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Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 Review (Playstation 3)

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Feb 27, 2012 15:26

The list of companies involved in Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 reads like a who’s who of Japanese RPG game companies. GUST Co, Nippon Ichi Software (and NIS America), Idea Factory, 5pb. and Compile Heart. My first thought is, did none of them venture to think outside the box?

Japanese RPGs have a certain subset of RPG elements and generally include many anime/manga elements that define what they can be and Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 does not do anything to jeopardize its position squarely in the deep confines of that genre. It has turn-based combat, scantily clad girls that seem to be in the pre-teen to late teen age range (in fact, I haven’t seen a major male character yet), constant mention of goddesses, extremely lengthy, and wordy cut scenes with no way to skip (well, they allow you to skip but really it is just fast forward), power up modes for characters that turn them into pseudo-mech-battle-suits and no automatic saving of your game, a feature which I detest altogether because it often results in a lot of lost gameplay time.

hyperdimension neptunia mk2

So let’s start with that feature because my review will go up from there. In the game, you have the ability to save whenever you please, from the system menu, unless you’re within the confines of an instanced dungeon where you have to find a save kiosk to do so. That’s all well and good. But the game is based on a world map, city interfaces and then these dungeons and you constantly travel between them. Wouldn’t it make perfect, logical sense for the game to save your progress each time you switch between the world and city or enter a dungeon? It does to me. Of course, this seems to be an idea far, far outside the game design specs of the JRPG, and so, much time is wasted in running up against a monster unexpectedly and then dying and having to restart, 30 minutes behind where you died. In fact, this caused me to simply turn off the game in utter disgust a handful of times because it makes play monotonous and repetitive.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 is indeed repetitive. There is a quest system where you pick up quests from the guild and then go solve the quests to get rewards. Every single quest is to defeat X number of a specific creature (or numerous creatures) or collect Y number of certain items (usually dropped by specific creatures). To move the story along there’s a series of events which trigger the next scene in the story. You are given the choice of when you take on those story-moving battles, because they’re all clearly labeled on the world map. Yes, they’re all battles, minor bosses, major bosses, the same enemy, over and over and over again. You would think that beating down an opponent three or four (dozen) times would keep them from attacking you again. Nope!

all young scantily clad...something wrong here?

Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 is the sequel to the RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia, in which you control personifications (humanoids) of videogame consoles whose objective is to protect the world of Gamindustri. In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, the four heroines are the younger sisters of the CPUs (Console Patron Units) from Hyperdimension Neptunia. Yeah, so they’ve even got a story hook as to why all the characters are scantily-clad girls of questionable age. You can imagine what some players will be doing when presented with the combined short skirts and free roam camera centered on the characters.

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Our Rating for Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 Review (Playstation 3)
6.0 Replay
It has enough length that when you are done you might not ever go back to it. Then again, you could mess around with side quests for months probably.
6.5 Graphics
Given that it’s on the PS3, the graphics aren’t that great. They could be accomplished on any modern console. However, that said, they are completely in line with many other JRPGs, aside from the Final Fantasy series of course.
5.5 Sound
I had to turn the background music off as it was totally annoying. There is a lot of other sounds and voice work. The voices are good, the battle sounds are redundant over time.
7.5 Gameplay
It has a lot of grind mechanic to it where all you really ever do is battle enemies and buy/sell with an occasional crafting. It is simply repetitive. Again, what I would expect from a JRPG. However, the combats are difficult and a good amount of strategy is required. That said, it could certainly have gained much from some simple variety.
0.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
N/A
7.5 Overall
The overall score is higher than the component pieces for one simple reason, the game and its style will appeal to a narrow audience. You know who you are and you’ll probably say my score is to low regardless. This is not for those who are looking for a western RPG like Skyrim, Mass Effect, Star Wars, etc. For what it is, it’s good, but could really have used some expanded gameplay instead of pure combat-based story progression.

Rating: 1.0, votes: 1


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