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For the tenth Miku title, we push things to eleven.

If you had told me when I started writing reviews for Pixlbot that I’d get to review a Hatsune Miku game, I’d have called you a liar. But here we are sitting down with Project Diva X on the PS4. In the tenth title in the Project Diva series, the series takes the general gameplay of the previous rhythm genre and amps it all up to eleven.

Miku2Unfortunately I haven’t played any of the Project Diva games outside of the very first Playstation 3 title and the Project Mirai on the Nintendo 3DS, but having done a bit of research, the gameplay seems mostly the same from when I had last played it. Miku, Luka, Rin & Len, Kaito, and Maiko all return for the newest title and they’ve never looked better. Seriously. The details in the models is impressive, even for Vocaloid. Add in the different modules and you can put them in tons of different outfits and accessories, and even decorate the home menu with gifts to give them. It feels a bit like a simplified visual novel meets dating sim, but I’m not complaining. Luka was adorable when I gave her that Octopus Pot… The addition of Rush notes (Smashing the button before the timer runs out) adds an interesting challenge on keeping rhythm and starting it up again, while the removal of double star notes & link stars from F 2nd (Wait, did I play that one? I actually vaguely remember those…) removes some of the more annoying parts of the previous titles.

CloudsThe biggest change to the series seems to be Live Quest mode, where you follow an actual story instead of having free play. This makes it feel a bit less like an arcade game and a bit more like a home release. With a story that isn’t winning any awards, you’re tasked with helping our favorite virtual idol and her friends to restore the Cloud Prisms and overcoming various issues that come to life in the different elements (Classic, Cool, Cute, Elegant, or Quirky). All of the game’s songs are separated into these elements, with five songs in each element. While I would’ve liked to see Classic go a bit further back, each element has a great song selection. Upon clearing the songs in each element you’re provided with a medley to play, and then later on “events” to perform. Medley feature classic and modern Vocaloid songs one after another gently transitioning into the next song, while the events are a bit more structured as if they were an actual show. Each of the medleys flows very well, and I hate how catchy all of them are.

Events on the other hand, like I stated, are a bit more structured. While medleys have you sticking with the same Vocaloid, Events allow you to customize the modules and Vocaloid singers to your desires. Designing your own concert feels a bit like the mobile Love Live titles, which is a great feeling. I can only hope that the upcoming Project Diva VR experience allows us to customize concerts to this level, because I can’t help but wish I could see these in person. Except Mikudaiyo. I hope to never, ever see Mikudaiyo again.

in review 1Overall, Project Diva X takes catchy Vocaloid music, amazing models and scenery, a cast of colorful and adorable characters, simple to learn but hard to master gameplay, and a ton of unlockable outfits and items to collect and mixes into a near perfect rhythm game. While I do wish there were more classic songs (Melt, Magnet, Love is War, some of the classics from previous titles are missing) or even the recently released Miku by Anamanaguchi, I can hope that these are released as DLC in the upcoming months. The amount of music definitely feels like a great value. The only real complaint I could find would be that grinding songs for modules that you’re looking for could become tedious very quickly. Project Diva X has very quickly become the pick-up-and-play title for the Pixlbot team as we each try to one-up each other’s scores and unlock the modules. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to unlock more for Meiko…

Pros:
  • A great song selection and amazing 3D models help to pull you into the world of Vocaloid.
  • The robust concert editor is very complicated, but can create some amazing shows.
  • Mikudayo.
Cons:
  • A few more classic songs would be nice?
  • A countdown timer upon resuming a paused game would help to keep the flow.
  • Mikudayo
Graphics Pixl Score 5 5
Story Pixl Score 3 3
Sound Pixl Score 5 5
Controls Pixl Score 4 4
Fun Factor Pixl Score 5 5