And now, it's that time, folks!
Let's start with an exercise for the readers. Consider it homework, if you will.
Matchi_chan made a guide to ripping the sounds/music/voiceclips from 2nd.
It's all there, including the files you'll need (minus an ISO of the game and foobar, a music player).
Beyond serving as a little bit of computerin', just in case you ever get rusty with good old command line (it's required for one step of the process), there's some interesting stuff unearthed when you do this. For a start, it'll give you the songs in the game as they appear therein, i.e. truncated in some cases, and I swear in at least one case slightly altered- Ai Kotoba has a weird backing 'voice' in 2nd that, as well as sounding slightly ghostly, can't be found in any other version of the song (unless I'm just going completely insane). There's also some unused voice clips of Miku, Rin and Len- from the demo version, maybe? Was there a demo?
Anyway, get crackin', sport, so that you too can set Haku's voiceclips as your incoming text message alert noise!
Something important to note is that there's actually two slightly different versions of this game!
Obviously, there's the original, titled Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd, which was released on the 29th of July 2010, but there's a second, cheaper version, released a year and a half later on the 15th of December 2011, just after the third and final PSP game in the series, Extend. This version sometimes has Low Price Version added to the title, but the box and title screen give its full title as Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd#. Note that hash at the end. As well as being a cheaper version of the game, there's a few differences. The minor ones are that the game takes less time to load, you can install downloadable content so you don't have to wait for it to load each time, and the Edit Mode menu has been restructured slightly.
Most importantly, there's a download-code printed in the box that allows you to use costumes/modules from Extend. You don't quite get all of the modules from Extend, mind you (any that were DLC for 2nd, like Luka Majokko Style, aren't available this way) but there's still a lot to play with. To get them, you need to use a Japanese PSN account to redeem the code (on the Playstation Store menu, it's the button that has the number 12 on it in the right-hand corner)- once it's downloaded go to the last-but-one item on the Options menu, then on the new menu that appears click the second option and wait until you see the list of costumes. From there you just need to select the very last item on the costume/module select menu to access them (or press R in PV View Mode)- they're all free of charge so you don't even need to buy them with your precious DIVA Points!
This cheaper version is the one reviewed here, but since the differences are minor, I've just been referring to the game without the #.
Simplicity, you know? It's probably best you get the # version, especially if you have a Japanese PSN account.
Since this is a Sega game, it wouldn't be complete without some cameos, and these come in the form of four unlockable costumes.
Miku has a Space Channel 5 outfit that makes her look like Funky Space Reporter Ulala.
Beat Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪ (the penultimate song) on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 10000 DIVA Points.
(This outfit is also in the first Project DIVA game.)
Miku also has a Valkyria Chronicles outfit that makes her look like Alicia Melchiott.
Rather than refernce the character's name, though, the game calls the outfit 'Gallia Squad 7'.
Beat Kouya to Mori to Mahou no Uta on Normak to get it in the shop, then buy it for 10000 DIVA Points.
(This outfit is also in the first Project DIVA game.)
Luka has a Virtua Fighter outfit that makes her look like Sarah Bryant.
Beat Double Lariat on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
Finally, Rin has a Resonance of Fate/End of Eternity costume that makes her look like Leanne/Reanbell.
Beat Meltdown on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
Kinda weird to see this outfit here, as Resonance of Fate was only published by Sega and developed by tri-Ace. Guess they have the rights.
Additionally, with 2nd# you can use the code in the box to download the costumes from Extend.
There's seven (technically nine) more Sega cameo costumes hidden amongst them.
Miku has a Sonic costume that, honestly, looks like she's wearing his skin. This is disturbing.
It's just a costume, thankfully... One that has the Sonic 20th Anniversary logo at the bottom of the leg, and the word SONIC across the rear.
In Extend, beat Nekomimi Switch on Normal to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
Miku also has a Virtual On-inspired costume with a design based on Fei-Yen.
This is actually canon, as it was originally a figure and also appears in Super Robot Taisen UX.
In Extend, beat melody... on Normal to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
Luka has two Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity outfits that make her look like Nagisa.
One has the eye-patch, the other doesn't.
In Extend, beat Hoshikuzu Utopia on Normal to get them in the shop, then buy them for 20000 DIVA Points each.
Rin has a Valkyria Chronicles III costume that makes her look like Imca, AKA Nameless No. 1.
In Extend, beat Meltdown on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
Len has a Valkyria Chronicles III costume that makes him look like Kurt Irving, AKA Nameless No. 7.
In Extend, beat Paradichlorobenzene on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
KAITO has two Virtua Fighter outfits that make him look like Kage-Maru.
One has the mask, the other doesn't.
In Extend, beat Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu on Normal to get them in the shop, then buy them for 20000 DIVA Points each.
Finally, MEIKO has a Shining Hearts costume that makes her look like Xiao-Mei.
The costume's name is Phantom Thief Black Tail, which is an alias Xiao-Mei uses.
In Extend, beat Nekomimi Switch on Hard to get it in the shop, then buy it for 20000 DIVA Points.
The question remains, though- where the hell is Miku's Honey costume? You know it makes sense!
As Gaming Hell is nothing but incompetent, we've glossed over some of the finer details regarding both the game and Vocaloids in general.
For more detailed intel on the Project Diva series, point your eyes at The Project DIVA Wiki which catalogues... Everything.
For more information on Vocaloid itself, go forth to The Vocaloid Wiki although be warned, you're best searching for producers rather than individual songs.
I'm not responsible for what you do with this knowledge. Stay dangerous, everybody!
[This is Ed the Editor speaking.]
[I was so horrified when my lackwit writer submitted this article to me- without a hint of irony- that there was only one course of action.]
[I decided to play the game myself and provide my own review.]
[ED'S REVIEW OF HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT DIVA 2ND:]
[That is all.]
Oh, really, Ed. Do grow up.
Once again, I'd like to thank Matchi_chan from Twitter Land for helping with this. Much appreciated, ta!
However, I think this is as far as I'll venture into Vocaloid fandom.
If it's anything like the Touhou fanbase, this is wise.
It was either this article or Splatterhouse this month. I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION