Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 PlayStation Vita

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  • Summary: Gamindustri: One of many parallel universes protected by four goddesses known as CPUs. Long ago, these four CPUs engaged in a war for supremacy known as the War of the Guardians. However, this war weakened their protective hold on the world inhabited by their people, and in turn it wasGamindustri: One of many parallel universes protected by four goddesses known as CPUs. Long ago, these four CPUs engaged in a war for supremacy known as the War of the Guardians. However, this war weakened their protective hold on the world inhabited by their people, and in turn it was flooded by monsters under the influence of an individual known as Arfoire. During the War of the Guardians, one of the CPUs—Neptune—was defeated by the others and hurled down to the world’s surface from the heavens. The drop caused Neptune to lose her memories, as learned by Compa and IF, who happen upon the fallen girl. A mysterious book containing knowledge of all Gamindustri’s history suddenly speaks out to Neptune, Compa, and IF. With the assistance of this sentient book, the trio embark on an extraordinary journey across four different nations on a quest to save the entire world. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    RE;Birth 1 is a damned fine JRPG. It's silly, it's charming and it's irreverent, but it's also a package that's been wrapped up in a clever, rich combat system. This was the start that the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise deserved.
  2. Aug 22, 2014
    80
    New players should choose Re;Birth over the PS3 original, while fans who haven’t yet worn out on the series’ charm should jump back in. The new Plan system and revamped battles make Re;Birth a much better game than its predecessor.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    80
    Hyperdimension fans will enjoy a new take on an old story, RPG fans will enjoy the various customization systems, and gamers fans will love the references to other franchises.
  4. Aug 26, 2014
    70
    The great news here is it is available on PS Vita, since the additions are not many. Still, it's a good game, and a great choice if it's your first game of the franchise.
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    70
    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 does not fix all the problems of the original release, but is surely a more compelling RPG than the one we played back in 2010.
  6. Jan 26, 2015
    60
    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 is a much better game than Hyperdimension Neptunia, but it’s still let down by several failings and issues that probably throw up enough barriers for anyone outside of its niche to feel comfortable enough in staying away from it.
  7. Aug 24, 2014
    50
    Interesting combat can’t save an otherwise incredibly dull experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jan 1, 2016
    9
    This one really surprised me, i thought it was gonna be all fanservice (which there is), and stupid (which it is), but handles it in a way, iThis one really surprised me, i thought it was gonna be all fanservice (which there is), and stupid (which it is), but handles it in a way, i don't feel ashamed when playing it :P. The thing that makes it worth, is the battle system and the fact that is hard (if you just wanna do the main line missions), you just can't beat some bosses as they come.

    Oh, and FYI, i didn't play the original, so the series is new to me.
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  2. Feb 9, 2015
    9
    Graphics: Honestly the 3D models in this game don't really look to impressive but that is to be expected since it is a remake of a 2010 gameGraphics: Honestly the 3D models in this game don't really look to impressive but that is to be expected since it is a remake of a 2010 game (though if we are being honest they were just kinda standard then) and the environments are kinda but the combat looks really cool and the special moves are a delight.The 2-D art is also very appealing to the eye especially the designs of our characters which on occasion yes can be very fanservicey

    Story/Characters: The story and characters in this game are both hilarious and charming. Neptune, her friends, her enemies, and yes even the world they live in all reference something in the real world gaming industry (hints the name of the world gamindustri) and the game is packed full of references that range from easy to get to things that only seasoned gamers will even get. That aside though the story while being mostly nonsense is still engaging enough to make you want to see it through to the end. The characters with the exception of maybe some of the side characters are all really entertaining to watch interact with eachother wether there breaking the fourth wall, getting on each others nerves in funny ways, or having a legitimately heartwarming moment these characters are just a joy. That being said much like there designs some of their personalities and interaction do have a lot of fanservice but if that doesn't bother you it won't be a big deal.

    Game Play: This game plays a lot more like Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory instead of the original game its based on (at least that's what I have heard I have never played the first game) and that is a great thing because the Victory was a great game. The combat is a sort of weird combination of turn based games like Final Fantasy and more action based games like Tales of Xillia, you can move freely around the arena during your turn and everyone including your enemies has a limited attack range. There is also a lot of exploring different maps which is honestly kind of mediocre but its functional, in these worlds you can find items which can range from just simple ingredients for blueprints for weapons and such to health items.The enemies are actually visible 3-d models on the meaning that except for boss fights or other scripted battles you can avoid combat entirely on these maps. That is not recommended though otherwise you will be destroyed by some of these very challenging bosses especially towards the end which unfortunately require a ton of mandatory grinding which can be a bit annoying but didn't bother me all that much since aside from that level progression was mostly fair through out most of the game.

    Verdict: This game while not perfect is definitely a fantastic JRPG and possibly one of my personal favorites. If you don't mind a lot of fan service, some what dated graphics, and a bit of mandatory grinding towards the end of the game then I highly recommend adding this game to your Vita library especially if your a big fan of JRPGs like I am. The world and characters are a ton of fun and the game play is even more fun.
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  3. Apr 26, 2016
    9
    It's as though a bunch of gamers found a way to program games using gameplay alone...

    The brilliance of all three HN RPGs, beyond the
    It's as though a bunch of gamers found a way to program games using gameplay alone...

    The brilliance of all three HN RPGs, beyond the unbelievable good localization and charming character design, is the way their comic/critical approach to gaming carries over into the actual game. Sounds simple, but if that were true, Neptunia wouldn't be as remarkable as it is.

    As just one small example:
    Lots of games poke fun at the numerous gaming traditions that exist more for nostalgia or familiarity's sake than for the game's sake, and many break through the 4th wall to do it. Neptunia is so bloody cool because it doesn't just complain or joke about it, it addresses the problems in the gameplay itself, and fixes them in style.

    This game fills SO many JRPG potholes, like the uselessness of characters who aren't in your frontline (not useless anymore), the empty time traveling with nothing in particular to do except walk (find that secret chest with yer chest...finder), difficulty spikes and valleys (adjustable through gameplay, NOT the options menu, in real time), slogging through places with weak enemies and having to kill tons of weakling-enemies and getting nothing in return (use symbol attacks to hear them without a fight, or make them stronger, or replace them with powerful enemies, &c. Up to you), grinding to adjust the difficulty (grinding is not for experience in this game. it's for fun and profit, and almost completely optional. :), &c, &c, &c. I could go on, but it would become spoilery...

    Neptunia fixes all these problems (and many more) effortlessly, as well as letting u customize not only your appearance and skills and the immediate experience, but the entire game world. And i don't mean colors or textures, i mean specific, practical, gameplay details. (For example, if halfway through the game you decide you aren't really gamer, but rather a casual game-adjacent type. No problemo. Go pick up a few Mysterious Glow Whatevers, and lower the difficulty of the enemies. If it's too easy, make make them stronger. You can also apply this just to a dungeon, add powerful enemies, change the items available, and so on. And once these options are open, you they stay open.)

    Through a hunt & gather type crafting system, where you acquire plans then use them to make stuff from dungeons and physics modifications (jumping higher, for example) you can basically adjust, change, flip, remove, add, make and improve basically everything of relevance. If you like to grind, you can, if you don't, you can check you Nepedia for the location of the item or enemy yer hunting, and have it done in a couple minutes.

    And if you don't want to grind at all, you basically don't have to. For example, if you want a spiffy new sword, you can get a slightly more spiffy one by checking your plans, and making a spiffy new sword, which will then be added to the store (you also do this for healing items, accessories, armor, outfits, &c.). But you can also sell all the ingredients needed to make that sword and but a manufactured sword in the store.

    Basically, if Bioware and Telltale are the inevitable future of Choose Your Own Adventure books, Nep is more like "Make your own adventure". If it wasn't all girls and vaguely sci-fi, the amount of goofing and laughter and metaphysical awareness would remind me of playing p&p rpgs in my room as an 8yr old.

    Combat it strealined and colorful, (and neptune sings the FF victory song when she wins a battle sometimes). If you've ever played BoF: Dragon Quarter (a truly wonderful little ps2 rpg), and xenosaga 1-3 (arguably the best sci-fi story in gaming history), HN's fighting is like a perfect mix of these two. It's streamlined and strategic, and works perfectly well, all the time.

    I can't wait to see what's new in HNRb2...

    There's so much in these games that i'm leaving critical features out, but...take that as more praise from someone who's just spent 80 hrs with Nep and Compa and Iffy.

    (And it's totally, subtly yuri, which i personally appreciate as a fan of the genre. I mean, c'mon, Who doesn't love chaste teenage lesbians falling into melodramatic secret romances in elaborate convent schools? Maria-sama is watching you panic, strawberry. :)

    I'm just finishing pt1 and i'm downloading pt2 to my vita right now. It's been a while since i spent 80 hrs on a game and immediately started the sequel when i finished it. And to be honest, i usually don't much like funny games (or music). I think comedy is almost always dated, whereas tragedy and suspense are passion are usually timeless. Somehow, NepNep puts them all in one place, and keeps it compelling. i.e.: I really hope gay marriage is legal in Leanbox, cuz Iffy and Lady Vert would be the BEST moms.
    (That kind of thing.)

    Work that lily rank, Otome-chant
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  4. Aug 5, 2015
    8
    When I played this game I felt a freshness that I did not get from any other game. Let's start with the gameplay, It's different from a ton ofWhen I played this game I felt a freshness that I did not get from any other game. Let's start with the gameplay, It's different from a ton of other games. in this game you move up to an enemy and chose which attack you will do from break, strong, and rush. you can attack more than one enemy and some weapons have a bigger radius. This is very different from other jrpg's where you just stand and attack your enemy. Another thing that is different is the plans. Plan are something where it can change the monsters and items in a dungeon if you collect enough items to make the plan. Also you get new weapons, armor, dungeons, and different looks if you make the plans. But let me tell you, you will definitely need a wiki and luck to get what you need. Story is just generic with get four magical items and stop the evil that is happening but the world is different from any scifi or fantasy place. you are in this world called game industry and all four main lands are are just the name of gaming consoles like leanbox or laststation. So story might be bland but the world is interesting. The characters if you watch any anime and know all the dere then I don't need to say much but they do have some sort of personality to them but not all of them grow in the end. So in conclusion the game is definitely worth buying and you will want to beat it so go buy it if you like jrpg's or you need something for your ps vita. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2017
    8
    HD Neptunia ReBirth 1 is very unique JRPG. Graphic of the game is quite good and the game excels in very good gameplay - especially combatHD Neptunia ReBirth 1 is very unique JRPG. Graphic of the game is quite good and the game excels in very good gameplay - especially combat system is what I like the most. The game has quite good story which is made like comedy so don't expect something very serious. Game overall is really good JRPG and is very enjoyable. It is not the best in the genre but still definitely worthy to play.

    GRAPHIC - 8
    GAMEPLAY - 8
    LASTING APPEAL - 7
    EXECUTION - 7

    OVERALL - 7,5
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  6. Aug 28, 2016
    8
    Nice reboot with a fun story which is fun even after one playthrough nice battle system and fanservice every now and then. However reusedNice reboot with a fun story which is fun even after one playthrough nice battle system and fanservice every now and then. However reused maps, character models, illustrations, music etc and expensive game with a lot of DLCs holds it from being a top game Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2016
    1
    terrible game only good characters are iris heart, vert, and megurine luka. still a terrible anime game only people who play it are 15 yearterrible game only good characters are iris heart, vert, and megurine luka. still a terrible anime game only people who play it are 15 year old edgelords and 50 year old neckbeard basement dwellers Expand

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