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Review: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+

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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.

Gameplay

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.

Graphics

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.

Controls

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.

Conclusion

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.

SUMMARY

+ Visually impressive
+ Diverse range of music
+ Addictive gameplay

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is available now on PC and Nintendo Switch.

Reviewed on PC.
James Refelian
James Refelianhttps://linktr.ee/refelian66
When I was seven years old I tried to write a spy novel. It was terrible; in case you wondered, but I’ve always loved stories. Then I got to play videogames and suddenly here were stories that could be told in so many ways, coming to life in front of my eyes. I’ve been hooked ever since and have enjoyed games on pretty much every platform you can imagine. If you love stories too then I hope my reviews help you discover something new. You can always celebrate storytelling with me on Twitter, Twitch and YouTube - @Refelian66.

5 COMMENTS

  1. you can indeed change the visual of the notes you’re supposed to hit
    it was in the game since it was on switch you can also change the noise they make
    it’s not a forgotten feature you might have just missed them you can chose between ps4 xbox switch and arrows visuals so it’s not even lacking options

  2. Like another person said- you can in fact change what the letters look like for the controller… you can use switch, playstation, and on the pc (this verson) xbox! Its right there in the “customization” area of the game. Its literally there for convenience- they thought about it.

  3. “there’s also absolutely no way to change any of this”

    did you actually look for this feature to confirm this before you wrote this article? because it’s blatantly wrong, as others have said. from the switch version right back to the ps4 version, you’ve been able the change the appearance of the notes as well as the hit sounds. this carries over into the pc version.

    first time reading a review on this site, and it’ll be my last i imagine. considering this is a review article, you’d think you’d check every possible area of the game (and consult the internet) before being so blatantly wrong. talk about giving something a bad name.

  4. It’s really quite sad when so many people forget that there an options/ settings menu in video games. I’m someone who plays on inverted controls those menus are extremely important and the very first thing I look at no matter what game

  5. Thank you to all the comments pointing out that you can amend the display layout for symbols. Unfortunately, during my playthrough and research I clearly missed this and so have updated the review accordingly to give a fair assessment of the game.

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Review: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix++ Visually impressive <br> + Diverse range of music <br> + Addictive gameplay <br><br> Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Mega Mix+ is available now on PC and Nintendo Switch.<br><br> Reviewed on PC.