Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3: V Generation Review

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About:
For those of you who haven’t heard anything about the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, they’re a series of roleplaying games that parody many familiar video game characters and game consoles. The “CPU” characters represent the major game companies and have their very own console war going on. They al reside in the world of Gameindustri, four nations, Planeptune, Lastation, Leanbox and Lowee. Re;birth 3 on the other hand, focusses on a whole different Dimension! We’ll see familiar faces and a handful of new ones.

Hyperdimension Neptunia RE;birth 3 is a remake for the Playstation Vita. The original Hyperdimension Neptunia Vicatory was originally released on the PS3.

Story:

Three years after the events of Re;Birth 2’s True ending, Gameindustri is in an era of peace, fun and games. Neptune, being as lazy as always, meets a mysterious person who sends her to a different dimension! In this other dimension, it’s the year 1989 and Planeptune has just been founded. She bumps into familiar faces who obviously don’t know her. She also meets this dimension’s Planeptune CPU, Plutia. The only way for Neptune to return to her own dimension is to Increase Planeptune shares. While working on this (for her) boring task, a war is brewing between the CPU’s and a new group who has named themselves The Seven Sages. Of course, like the previous Re;birth games, the story is so full of game references and parodies that I’m sure you’ll miss a couple on your first playthrough. Talking about playthroughs, this game has three different endings, but with New Game+ you wont have to miss all your precious levels, items and money.

Re;birth 3 also added a bunch of new story elements that the original was lacking. Of course it’s more fun to find out the story behind  those yourself!

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Gameplay:

Like previous titles in the series, Re;Birth 3 is a turn based RPG where you can move within a certain space and attack any enemy within your area. You can use your Rush attacks, Normal attacks and Break attacks. Also like the previous games, you can still use the EXE and special attack moves.

In previous Re;Birth games people would abuse the EXE drives to gain a lot of advantage in battle. Re;Birth 3 has changed this and now makes you use you SP to use any of the exe drives/special attacks. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about this, but I personally never had any problems while playing through the game.

You progress through the story whenever you find and start events. The only difference in Re;Birth 3 is that the quests in this game now contain story quests. So whenever you think you are stuck with no event in sight… check out your quest list!

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Another thing most people did not like is Stella’s dungeon. Re;Birth 3 has made a lot of changes to this minigame too. You need to guide her to the top of her tower. On each of the floors she will find items to equip and partners to recruit. You can send her through a certain floor and just go on with your normal playthrough or even turn off your game. Stella’s dungeon will continue to progress at any time.

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Graphics and Music:
Just like re;birth1 and re;birth 2, Characters are slightly animated 2D portraits (which I love btw!) and despite being on a handheld device, the game looks still gorgeous! The framerate is still usually really smooth. oh, and you can unlock game art from in-game events which you can view in the gallery. Music has not been changed but the intro has the usual J-pop feel, and the dungeons will have a tune to set the right atmosphere. Cutscenes are potrayed through awesome art that are (sometimes) animated. Either way, everything looks really good.

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Conclusion:
Wether or not you’ve played the other  games in the series, it does not matter. Re;birth 3 does continue from Re;birth 2 and I do suggest playing the other games sooner or later. It’s been out for a while on the Vita and will be available on STEAM real soon! I’ve really enjoyed the puns and RPG-styled gameplay. I’ve played all of the Re;Birth games on the Playstation Vita and this one is my favourite.

9.0/10

Title: HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA RE;BIRTH3: V GENERATION
Genre: RPG
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Developer: Compile Heart (Idea Factory)
System: Vita
Release Date: Already released on Vita with a Steam release this year!

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