Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters is Compile Coronary heart and Concept Manufacturing unit’s newest installment within the fan-favorite long-running Neptunai sequence and the most recent mainline sport that isn’t a spin-off shortly. Just like the title suggests, the sport places the principle 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 actual Gaming Business, and the places Lowee, Lastation, Leanbox, and Planeptune, which reference the apparent real-life gaming firms.
A Shocking Story
After Neptune and the remainder of the leaders of those nations are despatched on a crucial 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 fashionable cell phones. So it’s as much as the sisters to get the world again to the way it was, with the assistance of recent characters Maho and Anri, whose fates are additionally tied to current occasions.
To maintain issues brief, the story in Neptunia: Sisters vs. Sisters is by far the most effective 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 fairly orthodox construction, it rapidly ramps up by introducing new characters and excessive stakes. In the event you’re a long-time fan of the sequence, the sport gives tons of references to the previous video games in addition to geek and gaming tradition, reminiscent of nods and pokes enjoyable at Pokemon Go, PlayStation censorship, Higurashi, and extra. I have to additionally admit that the story idea is likely one of the most amusing and fascinating ideas in any title I’ve seen, and the sport’s story particularly manages to cowl fashionable gaming tradition in a method I’ve by no means seen any sport do earlier than.
Nevertheless, whereas the sport sports activities a genuinely fascinating plot that admittedly tries to carry you in control on the lore and world, it sadly nonetheless depends on you being a returning fan or participant of the sequence, as lots of the story and character particulars will fly over your head in any other case. Although it’s additionally honest to notice that that is normal for many continuation titles.
Now when it comes to gameplay, I have to admit that whereas the sport’s fight system is satisfactory, I didn’t discover it very fulfilling, 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 power to rapidly swap between characters actually makes you want actions had been sooner, and the restricted body price on the PS4 doesn’t assist in any respect. What’s extra, the sport additionally, sadly, sports activities numerous bland enemies which can be closely repeated, and only some bosses are literally entertaining and satisfying in a combat. Exterior fight, gamers will even purchase consumable objects, use equipment, and stage up their characters whereas exploring the sport’s a number of repeated maps and places, a lot of which sadly look bland visually, save for Planeptune, which is surprisingly not solely massive and explorable but additionally distinctive among the many sport’s different places.
Apart from that, it’s additionally value mentioning the sport’s character fashions, which, whereas not dangerous, should not actually as detailed as you’d anticipate a sport of this period to be, as they appear extra akin to PS3 fashions than the rest. Lastly, I’d even be remiss if I didn’t point out the wonderful Japanese and English voice forged, which did unbelievable jobs portraying the characters making the general story that rather more fulfilling.
Total, Neptunia: Sisters VS Sisters gives an interesting story and extremely endearing, well-voiced characters. Whereas the sport has its fair proportion of points, making it a tough title to advocate to JRPG followers generally, Neptunia followers will most definitely nonetheless adore it, particularly after a lot of its gameplay points have been hopefully ironed out.