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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review


Well this is a bit of a strange one for me. I don't normally venture into games like this and it's put me quite out of my comfort zone in terms of gaming. Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, which is also known as Ultra Dimension Neptune V, is a story based role playing game which launched in Japan around 7 months ago and thanks to Nippon Ichi Software Inc. has made it out of the land of the rising sun and over to our merry shores.

If you're new to the series, like myself, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is the third title in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, all of which have been exclusive to the Playstation 3. In the style of many Eastern RPG's before it HNV is a turn based affair but this time the twist is that the universe set within the series is meant as a look at the inner workings of the games industry. Each section of this games industry / console war influenced world is controlled or even dictated by a 'CPU', which - as in the real world - represents one of the console manufacturers. Think I'm kidding? Well the world is called 'Gamindustri' with CPU characters and nations named Lowee (Wii), CPU Noire/Black Heart of Lastation (PS3) and Vert/Green Heart the CPU of 'Leanbox' (Xbox 360). There's even one character called Famitsu that runs a video game magazine. And these nations are fighting for supremacy, and the constant changes in the world over remain stable.

The main gameplay is split into three main pillars - exploration, combat and interactions such as converstations. Combat has a turn based play style during the battle sequences, during each turn the player can freely move around the battle radius and once within range of the chosen enemy the player can start queuing an attack combo or a special skill. Each character also has a certain number of CP points that they can use to activate attacks and other skills, the higher the cost the more powerful the attack will be. Most players will quickly realise that the best plan is to just ignore one of the three button sets and focus instead on equipping the most powerful abilities on the other two. It's a little strange that the bosses have regenerating health, and with such a force that if the player isn't able to out damage the regeneration the fight is just impossible. If you do find yourself in a situation like this, fret not as leveling up Neptune is surprisingly quick.

The graphics in the game are thoroughly detailed and very varied throughout, featuring a vast number of creative characters and colourful settings. Each CPU nation has been artistically styled in keeping with the console that inspired it. Sleek green and white lines of the Xbox; smooth, shiny black features of the Playstation. Characters even have slight nods to titles from the consoles in question, with Katamary Damacy and Metal Gear Solid popping up on occasion.

Praise must be given to NIS America for the stellar localization job that they've done, general conversation and even the jokes seems to have translated well into the english edition. Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is a game that fans of the series are sure to enjoy, the relatively light story never feels like a burden and the strong battle system is pretty fun once you manage to play at the game's pace. Sure, the characters are pretty cliche, but I'm sure that just falls in with the japanese sense of humour.

Words by Colin Gallagher.
(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

- It'll keep you going for a long time
- Fun battle system
- Tongue in cheek humour about the games industry

Cons

- Only really for fans of the series
- Bosses have regeneration health!
- A little tedious at times

Edited On 19 Mar, 2013

Comments
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0000000000 4 years ago
looking good but the boss regen is an annoying thing! still love these games so its something to look into
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
Lots of JRPGs coming over at the minute, hopefully its signs of good things to come
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Johno Muller 4 years ago
Is it just me or does the fish look like a Magikarp
0000000000's avatar
its his cousin
0000000000 4 years ago
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It just needs a wispy French moustache
Johno Muller 4 years ago
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Looks more like a fat Feebas to me
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
I'm waiting till Shopto have MK2 back in stock before I get Victory and even though it has it's problems i'm quite enjoying the first one

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