PS Vita Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation

That’s gotta be one big blue teddy smile!

That’s gotta be one big blue teddy smile!

By: Uma Smith

If you are dying to play games that consist of strange dialogue and jokes with cutesy anime girls dressed in swimsuit attire as the cherry on top, then look no further as Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is the cake you’ve been craving. Reaching North America the second time around as a Vita title, let’s see how this franchise turns out.

CONTROLS (4/5)

Control wise, Sisters Generation guides you along to ensure you get the experience necessary for you to move on smoothly. Otherwise, if you jump straight in during the middle of the game, understanding the battle system can be a definite challenge.

A significant part of the gameplay does play out like a visual novel. So the buttons aren’t that hard to figure out. In fact, if you’re looking to whip through the dialogue, then you’ll find the triangle button to be your best friend.

GRAPHICS/SOUND (4.25/5)

In comparison to its prequel, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation looks quite vibrant and stimulating in front of the Vita screen. The graphical details and animations are also smooth and fluid. Additionally, you can hear the quality behind the voice acting while the soundtrack gives the futuristic techno vibe appropriate for this game’s setting.

GAMEPLAY (3.75/5)

The premise of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 is that we are in an alternate universe where Gamindustri has been destroyed with Neptune defeated. This spawns a new team tasked to battle against the Arfoire Syndicate of International Crime, which is run by your evil enemies, also referred to as CFW. Expect a lot of references to gaming terminology here.

You assume the role of Nepgear, who is Neptune’s younger sister, as she is saved by IF and Compa. Together, you will venture off on your quest to free your sister and friends from the evil forces. Re;Birth 2 is pretty typical of a turn-based RPG. To illustrate, your characters have the capability to move within a small area during their turn and, if an opponent happens to be within range, you can pull off a series of attacks or perform spells on them, specifically four attacks for each turn.

By now, you should know that there are different kinds of weapons, which means that you’ll need to determine the right strategy to execute based on what are the attributes for both the acquired weapons as well as your characters. One thing to mention is the Hard Drive Divinity system where your characters take on a special alternate form that makes them more powerful. You also have the ability to perform combos, which is definitely useful during the difficult but quite exhilarating boss battles.

If you’re familiar with JRPGs, it should come of no surprise that the gameplay can be very long, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is no exception. You can spend approximately 30 hours playing through the main story. On top of which, there are numerous quests that you can also complete.

However, like its prequel, it suffers due to the repetitive nature of the game. While the levels have improved a bit, they could feel monotonous depending how turned off you are from this type of genre. Still, if you can appreciate the storytelling and dialogue, you get the opposite effect and can end up loving it even more.

OVERALL (4/5)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation can be a wonderful addition to your PlayStation Vita library. Your opinions will vary depending on how open you are to the content it has to offer. Nevertheless, it should not be completely dismissed as you never know; you might by “hyper” for this Vita title after all.

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