I’m still surprised and delighted that there exists a Japanese RPG series telling allegorical tales of the console wars through sexy anime warrior goddesses, and is popular enough to be released on PC in English. I hear mixed things about Hyperdimension Neptunia, but evidently enough people dig it for the games to keep coming our way. And I’m glad, because I enjoy reminders of how weird our world is.
The long-named Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 V Generation [official site] arrived a few days ago and yep, the idea still makes me smile.
Okay, let’s see if I can get this right. In the world of Gamindustri, the four lands are ruled over by goddesses representing Nintendo, Sony, Sega, and Microsoft. You’ll also find characters named after Japanese publishers like Falcom and Cave, and straight-up Tekken. I think this latest one is about the Sega goddess being sent to an ’80s dimension or something? And one of its villains is Copypaste, who represents piracy.
I haven’t played the series at all myself, but I’ve broadly heard tell of good action-RPG combat, a few fun jokes, and a whole load of boring junk with tedious cybergirls. Player reviews on Steam are gushing, and I think they’re only half-serious in their fawning over cyberbabes. But one of you, dear readers, surely could tell us more?
Here’s a trailer showing the PlayStation Vita version which arrived this summer: