Also available on PlayStation 3
Since I played my first entry in the series back when I got my Vita, Hatsune Miku has been my absolute favorite rhythm game series. Between how damn adorable the character of Miku is to how incredibly catchy most of the songs featured in the games are, it's an utterly addicting series. My friend Jordan sent me this Japan-exclusive entry in the series knowing how much I love it, and it's been my go-to game to play while relaxing for the past week or two.
If you've played any of the games in the series, then you know what to expect here. From the four I've played, they all play more or less the same just with different songs and extra features. The track listing is really what makes or breaks a Hatsune Miku game, and this one had a fantastic track listing. I think I still slightly prefer Project DIVA F 2nd, but Project DIVA 2nd does have two of my favorite Hatsune Miku tracks - Clover Club and Melt. Honestly Clover Club is all it would really take to make me happy, but having Melt included as well was fantastic.
The game looks fantastic (probably thanks to having very little to actually render visually) and is truthfully one of the best looking PSP games I've seen although I'm by no means an expert on the system. The game's sound - the most important part of a music game - is, unfortunately, hindered a bit by the PSP's speakers, but plug in some good headphones, and it's pure auditory bliss. While I normally prefer to play games on consoles if at all possible, but music games are my exception. Because the screen is hardwired to the console, you naturally eliminate the risk of input lag which, obviously, can be a major issue with any rhythm based game.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd is a truly fantastic rhythm game and a serious must-play for PSP owners who are fans of the genre. It's a real shame that it never saw a Western release, but since the PSP is gloriously region-free, all you need to do is import a copy of the game and go to town (which I absolutely recommend everyone do). I'm extremely grateful to Jordan for sending me this game because Jesus Christ, I had a fantastic time playing through it. If you own a PSP, you seriously need to look into importing this.
My Rating - 4 Neps
I'm a teacher.
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.