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Haven Review: Hatsune Miku Project Diva X

Vocaloids its taken the world by storm with their nice synthesized voices and their little skirts but lets be serious does it stand up well in a game and that is what we aim to find out in Hatsune Miku Project Diva X.     project_diva_x_logo Now getting right into it the game is a Rhythm game and as such it has a standard rule of thumb which is to simply hit the right notes at the right time to win points at the end of the game. It has a score multiplayer to increase your score but that really isn’t needed and its just to make the game seem like it has more depth to it.

project-diva-x-gameplayEach stage is done with the music we have grown to love from various YouTube artists online and the canon that the fanbase has helped create. Don’t get me wrong in this regard, I love how Sega handles many of their fan related things from Sonic the Hedgehog, and the first class shade they throw at Nintendo deserves awards.

But this variety of game has been recycled over and over from the 3Ds title we reviewed to this game. The same mechanics over and again to the point where they aren’t really inspiring.

Now I know what you are probably thinking, why am I attacking the franchise like this? We’ll its true, that is all a Rhythm game is and truth be told you can find other franchises like it also such as Dance Dance Revolution from Konami, or anything fan made on NewsGrounds that is completely free to play.hatsune-miku-diva-x-feature

I am not saying that Rhythm games are bad, I am saying they need to work on their material that being said lets continue on with the review shall we?

The music for the game as expected is songs that have been a part of the fan base for the longest time and they are enjoyable, there are a few tracks that Sega themselves put in mainly for menu’s but in the end the games music is pretty decent. Not saying its bad, its decent much like how if its not broken don’t fix it basically.

There is some fun aspects for the game where you can complete stages and win items to dress up your Vocaloids with items like Dog ears, fancy outfits and skirts and such. So if you are a fan of dressing up digital women in fancy outfits you can do that too! I even have a personal favorite for the Vocaloids and my personal choice is Luka and her long pink hair so its nice to dress her up, it makes my inner nerd scream with joy.hatsunemikux-jpg

The controls for the game are also spot on and truth be told its the most accurate part of the game as it is the requirement to even play a Rhythm game. Without decent controls the game wouldn’t even be playable.

But I think the biggest issue with the game is that they try to give it a deep in depth story and it just makes the entire game fall apart as a whole. I get it the worlds you go to need music and their falling dim and you need to sing to bring the worlds back to life and also use this special item to make singing easier and fill it up so you can go to the other worlds.obyii4xutlzi2dxslelo

There I summarized the story for you, each world is comprised into a musical category from Jazz, to classical and so forth and you got to play the various stages of each world to bring them back to life.

In conclusion though the game is fun in its own regard, but it feels like Sega keeps pumping these out for a cash grab to try and lure in the love struck fan base for a quick profit. I would hope that a company that can provide first class shade can back up their strong talk with more solid gameplay but the title left me a bit listless in terms  of its quality.hatsunemikuopeningmovie5

If you are a fan of classic Rhythm games and the repetitive gameplay it provides than this is the title for you. If you want something more creative and innovative you best look elseware.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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Haven Review: Project Mirai DX

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.     hatsune-miku-project-mirai-dx1Hatsune Miku is the popular synthesized idol that came from Japan and has taken the world by storm (like many other things from Japan!). But after all this time she has found her way to the Nintendo 3DS system; thanks to Sega no less!    16282163155_9b5bfa581f

Now the game play at first seems very hard to navigate, with many sub-menus that feel convoluted; creating more problems than solutions. However there really isn’t much you can do with Hatsune Miku in this game, other than taking her shopping with you and playing Go, a traditional Japanese board game that has been played by monks.

Actual game play, to put simply is a rhythm system where you tap or press the controls to stay in the beat of the numerous songs that have been made. Songs include The World is Mine, and many others. Although Sega produced the game, I feel they got a lot of help from YouTubers who created various songs, so they would have some content to put into the game.

After you play the rhythm game and succeed, you are granted MP for what I can only assume stands for “Miku Points”. With these points you can take your Vocaloid idols out on dates and buy them treats such as sushi. Not to mention you can decorate the apartment you share with the Vocaloid, as well.hatsune-miku-3ds

Speaking of which, at the beginning of the game you are instructed to pick a Vocaloid with whom to share an apartment (although you can change it later). I personally picked Luca because I believe she is the coolest of the bunch.

Besides all this, the rhythm game ends up coming off as a Vocaloid dating sim quite a bit apart from any actual romance with automatons. You can give them money to spend on things, you can make them do little dances the way you want and preform your very own songs as well. The game even doubles as an alarm clock if you want to have your partner wake you up.011

However despite all this, I think the most fun I have with the game is when it comes to shopping. Since the title has been made by Sega, you know you are going to get reference material to their blue blur (you can buy a Sonic statue for your apartment, for example). But the bit that had me laughing the most is the fact they did their research on fan-created things such as the Luca takoyaki ball. For those who are not familiar with takoyaki, it’s a Octopus ball they serve in Japan.

If you end up having an apartment with a bathtub, you can actually put her little squid self into the tub to play around and such. The fact that they have that in here just makes the game a lot more fun.

All in all, if a rhythm game is your thing, then this title is worth getting. There a lot of side things to keep you occupied when you get bored, as well as various other games you can play. Project Mirai DX is honestly a game that I really enjoyed, and will probably keep enjoying for quite a while.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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