Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+ expands on the first game, offering plenty of songs and customization options, but with frustrating controls.
Developing the Nintendo Switch release in 2020, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ is a colorful and exciting rhythm game based on the famous Vocaloid singer Hatsune Miku. Developed and published by Sega, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ gives fans of 2000s J-Pop the ability to explore an extensive library of songs, customize their favorite characters, and enjoy fast-paced gameplay similar to titles like Taiko No Tatsujin and Dance Dance Revolution. However, the game’s control and performance issues make Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ unpleasant to play on PC.
Like most rhythm games, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ offers players the ability to select a song from an extensive catalog, choose a difficulty level, then mash buttons for fun, J-Pop beats. The game uses no overarching narrative, but each track is outfitted with music videos or performance reels from favorite characters like Hatsune Miku and other popular Vocaloid singers. Players can also create custom playlists of songs, eliminating the need to scroll through the entire catalog of songs before playing.
To start in Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+, players must first follow a tutorial and configure their preferred method of play. However, unlike the easy-to-use dance pads of dance dance revolution, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ makes configuration a chore. In the tutorial it is explained that even when using keyboard keys, all button prompts will appear as on-screen controller-specific “X, A, Y, B” buttons. For this reason, players must learn to bind their “W, A, S, D” keys to unparalleled prompts, or connect and customize a controller. Despite practice, most will likely find the keyboard layout unsightly, requiring the use of a Steam or Bluetooth Xbox One controller in order to play intuitively.
One of the best features of Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ is the list of songs. New and longtime Vocaloid fans will find a selection of over 170 songs to choose from. Some cute options include a version of the “Nyan Cat” theme, as well as a wide variety of classic and popular tracks from early Hatsune Miku performances. The variety in an updated game is both fun and nostalgic while making the content accessible to new fans of the series. However, players will want to be careful when selecting a song to play, as the rhythm game‘s difficulty levels can be inconsistent and the audio previews don’t offer a good idea of which songs may be more or less difficult. .
While the songs of Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ are bright and fun, the interface for the rhythm game is not so nice. Players will find prompts to hit in all directions on the screen, instead of appearing in a specific area with clear visibility and direction. For this reason, prompts can easily get mixed up or be difficult to see as the video behind them changes color. Additionally, the constant movement around the screen in combination with the movement of performer models or video clips can be dizzying, creating dizziness or confusion when trying to keep track of each prompt. Similar to rhythm fighterOverwhelming movements can also detract from the enjoyment of watching characters play, as players will be too busy looking for prompts to properly see the background.
For those who love personalization, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ features a wide selection of outfits, hairstyles, and accessories for each singer in the game. Main Menu. Although the clothing selection is varied, it can be confusing to set character outfits, and players may find that the outfit only applies to one song. Because of this, they will have to switch between menus to ensure that the desired outfit appears as an option when a specific song is selected.
Whereas Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ has a wide selection of songs and fun gameplay, it struggles as a PC and Steam title. The game often lags and drops frames, which can impact a player’s score when interrupting prompts during a song. The limitations of a PC screen also make gameplay feel cramped, seeming much better suited to a large TV screen and the powerful capabilities of an Xbox or PlayStation platform. Additionally, some of the music videos have choppy frame rates and choppy motion that make the visuals look unpolished when sitting close to a PC screen, but would likely look smoother from a greater distance.
Longtime fans of Vocaloid music will likely enjoy Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ for its nostalgic song list and updated character models, but this game is not a good choice for casual PC gamers. Those without a good Steam Controller option and powerful hardware will want to skip the title and wait for a possible console release at a later date or try the original version on the Nintendo Switch instead. However, for serious PC gamers who love a fun rhythm game rooted in 2000s J-Pop, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ could be a great addition to gamer libraries. Hopefully fixes for improved keyboard controls and frame rate issues will be released to help create a more intuitive experience, improving overall accessibility for any Vocaloid fan wishing to try out the game.
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Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix+ releases today, May 26, 2022, for PC on Steam. Screen Rant received a Steam PC code for the purposes of this review.
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