Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to the U.S.! If you aren't familiar with Miku, here's a brief overview:
Hatsune Miku is the world's most popular digital singer produced by Crypton Future Media,INC. Her popularity continues to increase in the West and she has close to 2 million dedicated English speaking fans on Facebook. Hatsune Miku is also successful in performing sold-out 3D concerts worldwide and appearing in TV commercials for companies such as Toyota USA and Google. -Games Press
Hatsune Miku also sings alongside a whole host of other characters, known as the VOCALOIDs. VOCALOIDs cause they sing, I guess? So yeah, vocals, VOCALOIDs, get it? Actually, VOCALOID is the voice synthesizer used to create the music, but I won't get into that. Anyways, as far as the Project Diva series, they're a group of girls, and guys, that sing with strange, synthesized voices. Project Diva is a music and rhythm game, where you choose songs and click arrows, and other button commands, to the music. During each stage, you can choose one of the VOCALOIDs to sing and dance while you wail away at the buttons.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA™ F 2nd features twenty classic songs from the previously Japan-only PSP games making their first debut in the West and twenty brand new songs to the Project DVIA series. In addition to the new songs, the game will feature updated gameplay mechanics and controls, over 80 brand new and remade fan favourite modules, Cross-Save compatibility, Markerless AR Mode and a revamped ranking system that showcases the most popular user generated content to provide gamers the best music game experience on the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita systems. -Games Press
I tried the original Project Diva on PS3, and it was actually really fun! You can swap and choose which VOCALOID is on stage, while you play. They also have a bunch of costumes and customization, which is pretty nifty. As far as gameplay, it's the standard “here comes an arrow, now press it on time!” kind of music game. However, in Project Diva, instead of the arrows and button commands falling vertically, they come from everywhere! It gets very chaotic, and will test your musical timing to the limit, depending on which mode you choose. I will definitely be looking into Project Diva F 2nd.
It's coming to PS3 and PS Vita this Fall!
Source: Game Press & Technobuffalo