Fourth (or possibly seventh, depending on how you look at it) mainline installment in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Megadimension Neptunia V-II tells an enjoyably silly, satirical and allegorical story about the upheaval that comes to the games industry any time there’s a new generation of hardware.
Megadimension Neptunia V-II: Introduction - Since its initial release in 2010, the Neptunia series has gone from niche-interest title to Idea Factory's most prolific and popular series; testament to what belief in your own work can achieve, for sure.
Megadimension Neptunia V-II: Historical Context and Mechanics - The Neptunia series has evolved and changed considerably over the years, with Megadimension Neptunia V-II representing one of the more significant upheavals the series has undergone since it first appeared on the scene in 2010.
Megadimension Neptunia V-II: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - Both strongly allegorical and satirical, the Neptunia series has always had a lot more to it from a narrative perspective than those who would dismiss it as moe fluff would like you to believe.
Megadimension Neptunia V-II: Sights and Sounds - One of the most distinctive things about the Neptunia series is its visual aesthetic -- you can largely thank artist Tsunako for that.
short;Play: Neptunia Shooter - Don’t you love it when an April Fool escalates into something that is actually rather excellent? That’s what happened with Neptunia Shooter, a game that started as a joke by Idea Factory International — a joke that people responded particularly positively to, resulting in it becoming a real, actual thing. And it’s good! Paying homage to a … Continue reading short;Play: Neptunia Shooter
The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Developer of the Decade - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of “alternative” awards I’ve devised in collaboration with the community to celebrate the sorts of things that never get celebrated in end-of-year roundups! Find out more here — and feel free to leave a suggestion on that post if you have any good ideas! We’re out of time for this … Continue reading The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Developer of the Decade
The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Ten Years, Ten Games - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of “alternative” awards I’ve devised in collaboration with the community to celebrate the sorts of things that never get celebrated in end-of-year roundups! Find out more here — and feel free to leave a suggestion on that post if you have any good ideas! – It is, as we’ve already said, … Continue reading The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Ten Years, Ten Games
Seven Arbitrarily Chosen Things You’re Missing Out On If You’ve Been Operating Under the Mistaken Belief that JRPGs are “Dead” - It seems that every time we get a new Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy or Persona release, we have the same old “we’re having a JRPG renaissance!” discussion. Well, dear reader, with my coverage of Death End Re;Quest on the horizon at the time of writing and plenty more RPGs in our shared futures, I’m here … Continue reading Seven Arbitrarily Chosen Things You’re Missing Out On If You’ve Been Operating Under the Mistaken Belief that JRPGs are “Dead”
Waifu Wednesday: Neptune - Assuming it arrives on time, I’m hoping to cover Idea Factory’s new game Death End Re;Quest as the next Cover Game feature here on MoeGamer. In the meantime, it occurs to me that in previous Waifu Wednesday installments we have covered many of the characters from throughout Iffy’s Neptunia series (including Vert, Blanc, Uni, Noire, Nepgear, … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Neptune
The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best Girl 2018 - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of “alternative” awards that I’ve devised in collaboration with the community as an excuse to celebrate the games, experiences and fanbases that have left a particular impression on me in 2018. Find out more and leave a suggestion here! Well, if you’re gonna do “best boy” you’ve got to do … Continue reading The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best Girl 2018
Reflections on PlayStation Vita - At the time of writing, Sony has just announced that production of the PlayStation Vita will be ending in 2019, with no plans for a successor. This follows news from earlier this year that we’re counting down the days until the last Western physical Vita release, with many of the last releases coming in limited … Continue reading Reflections on PlayStation Vita
The “Build a Harem” Tag - It’s been a while since a Community tag post, so let’s let our hair down a bit, since the ever-charming Raistlin was kind enough to nominate me with some very nice words! This particular tag originated from Cactus Matt over at the excellent Anime Q and A blog — he’s a frequent collaborator with a … Continue reading The “Build a Harem” Tag
Waifu Wednesday: Uni - We’ve already covered quite a few Neptunia waifus in our weekly Waifu Wednesday celebrations, but there are still plenty more where those came from. And with today being the six-year anniversary of the release of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk. 2 in North America, I figured it’s only fitting we show our appreciation for one of the CPU Candidates, … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Uni
Waifu Wednesday: IF and Compa - I can’t in good conscience separate these two, so it’s a two-hander for this week’s Waifu Wednesday as we give thanks for the lovely IF and Compa. Recurring characters in the Neptunia series since its very inception, IF and Compa are the personifications of developer-publisher Idea Factory and subsidiary developer Compile Heart respectively. They’re an inseparable … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: IF and Compa