entries in the series, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is a rhythm game where you press buttons in time to an array of Vocaloid songs. It may sound like another ordinary rhythm game, but Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is different enough that it stands out among the rest.
Each song is accompanied by a music video that plays in the background. While most songs will be sung by Miku and have her appear in the video, there are also other Vocaloids that are present in the game. Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, Kaito, and Meiko are among the â€œmodulesâ€ you can have appear in songs you choose to play along with Miku.
You can also dress up each character in their own various costumes and other accessories. These are purchased with Diva Points that you earn each time you finish playing through a song. Multitudes of things to purchase makes for a new experience each time you decide to replay a song, on top of playing dress-up!
While the graphics and presentation of each video are absolutely gorgeous, it presents a major problem when it comes to actually playing the game. There“s so much going on in the background, and oftentimes it“s incredibly flashy and crazy, making it difficult to concentrate on the sequence of buttons you must press and more (as well as causing eye strain). Sure, you may become accustomed to it over time. But for newcomers to the Hatsune Miku games, it can definitely be off-putting.
Despite that, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is full of challenge that some rhythm game fanatics may be looking for. Even if you“re not a master, you can still build up your expertise from Easy to Normal mode, and from Hard to Extreme mode.
When you need a break from all the fast-paced rhythm action, there are other modes that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F offers to help you wind down. First, there“s the Edit Mode. As the name implies, you“re able to create your own music video in this mode from any song you own and generate your own chart. The possibilities are endless!
Another mode, that“s actually rather cute and has some depth to it, is Miku Room. In this mode, you can customize a room for each character in the game with furniture and more. You can also buy them gifts, interact with them, and play with them.
In short, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is a great and solid rhythm game for the PS3. Even if there“s some getting used to in regards to how â€œcrazyâ€ the main game can get, I still highly recommend it to those that are interested in the genre. I“m quite glad Sega decided to finally take the chance to bring a Hatsune Miku game to North America!
+ Over 30 songs to play through, each with their own music videos
+ Edit Mode and Miku Room offer a fun break from the game“s main mode
+ Over 90 costumes and 100 accessories to dress up each character in
- Videos playing in background tend to be overly flashy and crazy, making it difficult to concentrate
- Loading times can be long
Overall Score: 8 (out of 10)
Fans of the rhythm genre should welcome Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F with open arms. Let“s hope games in the series continue to come here!