I found out about Project Diva through Facebook. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a concert and I got excited. I thought, “Finally, Hatsune Miku in the USA!” But alas it was only a game but that’s okay too. ^^ I’ll sign the petition to bring her here. And I did~ When the release date was announced, I held off. It was so far away at that time and I had other games to pay for and play first. Until last month. My husband went to pick up Tales of Xillia for me and he slapped $5.00 on that baby making it officially mine!!
I picked it up last Tuesday and haven’t put it down since I’m actually dreaming in Miku.
Firstly I will say: If you don’t know who Hatsune Miku is, you’re missing out. She (and her friends) are vocaloids, the most popular synth-pop singers in the world. The vocaloid program, developed by Yamaha, is a computer program developed to synthesize singing by inputting lyrics and a melody into the system. Miku’s creators took it one step further and made a hologram that could sing on stage as well as in the studio~
If you search Youtube, you can actually watch a full length concert It’s pretty awesome. BUT BACK TO THE REVIEW!!
If you’ve played Guitar Hero (or watched your kids play it) you know what a rhythm game is. Match the control buttons to the “notes” on the screen. That’s exactly what this game is about. Doing the same thing except that you don’t have targets coming at you in a straight line on a line of guitar strings on your screen. No. What makes this different (and a bit annoying and chaotic) is that your targets will fly in from all corners of your screen while there is a music video playing behind it (see the video below). It’s very easy to miss a note or two (or pretty much all of them), especially when there’s five million colors flashing in the background.
Project Diva F is a “greatest hits” collection (38 songs chosen from the other Diva games that have been released in Japan). It is a mix up of slow, melodic tunes and fast, hard songs sung by Miku & the other vocaloids. My personal fav’s are Ashes to Ashes by Kaito, D.Y.E. by Megurine Luka and Unhappy Refrain by Miku.
I unlocked them all on easy in one sitting, although it wasn’t easy. I played a few of them two or three times before I got a score good enough to unlock the next song. I even went so far as to start playing some of them on Normal mode and have been getting good scores there. I’ve only been successful in ONE song on hard mode which I attribute to having played it numerous times on normal and listening to it on my computer when I’m not on the console.
When you aren’t rocking out to the tunes in the game, you can visit the performers rooms in their off-time. When you play the game, you get “Diva Points” for finishing each song which is the currency used in the game to buy new outfits, gifts & food to make your singers happy. As you play with them and give them goodies, you unlock events and mini games which help to level them up. This unlocks new goodies in the shop.
This game is not easy, even on easy (ok that’s a lie, some of the songs are extremely easy). You have to have a quick eye and decent coordination to be able to track the notes on the screen. Like I said before, mix that with the music video happening behind that and you easily go @.@ and just give up.
All in all it’s a great game. The music is great, the graphics are amazing, the challenge is there & Miku is just plain bad-ass. I definitely recommend this to everyone who loves music.
Come and discover the awesomeness that is Vocaloids!!
Disclaimer: I did not review this for anyone, I am simply sharing my opinion on something I bought and paid for myself because I wanted to play it~