It's Hyperdimension Neptunia's 10th anniversary so here's a new enhanced version of the remake of the original; it's Neptunia ReVerse.
That's right; Neptunia ReVerse is an enhanced iteration of the Vita remake Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 which is based on the original Hyperdimension Neptunia for PlayStation 3. Well, the humble origins of this fun-filled RPG series has come a long way because it's now available for PlayStation 5 and it's better than ever. For the unfamiliar, the story follows a handful of goddesses who represent the real-world hardware manufacturers as they battle in the console wars. It's a very meta game and quite hilarious to boot. Thankfully, the character designs are just awesome, there's a full English voice cast who give each character tons of personality, the music is wonderfully energetic, and it's quite a fun-filled adventure in the end. Plus, if you still haven't got into the series and are curious about it, Neptunia ReVerse makes for an excellent starting point so give it a go if you want to see what this kooky franchise is all about.
One of the coolest aspects about Neptunia is its battle system which has you move your party members around circular arenas while attacking enemies as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile, you'll need to spread out and take defensive positions to avoid taking too much damage as well as deploy a wide variety of skills and combo attacks to gain the upper-hand. Between bouts, you can optimize your party by equipping new gear that you can find, buy, and create as well as set up formations, combos, and much more. It's a very satisfying RPG formula and when you factor in the rewarding dungeons, guild quests, and boss fights; you're looking at one enjoyable journey.
So, what's different in Neptunia ReVerse? Well, the most substantial addition is Arrange Mode which I jumped into right away because I'm very familiar with the original game. In this mode, you have access to all 27 characters which is awesome. I loved swapping them out and discovering what each character is capable of on my way to creating a solid party that fit my play style. You also get an absurd amount of costumes and accessories that change characters' appearances and can alter their base stats, too. There are a lot of adjustments put into place, too, to help with balancing and for the most part, it all works beautifully. That being said, there are moments when you'll need to grind in order to be strong enough to deal with new enemies and that can be a bummer when you want to simply forge ahead.
Another nifty inclusion is a fishing mini-game which can be fun although whenever you mess up, you might have to fight an enemy which kind of got on my nerves after a while. That being said, it is rewarding catching new kinds of fish and the fact that the DualSense is used in clever ways by taking advantage of its motion controls, haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers is admittedly quite cool.
Speaking of PlayStation 5 features, Neptunia ReVerse performs fantastically with virtually no loading times which allows you to jump in and out of battle seamlessly and that makes exploring the dungeons feel much more immersive. The graphics are solid, too, although they don't look as good as something like Atelier Ryza 2 so I wish Neptunia ReVerse's visuals were revamped even more for current gen.
Finally, although Neptunia ReVerse is an excellent game through-and-through, I feel like something's missing. Specifically, this is Neptunia's 10th anniversary game so I was expecting there to be some museum-style content. I would have loved to see interviews with the developers, art galleries, soundtrack menus, unlockables, character model viewers; you know, that sort of thing.
Neptunia ReVerse is a wonderful iteration of a lovely RPG classic that both fans and newcomers can enjoy. With oodles of content, a nifty new mode, and even a fishing mini-game; it's hard not to have a blast while playing through Neptunia's debut adventure on PS5.
- + A great classic RPG with awesome new features for fans and newcomers alike
- + Performs excellently on PS5
- + Loads of characters, costumes, and treats
- - Grinding is required to progress at times
- - Graphics aren't a massive step up
- - I wish there was museum-style content