A fun romp in games and anime paordies
First off, this game seems to be often confused with Hyperdimension Neptunia U, which is a spin-off. I ended up receiving that game first before getting the game I had originally bought--free of charge mind you. Thanks, Lukiegames!
Re;Birth 1 is apparently a sort of remake of the first game, but improved from what I have read. I am new to the series at this time and my only experience was Superdimension Neptunia VS Sega Hard Girls.
The game is a standard RPG with turn-base combat. You can accumulate points per hit and being hit to utilize super moves which obliterate enemies within a specific range the game shows you prior to hitting that button. Certain skills also use SP, the game's form of magic/mana. To use them, you need to get enemies within the range, or in the case of buffs or healing. The introductions are text-heavy for the combat system, which may lead to some things getting lost due to being overwhelmed at first. It's better to simply make notes on small quirks and test things out on nearby harmless enemies.
Oh and a nice touch is that you regain your health and SP with every level up. It's pretty awesome when you want to grind a lot. The catch is, if you die you go back from your last save, which are relegated to specific points in the dungeons you explore, or the hub. Many enemies can be very difficult. This game doesn't hold your hand. Bosses can be very tough and often appear in the dungeon as a sort of diamond of light with the word "event" over them. Always save if you see these.
There's also outfits for all the girls. They are typically for just some fanservice for customization, but some can give in-game benefits like raising certain stats.
The story itself is pretty cute and simple. Your protagonist, Neptune, is in a world called "Gameindustri" and this alone should clue you into the insanity you're getting into. Neptune herself is a sort of allusion to the Sega company. There are three other girls like this; one for Nintendo, one for Microsoft, and one for Sony. They are all goddesses of this world and are fighting a battle called "The Console War." One day, 3/4 of the girls hear a voice telling them to gang up on Neptune. They do so, plunging her down from the skies and to Planetune, the land she rules. She loses her memory. She has a very warm and dopey personality with some quips and fourth wall breaks, but over all charming enough to supply the player's main eyes into this world. Pretty standard stuff.
Reviewed by: StarlyteNightmaren from Canada on 6/10/2018