Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PS Vita. This is the first game in the Neptunia series that I have played so far, a few other Neptunia games have been released on the PS3 over the last few years.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a remake of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia game that was released on the PS3 awhile back, I never played the original game on the PS3, so I can’t comment to how much has been improved in the PS Vita version, but from what I have researched over the internet, it’s been much improved over the original game. Everything has gotten a major overhaul, so if you’re looking to get into the series, I would recommend skipping the PS3 game and going with this version.
now lets get into the game play portion of the review. The game itself is a turned base RPG, but unlike many other turned based games, you are free to move around the battlefield, this is very useful since you can use it to your advantage, you can choose to move everyone in your party and place them near one enemy, then you can unleash powerful attacks on them, though this is only recommended when you’re facing a boss or one of the harder monsters in the game, like the enemies you can encounter by using the games “Remake” system. The remake system is new to Re;Birth 1, it wasn’t in the original game on the PS3, and I have to say, I loved using the remake feature in the game, if you have read other reviews on Re;Birth 1, you may have noticed that many say the game is rather easy, and I would agree with that, but many people forget or just completely ignore the remake system, with the remake system you can make dungeons much harder, this works by gathering certain items from dungeons, then obtaining the “recipe” after you obtain it, you bring up the remake menu, select what you want, and there you go, if you picked to make the dungeon harder, all you do is go back to the dungeon and you will notice the difficulty in defeating the monsters has gone up dramatically. This is great for gamers who love a good challenge, but that’s not the only thing the remake system does, you can also use it to add new items to different dungeons, and to get certain weapons within the game.
overall the game plays amazingly well, I had zero complaints about the actual game play in the 67 hours I spent on the game.
now lets get into the story of the game. I will start by saying that, the story isn’t very deep, so if you are looking for a deep and engaging story, then this may not be the game for you. The story isn’t bad though, and personally I enjoyed it a lot, the game has a great sense of humor, and i found myself laughing a ton throughout the story of the game. The game takes place in Gameindustri, the game has four different nations, Planeptune, Lowee, Leanbox, and Lastation. Each nation has its own CPU, Planeptune has Neptune, Lowee has Blanc, Leanbox has Vert, and lastation has Noire, I will avoid writing too much about the story, because I honestly don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but in the world of Gameindustri, the four Nations are at war with each other, they are constantly battling to earn “shares”
at the start of the game, Blanc, Vert and Noire team up to take down Neptune, they all gang up on Neptune and a battle begins, Neptune is soon defeated, Neptune is then cast out of “Celestia” and falls out of the sky down to Gameindustri, she then wakes up and finds Compa, which is a nurse in training, Compa brings Neptune back to her place and treats her wounds, and that’s pretty much how chapter one starts for the most part. The story should take you around 30-40 hours to complete, though this highly depends on whether or not you decide to complete every dungeon in the game, if you skip over that stuff, you can easily finish the game in around 20 hours or so.
I also have to mention that the English voice acting in the game is very good, all the characters sound great, though if you prefer the original Japanese VA you will be happy to know you can go with that instead of the English VA.
if you are a person who is looking for a new game to play on your vita, and you like JRPGS, or you just like a story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and you like lots of humor, then I can recommend this game easily, the game has more than enough content to keep you entertained for the 20+ hours of story.
I give the game a 8.5/10-Great