“Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3” Review

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Been a while since I’ve done a review. Gonna try to stay on top of these now.

Gameplay: 10/10 – As always, the series has some pretty solid gameplay after several iterations of the same formula. The biggest change this time around is the combination of EXE and SP. This is kind of a mixed change. Early-game, you can’t really activate EXE attacks like you could in previous games without hurting your ability to use other skills or activate HDD. However, in the late game you can just spam endless amounts of easily obtained SP healing items and throw out EXE drives as often as you want, effectively throwing the balance of the new system out the window. The only real problem I have with the game, as changes go, is that you now need to do a certain amount of skills in order to unlock EXE Drives and then spend your remake memory to unlock them. It’s a very bad change, but not enough to ruin the game. Just focus on getting it for your most used members and forget everyone else. The best change, and one that sadly did not carry over to the next game, V-II, is that now Makers have the ability to activate Awakening. This is the Maker version of a CPU’s HDD mode, offering a power boost to non-CPU party members. Sadly, the CPU and Candidate stats still outclass them, but it’s a good start to keeping them usable through the game. This remake also offers a new overarching story from beginning to end dealing with the rise of mobile gaming vs. console/handheld gaming, ending in some of the hardest content in the game. Stella’s Dungeon returns here in a greatly improved form as well. Additionally, this game has also been retranslated, and the new translation is a lot better than the original. Everyone isn’t a jerkass anymore.

Graphics: 9/10 – Same issues as the other Vita games here. Draw distance and texture resolution aren’t very good, but everything else looks great.

Sound: 10/10 – I can’t remember if this game has more dubbed dialogue than the original game released by NISA, but it’s at least comparable, if not more. It definitely needed more dubbing than it got, though. But the voices in both tracks are good and the music is great, as always.

Overall: 9.7/10 – A very solid remake of a very solid game and a much better experience than the original (especially as the English version goes). Some great new features that hopefully carry over to future entries and plenty of new content for players of the original.

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