E3 2014: SEGA's 'Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd'

She's got the beat. Yeah, she's got it.

And you will too after playing the upcoming SEGA video game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd.

A rhythm game in the same vein of Dance Dance Revolution and Elite Beat Agents, this game has players tapping the buttons of their PlayStation 3 controller or PlayStation Vita to the music.

At E3 2014, only three songs were playable. But the high-energy J-pop featuring Hatsune Miku, one of the most popular virtual idols of all time, was all I had to experience to know this game is fun.

Fun, but also difficult.

Even on easy, the game can be tricky as icons fly across the screen from all directions to the music. The excitement and difficulty grows when playing on normal or hard settings. The game turns into what can only be described as a "bullet hell" of syncopated button press commands. Still, even with everything flying every which way and superimposed over footage of Miku and her friends jamming out, it grabs your attention and makes you want to do your best.

However, one obstacle I see with this title is the J-pop soundtrack; Western gamers will initially have issues with the music. As far as I can tell, no Western songs are in the soundtrack. The songs themselves, however, seem quite catchy and patient players shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting.

Published and developed by SEGA, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is expected to release in North America in the latter-half of 2014.


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