Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is the next Hyperdimension game that Idea Factory is bringing to the Playstation Vita, just in time for the holidays.
Idea Factory’s latest Vita game is actually a crossover product, and combines the Hyperdimension Neptunia series with the less-familiar Sega Hard Girls franchise. Closest to Hyperdimension in terms of its JRPG gameplay, the Sega Hard Girls influences can mostly be seen in the game’s plot and characters. For those who are new to Sega Hard Girls, it is a series that uses classic Sega consoles as inspiration for characters and surroundings.
In Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, four classic Sega consoles serve as the backdrop for the story. The Sega Mega Drive is a backdrop for a world that takes place in ancient times, while the Game Gear symbolizes the industrial age. Somewhat out-of-sync with the release dates of these consoles, the Saturn is home to a medieval world – while the Dreamcast has been turned into a modern/futuristic era.
In between these worlds, there’s the Grand Library which serves as both a central hub and part of the core plot. In Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, you visit said library and soon find out that the history books that helped shape the world are vanishing. Because they’re so tightly interwoven with the world around you, this puts the entire world at risk as pieces of the world start disappearing as well. It’s your quest to put an end to this and save the game’s videogame-inspired world.
There is a lot of niche appeal/fanservice in any Hyperdimension game, and Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is no different. Considering the fact that a handful of Hyperdimension games were already released for the Vita, newcomers could be missing out on a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle references to other titles. There’s a solid JRPG game here that can be enjoyed without the background knowledge, but you’ll probably enjoy it more if you start off with the other entries first.
If you’re a series veteran, you’ll probably welcome how familiar the game is – unless you were craving some radical changes to the format. Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, despite the Sega Hard Girls influences, reuses a lot of familiar elements in terms of gameplay as well as assets. You’ll see this in enemy designs, locations and music – hinting at the fact that this wasn’t a full budget production. Nevertheless, the assets from the other games are generally of a high quality, so this never becomes much of an issue.
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is a solid sequel in a franchise that has a lot of loyal fans on the Vita. Despite a lack of new ideas, the Sega-inspired settings make it worth the journey if you’re a Hyperdimension fan already. If you’re new to the series then I would advise Re;Birth 1 as your starting point on the Vita… if you enjoy that one then I’m sure you’ll eventually play the Sega Hard Girls edition as well.