Megadimension Neptunia VII Brings Long Name To PC

Japanese RPGs have the most wonderfully/needlessly long-winded, tongue-twisting names, don’t you think? Following its western debut on consoles earlier this year, Megadimension Neptunia VII [official site] is the latest to arrive on PC, and belongs to the Hyperdimension Neptunia series – a collection of Japanese role-player-meets strategy ’em ups best known for their vibrant, combo-laden, fast and furious fare. While I’ve never actually played any of them myself, folk seem to really like this ‘un (according to its Steam player reviews), and, having just glossed over its plot, I’m keen to make sense of what’s going on here:

I dunno about you, but I couldn’t really make head nor tail of any of that. From what I’ve read, though, Megadimension Neptunia VII marks a return to the world of Gamindustri – a land ruled by four goddesses who figuratively depict our real-life console wars, representing Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and Sega – where central characters Neptune and Nepgear have happened upon an old Dreamcast system that’s somehow sucked them into the alternate Zero Dimension. Standard stuff, it seems.

From there, the narrative splits into three chapters wherein the game showcases its new-to-series features, such as “Parts Break”, which allows you to lower enemy stats and disable their special attacks; “Giant Battles”, which imposes limits on your own offence so as to “challenge the strategist in you”; and NEXT Mode which enables special skills and new costumes. A new Dungeon Minigame also offers players special items upon successful completion within the allocated time frame.

Clear as mud? Maybe this stream from publisher the Idea Factory will better depict some of that in motion:

Admittedly, if you’ve not sampled the series before now, starting with the series’ earlier Re;Birth games will probably make more sense, however Megadimension Neptunia VII is out now for Windows on Steam for the reduced price of £17.99/$29.99/27,59€. After July 11, it’ll cost you £29.99/$39.99/35,99€.

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  1. Eight Rooks says:

    The PC now has a prolific Japanese developer enthusiastically slinging us every RPG in their back catalog! Yay! But it’s Idea Factory (less-than-affectionately nicknamed Idea F**k by the fans)! Boo! …oh, well, I guess it’s keeping some people happy? And the Neptunia games are supposed to be some of their better games, IIRC. Wish someone else with a more consistent body of work would follow their example, though.

    • TheAngriestHobo says:

      That’s kind of sad. Idea F**k? That’s not even grammatically correct. As a society, we should be better than that.

      How about Idea Forgery? Goddamn Factory? Ideal Buggery? Come on people, we have a responsibility here. Step up.

      • anHorse says:

        One imagines that the pun would be idea fucktory, which is also a useful summation of UK politics

      • Geewhizbatman says:

        Sounds like they turned it into a graphic description of action. As in “Idea Fuck will bugger the ideas produced by its sleazy factory of anthropomorphic girl bots.” So, perhaps not the most clever but I think it gets the pass on grammar. Like a “cluster fuck” which is also what the fans seem to think of the company, by the sound of it.

    • Assirra says:

      Never heard of that term tbh.
      I was always under impression that these games did fairly well, otherwise they would not bother to translate them at all.
      IF and well, NIS in general games always start with a pretty fun concept but they make a million of these same games in such a short span.
      I played through the first 3 of this series and i just see barely any difference.

    • Ashabel says:

      I’m not sure how this statement makes sense. Megadimension VII isn’t a part of any back catalog, it’s a three months old game that only took this long to bring over to PC because they wanted to bring over the rest of the series first.

      Unless there was an announcement that they’re going to being Spectral Forces, Generation of Chaos, Diabolik Lovers and Hakuouki franchises to PC and I missed it.

  2. Zankman says:

    Kinda turned off just by the plot and sexual fanservice of this series (not that strong in this specific game, it seems).

    • Eight Rooks says:

      The Agarest War series (which admittedly Idea Factory only published) gets touted as full of filth (to the point of having a Really Naughty Limited Edition released) but from all the reviews I read you’d have to wade through hundreds of hours of tedious, over-complicated SRPG to get to it and there isn’t that much of it anyway. :shrug: Not really a good buy if all you’re after is cartoon smut.

      • Zankman says:

        Still there and still put into the game by the Devs in the first place; Just that is enough to put me off from even considering it.

        That’s just what Japanese Otaku-targeted fiction is, unfortunately; Normal stuff that randomly has porn in it cuz the Otakus basically require it.

        • Hawat says:

          Have you actually play any games from that franchise? Because I have yet to see any pants or anything you would call gratuitous sexual content in this game, you will see much more by watching tv for 30 min than by finishing the 3 hyperdimension games. Most of the fan-service in this game is made by using reference to other well known japanese games.

    • SomeDuder says:

      If you’re outraged by this title, then just ignore anything remotely japakneesy, since most of that shit is filled with kids showing off their panties and cupsizes.

      I, for one, am glad that political correctness still has to conquer Glorious Nippon. Long may it resist the Moral Fibers of the West!

      • Dances to Podcasts says:

        Did… did you just publicly admit to being a pedo? o.O

      • zsd says:

        “Kinda turned off” is not “outraged.” Probably no need for the extreme defensive crouch.

        • Zankman says:

          To be fair, gratuitous sexual content and various related trends in anime (shows and games) is quite a strong turn-off for me, I just didn’t want to whine about it too much.

          But, yes, saying that I was “outraged” is ridiculous… I love it when people deny me the right to have my own taste and sensibilities.

    • GWOP says:

      Not something I would play either… but at the same time, I am intensely annoyed that they are porting this game to Windows without a moe anthropomorphism of the PC.

      Gamer entitlement at work, I suppose.

      • Mokinokaro says:

        It’s from Japan where PC gaming barely exists so that’s not really surprising.

  3. Geewhizbatman says:

    So when you say “make sense” is that like Sailor Moon “makes sense” when you watch the whole series, or “makes sense” like Puella Magicka only works with background info?

    • Ragnar says:

      It seems an obviously sarcastic use of “makes sense” to me.

      Also, Madoka Magica was fantastic, and worked rather well, with no additional background info. I’m not sure what you mean there.

  4. wonkavision says:

    Is the English dub optional? This intrigues me, but I cannot stand English dubs, with the exception of the Metal Gear series.

    • Assirra says:

      NIS published games always have japanese voice acting. Even from as far as the ps2.

      • Ashabel says:

        Neptunia series isn’t published by NISA anymore. They and Idea Factory had a falling out after IF looked at the western market and discovered that the horrible reception of their games is heavily due to NISA’s staggeringly incompetent localization team.

        • Assirra says:

          Hmm, i was always convinced they were pretty decently translated, at least compared to the average. The more i learn Japanese and play games with Japanese VA the more i realize how horrible localization is.
          Not that i am even the target demographic anymore for these games, they were fun in the start but after a couple ones you just have seen it all.

          • Ashabel says:

            If we compare to the average, then the quality of NISA localizations is still roughly in the area of “Should meet its end in a dumpster fire”. They are the only company on my memory who managed to screw up text replacement to a degree where certain text strings completely crashed the console due to memory overflow, and then proceeded to repeat the same bug for three games in a row.

            The actual quality translation also consistently runs between “forced jokes” and “misogynistic drivel”, with “text should be at least tangentially related to what they were actually saying in the original” rule being ignored eight times out of ten.

          • Mokinokaro says:

            You do realized most Japanese voice acting’s pretty comparable to most English dubbing right? Japan just overacts instead of underacting.

            The quality of actual translations varies horribly though and NISA are usually one of the worst outside of Disgaea which is mostly jokes anyways. Changing Japanese cultural jokes to Western ones is a GOOD thing, but inserting a ton of jokes where they don’t belong is terrible.

  5. MadTinkerer says:

    “I dunno about you, but I couldn’t really make head nor tail of any of that.”

    Okay, so:

    Game consoles are a thing that people like.
    Cute Anime Girls are a thing that people like.

    It’s exactly like Overwatch, but instead of combining TF2 with Anime girls and setting it in the future, they’re combining jRPGs with Anime girls and setting it in a parralel universe that mirrors the console wars. One culture considers Overwatch to be normal, the other considers Hyperdimension Neptunia to be normal.

    As for me, I haven’t had time to play much of the Neptunia games. But the iPad is a villain in at least one of the games, so I intend to get around to it when I have the time.

    • int says:

      I’ve found that everyone and everything in the world is abnormal except me. I am the only person ever to have existed in a state of pure normalcy, and that is what makes me special.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      Superheroes. Overwatch is TF2 with superheroes. Not “anime girls.”

      Superheroes have been doing the “improbable female bodies in impractical clothing” for longer than stereotypical anime girls have existed, and Overwatch is actually pretty reserved about it, all things considered.