I’ve said it before and I’ll inevitably say it again: the increased presence of Japanese game developers on Western PCs is one of the best things to come out of the modern gaming industry. Localization is the biggest it’s ever been and all those delightfully translated games just keep showing up on my platform of choice. That includes the Neptunia series of video game parody JRPGs from Idea Factory, one of the superstars of effective PC porting; most recently we’ve seen a port of Megadimension Neptunia VII.
As usual for these ports, Neptunia VII is largely unchanged from the PS4 version we reviewed earlier this year. In case you missed it, this episode features Nep and pals exploring parallel worlds where the world of Gamindustri took drastically different turns. VII was one of the stronger releases in the franchise to date. It’s got branching story paths, a vast and impressive cast of characters and loads of gameplay to grind away at for days. Naturally it’s got the usual Neptunia style, too, and chances are by now you’ve made your mind up about that. Expect plenty of anime nonsense.
The most significant difference is the fact that you might be running the game on a machine with a fair bit more horsepower than the PlayStation 4. If that’s the case you can enjoy a significantly improved framerate and even greater resolution. The PS4 version wasn’t exactly in bad shape but it could chug a bit at times, so the improvements are always appreciated. VII’s also got the usual quibbles that Japanese-developed games have with certain gamepads, but the Xbox 360 controller, that old workhorse of PC gaming for years, will handle it just fine.
What more is there to say about the Steam port of Megadimension Neptunia VII, really? It’s the latest Neptunia benefiting from the usual high-quality port to the PC. Series fans should check it out, curious newbies should try the increasingly-cheaper Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, and people who aren’t especially into this sort of anime overload would be better served with something else. See you guys again for the next one! You know me – I can’t wait.