Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters is Compile Coronary heart and Concept Manufacturing facility’s newest installment within the fan-favorite long-running Neptunai collection and the newest mainline recreation that isn’t a spin-off shortly. Just like the title suggests, the sport places the primary characters on the again burner and places their sister/ CPU candidates, Rom, Ram, Uni, and Nepgear, the protagonist of this story, within the limelight. The story takes place within the Gamindustri, the cheeky in-game reference to the true Gaming Trade, and the places Lowee, Lastation, Leanbox, and Planeptune, which reference the apparent real-life gaming corporations.
A Shocking Story
After Neptune and the remainder of the leaders of those nations are despatched on a essential mission to analyze unusual occurrences within the PC continent, it’s as much as their sisters to go on a separate mission which sadly finally ends up with them seemingly unsealing a brand new malicious goddess and them being sealed for 2 years. They later awaken to search out the world plagued with new monsters and residents dropping religion within the goddesses and spending time with their new stylish cell phones. So it’s as much as the sisters to get the world again to the way it was, with the assistance of latest characters Maho and Anri, whose fates are additionally tied to latest occasions.
To maintain issues brief, the story in Neptunia: Sisters vs. Sisters is by far the perfect side of the sport, because the builders succeeded in giving the story nice depth and letting a number of characters actually shine. Whereas the story begins with a reasonably orthodox construction, it shortly ramps up by introducing new characters and excessive stakes. In the event you’re a long-time fan of the collection, the sport provides tons of references to the outdated video games in addition to geek and gaming tradition, comparable to nods and pokes enjoyable at Pokemon Go, PlayStation censorship, Higurashi, and extra. I need to additionally admit that the story idea is without doubt one of the most amusing and fascinating ideas in any title I’ve seen, and the sport’s story particularly manages to cowl trendy gaming tradition in a means I’ve by no means seen any recreation do earlier than.
Nonetheless, whereas the sport sports activities a genuinely fascinating plot that admittedly tries to convey you in control on the lore and world, it sadly nonetheless depends on you being a returning fan or participant of the collection, as lots of the story and character particulars will fly over your head in any other case. Although it’s additionally truthful to notice that that is normal for many continuation titles.
Now when it comes to gameplay, I need to admit that whereas the sport’s fight system is satisfactory, I didn’t discover it very pleasant, particularly earlier within the story. Gamers can swap in, out, and between characters on the fly and use their a number of normal, vary, and particular assaults. Doing this lets them construct AP (Motion Factors), which in flip lets them execute hyperlink assaults, particular assaults, and goddess transformations by increase their EXE Drives. And whereas fight isn’t sluggish per se, the flexibility to shortly swap between characters actually makes you would like actions have been sooner, and the restricted body fee on the PS4 doesn’t assist in any respect. What’s extra, the sport additionally, sadly, sports activities a lot of bland enemies which might be closely repeated, and only some bosses are literally entertaining and satisfying in a battle. Exterior fight, gamers will even purchase consumable objects, use equipment, and degree up their characters whereas exploring the sport’s a number of repeated maps and places, lots of which sadly look bland visually, save for Planeptune, which is surprisingly not solely massive and explorable but in addition distinctive among the many recreation’s different places.
Apart from that, it’s additionally price mentioning the sport’s character fashions, which, whereas not dangerous, should not actually as detailed as you’d anticipate a recreation of this period to be, as they give the impression of being extra akin to PS3 fashions than anything. Lastly, I’d even be remiss if I didn’t point out the superb Japanese and English voice forged, which did implausible jobs portraying the characters making the general story that rather more pleasant.
Total, Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters offers an interesting story and extremely endearing, well-voiced characters. Whereas the sport has its fair proportion of points, making it a tough title to suggest to JRPG followers usually, Neptunia followers will most certainly nonetheless like it, particularly after lots of its gameplay points have been hopefully ironed out.