Hyperdimension Neptunia is a very famous Japanese video game series of role-playing games. The entire series consists of fifteen games that started back in 2010 and are still in development today! The manga adaptation was created in 2010 as well and the anime adaptation was created in 2013.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started. I just happened to find the two games during a PlayStation sale. I have only played Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and 3 (the remakes of the originals from 2010) and it was a wonderful surprise! These two particular games are dungeon crawling, turn based, roleplaying games. They are easily some of the most well-made, creative, fun, and engaging games I have ever played – not to mention- a HUGE YURI surprise! The graphics are solid, the storyline is interesting (although too much text for me sometimes), the voice acting is superb, and the gameplay is a heck of a lot of fun. The enemies are a ton of fun to battle, they range from large and spectacular, small and cute, to just plain funny and extremely weird looking. I can promise you that you have never seen silly enemies like these!
Each game, of course, has a different story, but the games will always surround the same group of female heroes who must save their homelands from a common enemy (unless you play one of the spin-offs). Throughout the story, you gain each heroine into your group. You must pair up the girls into “Lily Couples”. I kid you not, that is the name. Each pair has their own unique special set of moves. You can create (and ship) any pair you desire and increase their “Lily Ranks” in order for the couple to get stronger. Each heroine is a girl, but then can transform into a more powerful form with an entirely different split personality. And they end up looking like… well, to be frank, an adult with hardly any clothes on (but incredibly more powerful! So I am not complaining! ;D)
Alright, with the gameplay now set aside, we can talk more about the yuri. There are MANY cutscenes in the game. The girls are constantly flirting with each other, and some characters are VERY protective of certain people. Beware though, there is A LOT of fan service scenes as well. Let’s take a look at some awesome examples! =D
Honestly, there is just so much to say about these two games alone. There are other features such as mini games, weapon/armor creation, different builds, powers, moves to explore, lots of dungeons, and costumes to buy. It seems to have it all. So here is a quick summary:
- Interesting storyline with ridiculous cut scenes and great voice acting (localization of text is very good and oh so funny)
- Lots of yuri action, comments, and moments
- Lots of different creatures to fight
- Lots of creativity in general- the animation of special combo moves are really cool
- Absolutely fun set of characters to fall for and ship =)
- MANY hours of gameplay
- The environmental graphics/dungeon layouts get repeated
- I can’t beat the last boss in Neptunia Re;Birth 2 >:[
- Can get grindy at times
My recommendation: Definitely buy it, the older games are always on sale. It makes me want to check out the anime, and I will continue playing the rest of the series!
To learn more about the series check out this site: Hyperdimension Neptunia Wiki