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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (pc game)
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Madder than a box of frogs

The Hyperdimension series is something of a sprawling set of Japanese RPGs that are a far cry from the likes of Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star. They do share certain similarities with such games though and if you're into slightly offbeat and distinctly Japanese games, they're well worth a look. This one is one of the later entries in the franchise and is effectively a remake of the original PS3 Hyperdimension Neptunia. The storyline is pretty bonkers stuff and actually acts as a parody of the seventh generation console wars, taking place as it does in a world where various goddesses represent the consoles of the period. The rest of the story is the usual stuff about freeing the trapped creator so peace can be brought to the realm but it's all told in typically mad Japanese style. Gameplay is also familiar, being a blend of exploration, dungeon crawling and turn-based combat. This remake tweaks some of the story, removing some characters and adding new ones, while the visuals, voice acting and music have all seen dramatic overhauls. For most gamers, this is probably going to be fairly impenetrable stuff, showing as it does the Japanese obsession with scantily clad but very cute girls going about saving the world. The gameplay too is nothing original, being a very familiar mix of elements and with little in the way of new ideas or mechanics. However, if you are a fan of the genre then you have just about everything you could want, with a bizarre story, lots of fighting, cutscenes and shopping, so if this sounds like your thing, then grab this.