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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation Review

/ Jun 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Part videogame, part mouthful, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation is a JRPG sequel that parodies the game industry it is a part of. Players are tasked with taking away market shares from an evil corporation crushing smaller companies. A pseudo-unique combat system is in place to allow for dynamic turn-based combat and fluid movement during battles.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation provides unique experiences in the massive sea of JRPGs.

The Fall of the Industry

The CPUs are at war with an evil corporation and in need of crystals that give them magical powers — also, there’s a stock war going on. Sisters Generation contains a lot to take in, but it surprisingly fills players in on its extensive plot right away. A variety of cutscenes show the fall of the protagonists from the first game and the state they will be found in by their younger counterparts. It is exposition heavy, but the voice-acted cast engages players well and makes these moments an interactive experience.
 

She's the ice one!

She’s the ice one!

Not all of cutscenes are voiced over, but this can be forgiven due to the solid writing. Despite being a JRPG, all of the characters have their own unique personalities. Their arcs follow classic tropes of reluctant heroes and eager non-thinkers, but each character still feels fresh. Witty dialogue and heroes worth rooting for suspend players’ disbelief, despite the breaking of the fourth wall via meta videogame humor.

Turn-Based: Now With Movement!

Combat in Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation exists in an encounter format, with players engaging the enemy, then entering an “instance” for turn-based combat. This method is typical of JRPGs and RPGs in general, but instead of the static “choose action, do action,” players are able to move their party members into various positions surrounding the enemies before attacking. This movement allows for flanking, hitting multiple targets and other options that give combat a dynamic edge.
 

Special combo attacks for special times in this JRPG.

Special combo attacks for special times in this JRPG.

Despite this movement mechanic, combat feels static. Monster diversity and a variety of special attacks keep Sisters Generation interesting, but the repetition of click-attack still remains. However, combat keeps players engaged by offering different enemy types. Surprise attacks from varied enemy can foil attacks and strategies.

Lovely Little Music

Gorgeous graphics and sprawling landscapes give the world a large feeling. While backgrounds can be static in dungeons, the enemy variety and fluid movements distract from those flaws. Cutscenes are mostly made up of dialogue boxes with character avatars, but the avatars emote and react with the dialogue.
 

Just imagine triumphant music blaring through gamers speakers.

Just imagine triumphant music blaring through gamers speakers.

Like animes, JRPGs are synonymous with great music scores, and Sisters Generation is no exception. The score keeps in tone with the situation, providing high rising melodies for tense fights and up-beat cheerful walking numbers for static around-town music. Voice acting is solid and allows empathizing with the large cast of characters.

To JRPG or Not to JRPG?

Those who haven’t played the first game won’t feel too left out in terms of plot, and those new to the JRPG genre will find this a suitable chance to dive in. Gameplay can be static, but overall, Sisters Generation is a well made experience that features great music and empathetic characters. Varied combat and a tongue-in-cheek storyline make Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation worth playing.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation was reviewed on PC using a code for the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA RE;BIRTH2 SISTERS GENERATION REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall82%

GAMEPLAY8

The fighting can become redundant at some points, but is enjoyable with varied enemies and locales.

GRAPHICS8

The graphics are what you would expect from a JRPG, but not without moments of static backgrounds.

SOUND9

A typical JRPG score provides entertaining music that sets a perfect tone.

STORY8

A funny tongue-in-cheek story with typical Japanese trope characters makes for a delightful plot to follow.

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