I’ve been really pleased lately with the number of solid PC ports showing up on Steam from Japanese developers. PC gaming as we know it in the West isn’t quite the tour-de-force over there in the East, so there were some growing pains, sure. It seems like lately we’ve got a Japanese developer tossing up a decent port of some RPG or another every week or so, though, and that’s completely cool with me.
In particular, Idea Factory has been knocking it out of the park with their releases of Hyperdimension Neptunia titles on Steam. Today we’re looking at the latest of these: Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, a Steam port of 2015’s slightly different take on the model originally released on the PS Vita. As that platform is on its way to the grave, it’s great that we’ve got other options to play this and similar games.
This Steam release is a pretty direct port of the Vita brawler, so you can check my review of that one and get a pretty good idea of what’s going on here. A quick summary if you’re feeling lazy: the Neptunia characters do their usual dungeon-crawling video-game-referencing antics, only this time it’s a Dynasty Warriors-style brawler. There’s tons of fanservice and people’s clothes come off a lot more than seems reasonable. You can, mercifully, turn off characters’ voice acting individually, so new characters Dengekiko and Famitsu don’t have to melt your brain more than you’re willing to stand.
All in all Neptunia fans should love it, while Senran Kagura fans might also get a kick out of things. There’s probably a lot of cross-pollination between the two fanbases, really. Let’s not think too hard about that.
As for this port, it’s kind of in an interesting place. It doesn’t seem to be possible to run the game at any resolution higher than 1920×1080…which still looks pretty good, don’t get me wrong, but I’d like to see this at 1440p. More importantly, on decent hardware the framerate stays nice and smooth throughout. As for controls, I used an Xbox One Wireless Elite controller without any issue whatsoever; it’s certainly more comfortable than craning down at a Vita for hours, so that’s a plus.
Neptunia fans have likely played all of these games already, including the Vita version of Action Unleashed, but that’s no reason not to dig into the ol’ wallet again. As usual for Idea Factory, the PC port of Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is the superior option for gamers with decent hardware. This isn’t the best Neptunia out there – for my money, that’s Megadimension Neptunia VII – but it’s still a great chance to explore Gamindustri yet again.