Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Review
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Sega
Pub: Sega
Release: August 27, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes

In fact, the pre-made videos look so good, it's hard to believe that Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F players can make ones that are just as good. And yet, it is possible. The Edit Mode allows players to create custom videos and songs using MP3 files stored on a PS3's hard drive. The editor is quite elaborate, allowing players to change note patterns, characters used, backgrounds, actions, and even a Vocaloid's facial expressions. If someone has enough time and patience, they could even make the Vocaloid look like he or she is lip-syncing along with the song. Putting together just one song, complete with a full video and note pattern, could easily take up an entire evening. Completed videos can be shared with other Project Diva F users, though those people would have to have their own copy of the MP3 on their PS3's hard drive.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F Screenshot

Which brings us to the final aspect of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, the Miku Room. In this room, players can actually make friends with their Vocaloids as they play the game. There won't be any deep and meaningful conversations or awesome rewards, but treating the characters well, playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with them, and occasionally spending DP on new items or furniture for their rooms will result in different, wordless skits being performed on-screen. I like to think of the Miku Room as being akin to those fish-tank screensavers everyone used to have on their computers. It's a novelty, only there to offer some occasional amusement when you're waiting for your fingers to stop twitching after attempting "Sadistic.Music∞Factory" or "NegaPosi*Continues" on Extreme.

The Miku Room is also a good way to see how cute the various Modules are. Each character has costumes, often corresponding to certain songs, which can be purchased with DP. When the Vocaloids are in their Miku Rooms relaxing, they're wearing the last Module equipped. I didn't really get to appreciate the detail of the Phantasy Star Online-inspired “FOnewearl”-Style module for Miku until I was able to watch her wearing it in her room. (It's adorable, by the way.)

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People may be tempted to overlook Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, considering it a game strictly for fanboys and fangirls, but they would be wrong. The Project Diva series has proven itself as one of the most challenging and robust rhythm games available. Project Diva F for the PS3 is a force to be reckoned with thanks to its 38 included tracks and unbelievably intricate song editor.

By
Jenni Lada
Contributing Writer
Date: August 29, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
The Vocaloids and their virtual world look better than ever.
4.0
Control
The occasional lag and sometimes off-putting Star notes can throw off Project Diva's precision.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The audio quality is perfect, and almost every song is an earworm.
5.0
Play Value
The four difficulty levels and the song editor will keep you coming back to Project Diva F.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • 4 Unique difficulties for every song to challenge players new and old!
  • Over 90 costumes and 100 accessories
  • Includes 38 popular Hatsune Miku songs
  • Create your own Miku videos in Edit Mode and share them online!
  • Add Miku into your own photos in Studio Mode
  • Spend time with your favorite characters in the Miku Room!

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