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  • Summary: This unique RPG features game consoles personified as goddesses, CPUs (Console Patron Units), who you can customize visually with equipment to enhance their stats. Players take the role of Neptune and follow her quest to save the captive Histoire. This leads her to face the corrupt monstersThis unique RPG features game consoles personified as goddesses, CPUs (Console Patron Units), who you can customize visually with equipment to enhance their stats. Players take the role of Neptune and follow her quest to save the captive Histoire. This leads her to face the corrupt monsters ravaging the world of Gamindustri unleashed by the evil Arfoire. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 13 out of 31
  1. As fun as it can be, Neptunia is an extremely niche title. If the only game you ever play is Black Ops, avoid this like a spinning-up death machine. If, however, you really miss the JRPG heydays of the PSone and PS2, you need this. Now. [June 2011 p76]
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    70
    This game is for gamers who love jrpg, manga, anime, moe and those kinds of entertainment. The main concept is funny enough to catch the player's interest, and the gameplay is quite good. Unfortunatly, the graphs engine is old and clumsy.
  3. Mar 21, 2011
    65
    Generally, Hyperdimension Neptunia is certainly not the worst RPG on the PS3. However, in order to be included in the major leagues the game lacks a lot.
  4. Feb 25, 2011
    50
    Its slow-paced combat and exploration, weak visuals, and plodding plot leave a lot to be desired.
  5. Random turn-based combat and impenetrable inventory. [Spring 2011, p.116]
  6. Mar 9, 2011
    30
    There's precious little to recommend here outside of the occasionally cutesy over-sexed anime visuals and comedy wobbling breasts.
  7. 20
    An allegory of the video games industry featuring consoles as characters should've been comedy gold, but if this were a games machine it'd be the Atari Jaguar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Jul 8, 2014
    10
    While the gameplay and combat can be a bit underwhelming, it's more then competently put together, especially in comparison to other JrpgsWhile the gameplay and combat can be a bit underwhelming, it's more then competently put together, especially in comparison to other Jrpgs coming out around the time. This can be forgiven for the rest of the game, the setting, story and characters are all unique and charming enough to completely carry the game. The character interactions probably being the best part.

    The video game references are all pretty good too, nothing that insults your intelligence or terrible 4 year old memes that other developers like to put in their games.

    Easily the most charming game of the series, and the sound track is pretty good too, though hopefully you'll be able to deal with the combat (Unless Rebirth is out by now in which case play that)

    I wish IF localized their own game though (once again they did for Rebirth)
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  2. Apr 7, 2011
    10
    I'm on IF_Awesome's side here. I have read reviews where people were talking trash about neptunia and yet, they aren't even rpg fans! There isI'm on IF_Awesome's side here. I have read reviews where people were talking trash about neptunia and yet, they aren't even rpg fans! There is no point in talking trash about a game that you KNOW you won't like. All of you out there who love anime and can tolerate(or like) a little fan service should definitely buy this game. Especially for the comedy, which i think is something we can all agree on as hilarious Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    10
    Don't believe the review sites, this is a great game! Neptunia and Trinity Universe are two of the most unique games you could ever play.Don't believe the review sites, this is a great game! Neptunia and Trinity Universe are two of the most unique games you could ever play. The healing system all of the critics whine about is not based on luck at all, but on percentages. At either level 8 or 9 Neptune already has 100 points and thus can get an automatic heal every time. Most of these "professional" reviewers simply played the game for an hour and were upset that Neptunia is something different and proceeded to unjustly bash the game. And honestly look at the cover of the box. If you don't like or are offended by Moe, bishoujo, or anime girls in general then why in the world would you buy this game of be assigned to review it? Rant aside Neptunia has some of the best english voice acting in any game ever. The dialog is superbly written and is absolutely hilarious. The battle system is pretty good, and does take some getting used to. The music is great, and it is too bad that we did not get the sound track as Japanese gamers did. This game is worth buying just for the characters, voice acting, and story alone. Overall a great unique game that is perfect for anyone who likes JRPGs or anime. Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2012
    9
    I will never ever let my friends see me playing this game but it's actually really enjoyable. I like the story, there's lots of references toI will never ever let my friends see me playing this game but it's actually really enjoyable. I like the story, there's lots of references to other game series, the combat is engrossing as you have to build combo's and customize them and really this game takes about 30 hours minimum to beat so it goes the distance. If you can play this game without anyone discovering your secret shame do it! Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2012
    8
    Just finished platinuming this game last night and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. I've only platinumed Uncharted 2,Just finished platinuming this game last night and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. I've only platinumed Uncharted 2, Assassins Creed 2, Sly Cooper 1 & 2, and this was my 5th. It's a unique JRPG, and yes the combat system is at first terrible but so is riding a bike until you learn how to do it. If you genuinely like JRPGs, you need to give yourself more than a couple of hours into this game and play it. It truly is a great game. Expand
  6. Apr 20, 2011
    8
    If you're not into RPGs, this wont be the game for you. However if you are then this game is really fun. Sure it may not be a good as some ofIf you're not into RPGs, this wont be the game for you. However if you are then this game is really fun. Sure it may not be a good as some of the other RPGs out there, but it is still a good game that you should pick up. Expand
  7. Dec 26, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. in one word: Appalling. Can't believe this garbage passes as "RPG" much less "JRPG" , first, the reason of why a low score:

    Story: Or what passes for one. Seriously, it is so bad, I wanted to "UNSEE" the story. It's beyond idiocy that this game was launched at all. It is about the "war of the Consoles". Except there is no real war, all the "CPU" seem to be good friends. They band together to destroy a threat to the gaming industry. Pirate games. Yep, the whole "plot" of the three games, this one line. Do not bother to try and get more, there is no such thing.

    Voices and Music: 8 bit like music in the first dungeon, coupled with bad voice acting, be either japanese or english, I wanted to rip my ears off. So, I muted the game.

    Art and graphics: Moderate. Not good. But bad, yes. Graphics are a mess. You will get lost in the dungeons. A lot.

    Game play and battle system: Appalling. If you want to connect more "hits" cut the animation for the attack. Always. Because you have a gauge that determines the amount of hits you can land, and seeing the animation consumes time. Really?! that's a miss if you ask me. Controls are clunky and stupid.

    Overall: AVOID. This is one of those games that were released for a niche people I call "perverts" because the game has overabundance of "fan service". If you want more ecchi go and play an ecchi game already, it will have better story plot than this piece of garbage.

    score: -10. I refuse to recognize this as a game. much less rpg.
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