Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1
Last year, Idea Factory International announced they were bringing some titles to PC by way of Steam. I'm not much of a PC gamer, but I thought it was pretty cool, since the more people that can play them, the better. The first one they released was Hyperdimention Neptunia Re;Birth1.
At first I wasn't sure if my PC would even run it competently, since it is a mid-range machine from 4 years ago. Surprisingly, it ran well. There were no hiccups or anything like that, but the screen would go black at the end of the results screen. I'm not sure why, since I don't remember that from the Vita version.
I tried the keyboard and mouse for the game, to get the true PC experience. It was serviceable but weird. It might be different if you are used to playing games like that on a keyboard, but I vastly preferred the controller. Since the game was first developed for (home and portable) consoles, the controller is perfect for playing it.
Content-wise, it is the same as the Vita version, and so is the story. Hyperdimension Neptunia games are centered around Neptune, who is representative of the Sega consoles. Each nation and CPU goddess are a different first party game manufacturer, so in a way you are playing through the console wars. It's not as knock-down drag out nasty as it is in the real world, though. The game is pretty light-hearted and doesn't take itself too seriously.
Since I already reviewed the PS Vita version, you can check out that review if you would like more details on the gameplay and other stuff. It surprising ran fine on my machine at the time, which is a big plus for me. Neptunia looks really good and fluid in 1080p!
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation
Since I already covered the Vita version of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 and the content and story is the same, this will mostly cover how it ran and felt. For starters, much like the first Re;Birth on PC, the game looks really nice and fluid. The visuals sure are a step up from the Vita version. Yes, this is to be expected, and graphics aren't everything, but it does looks better, so I felt I should mention that.
I learned last time to just stick with the controller instead of the keyboard and mouse combo. I used the Xbox 360 controller, and it worked perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, that maybe they should bring the series to the MS platforms... well, a man can dream. Between playing this and the previous game, I had purchased a new computer. The newer one is considerably more powerful, and ran Re;Birth2 with no issues for the few hours I played it.
For both titles, if you have been interested in the series and didn't have a Vita, then you should get the PC versions. They aren't connected much story-wise, despite having many of the same characters, so no need to play one before the other in order to get the whole story. The first game deals with introducing the four CPU goddesses, and the second focuses on their sisters. The main CPUs represent the consoles, and the sisters are the portable consoles. The PC version's content is identical to the Vita, and you can play it in nice 1080p and a smooth frame rate, plus on a bigger screen!
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