Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed – PlayStation Vita

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Street Brawling!: For the first time ever, your favorite Neptunia characters will have to hack ‘n’ slash their way through waves of enemies in real time! In the free-roaming stages, you’ll get to create chain combos both on the ground and in the air.

Top Positive Review

Okay, weird headline, I know. Here is the skinny of it.
A long time ago, I bought the digital copy of Neptunia U on the PS Store, simply because it was on sale really super cheap. Since I am a game collector as well as a game player, I prefer to own the physical version. Especially since Neptunia U is a really great game. I searched for many months for a complete copy for a decent price without success. That means in the game chasing world, “give up and buy it online”.

I bought a physical copy on Amazon from a third party seller who posts his items on the North America version page, but they actually send out the cheaper uncollectible European versions at North America version prices.
So I returned it, left negative feedback, contacted Amazon about the false advertising, they didn’t really care apparently because his items are still listed here, and went to eBay. With a little patience I got the correct version mint, new, and certified factory sealed for half of what I paid the Amazon scammer.

Now that I have explained my situation, on to a proper review.

Neptunia U is not a Neptunia RPG. It is a dynasty warriors, Fate Extella, Senran Kagura hack n slash action game. Fan service is delivered with breaksble clothing like thos found in Senran Kagura, Bullet Girls, or Idea Factory’s own Gun Gun Pixies. Although very mild in comparison to those games, it’s probably the most PG-13 rated fan service Neptunia has ever gotten, or probably ever will considering Sony’s new censorship policies.

The hacking and slashing are quite fun, with difficulty increasing throughout, there is more than just a button pumping challenge as strategy comes into play quite often. After completing the main story several more nodes become available with new challenges that will certainly test your skill and luck. This is not some mini portable Neptune game, in fact, it may be longer and Fuller than many of the PS3 and PS4 Neptune console titles.

In general, many of the Vita games shock and delight me. You expect a Nintendo casual game experience and end up getting games that are bigger, better, and more epic than what has been offered on the current home consoles. Many Vita games are also PS3 and PS4 games, with nothing removed except a graphic downgrade for the 5″ Vita screen.

Speaking of which, Neptunia U plays great on the PlayStation (Vita) TV. Switch the system to 1080i and it looks better than most PS3 games. Using a PlayStation 4 controller with this game is perfect, although the same probably could be said when using the PS3 controller.
Of all the Vita Neptune games, this is my favorite. I honestly didn’t expect much but i was totally blown away by it.
If you like silly humor, hack n slash gameplay, or a game you can easily pick up for a half hour at a time (if you can force yourself to quit, I usually can’t!) Neptunia U is a good choice to add to your collection.

When Sony finally shuts down the Vita, and all digital downloads for the system are but a fond memory, I will still be able to play my Vita cartridges! (Of course I could just steal the games off the internet and load them on to an SD cartridge, but that is cheating and has no nostalgic or collector value. Besides, game chasing is fun!)
Neptunia U – Score: 9/10 a must have title even if you don’t do Nepnep games!

Top Critical Review

I owned this for a short while of time… I like the aesthetic of the game, but I don’t like the play style. It just feels like a sloppy beat ’em up. However, if you’re a fan of beat ’em ups and enjoy watching cute girls doing cool things, I’m sure it’ll be right up your alley.

Customer Questions & Answers

Is this game censored in anyway in comparison to the Japanese version?
Answer: Nope. If you played senran kagura then this has just as much fanservice and innuendo.

How is this game? Never played neptunia games.
Answer: This game in particular is a musou spinoff of the main series. If you want an introduction to neptunia play Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1. Action unleashed is more in line with senran kagura i believe and if you arent familiar with that its more like dynasty warriors.

How much memory does it take up
Answer: 2048 KB physical copy

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