Review – Hyperdimension Neptunia

We took Hyperdimension Neptunia for a spin. Should you? Read our review to find out after the jump.

The game takes place in the world of Gamindustri. The world is split into four different regions (Planeptune, Leanbox, Lastation and Lowee) which are in turn protected by four goddesses. You take the role of Neptune (also known as Nep-nep), a goddess who must defend the world against the attack of the evil goddess Arfoire. In order to do so Neptune must seek out Histoire, the book that contains the secrets to the world.

The story is an interesting way of telling the story of the console wars, with the goddesses representing the different consoles. References to different video game entities abound. Arfoire as the evil goddess has to be a reference to the R4 flash cart that is used to pirate DS games and such. The references to the goddesses’ names should be obvious.

The game is a turn based Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG). You travel via game menus and seek out the many dungeons of the worlds. Not much creativity for each dungeon, and they all start to look the same as you go through the game. You come across different monsters within these dungeons. You fight these monsters by using a turn based strategy using combos with the different characters, who aren’t much more than teen girls in skimpy clothes. The fighting system isn’t simple to use, and trying to heal your characters seems impossible at first, but does get somewhat easier once you figure out how.

Great Anime

The graphics for the game look like a throwback to the 90’s. If you are a big fan of anime and manga, you’ll probably enjoy the style, but the graphic quality is pretty poor. The game looks like an upscaled PS2 game at best. Graphical glitches can be found throughout the game and it can be hard on the eyes at times.

Cute Characters

The music for the game is one bright spot for it, but there’s not enough differences in the tracks to get you through more than a few hours of gameplay. The sounds of the dungeons are always the same, and get to be irritating at times. Maybe if they used different sounds for different dungeons it might not be as bad.

The premium edition came with an art book with full color sketches and concept art. Again, anime fans and manga fans will truly enjoy the book. The art is well drawn and looks great. If you are going to buy the game, and you are a fan of this art syle, the premium edition is the best way to go. The book is worth the extra money for true fans.

The game has received mixed reviews across the board, and true fans of JRPG’s tend to rate it higher than those that are only casual fans. If you are a fan, then this game is probably worth the money for you, but for those that are wanting to maybe try out some JRPG’s for the first time, you might want to look elsewhere.