Hyperdimension Neptunia Re Birth3 V Generation Review
Wow that’s a mouthful of a title isn’t it? And as the title implies this is the third entry of the Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth games which are remakes of the original series now on the Vita. Idea factory has been hitting the handheld console hard with its Hyperdimension series and not just with remakes of its popular JRPG’s. They have also put out an Idol Simulator, an action smash em up, among others all within the world of Hyperdimension Neptunia. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Hyperdimension takes place within the fantasy land of “Gameindustri” and is made to simulate the console wars in real life. Most of the characters and places within the games are all references to real life consoles, companies, and other such gaming related info. But lets get to the nitty gritty.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth3 V Generation starts off with the land of Gameindustri at peace (for the most part) with its leaders playing a friendly video game against one another. The player steps back into the shoes of Neptune (named after a once upon a time failed SEGA console) a fun loving easy going but sometimes to easy going heroine with purple hair as she tries to fend off her 3 other friends in the game. However you discover a glitch in the game that freezes it, and the only plausible solution (hilariously) is to put on a virtual reality headset and jump into the game. Of course this leads into a startling discovery and creates the basis of the plot for this game. Even though this game is very light hearted and often focuses maybe a little to much on its humor, the story becomes very good and will hook you fairly quickly.
As I mentioned before the majority of the game is very light hearted and all the characters provide great dialogue to keep you laughing. Although rather simple the humor is always there and I found myself laughing out loud often during the dialogue scenes. That being said there was sometimes to much dialogue that wasn’t really needed but this does not take away from the game at all in my opinion. Much of the jokes will be recognized by long time gamer’s as references and jabs at real life instances in the gaming industry. Even the characters appearances, which all sport two different forms, will make you laugh. When you transform into the powered up HDD form that the party members all posses, you gain a huge increase in power and additional combos but also come much more scantily clad than everyone’s initial looks.
The battle system is nothing new to the JRPG scene but it does work very well. Its a turn based system that newcomers and long term fans of the series can both jump into without issue. You have the ability to customize your attack combo’s in order to keep things interesting, and as fore mentioned your characters have the ability to transform into an “HDD” form for greater power and stronger combo’s. Other than that you have the traditional Attack, Defend, Use item, ETC found in almost every RPG. My only real issue with the game is it’s repetitiveness. You’ll find many of the same enemies through out the game but with different recolors. Even the dungeons in completely different nations and parts of the game are identical which was rather a let down. If you can over look these then the rest of the game is actually very entertaining.
Hyperdimension Neptunia has been a very welcome and fun series to have on the Vita and Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3 V Generation is another great JRPG for the hand held system. With its lovable characters, quirky plot lines, good humor and catchy music this is a series that I have greatly enjoyed replaying with its remakes. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a good JRPG on a hand held system or just fans of the genre in general. 7 out of 10. Happy Gaming.