Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation

Hyperdimension Neptunia has had an absolutely fantastic run here in the States, and it's surprising to see it gain so much traction, not only the original games themselves but their respective remakes, replete with Steam ports, spinoffs, and more. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation is the latest in a long line of portable remakes, and it's just as good as the last games in the series. If you've been waiting for a chance to jump on board with the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, these PS Vita remakes are your ticket.

This particular adventure takes place within the magical world of Gamindustri, where your favorite consoles are actual beings. Lowee is a riff on the Wii for Nintendo fans, Lastation is representative of PlayStation, and so on. But there's something here for all gaming fans, even if they are represented by cute anime girls. That's obviously a boon though, as we all know. This entry, however, takes place in an alternate reality to the regular Hyperdimension Neptunia series. CPU Neptune is sent to another realm in 1989, where no one knows her at all. She can't power up, and she has no friends to call on. It's a heck of a predicament, but after opening up the lines of communication between the present and the past, things tend to look up for our heroines. That's where you come in.

While you help Neptune get things back to normal, you're engaging in several turn-based battles and completing quests in the overworld to earn experience and clear out those in your way. It's not a terribly difficult game, but there's an overabundance of random battles that you might get tired of rather quickly. That's where the Hyperdimension Neptunia Remake System comes in, a PS Vita exclusive mechanic that allows you to alter difficulty, use and create special items, and change settings for dungeons to make things more interesting or harder for you if you find yourself sitting around bored by it all.

An additional new character, alterations made specifically for the Vita remake, and other tweaks that feel specifically aimed toward an audience that's been invested in the rest of the series since its inception make Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation an awesome choice for those looking to get into the games or kickstart the beginning of what will eventually become a formidable JRPG collection. There's always another Hyperdimension title around the corner, it seems, and it's awesome to see they're still being received so well in the West. Compile Heart will keep on keepin' on and we'll keep clamoring for more. Don't forget the spinoffs, either -- there's plenty more where this came from, and you'll be excited each and every step of the way if you're a fan of these games.