Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is the latest rhythm game featuring the Vocaloid sensation that is Hatsune Miku. If you don’t know, Hatsune Miku is a virtual pop star, who uses a virtual voicebank to perform songs, to huge worldwide popularity and success. Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is the latest rhythm game in a franchise that started in 2009.
The concept is simple, press the right button at the right time and get a high score. Then move on to one of the literal hundreds of other levels in the game. they’re conveniently categorised into difficulty levels and next to each one is a further indicator of difficulty with a score. What is interesting, and something I really enjoyed, was that symbols weren’t restricted to one area of the screen. They could fly in from anywhere and go anywhere. This felt unique and meant that no level felt too repetitive. In the background, you get some wonderful anime-style music videos. If I’m honest, it was difficult to spend much time focusing on the visuals when paying so much attention to the flying symbols!
The game has plenty of customisation options and DLC unlocks as well, but I never felt the need to venture down that path to keep my interest, but it’s nice to have something for fans that want to experience everything (and don’t mind the additional costs involved).
Hatsune Miku Music
I came into this game naively expecting to be assaulted by synthetic pop music and expecting to hate it. A lot. I was wrong. The music is pleasantly surprising. Sure, there are a lot of synthetic pop songs, but I didn’t mind them, and then a lot of other music covering pretty much every genre imaginable. There are so many different tracks in Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ that you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy.
Visually, Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is stunning. Beautiful anime-style artwork is blended with impressive backdrops, flashes, light shows, and other fast-paced effects. The character animations are also incredibly well polished. The whole thing is a spectacle, perhaps a little too much, but this excess is the whole point. A visual feast to go with the music that explains why this virtual sensation is a music star.
I don’t mind rhythm games in general and have played a fair few over the years. I don’t remember one that has four different methods of selecting the direction and displaying that in the tutorial in the most complicated of ways. As an aside, it’s virtually impossible to play this game using a keyboard. You need a controller!
The letters displayed on the screen that you’re supposed to hit don’t correspond to the controller that you’re likely using on a PC, namely an Xbox one immediately. Even though it works well in the tutorial. Originally, I said this was the worst part of the game and it was impossible to change. This is incorrect as had been pointed out in the comments below. I simply failed to find the correct setting. Having reviewed it further, and played around with it you can in fact change the layout in a number of ways to suit the controller you’re using.
This game is a lot of fun, once you’ve configured it properly! The music is varied, the art and animation is top-notch and the challenge is there.
So, is Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ worth it?
If you’re a fan of the phenomenon Hatsune Miku, or you just love rhythm games, then absolutely play Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ because it’s addictive and has a lot to offer.