MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies (god, such an awful title to both say and type) is the latest game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series (11th game overall), with Megadimension Neptunia VII (PS4) being the previous game. It is also the first game in the series to implement a Multiplayer / Online function.
– Localised and published by Idea Factory.
– Developed by Compile Heart and Tamsoft (Senran Kagura series)
– Release date: October 15 2015 (JP), May 10 2016 (NA), May 13 2016 (EU)
It is a hack and slash type of game and is considered to be a sequel to Action Unleashed due to its similar gameplay and concept. While it doesn’t exactly follow the same storyline, it does contain the same characters and introduces those who weren’t in the first game as well.
This game was the result of Blanc becoming no.1 in the series’ 2nd popularity poll Compile Heart made sometime ago, as it was promised that the top character will be the main protagonist in their own game. Does it work out for our short, flat-chest companion here?
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the enhanced port of the PS3 version. It is the 15th game overall in the Atelier series, and the 2nd in the “Dusk trilogy” following Atelier Ayesha. The game is developed by Gust, and localized by Koei Tecmo.
The game follows Escha Malier and Logix “Logy” Fiscario, 2 alchemists who work as government officials in the R&D division in a small town called Colset. Escha is a traditional alchemist, focusing on alchemy while Logy specializes more on assembling weaponry and armour, similar to a blacksmith. Their main form of work involves completing tasks that helps the government and the town in some way such as repairing a windmill or exploring unknown places. Along the way they will meet both new and recurring characters from the previous game, and discuss about the nearby floating ruins dubbed the “Unexplored Ruins”. No one knows what these ruins contain but it is a goal that Escha and her friends believe it will be worth doing.
Because the game features 2 protagonists, you can choose to play the story from either Escha’s point of view or Logy’s point of view. The core storyline remains the same but certain events and dialogue are unique from one another. It also determines who you control when exploring, and that they must always be used in battle as well.
Luminous Arc INFINITY | Cero C | FELISTELLA | Marvelous | PSVITA
Luminous Arc INFINITY, is the 4th game of Luminous Arc series, transcending into PSVITA the first time, as its previous games are available for Nintendo DS. This game is also developed by FELISTELLA, unliked the previous 3 titles, which were developed by Imagepooch. Like the rest of Luminous Arc games, it’s heavily influnced by the word magic, witches, and lapis. Luminous Arc INFINITY was released on 6th August 2015 in Japan. No words on western localization so far.
“It’s time to Nep-Nep like it’s 1989!”
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3 V Generation (PS Vita) is the remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory which was released on the PS3 in 2012. It was the last game in the PS3 trilogy and arguably the best one due to its more polished gameplay and presentation, good usage of both new and old characters and its fair amount of content to mess around with.
V Generation is the final game in the Re;Birth trilogy and the 5th HDN game OVERALL to be localised and released in the time frame of 1 year. (Re;Birth 1 came out in August 2014, Re;Birth 2 in January 2015, Noire in February, Action Unleashed in May, then this.)
The game was developed by Felistella while Compile Heart and Idea Factory both contributed to the production and publication of the game. Idea Factory International was responsible for the localization.
The release dates for this game are as follows:
- Japan: 18th December 2014
- NA / EU: 30th June 2015 / 3rd July 2015 respectively
Re;Birth 3 comes with a lot of tweaks and changes to the overall game system while also experimenting with some different ideas as well. For me, it feels like it came to the point where it really feels more like a remake than an enhanced port this time around. Does this all work out though? Are these changes a good thing or should they had just stayed true to the original formula seen in the previous games?
Another day, another unboxing. Anyway the package arrived pretty fast, one week exactly from its shipping time and it sent a notification mail to pick it up pretty quick too. So I managed to get it by the time I got home.
(Never mind the watermark. It appears for every screenshot you take of the game.)
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is the third spin-off game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, the others being Producing Perfection and Hyperdevotion Noire. It is a hack and slash type of game. It was developed by Tamsoft (Senran Kagura) while Compile Heart published it. Idea Factory International, as usual, handled the localization.
- Release date for Japan: 28th August 2014
- Release date for NA and EU: May 19th and May 22nd 2015 respectively.
This is HDN’s take on the Dynasty Warriors / Musou style of gameplay mixed with elements from the Senran Kagura games such as clothes ripping. Does it work out? Is the game worth playing?
Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy is an hack-n-slash RPG for the PS Vita that was released on December last year by Arc System Works. I pretty much brought this on a whim during the Golden Week sale that happened this week (April 29th to May 5th) for under $10 US (normally $15 US). What I got though was not that bad of a game for that price.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth | Cero B | Namco Bandai Games | PSVITA
Digimon Story : Cyber Sleuth is the first Digimon franchise game for PSVITA and released as a part of Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary project.
The story started in a forum chat with various avatars here and there, including the player. With Japan as the setting, technology has advanced and cyberspace pretty much took over here and there. There’s a rumor about a certain hacking program called Digital World and the avatars were talking about it. Suddenly a mascot called Nabit-kun visited them out of nowhere and threatened them that it will surprise and hack them if they visit EDEN, a cyberspace created by Kamishiro Corporation. While some are afraid that they will got hacked, 3 people including the player decided to go and see it for themselves. From there we could choose the player, do you want it to be a girl or a boy. The set name for boy is Takumi (CV. Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), while the girl is Ami (CV. Ookubo Rumi). I choose the girl and let’s just call her Ami here for the sake of this review.
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart is the 2nd spin-off game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, the 1st being Producing Perfection. It is a strategy / tactics RPG with a visual novel presentation and a crude simulation element mixed in. I say crude because it feels poorly implemented and doesn’t add much to the overall game. Maybe it’s just me.
The game was developed by Sting and Compile Heart (the latter also being the publisher) while Idea Factory International handled the localization. It was first released on 29th May 2014 for Japan, released on 24th February for America and 27th February for Europe.
This game was the result of the character Noire winning the first popularity poll Compile Heart released a while back, for this series. Is this the game she deserves for being number 1?
More details below.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is the rebirth of the 2nd game (mk2) from the HDN PS3 trilogy… but where as Re;Birth 1 was more of a remake than anything else, Re;Birth 2 feels more like an enhanced port than a remake, but with some new features and changes. The game was developed by Felistella while Compile Heart and Idea Factory both contributed to the production and publication of the game. Idea Factory International was responsible for the localization. It was released on March 2014 for Japan, and January 2015 for the localization.
The game keeps the same art style and gameplay elements that Re;Birth 1 had. It also retains a similar story to the PS3 version by using the same characters, barring a few changes (those who have played mk2 will remember Gust and Nisa; they aren’t present in this one, instead replaced by some of the characters who appeared in Re;Birth 1, along with others).