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NCG Review – Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online (PS4)

Want to play a MMO, but with the Neptunia CPU’s? Well you’re in luck….sort of! Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is a title that mimics every aspect of what a good MMO has to offer, as well as keeping the Neptunia story telling from previous titles of the series. The only thing though is that it is not a MMO, but a single player title that acts like a MMO.Cyberdimension_JP-(8).png

Story

When jumping into any Neptunia title, your are not supposed to take the story seriously since most titles are for pure entertainment. Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is no different. This time you find the CPU’s with some early access codes to test out a beta for an upcoming MMO titled “4 Goddess Online” set in the land of Alsgard. When they first enter the beta they run into Bouquet, a NPC with advance AI, who then tells them they are the chosen Ones that are tasked to save the land from the Demon King Jester by awakening the 4 goddesses.Inspired_customization (2).png

The story is fitting for a Neptunia title, but it is also not for all players, as it’s more comedic and is never serious. One thing I did like was that it has references to other media such as SOA (Sword Art Online), even a character that resembles the main hero of SOA. The story is recommended for any anime or Neptunia fan, and will fulfill the anime game fix, but there is nothing story wise for new players.

Audio

As I made my way through the different dungeons, fields and even the only town, I found myself really enjoying the soundtrack for each spot. It really brought each section to life, as well as made them really stick out. Weather it was the slow soothing music from the town, the epic exploration tune for the volcanic areas, or even the dramatic but yet ready for action tune from the dungeon, I felt like the soundtrack was superb and engaging. This is a highly recommended soundtrack to check out.Battle (9).png

Gameplay

The game play is where the game shines, with its MMO aspects and hack and slash game play, all players will enjoy everything this game has to offer. Customization is a huge and fun part of Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online. Players will find themselves losing hours unlocking new items  to make their character their own and you are never feeling at a lost as you make your way through each battle with the customized character. Grinding to accomplish each quest and not to mention that the engine runs off Unreal 4, makes the game wonderful to look at and any player will notice with the new engine that Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is well polished. Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online_20170802151119

Even though the game is a hack and slash the title never gets repetitive, and feels like a new adventure. I really liked how the MMO game play was implemented; it felt like a new style of game play to me. Leveling up never felt more satisfying and new missions always had me wanting more. As I mention in the other categories, this title isn’t for everyone, but it is for the fans, and will have players playing for hours. They also brought back the online play where instead of AI’s taking control of each characters other players take in that place. This is super enjoyable and is one of the main reasons to come back to this title.Cyberdimension_JP-(5).png

Verdict

Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online is definitely a title to check out, with its game play that gives it its own identity, and the very addicting grinding system, as well as the magnificent soundtrack, players will feel part of the land of Alsgard. I really recommend anime fans, JRPG fans, and MMO fans to buy this title, as for new player, it is a game you must check out. I give Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online an 8 out of 10, as I know I will come back to this title from days on end.

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Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online

Our beloved Nep Nep is back (did she ever leave?) with yet another game for us.  Where are we adventuring this time? Inside an MMO, of course!  This winter on the PlayStation 4 and Steam you’ll help Nep Nep hack and slash her way inside an MMO to save the bring back the creators of the game and defeat the Demon King!

In this hack ‘n’ slash adventure co-developed with Tamsoft and Compile Heart, everyone’s favorite four Goddesses enter an online fantasy game world inspired by…themselves! Joined by the CPU Candidates, you’ll fight in 4-person real-time brawls, unleash devastating Awakening Skills, customize with tons of cosmetic accessories, and even play online with others!
Key Features
  • 4 Person Dungeon Raids You’ll never go it alone in the dungeons when you’ve got 3 other party members helping exterminate dungeon fodder in this hack ‘n’ slash adventure! Choose the one you control whenever you want!

  • You CAN Cast that Here Be prepped for any situation when you can map multiple skills to each face button, and max out your meter to unleash a flashy “Awakening Skill” that will devastate those who cross you!

  • +10 to Fashion – Show off tons of cosmetic gear that can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere! Ever seen a mustachioed fairy pirate DJ? Now you can!

  • Nep_Main Joined your Party Play online with up to three other people for extra loot and harder enemies, plus use the in-game chat feature to really make it feel like an MMO! (It’s not.)

NCG Review: Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls

Making its North American debut on October 18th for the PlayStation Vita, Idea Factory brings us Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls; an awesome crossover between Sega Hard Girls and the Neptunia dimension.

Story

After making it to the Grand Library, IF encounters the disaster or all disasters: history is being erased!   IF and Segami journey through time to uncover the mystery of why history is being erased.  As they jump to different eras (Sega eras) they discover the CPU’s and Sega Hard Girls are at odds with one another sending waves of destruction across the land.  It is up to Segami and IF to make things right and restore history. Where is Neptune in this story (she is in the title after all)? She’s IF’s motorcycle, of course!

Game Play

The game plays similar to the basic RPG style of turn-based Neptunia games. What makes the game play stand out from other titles is the variety of action you can take during a turn. For example, you can run, jump, and collect gem power ups (for more SP, HP, etc.) including a special rainbow gem that unleashes Fever Time when you have reached maximum fever. Your action is limited to your meter gauge; the more actions your perform during a turn your gauge will increase and max out. This increases the amount of actions you can take per turn so you can hit a monster or two, buff up, or heal if you need to.  Adventuring through the levels is also a lot of fun because you can jump, climb, and run through the level; the playing field is more dynamic.  Of course, you still have the generic monsters roaming area.2016-10-05-200850

Graphics

I can’t say the graphics are spectacular or off the chart.  You are still venturing in essentially the same levels and encounter the same monsters that are in every other Neptunia game out there.  Action cut scenes when you unleash a special move are also nothing to boast about.  The game feels like it should be on the PlayStation 4 platform VS the Vita because moves and cut scenes feel choppy.2016-10-18-190621

Verdict

Pros: The story is fun to play through and meeting the Sega Hard Girls in a Neptunia game is the perfect mix; they belong together.  It was also awesome seeing other Sega Hard Girls (outside of Mega Drive, Saturn, and Dreamcast) each with their own personalities relative to their systems. Neptune makes the game (for me, anyway) taking on the role of comic relief; Segami and IF are both pretty serious characters so Neptune breaks the tension. Neptune is especially funny because she becomes a motorcycle;  I’d say it makes the perfect material for jokes. 2016-10-10-201040

The addition of running, jumping, climbing, and crawling creates a more dynamic feel to the Dungeons.  Actions are limited, but it gives you more to do other than run through to fight monsters and search for the Event point; it pushes you to explore entire maps.

Cons: I was so disappointed that I’m not actually playing the Sega Hard Girls.  Instead, they’re “clones” gathered from data or Segami transforms into them and uses their powers.  Sure, you can argue you are still playing as the Sega Hard Girls, but having them be a “clone” removes me from their character and I feel like it took away from the novelty of even having them on my team. That’s not to say you’re not meeting the “real” Sega Hard Girls, but their personalities do fall short compared to the show.  However, I do like stepping away from the main Neptunia cast and getting in some game play with new characters. Plutia has become a new fave.2016-10-12-222635

The story feels like it hits a dead end too soon.  Early on, you unravel the mystery and the game goes from playing a story into playing missions to level up so you can defeat the anti-climatically revealed boss.  Each mission weakens the boss and that gives you ample time to level up and beat it.  Where’s the surprise and lust to continue when you already know what it is?

I felt the game was also unbalanced.  You are given missions, but some of them are impossible to beat.  There’s also an imposed time limit where you have an X amount of time to clear the mission, otherwise your final monster gets the upper-hand and you have to delve into the past once more.  Some missions supplement the story, but I hit the point where I have to (no surprise, this is an RPG after all) grind to level up and fight a boss.  Since I wasn’t leveled up enough, and the mission didn’t give me an idea of how strong I needed my team to be, I was fighting battles where my attacks did zero damage and my entire team was taken out in one hit.  Then, it was back to the Main Menu with a lot of grumbling on my part.  Dungeons also felt unbalanced since the monsters didn’t level up with my characters.  There was no consistent challenge -I either took monsters out in one hit, or I was completely annihilated in one blow.

Overall, the game did not meet my expectations.  The story is fun, and of course I love the characters.  I loved how the game was a little more dynamic letting you adventure more through the levels, but being so unbalanced and turning the story into missions deterred my enjoyment.  Not to mention you aren’t actually playing as the Sega Hard Girls.  Fans of the franchise will appreciate it, but don’t pick up the title with high expectations.

Will you be picking up this game? Let me know in the comments!

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