|Dev: Idea Factory/Compile Heart|
|Pub: NIS America|
|Release: March 12, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes|
In general, the game's programmers promise that they've designed the combat system in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory to be faster and more engaging than that found in the two earlier titles. Exactly what this means isn't quite clear, but players can gain an idea of the general flow of battle by watching several battle trailers that are available for the game.
Although the still models and backgrounds used in storytelling are nicely detailed, the dungeon environments seen in previews so far appear rather bland. This series is clearly focused on its characters more than its world, and those characters can be seen as problematic from several points of view. In their human form, they are unapologetically moe, including both the overly cute look and squeaky voices done by English voice actors attempting to emulate the Japanese voice track's sound. In their transformed CPU form, these cute little girls transform into often-busty adult characters wearing very skimpy outfits. Depending on one's point of view, the character designs and interactions in the Neptunia games can be seen as hilariously over-the-top, insultingly objectified, or just plain icky. Your mileage may vary.
Would you like Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory? The story seems to heavily reference previous games, so if you're interested in this one, I'd recommend giving one of the first two games in the series a spin first. I won't pretend that they come heavily recommended by this site's reviewers, as they don't. Still, the series has its fans, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory promises a faster combat system and even stranger cameos by various Japanese game industry luminaries. If you enjoy Compile Heart's particular combination of visuals and sometimes stiflingly old school gameplay, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is a game made just for you.
Date: January 29, 2013