Hyper-Dimenson Neptunia is one of those cute Japanese Role-Playing Games developed by Idea Factory and published by Compile Heart and distributed by Sega in Japan and NIS in North America and Tecmo Koei in Europe and is only available in Sony’s Playstation 3. The game is basically a take on the latest generation gaming console war which is between the Playstation 3, Nintento’s Wii, and the Xbox 360.
The game takes place in the world of the Gamindustri which is divided into four regions; Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox which are dominated by one four Goddessess; Neptune (Purple Heart), Noire (Black Heart), Blanc (White Heart) and Vert (Green Heart). Each of these regions are a reference to a particular gaming console such as Planeptune being Sega’s cancelled Sega Neptune console, Lastation as the Playstation 3, Lowee as Nintendo’s Wii, and Leanbox as Microsoft’s Xbox360.
The player controls Neptune, who is one of the four Goddesses who got herself involved with what is universally known as the Console Wars. The story starts with Neptune boasting that she can defeat all the other Goddesses. Because of this, the three Goddesses joined forces and beat her up and her body crash landed in Compa’s house. Basically, she warns the amnesiac Neptune of monsters which she decides to hunt and easily defeats using her Goddess form. From then on, they get to meet new characters who join their party and travels from one dungeon to another.
The game is narrated in a somewhat visual novel manner. The platform sports 3D dungeons which houses random monster encounters, treasures, and different obstacles. What’s special about the game is that the player can use a character’s ability to interact with her surroundings such as being able to detect hidden treasures, attract monster encounters and the like. One special feature that the game possesses is that the characters have a certain number of AP points or ability points. This tells the player how many moves the character can make in a single turn. Each available move consumes a set amount of AP and is divided into the following; a sword move which attacks an enemy using a sword, a gun move which attacks the enemy using a gun, a physical move which makes the character attack an opponent by physical means such as a slap or kick attack and the defend command.
But perhaps the unique aspect of this game is that the characters can utilize a game disc system. This allows the characters to attack, summoning characters and images from classic video games. This attacks deal more damage than usual in addition to giving the player that nostalgic feeling especially if he or she is familiar with the graphics or animation of the classic video game. Overall, Hyper-Dimension Neptunia is a fun game to play which offers both veteran gamers and new players a “feel-good” experience.