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Hyperdimension Neptunia Hypercollection Review


The girls up in Gamindustri have had a bit of a comeback of late with NIS reviving classic Neptunia games over the past year, updating classics for the PS Vita and even adding some new adventures. The PS3 is also about to get a similar treatment, though this is a collection of some of the previous games rather than a new title, offering some entertaining stories and most importantly, classic Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) action.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Hypercollection offers the three main titles that came out for PS3 since 2010 all on one disc, a great deal for newcomers to the series but this collection may not be a worthy purchase for long term fans as it is sparse of any special content to the point that the three games are mounted on one disc as separate files with no flashy "collection" menus to make it feel special; that said you still get three Hyperdimension Neptunia games for the price of one.

First off we have the original Hyperdimension Neptunia in which we play as Neptune, one of four CPU Goddesses who reside over Gamindustri vying for the worship of the humans. For eons the four CPU's have been bitter rivals, fighting hard for their share of followers which resulted in the Console Wars. With the Console Wars raging the CPU's end up in a bitter stalemate until three of them decide to gang up on the most powerful, Neptune, defeating her and sending her to the lands below. 



The first of the Neptunia series mixes up JRPG dungeon crawling action with a digital novel, offering plenty of text heavy cut scenes which thankfully never get boring thanks to the entertaining humour and well drawn characters. Interspersed between the digital novel the game switches to a 3D dungeon crawler, with Neptune investigating various lands to battle a well designed assortment of enemies. Typical of the JRPGs of this era the dungeons are eerily empty, with fighting enemies triggered by invisible foes, transporting your characters into a classic but quite dated turn based scenario with your team on one side battling the enemies adjacent. Moves performed are restricted to the amount of action points you have available to spend during each turn, allowing you to create your own combination of ranged and melee attacks and of course transforming into the HDD alter ego to dish out even more damage.

Graphically Hyperdimension Neptunia is OK, sporting some well drawn anime characters and decent enough 3D dungeons but what lets the experience down is that the gameplay is quite slow, the turn based action really feeling quite dated, a confusing situation made worse as there exists an updated version of this game and it is not clear why that was not bundled in with the collection, especially when considering the improvements made on the following two games on disc.

Next we have Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, where the focus is more on the younger CPU Candidates as they venture on a quest to save Neptune, Vert, Blanc and Noire from a new and dangerous threat, the ASIC who have managed to hoodwink the populace and gain followers by offering pirate games which in turn stops people worshipping the CPU's and weakens them, the once powerful Goddesses now captured in the Gamindustri Graveyard.

With the digital novel approach unchanged it is in the dungeon crawling and fighting areas where most of the changes have been made for this second game in the series and they are so much the better for it with the dungeons actually being populated with monsters and the battles, whilst still being turn based have had a major overhaul like the ability to move your team around, adding more tactical depth to the fights. Add to this a huge amount of side quests and an item creation function and Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 is a huge improvement to its predecessor.

Finally on the disc we have Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory that was originally released in 2012. This time we find Neptune flung back in time to 1989 where she will witness the Console Wars first hand. This last game on the disc does play very similar to mk2, which is a good thing but you do start to see a lot of the same assets reused from it as well; thankfully the story is as strong as ever and will entertain throughout.

The Hyperdimension games have managed to stand out of a busy JRPG crowd thanks to their original style of chat heavy cut scenes full of in jokes and references to the computer game industry. This collection of three games is extremely good value for money, offering hours upon hours of Neptunia action, however those that have played these games before may struggle to see the benefit of owning this collection as nothing new has been bundled in which is a shame. Also with most of these games having had a PS Vita update of late this collection is even more confusing, especially considering just how dated the first game is, but for those looking to get the original versions of these Hyperdimension games you cannot go wrong with Hyperdimension Neptunia Hypercollection.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

+ Three classic Neptunia games on one disc
+ Days worth of gameplay

Cons

- These are not the updated versions out on PS Vita and PC
- It is just the three games, nothing special has been added to the collection

Edited On 14 Apr, 2015

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Karto1989's avatar
Karto1989 2 years ago
NISAmerica only released these games (and the vita game PP) they didn't make them, Compile Heart did. The reason the Re;Birth games were not used is that Idea Factory International now handle the series starting from Re;Birth 1, this collection is NISA getting one last bit of money from the entries they have access to.

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