By: Uma Smith
Hatsune Miku continues to spread her fame in North America, this time courtesy of her appearance on the PlayStation Vita. Originally released a few months ago for the PlayStation 3, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is giving gamers another chance to experience all the J-Pop rhythm goodness. In this particular case, not even the vast Pacific Ocean can keep this virtual diva from growing her popularity.
The straightforward controls from the PlayStation 3 version are fluid and responsive once again on the Vita. Essentially, you’ll be relying on using the face buttons as well as the d-pad. The game does incorporate the Vita’s touch screen as occasionally you’ll encounter star notes that require you to swipe the screen. With this being a rhythm game, timing and accuracy is important, and with the top-notch yet simple controls here, you can only blame yourself for a poor performance.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f appears as brilliant on the Vita as it was on the PlayStation 3. Whether you’re playing on the big screen or on the portable OLED, the colors are vibrant and the graphics are highly detailed.
Switching over to the audio department, the available music tracks are as plentiful as they are enjoyable. The speakers from the Vita may be unable to highlight the bass from these tracks, but you still get to experience the J-Pop music with Hatsune’s synthetic voice while on the go.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f for the Vita is an almost perfect port of the PlayStation 3 version (full PS3 review here), thereby offering an uplifting and beautiful experience. Even with the use of the touch screen, the rhythm-based gameplay is one of the most entertaining out there. In fact, there currently aren’t a lot of Vita titles within the same genre.
Additionally, the portability of the game gives an added degree of autonomy. For instance, you’ll be able to create and edit music videos on your own. If you’re always on the road, this is a welcomed feature to have as opposed to being confined to your home if you wish to pull off these tasks.
One notable feature for the Vita version is the use of augmented reality. You can actually use AR cards to make Hatsune Miku appear within your screen as you are taking pictures. Watching her pose and dance around is pretty amusing and lots of fun to look at. So, the amount of content within this Vita game will keep you occupied for hours on end.
If you had a ball with Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f on the PlayStation 3, then the portable version will deliver. With top notch, yet simplistic gameplay, beautiful presentation, and exotic music, this is one of the most unique titles to really showcase what the Vita has to offer.