Personal Picks

Game of the Year 2022

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In addition to our main Game of the Year Awards 2022, each member of the PC Gamer team is shining a spotlight on a game they loved this year. We’ll post new personal picks, alongside our main awards, throughout the rest of the month.

Fighting and rhythm games are two genres that have been in my life for as long as I can remember. It’s unfortunate, then, that they haven’t always had the best run on PC. That’s been changing over the past few years, though, and 2022 has been the year of my favourite rhythm games heading over to our platform: Taiko no Tatsujin and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix+. A shoddy port frustratingly mired the former, but with Project Diva it almost made me mad that we didn’t get this series on PC sooner.

OK, I know that rhythm games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Especially rhythm games featuring virtual Japanese idols, computerised beats and carefully placed phonetic samples to make it sound like an actual human is singing. But the Project Diva games have had a death grip on me for over eight years, and MegaMix+ is the most robust and complete entry in the series to date.

There’s something that’s always fascinated me about the way Vocaloid songs are put together, which is part of what makes them so damn fun to play. Hatsune Miku and her fellow pop idols aren’t real. They’re not bound by a particular genre or image that defines their entire career. They’re malleable, only limited by the tastes and abilities of the producer dropping their vocal library onto a timeline. I can play pumped-up poppy beats like Popipo and the all-too-relatable MMORPG Addict’s Anthem. Scrolling a few songs down and you’ll find heavy drum kicks and guitar riffs in Unhappy Refrain, and a few more into full-blown showtunes like Miracle Paint.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva MegaMix+

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I never expected to really be a Miku person. I’ve been a fan of J-Pop and J-Rock for as long as I can remember, but always saw Vocaloids as an incredibly niche subsection of that. Now I regularly walk around with synthetic vocals bored into my brain, suffering from cutesy Japanese brain rot.

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