Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review (PlayStation 3)
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on April 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory  
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
Publisher: NIS
Developer: Idea Factory/Compile Heart
Console: PlayStation 3
Other Platforms: N/A
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Genre: JRPG
Price: $49.99

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is one of those JRPG titles that you won’t want to miss out on. Gamindustri is in need of help and our female heroines are the ones to save the land. Whether it is through their devastating CPU powers or playful demeanor, they are ready to save Gamindustri. Can they stay motivated long enough to do the job? Well, that remains to be seen.

Read our review and see where your loyalties lie!

Welcome to Gamindustri! The fictional world of the gaming industry is at your fingertips. The game’s storyline has you portraying the main character, Neptune. This frivolous and lazy character is the basis for our adventure. In Gamindustri there are four neighboring nations: Lastation, Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune.

In the beginning of the game, the character Neptune is transported into another dimension that is reminiscent of the 1980’s Gamindustri. In this dimension, there is a group of individuals known as the seven sages. The seven sages want to disrupt the rule of CPUs. As Neptune, you go on another adventure to save Gamindustri. In this quest, you will find many familiar enemies that resemble the current gaming trends. You will come across Pirachu, the rat, who might remind you of a character within the current Nintendo franchise.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

The dialogue in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is very comical. In fact, you will recognize parodies while you play. There will be no shortage of laughter as you play this game. There is so much to learn. The game has a teenybopper feel to it that you can also see whole-heartedly as you play.

The story plays out through cut scenes with the ability to skip longer scenes. Even though you may skip scenes, you can also stop and go back and scroll through the previous conversations.

To be brief, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory game play is simplistic. There are towns, but you don’t necessarily have to walk around. You pick which areas you progress to during the game. Another fun fact—there are characters in each of the towns that parody current console mascots.

You can transform into the girls’ deadly CPU forms during any battle. This gives you much help if the battles take a turn for the worse. Fights can get hectic at times. Although you can transform, level grinding is often necessary.

Though you can walk around in dungeons and battle enemies, there seems to be something missing in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. It feels like much of the gameplay is taken out of the user’s hands in regards to exploring towns and dungeons. These areas feel linear. Although you can find hidden areas and items, there isn’t much to find in towns because you can’t readily explore them. There are quests that you can pick up through the town’s guild. This allows you to get extra money and items to construct new weapons.

The sound and voice acting is where the game falls short. The voice acting sounds very annoying at times. It can also be comical at times, but hearing key phrases repeatedly really gets on my nerves.

Most of the Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory story is portrayed through cut scenes. What will really baffle you is that there are some cut scenes with voice acting and some without. I really don’t understand the purpose for this. Many of these scenes last in the upwards of five to ten minutes as you have to read and scroll through. You do have the option to read each of them or skip them, if it pleases you.

However, there is a benefit to reading through the scenes. Later in the game, you will have to answer questions that relate to the scenes you saw previously. The information in the scenes will allow you to get additional items and the chance to win millions of dollars towards the end of the game.


  • Combat is fun
  • Story is hilarious


  • Sound
  • Voice acting is annoying

Final Thoughts:

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is one of those games you just have to play. Its take on the Gamindustri is comical and fun for gaming aficionados.

Final Score:

eightA review copy was provided by NIS for review purposes.

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