March 15, 2011

Review – Hyperdimension Neptunia

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — Nathan White @ 11:43 am

Hyperdimension Neptunia
Hyperdimension Neptunia is the definition of middle ground. This is the kind of game that had all the potential to be a quirky hidden gem, but instead stacks its misgivings and annoying quirks to set an experience in constant danger of collapsing under that weight.

The story of Neptunia takes place in a world called Gamindustri, which is governed by a group of Goddesses who inhabit a realm called Celestia. The four goddesses are each personifications of video game consoles. Green Heart, or Verte (XBox 360) is ruthless and conceded, White Heart, or Blanc (Wii) is sweet on the outside and uncontrollably self centered and petty within, Black Heart, or Noire (PS3), is arrogant and cruel, and lastly Purple Heart, or Neptunia, (Sega’s imaginary Dreamcast successor) is brash and competitive.

The four Goddesses, or Console Patron Units (CPUs) have been battling each other for a millennia in the Console War, fighting to gain absolute control over Celestia (and by extension Gameindustri) and achieve the title of True Goddess.


January 4, 2011

Your Recommended Dose of Hyperdimension Neptunia

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 3:49 pm

Hyperdimension Neptunia
I’m earnestly not sure whether Idea Factory’s upcoming RPG will be my cup of tea or not, even given the console war tie-in.

But I know plenty of you are interested, and since NIS America offered up quite a bit of character art, it only seems right to share – so catch it below.


December 22, 2010

Trailer Park – Hyperdimension Neptunia

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , — Nathan White @ 8:53 am

Hyperdimension Neptunia
There are few things I enjoy more than girly JRPGs filled to the brim with bubbly techno music and anime inspired character designs. Sakura Wars: So Long My Love most recently filled that cotton candy-shaped hole in my heart, but now Hyperdimension Neptunia is finally on the way and we have NIS America, the patron saint of Japanese quirk to thank for bringing it to the West.

If this newly released trailer is any indication, Neptunia should satisfy all of my aforementioned prerequisites for a delightful time sink. On top of that, there’s a battle system that utilizes game consoles personified as goddesses, the ability to summon pictures and even game characters from your PS3’s HDD, and in-game use of your own images all on an epic journey through a world called Gamindustri (“Game Industry”, in case the subtlety isn’t smashing you in the face hard enough).

The game is slated for release in February 2011.


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