Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 is a direct sequel with the Re;Birth 2 that features the daily lives of the CPU’s and CPU Candidates in their world years after the Deity of Sin was defeated. Nep eventually get sent to an alternate dimension set in the 80’s and needs to go back home! The only way to do that is to collect enough shares, but the challenge that she will face is the fact that the Seven Sages want to get rid of all the CPU’s in Gamindustry. In this game, you’re brought back to the same features from the previous games, but with some minor tweaks to the combat system and graphics. There are now 5 moves a character can do per turn instead of the 4 moves per turn, you also get brought back the 4 character combat system which I loved from the 2nd game. That feature made it an easier and overall more enjoyable experience throughout the game.
The opening cinematic starts off with the CPU’s fighting against one another and then 3 CPU’s join forces and beat Neptune, similar to the same way they defeated Neptune in the opening cinematic of the original game. This leads the player to think they’re going to have to go through the same events that happened in the first game, until the fade to black comes back and shows all the girls playing a game and that cinematic was just part of the game. The developers like to reference back the original game a few times throughout the game. This time around, Neptune get stuck that in an alternate dimension and the only way to get her back home is to collect enough shares. Her biggest hurdle is the fact that the Seven Sages want to rid Gamindustri of their CPU’s and you need to defeat them with the help of the other CPU’s.
I’m going to start off and say that while I did enjoy this opening,I was slightly disappointed with the quality of the opening animation a bit because I had very high expectations that they would go more complex and mind blowing than their previous openings. This opening does have it’s good moments but I feel it’s not as good as #2 or #1 were. Starting off with the good, I really like the plexus animations, the HUD and 3D generated cities and gems that are shown in the very beginning by keeping of the opening. That really keeps the style and aesthetic that the team had been going fro since the beginning. What I did not enjoy was the layers of the nations that were still transitions in contrast to the more 3D illusion that the 2nd opening especially gave you. The next thing that I was disappointed in was the fact that they used 3D animations from within the game for the intro, something they had not done before and I’m not too big of a fan of that but I guess I’m just nitpicking at this point, I do like it though, I am not bashing on it, there were just those things that threw me off when I started playing. Lastly, throughout the game, there are 3D animations/sequences when playing the game that adds depth to the story which they also mix in with their usual “VN” styled narration and storytelling.
Similar to the previous games, this game features a 3D anime-like art style. The UI has been refined and changed yet again to give you a more refreshed feel and look when you launch and play the game. The developers opted out for a rectangular feel on this game for the UI instead of circles or squares which were featured in the previous games. The are no graphic customization options other than resolution and fullscreen or windowed mode. This is understandable because this is a direct port from the PSVITA version of the game, but hopefully the next games they develop, they keep PC players in mind and work along with Idea Factory to implement more PC-friendly features such as; graphic settings, texture settings, AA,shadows, frame rate and v-sync.
The gameplay is essentially the same as the older games. Featuring turn-based battles, boss fights, EXE drive, SP moves and dungeons. Dungeons are replaced again in this game throughout the game. You’ll be playing on one forest dungeon and then you might go to a different forest dungeon, but, the layout is the same as the previous forest, that is what I mean by recycled dungeons. Once you progress a bit into the game and you get sent the the next dimension (this only applies to the Steam version), you get the option to recruit most of the characters that were introduced in the 2nd game right off the bat. I went from having 3 characters in one stage to having a full party of 12, which is mind-blowing, but, I loved it! I had many different characters to choose from and it made the whole experience a whole lot more fun and enjoyable than the previous games. Finally, a new feature implemented into this game is that you can have 5 moved per character instead of 4 which was the norm in the previous games. This makes the battles easier and opens the door to many different combinations of moves you’ll be able to mix and match to create the best fighting style that fits you.
Soundtrack / Sounds
The opening theme for this game is an action-packed soft rock track with some strong electronic influence that I would compare it best to a sci-fi, action-adventure anime opening. The vocals artist for this opening gives you a very familiar tone and feel because this opening’s voice actress is the same as the previous game’s opening voice artist. Nao did a great job on the vocals for these opening and I give her a clap! For in-game, menu and misc sounds throughout the game, they are recycled from previous games, which might be disappointing to some but I honestly don’t mind because I can’t think of better sounds for the game, other than that and a few new sounds you really wouldn’t notice unless you looked for them, the sounds are great.
Thoughts and Opinions
Another great game by Compile Heart that was ported over to PC and Steam by Idea Factory! I highly recommend this if you are a fan of the series and if you are not currently a fan and never played the games, I recommend starting on the first one, but if not, at least the 2nd game so you can be caught up story-wise. Get it for more neps to your neps!
8 out of 10 Tacos
Purchase the game here: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3 on Steam
Review by: Ryen