-Import Report is a new feature for Gaming Union that takes a look at games only those crazy/impatient enough to import them could play. We let you know if the game is worth the import, worth waiting until it releases, or just ignore it and hope it never leaves whatever country it spawned from.-
When thinking of what would be a good game to start Import Report with, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F was at the top of my list. I am actually not that into Vocaloid and the most I have with it is through hearing it at an anime convention or playing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Still from the little music that I had heard and my love of rhythm music games, I couldn't pass at the opportunity to see what all the hype was about.
Since I only have the knowledge of a small Japanese child in terms of understanding Japanese, I wasn't too worried about working my way around this music game. That was until I actually started playing and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD this game does not follow the rules in terms of how to play a rhythm game! Once you pick your song, difficulty, character, and random accessories you are welcomed by parade of symbols that are rarely ever found on any controller.
The way Project Diva F works is that you have to hit notes in tune with the music video that is going on. The only problem with this is that there is no visual tutorial to tell you what you are doing at all. This lead to me discovering out what each note that wasn't a basic cross, circle, square, or triangle. While flicking the stick whenever a star appears isn't that complex there is a single note that I couldn't work out for the longest time.
You know you are trying to hard when you can't find out how to play a basic music game after literally spending over an hour using the Project Diva Wiki and looking up "How do you play Project Diva F" in Google late into the night. Still after getting lost in translation and figuring out the language of Hatsune Miku, I was offered a stunning music game.
Project Diva F has some of the best presentation in every one of it's songs. The track list is varied and there are more than a few songs that honestly surprised me in how much I liked playing them. This will defiantly be a game you want to play with surround sound headphones if you have them since it really helps. With over 40 songs to choose from, you will able to fill your Vocaloid love for quite some time.
A big plus to replaying each song is the fact that you can mix and match who is singing the song. There are also the six official Vocaloid modules Miku, Luka, Rin, Len, Kaito, and Meiko to choose from. So if you don't want to have Miku dancing in her same old outfit, you can have different clothes to choose from along with many different accessories. You can finally build your perfect waifu.
The biggest fault that Project Diva F really has is the fact that it is a port of a Vita game. While bringing the game over plays just as well on the PS3 and looks amazing, the lack of a multiplayer is very disappointing. It's almost like the game wants to add to the loner stereotype that most fans of Vocaloid already have. So you better have some patient friends if you want to invite anyone over to check out this addictive rhythm game.
When it comes down to it Project Diva F did end up living up to all the hype that surrounded it before I ended up playing it. As long as you are a fan of Vocaloid music or even a good looking music game, this is defiantly one that you will want to add to your collection as soon as possible. Now when it comes to picking up the Japanese version of the game or waiting for a localized version is a bit of a complicated answer at the moment.
SEGA has been teasing that the game might be coming to North America and Europe sometime soon, but still refuse to commit to anything. The best course of action for any fan who is wanting to play the game right away is wait for a translated version. As much fun as Project Diva F is to play, simply importing the game and not supporting the inevitable western release would be shooting any chance of later games releasing to come out. So if you don't feel like buying the game twice, there is also a demo you can play of the game on the Japanese PSN store that is completely free and is sure to make all your friends jealous until the full game releases.
If you are interested in Import Report covering a specific game that you like to hear more about feel free to suggest as many game as you want to hear about in the comments below. Also as a teaser for what the next weeks game, it is the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best selling licensed games in Japan that made it's debut overseas last year on PS3.