The vocaloid persona known as Hatsune Miku was first released back in 2007, with several forms of spin off media including manga serials, collectable figurines and an anime series. In 2009, the virtual singer made her console debut with the Project Diva franchise, a rhythm based action game which has appeared on PlayStation consoles and the Nintendo 3DS, and has now arrived on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita with a brand new instalment named Project Diva X. While there are a few minor problems, Hatsune Miku’s latest song collection provides
In the virtual world where Hatsune Miku resides with her fellow vocaloids, the mysterious Cloud Prisms which keep the energy of the digitised singers sustained have lost their power. In order to prevent their home and memories from disappearing, Hatsune Miku must perform a series of dance routines that have remained dormant inside each Cloud Prism, and restore them back to their full strength. While the overall plot does feel slightly stretched to add a story mode to a rhythm action title, the interactions between the vocaloids during cut scenes are enjoyable, retaining the feel good vibes that the Project Diva franchise has become known for.
Hatsune Miku Project Diva X contains several different game types, each providing a different take on the musical button matching experience. The main aim of each song is to match the symbols, using a combination of designated controller or touch screen input. While this sounds simple in concept, it can become complex when you will need to hold down buttons, whilst pressing several others at once. Each game mode brings new elements to the series, whilst drawing inspiration from previous iterations of the franchise. In Live Quest Mode, each song is given a set of missions depending on the difficulty that you chose. If you decide to opt for the Easy mode, you will require less score, or voltage as it is referred to in game to proceed and the routines will not be as complex. In Normal mode, the stakes often considerably higher, and you will often need to have razor sharp reflexes to get the highest score. When you clear the objectives, you will restore a small amount of energy to the corresponding Cloud Prism.