NIS America Inc.’s Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 is a decent dungeon crawler that covers a plain interface with a dynamic battle system and customizable options for a unique mission-based experience.
In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, Gamindustri was been taken over by ASIC – the Arfoire Syndicate of International Crime. When Neptune, Noire and Blanc are captured by the unit, Nepgear, IF, and Compa venture to battle and gain world share to mobilize citizens and take back Gamindustri.
The title includes a menu-based system to traverse to each location and interact in each town. Town options include Shop to purchase new weapons, armor and items; Guild to choose from a list of available quests; Chirper to view community chatter for tips or enter optional events to increase relationships and learn new skills. Future options include forging new product with items secured from quests.
At the Guild, users can choose from Slaying Quests or Gathering Quests to advance the story. An oddity is that when a quest is completed, users aren’t notified. Instead, they must head back to the Guild and confirm it.
Dungeons are small 3D locations that contain physical enemies. The turn-based battle system utilizes Attack Points to offer users the ability to choose from several combo attacks, including Rushes to raise hit count, Heavy hits to focus on powerful blows, and Breakers to deplete a foes’ point gauge. Each character has a range of space to move in battle to attack an enemy from multiple angles or move to a distant position to defend. In addition, users can deploy Skill attacks with Skill Points, which can be earned with each enemy kill.
In addition to a robust battle system, the Lily Rank system will indicate trust and affection between each player. By entering optional events from the Chirper, relations can ultimately affect the story.
The graphics engine is decent at 30 frames-per-second. The 3D dungeons yield adequate animation and construction. The anime-art and voice acting are well done, with sassy conversations between the main characters against a parody storyline involving the game industry.
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 is a decent turn-based dungeon crawler for RPG fans. The no-frills menu system may turn off some, but the battle system and multitude of options will lure game fans to the cosmos.