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Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

gaming advance, box art, neptunia, producing perfection, vitaThe Hyperdimension Neptunia series is a role-playing game franchise intended to parody the game industry. Each of the main characters, known as CPUs, represent one of the three consoles of the previous generation: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, with the main protagonist Neptunia depicting the unreleased SEGA Neptune. Supporting characters are inspired by development studios and publishers, and the world itself is unsubtly named Gameindustri. There are elements of self-awareness, but it’s a series that sometimes crosses the line between parody and imitation. Producing Perfection might be one of those things.

As a spinoff, Producing Perfection strays from the standard RPG fare of battling random encounters and defeating dungeon bosses to progress the story. Rather, the title instead belongs to the visual novel genre–a game genre that exists almost exclusively in Japan. Players must work with one or more of the protagonists to turn them into a popular idol. Yes, it’s an idol management simulator.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Etrian Odyssey Untold, The Millenium Girl, Box Artwork, ReviewReleased in 2007 on the DS, Etrian Odyssey was a three-dimensional dungeon crawler inspired by the old classics that required the player to map out their progress. Taking advantage of the DS’ touch screen, players would map their progress with the tools provided, bringing that classic experience to the portable gaming environment. I never did get to personally experience any of the Etrian Odyssey titles before. Fortunately, they’re already remaking the original 2007 release. Is this a good time to enter the series, and is the remake truly warranted?

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Ys: Memories of Celceta

Ys_Memories_of_Celceta-Box_ArtYs: Memories of Celceta is the first of the many Ys IV action-role playing games in the Ys series, and is developed by Nihon Falcom, Even though this Ys is only a reboot of a remake of two older Ys games, only the basic premise is shared as both the game play and some of the plot points have been changed. Due to this being Falcom’s first attempt at Ys IV, this is the most significant of the Ys IV titles and is already considered canon.  

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Shin Megami Tensei, Devil Summoner, Soul Hackers, 3DS, Gaming Advance, ReviewShin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a re-release of the Japanese Saturn and PlayStation title, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. The new release brings the title not only to the west, but full voice acting and additional content. Set in the vision of the future of the 90’s, Soul Hackers involves a world in which the player may enter the computer realm and demon companions may be stored digitally.  Continue reading

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Danganronpa, trigger happy havoc, playstation vita, box art, euDanganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder-mystery game that became quite the hit over in Japan even before it launched in 2010, with the PlayStation Portable demo leaving quite an impact. The demo even contained an exclusive scenario just to demonstrate the mechanics without spoiling even the story of tutorial chapter in the final release. In Japan, Danganronpa is successful enough that the franchise is seeing it’s third videogame release, with the third non-spinoff title also teased.  Continue reading

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

hyperdimension, neptunia, victory, box art, reviewHyperdimension Neptunia Victory is the third installment in the Japanese Role-Playing Game series, Hyperdimension Neptunia. Established as a parody franchise, Neptunia goes out of its way to exaggerate and mock popular cliches in Japanese videogames. It’s a sequel to the mildly received Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, which saw a new protagonist. In Victory, the original protagonist, Neptune, returns as the hero for the story.

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