Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. And what a glorious morning it is! You know why? Because Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation comes out today, exclusively for PS Vita!
For those who haven’t played a Hyperdimension Neptunia title before, it takes place in a world fittingly called Gamindustri, where four Goddesses — each representing a certain game console — battle for control of the land (while breaking the fourth wall at every opportune moment).
In Re;Birth2, however, these Goddesses have been banished to an underworld by the piracy-loving Arfoire Syndicate and now it’s up to their younger sisters to save the Goddesses and save the day. A remake of the PS3 title Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, this game comes packed to the gills with new characters, new story, and new gameplay!
You’ll encounter enemies like Super Otaku, living Tetris-like blocks, and screenshots of visual novels in battles that combine action RPG and turn-based RPG elements. Cut them down with 8 characters in battle — 4 on the main line, and 4 others that can jump in with support attacks or that can be swapped in at any time. Throw in the Lily Rank system that builds up links between characters to enable devastating duo attacks, main characters that can transform into super-powerful Goddess forms, and a roster of 20-something playable characters, and it makes for an infinite* amount of battle combinations to take down your enemies!
Not only can you customize your battle setup, you can customize the world of Gamindustri itself! Want more enemies in a dungeon? Different items? More difficulty? Pick up the right Plan by talking to NPCs and you can implement them in the world of Gamindustri! You’ll want to talk to the NPCs anyway, since they are rife with gaming and otaku allusions. On top of that, you can also craft unique, ability-granting equipment using Blank Discs to max out your party’s powers!
If all that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get the Stella’s Dungeon side-game, where you equip the helpful Stella with gear and send her off on a quest to find you extra items. Her quests run in the background while the Vita’s on, so you can go make yourself a sandwich and come back to some great loot. Watch out, though, because she’s in what appears to be a roguelike, so if she dies in her dungeon, she’ll lose all her equipment! As the internet might say, one does not simply enter Stella’s Dungeon.
Whew, there’s still a ton of more stuff to cover, but I’m worn out! Suffice to say that Re;Birth2 comes loaded with a bunch of content that newcomers and veterans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series can both appreciate. With all these character combos, subtle (and not so subtle) nods to the gaming world, and loads of customization, there’s no way you won’t have a blast in the world of Gamindustri, so get in there and break the fourth wall!
*I’m not good at math.