Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 Review [PC]

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First of all…
I would like to say that this is a port from the Playstation Vita version of the game. I have reviewed this game before and like it should be, it’s mostly the same.
The PC version will bring some differences though! Most of this review might seem the same, but I will cover all of the new features too!

About the game
In the world of Gamindustri, four goddesses known as CPUs battled for supremacy in the War of the Guardians. One of the CPUs – Neptune – was defeated by the others and banished from the heavens. In her fall from grace, her memories were lost but a mysterious book reveals itself to Neptune with knowledge of all of Gaminudstri’s history. Joined by Compa, IF, and the sentient book known as Histoire, Neptune embarks on an extraordinary journey across four different nations on a quest to save the entire world!
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Story
The game takes place in the world of Gamindustri, which is divided into the four regions: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox.
-Planeptune, guarded by Neptune and This country is a reference to Sega.
-Lastation, guarded by Noire. This country is a reference to the PlayStation 3.
-Lowee, guarded by Blanc. This country is a reference to the Nintendo Wii.
-Leanbox, and is guarded by Vert. This country is a reference to the Xbox 360.

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You control Neptune, one of the goddesses who is involved in the console wars. After a accident in one of her battles, she loses consciousness
and later wakes up in Compa’s house. Neptune reveals she lost her memory and the two set out to fight the monsters that just started appearing and
trying to regain neptunes memory. In your adventures you will meet a lot of fun and crazy friends who will reference everything game related!
But what is J-rpg without it’s villain? Who’s arfoire and what is her plan? Is she connected to all those monsters? well, you should play the game to find out!

Gameplay

Battles take place in a turn-based system in which you can freely walk around in. You have your standard skills to damage or weaken the enemy and another attack that
raises your EXE bar. These special EXE Drives are really strong! even stronger then the normal SP Skills. The CPU characters can transform too, this will make the extra strong! Just like Re;Birth1, the battles have been changed a lot from the original, it’s much cleaner and a lot closer to one of the later Hyperdimension games.

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The overworld is a map with menus and buildings in which you can choose your destination, theres a remake system and the Disc. Dev in which you can
change many aspects of the game. like upgrading dungeons, it’s items and even monsters~! You can gain more money, advantages against certain monsters and much, much more.
Besides the manual PC controls (keyboard and mouse) you are also able to use an (xbox 360) controller.

Graphics and Music:
Cutscenes look much better in High-def and the slightly animated 2D portraits are really crisp! Our heroines in-battle look as sharp as they can on higher resolutions, while the maps really show that this game is a port. You will be able to unlock game art from in-game events which you can view in the gallery. Music has not been changed much and the intro still has the usual j-pop feel. Dungeons will have a tune to set the right atmosphere and like always… those EXE attacks will also belch out an awesome tune.

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Overall
If you have played re;birth1 on the Psvita I would not really bother with the PC version unless you are really into graphics. I personally love to take my games on the go and I loved taking Hyperdimension everywhere I went. The game is still the same besides it’s higher resolution, better textures and music quality but it loses it’s portability… well, unless you have a Laptop. If you are a fan of crazy japanese pop-culture, constant references, bright colours and cute girls I would really recommend this game! It has some really nice rpg elements burried under all the kawaii-ness but if you give it a chance I’m sure you’ll love it. And who knows? Maybe the PC community will bring all of those awesome mods back!

8.5/10

1 comment

  1. Vert fan - February 3, 2015 9:08 am

    Vert is the best character.

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