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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X Review

The next addition to the Hatsune Miku:Project Diva franchise released on August 30th 2016.  Miku and her friends take the stage once again in Project Diva X.

Story
Wait, what? A Project Diva game with a story? Yes.  Rather than jumping right into the music game like it’s predecessors, you must help Miku and her friends light up the dim stages in their world so they sing once more. Project Diva X explains the premise of Vocaloids;  all they want to do is sing and bring light to the world, but they cannot sing on their own.  As the player, you must help them sing so their voices can be heard. They simply want to make the world a more vibrant place.  What’s not to love about these adorable digital singers?

Hatsune Miku_ Project DIVA X_20160826180851In order to give them more stages to sing on you must play through five different Clouds and fill each Cloud Prism with light.  You “travel” from Cloud to Cloud, and help Miku and her friends understand what it means to sing different types of songs. For example, how do you make a performance “cute”? As you “perform” songs on each Cloud, Miku and her friends get closer to the answer.

Game play
Game play is pretty standard compared to previous Project Diva games.  You hit notes in sync with the music or vocals, and the harder the song the faster and Hatsune Miku_ Project DIVA X_20160830160534more complex the notes appear on the screen.  If you have played F 2nd you will note that there are no more double star notes or star links (where the stars are linked with a line).  Instead, we are introduced to “Rush” notes, where you must push a single button as fast as you can until the note bursts.

You start the game off in “Normal” difficulty and must play five songs within each Cloud before continuing to the next.  There are five different Clouds to choose from: Classic, Cute, Cool, Quirky, and Elegant. You start off at the Classic Cloud and then you are free to choose the next one.  As you play each song within the Cloud you fill the Cloud Prism with “voltage”.  When you are near maximum Voltage a Medley Song appears featuring a mix of five different songs that fit the genre of the Cloud you are in.

What sets Diva X apart from all other games is the addition of unlockables.  Rather than earning Diva Points to buy Modules and Accessories for your Vocaloid, you must obtain all modules and unlockables by meeting a Hatsune Miku_ Project DIVA X_20160825201242certain criteria within the song.  In addition to having to unlock your modules and accessories, each Accessory or Module increases the Vocaloid’s Aura to enhance their performance so you can obtain more Voltage.

Despite the limited song list (only 30+ song) there are a lot of game play options available. You can free-play in the classic Project Diva style, complete event requests, create your own events, or take on the challenges each Cloud has. You are not limited to only one style of playing.

Visuals
Each game Miku looks better and better! The graphics are crisp, clear, and the motion is pretty fluid.  Not the greatest, but I can’t even see how she dances while I’m playing anyway, so to me, it doesn’t matter. I did notice that the colors are very dim. I felt like most songs and stages had this muggy gray tone to it.  I do love the nice touch of how when you hit notes a subtle picture of the Cloud you are in pops up.

Verdict
Pros: There’s a variety of ways to play this game.  You can venture from Cloud to Cloud, and even set up your own song list and play it. You’re also not limited to staying within the Clouds.  You can jump back into the classic game play style if you need to.  In addition, certain songs (within the Clouds) will have their own unique challenge. It’s similar to F 2nd where you get an unlockable based on the challenge of the song.

I enjoy how the modules actually do something for the song you are playing, versus it being just a mere gimmick. Having to unlock them through a variety of ways greatly increases the replay value of the game.

The Diva Room is also a little different.  I never really touched the Diva RHatsune Miku_ Project DIVA X_20160831132632oom in prior games (only for unlocking Trophies) and Diva X doesn’t force me to visit it.  Rather, between songs, the Vocaloid I most recently used will say something and then you  must interact with them. You’re not forced to creepily watch them as they dance in their room or read a book and wait for an event to happen.  No touching or petting either.

Cons: The play list is so short! When I jump on a Project Diva game I want a variety of songs to choose from and Diva X just feels so limited.  Of course, there will be DLC, but honestly, I don’t want to dish out another $60 for content the game should already have (Please note: I did spend $6 on the new songs already.  I know, I’m disgusting and I have an addiction!).  I wish that songs included in the Medley Mixes had full versions within the game.  I think with that extra touch, I would have been more satisfied with the play list. Speaking of song list, none of the other Volcaloids were really highlighted. Each Vocaloid only had one song each through the entire game.

Playing the game on Normal difficulty nearly drove me crazy! In order to proceed you have to clear each Cloud on either Easy or Normal.  You don’t get to try other difficulties until you have cleared each Cloud and completed the event.  It was painful (since I’m a more advanced player) and made it difficult for me to want to continue.  Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “But you have to start on Normal for other games, too.” While that is true, after clearing the Normal difficulty you can try the song again on Hard, and then Extreme. You don’t really get to go back until you’ve completely cleared the Cloud.

This might be me nit-picking, but I don’t like how the module always Hatsune Miku_ Project DIVA X_20160831141436changes in the middle of a song.  I chose my module, let me stick with it!  This problem is easily solved by simply playing in Free-Play mode in the sub menu.  The modules also don’t feel like anything special.  Most of the ones I have unlocked so far are from previous games; they’ve been recycled over and aren’t “new” to me.

One thing I absolutely did not like while playing through the story was that you couldn’t fail any songs.  In the free-play mode, if you royally mess up, you fail the song. In the story mode, if I made a mistake I didn’t feel like I had to pay for it. I still cleared the song and still somehow  managed to get all my Voltage items.  Taking away the challenge of the game made me enjoy it slightly less.  It also hindered my learning.  I can clearly see where I mess up, but unless I’m kicked out of the song, I felt like I couldn’t really improve my own playing skills.  Removing the challenge can work positively to help open the game to new comers, but I want to unlock my item from the Overclocking challenge because of my skill, not because my module had +30% aura bonus.

I don’t think the game was worth the $50 price tag it came with since the playlist was so limited.  Especially since more content is going to be added through DLC. Personally, I would wait for it to go on sale or pick it up used.  However, the game has high replay value so you’ll find yourself playing around with it for a while, if only to unlock all items and modules (which, if you have the money, you can just buy), and to see what else the game has to offer.  I noticed that Extreme difficulty songs do have some tricks up their sleeves so they are worth checking out.  There are also fun features to play around with like the  Photo Studio and Concert Editor.

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Have you picked up this title yet? What do you think of the game? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Project Diva X hits stores today!

Hatsune Miku takes over the stage today with the release of Project Diva X!

Play over 30 different songs with unique challenges. Want to skip the challenges? Head over to the PS Store and check out all the DLC options for the game including unlockable accessories and modules (in game), costumes, and two new songs!

Have you picked up the game yet? What do you think? I will have my review up soon! Keep an eye out.

 

Project Diva X Demo + DLC

Project Diva X is almost out, so it’s time to warm up with the Project Diva X demo, now available on the PS4 and PS Vita.  The demo features three songs: “Satisfaction”, “LOL -lots of laugh-“, and  “Raspberry * Monster” as well as the tutorial.  You can play them on the Easy or Normal difficulty.  The demo has a lot of unlockables and gives you a look at how the game will play with different song modes to select your favorite song style, how you can unlock modules and items, and set up your own Miku live show.  But that’s just only a taste of what the full game will feature.

In addition, there will be DLC for the game, which is pretty cool because the song list is pretty short (it compensates with the variety of modes).  More DLC will include

DLC: Concert Editor for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X
Price: Free
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: Create and watch concert footage of your favorite singers! The PS Vita Concert Editor will add Concert Editor functionality to the PlayStation Vita edition of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. This feature makes you the producer of your own music videos!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Sharing The World
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: “Sharing The World,” the first single released by BIGHEAD, was the main theme of “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in LA&NY.” Now that it’s available as a rhythm game song for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X, you can bring the MIKU EXPO experience into your home!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Hand in Hand
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/16
Description: “Hand in Hand,” written and produced by kz(livetune), was the official theme of Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2015. Now that it’s available as a rhythm game song for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X, you can bring the live concert experience into your home!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Snow Miku 2016
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Celebrate the 7th annual Snow Miku festival with this Snow Miku 2016 module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Miku’s ready to hit the slopes! Hokkaido’s winter sports have never been livelier!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Snow Miku 2010-2015 Pack
Price: Free for a month, then $7.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Celebrate Hokkaido’s annual Snow Miku festival’s history with the Snow Miku 2010-2015 module pack for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Features 7 wintry costumes, including designs by: Nanaka (2012), Nijita (2013), dera_fury (2014), and taran (2015).

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Extra Character Module Pack
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No! It’s the Extra Character Module Super Pack for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Supersize your songs with 12 Extra Modules: Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Sakine Meiko, and Kasane Teto each come with 3 Classic Aura costumes!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Mikudayo
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: When you gaze into the eyes of Mikudayo, Mikudayo gazes back into you. Unsettlingly adorable, this Classic Aura module is our most creepy-cute Extra Module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X. Better stock up on otoro, in case she comes for you next…

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Classic Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Classic Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Classic Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the iconic Original, V3, and Append series, plus their set of Ultimate forms!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cute Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cute Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cute Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the absolutely adorable “Star” series and other seasonal sets that are sugar-sweet!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cool Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cool Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cool Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the amazingly awesome “Stone” series and gear that’ll light the fire up in the night!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Elegant Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Elegant Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Elegant Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the alluring “Butterfly” series and both the Electronica and Pâtissier pairs!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Quirky Modules Unlock
Price: $2.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Quirky Modules Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Quirky Aura module costume (not including DLC) instantly available for all six singers, including the mysterious “Ivy” series and the entire Urotander, Underhanded Rangers team!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Unlock all Module Keys
Price: $12.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Unleash the true potential of Miku and her friends with the ability to Unlock All Module Keys! Once you unlocked every module in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X (excluding DLC), the only real challenge will be choosing what to wear out of ~300 costumes!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Classic Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Classic Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Classic Aura accessory instantly available. Includes fan favorites such as Puyo headgear, the charming Tako Luka and Hachune Miku, and the… unique Shiteyan’yo and Larval Rin!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cute Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cute Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cute Aura accessory instantly available. Lovable pieces include a pink motif, animal parts like cat whiskers, rabbit ears, duck bills and dog tails… and LOTS of flower power!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cool Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Cool Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Cool Aura accessory instantly available. This killer gear sports rad stuff like a blue motif, multiple masks, stylish goggles, devil-may-care details, and mechanical equipment!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Elegant Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Elegant Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Elegant Aura accessory instantly available. Some of its most high-brow highlights include refined regalia, extravagant jewelry, regal crowns, and even a fancy fake mustache!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Quirky Accessories Unlock
Price: $1.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: The Quirky Accessories Unlock for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X makes every Quirky Aura accessory instantly available. This big ol’ box of swag contains the game’s most epic loot, like a clown nose, gag glasses, a dinosaur tail, and even an ocarina!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Unlock all Accessory Keys
Price: $7.99
Availability: 8/30/2016
Description: Take the virtual world by storm and conquer all five Clouds with the power to Unlock All Accessory Keys! This download lets you master the Classic, Cute, Cool, Elegant, and Quirky Auras by giving you every accessory from Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cabin Attendant Style A
Price: Free
Availability: 9/06/16
Description: “The singing stewardess soars on stage! This Cool Aura costume, designed for Miku in collaboration with AIRDO, sports a sharp uniform and short hair in a bun. Fly to new heights with the Cabin Attendant Style A module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! ”

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Cabin Attendant Style 39
Price: Free
Availability: 9/06/16
Description: The singing stewardess soars on stage! This Cool Aura costume, designed for Miku in collaboration with AIRDO, sports a sharp uniform with iconic twintails. Fly to new heights with the Cabin Attendant Style 39 module for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – Racing Miku 2016
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/13/16
Description: On your mark… Get set… SING! The Racing Miku 2016 module rolls onto the racetrack of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X! Aerodynamically designed by Koyama Shigeto, this Cute Aura outfit is inspired by a fiery phoenix with a serious need for speed!

DLC: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – P4: Dancing All Night Miku
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/13/16
Description: The Persona 4: Dancing All Night Miku module was designed by Shigenori Soejima, the Persona series’ character designer! Miku first lit up the Midnight Stage as DLC in P4D, but now her Elegant Aura costume is available in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X!

While I’m not too thrilled I have to buy more DLC so fill up my song list, I’m pretty sure I will be shutting up and telling them to take my money.

Are you excited for Project Diva X?

Project Diva X game trailer to watch while we wait…

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X will be released in North America at the end of this month! The newest game will have a new set of features and play styles to provide a different experience compared to other Project Diva games. Check out the trailer below. Any features you’re excited to see in the new game?