Let’s show some school spirit and fight zombies while we are at it!
The Gamindustri cast is studying abroad at Gamacademi when suddenly, ZOMBIES?! If you enjoy the random exploits of our beloved Gamindustri cast, then you’ll have fun playing through the story mode. The girls are just as silly as you remember them, and the plot is all over the place; in a good way. The story itself is lighthearted and strays away from anything serious.
Throughout the game you pick two characters, go into a “scene”, then hack ‘n’ slash your way through hordes of zombies. If you’ve played Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed the game is easy to pick up. Although moves and combos are simple to access, you do need to strategize your moves. Enemies can be knocked out of your range with special moves and your attack can easily be aimed in the wrong direction. Also keep in mind that some characters will re-sheathe/re-load/rest/etc. after an attack or combo causing a second delay before their next move.
Since this is a zombie game, the color scheme for the game is pretty dark in some areas; a contrast to previous games that take place in the Gamindustri world which are bright and vibrant. There are only a few maps to play on, and they’re simple; they just create the space you slay zombies in. Some maps feel like they’re empty; you will have so much space but zombies will only populate in one area. Other maps are so small the camera glitches. In the Gamacademi Campus level, I defeated a Shadowen simply by getting it stuck behind a wall. Speaking of camera, it always seems to conveniently fall at the perfect panty shot angle… Just so you know.
At the end of my initial run I discovered that I didn’t unlock everything in my gallery. If you’re a completionist, you’ll have to revisit certain scenes, select the correct characters, and play through the mission. Revisiting the scenes gives you a chance to try out different duos you may not have originally picked. There are also a lot of items you do not find during the initial run through so you have to go back to find them. Fortunately, you don’t have to replay the story to obtain the items since you can do that through the Online Mode.
Cons:There really isn’t much variation in enemies. Most of them are taken from previous games and given a slight zombie spin. The game is also really easy. Sure, I was taken out a couple times by some big guys, but once I figured out a strategy and leveled up my characters I went through the levels fairly fast. Once I made it to the end, the boss fell extremely short; there was almost no challenge. New characters, aside from Tamsoft, are introduced late in the game. You go about four Scenes without unlocking any new characters and when you do unlock them you’ve already leveled up your favorite characters.