"To gauge interest for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F in the west, SEGA asked her 1,000,000 English speaking fans to like and share an image of Miku to pledge their support, and the response was astounding. In less than 3 days, the post received over 25,000 likes and 15,000 shares."
With over a million likes on Facebook, to say that vocaloid (virtual singer) Hatsune Miku has a decent worldwide following is being a bit too modest. In her homeland of Japan, Hatsune has been featured in as many as five video games. Now, Sega, in association with Hatsune’s creators, Crypton Future Media, INC. is delivering the first ever western release of her latest game, titled Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F. Making its debut today, the rhythm game is playable on Playstation 3.
Check out Sega’s official announcement of the first ever localized for English speakers vocaloid game featuring Hatsune Miku:
“Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is a rhythm game featuring 38 unique songs, including popular tracks like Tell Your World and Black★Rock Shooter. Players can create and share their own Miku videos in “Edit Mode”, and can customize the popular diva with over 90 different costumes and accessories. Being the first console game released for the franchise in the West, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F will include all of the updated graphics, additional songs, and features of the Japanese version.
Hastune Miku is the world’s most popular digital singer produced by Crypton Future Media,INC. Her popularity continues to increase in the West and she has over [1,000,000] dedicated English speaking fans on Facebook. In 2011, she packed the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for her first ever Western concert, and tickets sold out almost instantly. To gauge interest for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F in the west, SEGA asked fans to like and share an image of Miku to pledge their support, and the response was astounding. In less than 3 days, the post received over 25,000 likes and 15,000 shares.
‘Your voices helped make this happen.” said Aaron Webber, Associate Brand Manager for the game. “Miku and SEGA fans, this is your moment. We’re thrilled to bring this title out for you, and we’re counting on your support. Tell Your World!’”
Admittedly, we’re no masters of eye-hand coordination, but we couldn’t wait to try out this game anyway. It plays like many other music based rhythm games but uses only the PS3′s Dual Shock 3 controller. There is no need for a specialized dance floor pad, drum set, turntable, or guitar controller. As shapes fly across the screen onto predetermined highlighted areas, it is your job to keep the music going and hit buttons or move the analog control sticks in perfectly timed rhythm. The game features as many as 38 songs with varying levels of difficulty that can challenge even the best vocaloid impersonators.
We didn’t have a 3D TV accessible, but this game is 3D compatible. Other than regular gameplay, you can also create their own music videos as well as customize Hatsune’s look for virtual photo shoots.
The gameplay is easy to pick up, even for those who do not have a drop of rhythm in their bodies, like us. It did take a few “practice” games to get the timing right, but then came confidence enough to push for slightly more difficult songs and settings. The game play is smooth and solid, and did not experience any lag or hiccups during game time.The game is surprisingly intense, especially when you try to keep a long running combo of moves going.
If you’re into vocaloid music and are a fan of Hatsune Miku, this game is a must have for your collection. If you simply enjoy challenging rhythm games, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is a solid contender that will keep your hands full and your head bobbing to the beat.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F releases Tuesday, August 27, 2013 and is available for download at the Playstaion Store or if you prefer physical copies, the game disc is available at both Gamestop and Amazon.
images: Sega of America