I was walking into Starbucks today when suddenly the air felt dry. I looked up to what I thought was the ceiling, but in fact the merciless sun was beating down. When I looked back down again, there were no baristas nor hipsters; only an endless desert stretching for miles in every direction. Only one landmark broke the vast sea of sand before me: a pedestal upon which sat a PlayStation Vita (or if you’re masochistic, the PlayStation TV). I powered it on. She stared me in the face once more. Neptune. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation is out. The mummy has cursed me to review it and I must obey.
As ever, this is a game about Neptune herself. She’s a strong heroine who represents everything that matters about the modern woman, by which I mean she’s an anthropomorphism of a non-existent game console so not really. She journeys through Gamindustri, which is a representation of the game industry as the name might suggest, with her friends, also anthropomorphisms of game consoles and publishers. If that doesn’t sound appealing, that’s because I didn’t really try to make it sound appealing because you should already be playing these games. The series is pretty funny and the games are entertaining and visually impressive. Let’s move on.
This is the third in the Re;birth series of remakes; in particular, Re;birth 3 is the remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. New stuff here includes the Remake system, essentially a sort of crafting/options system where you can adjust monster difficulties and the items you find in dungeons. The combat system, similar to previous Re;birth games, has been expanded with greater combo potential, and the popular Stella’s Dungeon feature returns with new ally characters. The story’s new as well, of course, focusing on a crazy alternate-dimension world that’s under assault by the villainous Seven Sages. Nothing really gets completely overhauled here and it’s the same Neptunia you’ve (hopefully) come to love with desperate fervor.
As always, the graphics and sound are fantastic if you’re cool with the anime aesthetic, and if you’re not than may I suggest one of the console versions of Batman: Arkham Knight? Unlike some of Neptune’s previous Vita outings, the framerate on this one’s pretty solid in general. Even if you don’t have a PS Vita, the odds that we’ll see a fantastic PC port of this on Steam soon are pretty high – ironically unlike Arkham Knight!
Neptunia titles are enjoyable dungeon crawlers and this continues that fine tradition. If you haven’t tried any of these yet, start with the first and work your way forward, maybe giving the sublime Steam ports a shot. If you’re a series fan, though, there’s plenty more and they’re likely to never stop coming. Which is fine as I’ll never stop reviewing them. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation is here. The time is now. Consume, enjoy, repeat.