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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA (初音ミク -Project DIVA-?) is a rhythm game created by Sega and Crypton Future Media for the PlayStation Portable featuring the virtual-singer vocaloid Hatsune Miku.

Overview

Gameplay

The gameplay is based on pressing buttons on the controller when floating gray button icons appear on top of the colored button icons. Accuracy is described with a word displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen, ranging from "cool" to "worst". The game is scored on accuracy and the player is awarded with a rank ranging from "perfect" to "missXtake".

Additional Features

Project DIVA allows the players to choose from a wide array of characters including Miku in different costumes in which most notable are her cameo-costumes of the videogames Valkyria Chronicles and Space Channel 5.[1] Also, the game's most highly praised feature, Edit mode, allows the players to create a customized music video of their desired song saved on their PSP and could even include gameplay.

Characters

PSP-to-PS3 Connectivity

Sega released a downloadable software for the PlayStation 3 which enables the players to play the PSP game through a PS3 console. It can be downloaded via PlayStation Store and was released on July 24, 2010. The software is called Dreamy Theater.[2] In Dreamy Theater mode, gameplay is not changed nor modified but the graphics displayed by the PS3 console on the television are greatly enhanced into HDTV; the graphics are on par with a PS3 game. For the connectivity to work, the player must have a PSP (with the game in it) connected via USB to a PS3 with the software installed.[3] However, support for the upcoming sequel is still to be confirmed.[4]

DLC

Additional features were also released as DLC via the PlayStation Store.[citation needed]

  • New songs with mp3 download option
  • Full CG videos of the songs
  • New Loading images

Miku Hatsune Package

  • Hatsune Miku themed mini-game
  • 8 New Songs

Rin, Len & Luka Package

  • Megurine Luka Themed mini-game
  • 16 New Songs

Sequel

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd (「初音ミク Project DIVA 2nd?) is the sequel released by Sega for the PSP in Japan on July 29, 2010. Unlike its predecessor, the game now features duet songs and individual songs of the other Crypton Vocaloids.[5] All characters from the first game are also present with the inclusion of Tako Luka (supporting, non-playable).[6]

Gameplay

Sega updated the gameplay of the first Project DIVA in which, it now makes use of the D-pad (arrow buttons) and a "hold and release" function for the face buttons.[7] A new song difficulty called "EXTREME" was also added. While the edit feature remains, it is enhanced where the player is now able to edit songs/gameplay in real-time and could also configure motions of two vocaloids on-screen at the same time.

Arcade Port

Sega developed a port of the first Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA game for the arcade machines which is entitled, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Arcade (初音ミク Project DIVA Arcade?). The game features Miku and her songs which also include songs contributed by the fans/players altogether with upgraded and enhanced graphics. The website Piapro even held an event/contest for artists to submit their own created Vocaloid songs as well as illustrations for the game.[8][9] Tripshots designed the machine which will include four buttons which has the same gameplay as its predecessor on the PSP.[8]

References

  1. Tanaka, John (16 March 2009). Space Channel 5 and Valkyria Chronicles Costumes For Project Diva. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved on 19 July 2009.
  2. Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater Official Site. Sega. Retrieved 2010-07-09
  3. Spencer (2010-04-23). Here’s Hatsune Miku Rendered On A PlayStation 3. Siliconera. Retrieved 2010-07-09
  4. Project DIVA Dreamy Theater – Details and Screenshots. Kyouran Kyōdai. Retrieved 2010-07-09
  5. DT (2010-07-06). Hatsune Miku Project DIVA 2nd - More Song Videos Added. Vocaloidism. Retrieved on 2010-07-27.
  6. Hatsune Miku Project DIVA 2nd - Costumes (modules). Sega. Retrieved on 2010-07-27.
  7. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd Trailer. GameTrailers. Retrieved 2010-06-01
  8. 8.0 8.1 Official Project DIVA-Arcade page. Sega. Retrieved on 2010-01-22
  9. The Next Project DIVA is Not For the PS3. Kyouran Kyōdai. Retrieved on 2010-01-22

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