Given the fact that most remakes and reboots range between doing exceptionally well for themselves to outright terrible, tracking the Hyperdimension Neptunia series conversion from the Playstation 3 to Vita has been a great joy and can say that the games definitely belong in the former category. Starting with Rebirth 1 that amended gameplay mechanics and technical issues all the way up until the many spinoffs that traded ideas between the mainline titles, this little brand has come along way. With Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3, the sentiment of improvement is still going strong and proves to make this entry somewhat more than another incremental enhanced port.
Without much fanfare that is indicative of many small indie releases, developer Smoking Wolf finally releases One Way Heroics Plus on Playism. More of an enhanced standalone version than sequel, the game features a slew of new improvements and additions that can be considered both big and small, but never completely change the nature of the game. So does this new entry manage to take this quirky roguelike to new heights?
Known to most avid anime fans through art and various other media, I do have to admit it was quite a surprise to find out that Super Sonico would be getting her own anime series back during the Winter 2014 anime season. Originally created by Nitroplus to promote a musical event, the character’s popularity is definitely nothing to sneeze at launching a few games, countless PVC figurines, and so many 18+ doujinshi it will make your head-spin. Not that I actually indulged in any of that material myself…nope, not me. So was the anime adaptation staring this popular character any good or just for mere kicks…?
From the creative impulses that brought you the Senran Kagura and OneChanbara series, Tamsoft lends its “unique guidance” to Complie Heart once again for the next entry in the Neptunia catalog, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, an action based spinoff that shares close similarities to the Senran Kagura and Dyntasy Warriors family. If you always dreamed of laying down the law to a hoard of Doogos or familiar looking green pipes that Nintendo would most likely file a lawsuit over – the dream is now a reality.
Putting aside its naughty gimmick, Monster Monpiece is truly one that is better off without it when it already provides a robust and competent collectible card game that brings with it some kind of decent amusement. Might not be the type of amusement you seek, but at least it is something.
As someone who is greatly fond of puzzle games, most of my younger years was spent with genre more than any other. Everything from the Lemmings willing to commit mass suicide chucking themselves off cliffs until you intervene to the iconic Tetris conjure up some delightful memories of my youth and most likely the reason why I still easily gravitate to the genre to this day. However, if you were to ask my opinion on a little game called “Minesweeper, a game I was so awful at (and still remain to this day), that it would make its principal creator rollover in his/her in disgust, repressed memories shadowed by shame and anguish would be the only answer. With ManaCollect, a game that is an action x puzzle hybrid inspired by the aforementioned, I thought my torment would be reborn anew, but instead turned into a weird pleasure. Frankly, I just kept getting my butt kicked and kept coming back for more. That’s either a sign of an unhealthy relationship or a solid game. I’m tempted to say the former, but the latter rings true.
Ported from the world of mobile to Nintendo 3DS, Adventure Bar Story is RPG meets simulation as you help a hapless girl named Siela and her older sister Kamerina keep their family restaurant afloat. Reminiscent to titles such as Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale and the Atelier franchise, Adventure Bar Story holds up just as well mixing the travails of running a business and developing your skills – cooking and combat based to do so.
Sting Entertainment and Compile Heart partner up once again after their last collaboration to create Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, a spin-off the Neptunia franchise. From the minds that brought us Yggdra Union and Riviera: The Promised Land, this certainly isn’t new territory for Sting or Compile Heart that are both known for strategic infused titles, but bringing the two together does make for an interesting combination and use of the Neptunia brand. In a myriad of ways, this little spin-off is better than the main series, but not completely without a few nagging issues.
Apart of the Valentine’s Day sale offered at participating retailers this week (or a few weeks ago since I delayed posting this), I decided to pickup the oddly appropriate Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! or also known as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. Along with some other smaller anime-centric purchases made
this week , this has to be the least romantically endowed of the bunch, but still one I wanted to add to my collection.