Grab your Dualshock 4 or your PS Vita cause today we are going to review the latest Hatsune Miku Project Diva X! Now if you are not familiar with the Project Diva titles then allow me to educate you! The premises of these titles is a rhythm based game where the end goal is to clear all the songs you can on a specific difficulty level. While this new title does away with much of the play through and complete the game style in favor for more of a story based jab at what we are used to, the fundamentals remain the same. The user experience is of utmost precedence and I feel a lot more welcomed here in terms of user functionality. Don’t get me wrong, f2nd had a wonderfully amazing customization depth, it was just rather tedious. This new customization system is a lot more open and accessible than say the latter.

Having the flexibility to unlock new clothing or ‘modules’ as the game calls them, is tremendously fun and easy to do! You just got to clear specific zones and you have a chance at earning something new or already earned and with over 300 different options you know you got yourself a good long game.

Songs that are pleasing and challenging: Now like any good rhythm based title you would expect it to come with a loaded library of soft to intense songs. Instead Diva X favors a small, 30 song library over a larger one. While this has stirred some controversy among fans, it still is more than enough , especially if you are a player like myself who enjoys taking the songs one at a time on every difficulty possible. This does open the door for DLC based songs to add to your game in order to flesh out the in-game library even more so; this may add a bit of dismay to your enjoyment of the game based on your views regarding paid DLC.

Now the game of course features a varying degree of difficulty ranging from easy all the way to extreme. The difficulty curve does indeed rise when you get to this point and it may develop into an information overload at some point due to the ever increasingly fast passing notes. The songs are more than enough encouragement to play your best as this Project Diva title features some of the best Hatsune Miku, Luke, Rin & Lin, Kaito & Meiko songs that I have heard to date. While I am still very much a fresh face among the Miku fans; I do think that the line up is quite solid.

Clothing and more: If you are a fan of the collecting of items then this game is up your alley! From gifts to unlock-able clothing items Diva X features over 300 different items to unlock which is not inducing the games already available DLC! The outfits are cute, cool, alluring and odd; each one more unique than the last. Items that you gain can either be worn for added benefits during played songs (the added benefits could be higher voltage score, better chance at unlocks or even better points for certain amount of notes hit) or they can be gifted to the various characters of the game in order to earn their admiration and affection! The items are useful for either or method, but beyond that they tend to stack up and become rather useless over time. I would have preferred some sort of trade-in method for more outfits or something along that format. Granted for the collectors and hoarders out there, this game will scratch that itch for you!

Does it last: Now when buying a game that is rhythm based there is always the question of whether or not it will hold your focus or if it will be a title you return to even beyond release. I can say that it will vaguely depend on you as the player. I can say that I personally love having a game like this to go back to every now and then. Games like this or Persona 4 Dancing All Night are excellent for those days where you just feel like playing a rhythm based game and listening to good music all at the same time. For others it will be a title that they buy for either their love of Hatsune Miku or just for the simple fact that it is a quick game to scratch a temporary itch.

Granted not everyone is in love with Hatsune Miku or other synthetic singers at that and this title will be only for those who love their songs the most. It is a solid performing rhythm game, but it is nothing amazingly different. We do get a bit of a story behind as to why they perform in these themed clouds, but it is hardly a compelling part. I found myself quickly rushing dialogue in order to get back into playing the actual rhythm game. Granted this is not representative of others impressions or play style it is just something that I personally found myself doing. I know what I come to this game for and I immediately push for that rhythm based gameplay.

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If you have a neutral stance on the content aspect then I recommend you give this game a look! It is fun, has a ton of collectibles and will keep you entertained for quite sometime! Hatsune Miku Project Diva X is available for both the PS4 and the PS Vita.


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