Hatsune Miku, the popular Vocaloid has had her fair share of success over the last 14—soon to be 15—years. Originally popular in Japan, Hatsune Miku exploded in the west and that’s why it’s hard to find rhythm gamers who haven’t played one of the dozens of SEGA-produced titles starring the green-haired idol. Every new game in the franchise has added new songs from the never-ending library of Vocaloid content—something we don’t complain about in the slightest—but this newest title might be the biggest collection yet. Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ brings rhythm game fanatics back to the world of Miku and her friends but with some new elements that might really be a game-changer! Here’s our review of Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+!
New to The Craze!
In case this is somehow your first rodeo in the world of the Project DIVA games—there are several of them on various consoles—let’s quickly catch you up. Players have to input the notes that appear on the screen during their chosen song. You’re awarded for precise button actions and interactions when they land, how long you hold some notes, and what difficulty you’re playing on. Easy and normal are usually the best bets for newcomers but hard and extreme will test your rhythm skills to their absolute limits. Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ is best enjoyed on at least normal difficulty but the game does lock some songs—albeit only a few—behind the higher difficulties.
The Hits Keep Coming
Hatsune Miku fans always want more from their virtual idol and Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ delivers possibly the biggest collection of tunes yet! At over 170 songs available—plus even more via DLC—fans will no doubt find their favorite somewhere in this huge library of tunes. Some of our favorite Hatsune Miku and fellow Vocaloid songs return such as World is Mine, This is The Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee, Catch the Wave, Ashes to Ashes, Butterfly On Your Right Shoulder, and much more. What we love about Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ is that, unlike previous titles, the collection of tunes is so great we don’t need to re-download previous Miku games to find a particular song. They are all here just waiting for us to master their challenging timing sections and see if we can get the highest scores.
The Rhythm of the Night
Obviously, aside from having a lengthy song list, Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ offers up the fantastic gameplay of the previous DIVA titles but with a multitude of new ways to play. Players can still rely on controllers to hit those insane notes but now you can also use a keyboard if you want a new form to master. We did find the reliable controller gameplay to still be our favorite way to try and nail combos but the keyboard setup is fun and good for those who might want to play Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ on a laptop or portable PC unit.
Choose Your Vocaloid Style
Customization has long been a staple to the Hatsune Miku games as players took their favorite idols and changed up their wardrobes to make some rather stylish new stars. Don’t worry if Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ offers enough styles as we found ourselves spending hours just trying on different outfits for the cast! There are hundreds of outfits and possible accessories to choose from in Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ and it can be overwhelming, to be honest. Thankfully, there are loads of ways to preset your favorite options and alter the appearances of the cast without much issue. Though the newest addition to Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ isn’t just in the outfits it’s the visual aesthetic too! Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ offers two distinct visual styles for Miku fans! Players can either go with Mega Mix which is a more poppy visual flair for the cast or Future Tone which is glossier in nature. We rarely found either style to be weaker than the other and had fun replaying songs with both visuals to see what version we liked best. It might seem like a minor addition but Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ really offers gamers a surreal amount of customization for their perfect Hatsune Miku experience.
A Flaw in the System
Now, this might be a complaint found only on our end, but we have seen other reviews and comments with similar thoughts applying it isn’t just us. While playing Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ we did suffer occasional lag spikes and frame rate issues. Were they constant? No, we only had them happen a few times here and there. For us, these minor issues aren’t really that annoying but those who live and breathe the perfection needed to play a game like Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ might find this to be a major flaw with this title. Trying to go for 100% completion is already a difficult and daunting challenge but to lose that 100% not because of a missed button press on your end but because of lag, will annoy some players.
Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ is almost the perfect Vocaloid rhythm game. There are over 200 songs with the DLC and at the base game over 170 which means your favorite Vocaloid or Hatsune Miku song is most likely here. The lag issue is definitely a bit of concern for us as we know rhythm game masters will be annoyed at losing a perfect run due to lag but even with this minor inconvenience we still loved our time with Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+! Are you going to download Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Megamix+ or are you already playing it? Comment below to let us know and while you’re at it, tell us what your favorite Hatsune Miku song is! Keep stuck to our Hatsune Miku-loving hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more game reviews and anime articles!
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