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Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3: Console Gaming Personified

Ryan Phillips's Avatar + Posted by Ryan Phillips on Nov 19, 2010 // Marketing Coordinator, NIS America

Dood! I just wanted to stop by to provide you with some tasty tidbits about Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3. The epic tale of the meek Neptune, Compa, and IF on their search for Histoire is headed to the U.S. and I wanted to talk more in-depth about the game.

Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3

The battle system in Hyperdimension Neptunia provides customizable, varied approaches to gameplay. Each character is able to build combos against mobs and bosses, and depending on how you decide to link or structure your four-command combo, some really powerful abilities and really long chains can be created. For example, you can use an ability called “Skill Link” as the final hit in your combo chain that will allow combinations to string together and restore some AP (action points) and create higher hit and damage counts.

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In other words, if you create a combo as X, X, O, O, with the final O using “Skill Link,” you will begin a new combo with O as the first command. Then, you can chain your second combo like, say O, X, X, X, with the final X using “Skill Link,” or another ability. One such ability is “Transform,” a mechanic allowing you to access a CPU’s HDD form (or Console Patron Unit’s Hard Drive Divinity form) at the end of a combo chain so the goddess characters can transform into their true forms for extra power and much… tighter… clothing. It comes in real handy against that boss who would otherwise own you, or those lonely nights on the couch. Hah!

Lastly there is a combo ability that will let you select a party member in your reserves to “Switch” with you mid-combo and have them continue a second string of moves against the mob or boss. As your characters level up, new abilities unlock and add to your repertoire. I appreciated not having to access a Fight/Magic/Item menu during the battle sequences and liked how the controller buttons corresponded to different attacks, let alone the sheer number of combos you can create using the buttons in any combination.

Hyperdimension Neptunia for PS3

Along the way, Neptune will bump into three other buxom female characters named Noire, Vert, and Blanc in Gamindustri. These three characters are known as the three goddesses, or CPUs. Upon transformation, they become Black/White/Green Heart which are their true goddess forms. Each has their own particular personality traits and flaws. I appreciated the subtle references to the actual game consoles they personify – especially how some of their predominant console flaws are pointed out and are portrayed as people instead of machines, hehehehe. As for the villain in the game, she is known as Arfoire, who is hell-bent on wreaking havoc in Gamindustri. She is the embodiment of all things evil and wrong in the gaming world and will constantly appear to thwart you in your journey to find Histoire.

The world itself is divided into the four major areas of Planeptune, Leanbox, Lastation and Lowee. Within each are countless dungeons for exploration and questing. Between the dungeons and quests, you will frequent places called Basilicoms where you meet other quirky characters to help drive the storyline and keep things interesting as you progress through the game.

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On a quick side note, we are going to be having a Thanksgiving sale starting Monday the 22nd, and it will be running for a whole week! Each day there will be discounted items, so make sure you stop by our NIS America Online Store and don’t miss out on some really good deals, dood!!! Also, if you haven’t already, make sure to add us on Facebook for constant updates and news as it happens!

Thanks for hanging out with me today to listen about the exciting new Hyperdimension Neptunia, dood. Don’t forget to check out our juicy Hyperdimension Neptunia website that goes live today! Hold tight for another few weeks or so and we’ll have a rocking trailer for all of you to see!

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+ duyimba on November 20th, 2010 at 12:31 pm said:

@50: if I’m not wrong , this game is turn based combat , but it adds some more features like Xenosaga series


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+ Ekisperto on November 21st, 2010 at 1:49 am said:

Hello Ryan, I would like to express what I think about this game. It will be a big post though.

This game lookss great, it looked even better when released in Japan and the game was very known for “PS3 is against the piracy of games and is the only videogame with no piracy BTW. Rivals, you are owned!” but then the PS3 piracy came and I felt like “OMG, the game got owned by piracy now”. But do not be mad with me because I had a good idea that you could contact the development team of NIS: How about you create a DLC where we fight an additional boss, the piracy of PS3 itself? Plus some trophies, including a gold one after beating the PS3 piracy boss called “Justice will always prevail!”?

I know that NIS and NISA always make great works, but how about this? It would be even more awesome, dood!


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    + Ryan Phillips on November 29th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

    Hi Ekisperto!,

    Sorry for the late reply, dood! That sounds like an awesome idea, maybe even for a sequel, hehehe. I’ll have to see what the developers say! On a positive note, I can definitely confirm that the existing DLC for the Japanese version will be ported over to the U.S. =)

    Best,

    Ryan


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+ licentious on November 21st, 2010 at 7:16 am said:

That’ll work for me!
About time we get the good games.


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+ Hypsiphrone on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:34 am said:

This game sounds like a lot of fun and very interesting. But I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hated Cross Edge. Loathed it. Forced myself to finish it once and then buried it in an unmarked grave at midnight on the night of a full moon. Will I be disappointed it I pick this up?


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