I may be a huge fan of anime, but I’m also a huge fan of video games. I’ve been playing them my whole life! I feel lucky too. Not only did I grow up playing video games, but I also grew up with female gamers, and I have absolutely no problem playing a game starring a female lead.
‘Hyperdimension Neptunia’ on the other hand, takes female leads in an entirely new direction! Every playable character in this game is a female, something I love, and would love to see more of. I think it’s about time that women were depicted in video games more often.
However, some might consider ‘Hyperdimension Neptunia’ to be sexist.
‘Hyperdimension Neptunia’ is about a girl named Neptune, who is a goddess. Neptune and the other CPU goddesses have been waging a war against one another for centuries. During one battle, they decide to turn the tides of the war, by casting one of the goddesses out of Celestia. The goddesses they chose, is Neptune.
Once Neptune recovers. She finds herself in the ‘world below’ Celestia, also known as Gamindustri. She has no memories, and she can hear the voice of a girl named Histoire, who happens to be sealed away somewhere. Neptune must rescue Histoire and save the world!
I have a love/hate relationship with this game. I love everything the creators were willing to do with this title. I love that they gave the characters personality, I love the music, I love the story, and I love guessing what game they are parodying. The music is also fantastic, and so is the voice acting.
Neptune is an adorable, dummy. She causes trouble for the other members of the party. She’s always cracking jokes, and she’s thoughtful of others.
Compa, is the medic of the group. She’s also very thoughtful of others, and she’s a crybaby.
IF is like the big sister of the group. At first she acts annoyed with Neptune, but soon she acts like the big sister. She looks after Neptune and Compa, and tries to keep them focused on whatever task needs to be accomplished.
Now what do I hate about this game? Well the healing system is a mess. You’re not allowed to heal or revive a character using items. Instead you have to set the percentage of an action, and sometimes even that doesn’t work.
Also Neptune can transform into her goddess self, by inputting a code. Regardless of how fast or slow you input this code, it doesn’t always work. Also Neptune’s special attacks don’t always work as well. Both of these issues can become annoying when you’re facing a really powerful enemy.
Well like I said, this is a really fun game. If you love everything I mentioned above, and you’re a fan of old school RPG’s, I would check this out. The combat is wonky, but I still managed to have a lot of fun playing this game.
It’s hard for me to comment. This game does have fan-service, but if that automatically makes it sexist, you’ll hate it. This game was made to target a certain demographic, and unfortunately, if you’re not a part of that demographic, you’ll probably hate this game and its sequels.
The funny thing is, besides talking about breasts and a few panty shots, this game is incredibly tame. You’ll find worse stuff on daytime TV. I also believe this game was released uncensored as well. So that’s really saying something.
So with that, I would recommend playing this game!