- Platform: Vita (PlayStation TV Compatible)
- Genre: Action RPG
Blanc + Neptune as the long name implies, is an extension of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, this time acting as a side story focused on Blanc. The gameplay is similar to Vita and Steam release Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed. I’d also played that one, so went in knowing roughly what to expect, but generally left entertained but disappointed as it felt like it hadn’t picked up on the promise of that title.
Let’s get this out of the way first. Like the rest of the Neptunia series, the girls are all powerful female forms of various game consoles and properties, and the setting absolutely makes fun of some known videogame tropes. In this case, the girls are part of a high school movie club, and spend most of the game filming movies that poke fun at the Resident Evil series. Like the rest of the series, the story is generally pretty non-serious, but absolutely entertaining. Also like Neptunia U, the minute to minute gameplay is relatively fast paced, and generally entertaining combo-based action RPG gameplay. So then, where do things go wrong?
Neptunia U at its core was a game out along the lines of the various Warriors titles, where individual levels would often result in killing hundreds or thousands of enemies as I went around completing the story and various side quests. Far as I can recall, the most enemies I was tasked at killing in Blanc + Neptune was 80. That right there exemplifies a lot of the problem I had with this game. It took what worked in Neptunia U, and made it all shorter. There was less story, less action, less side questing, less progression. The core game was there, but felt like a step back in the series. In the end it definitely felt that this was a side game focused on a side character, where the game just didn’t receive the attention that a core Neptunia title would receive.
So, was it worth playing? Probably, though I’d probably recommend waiting on the price dropping some. End of the day, these games have always been pretty mindless fun, and this was no different. I was generally just left feeling like they could have done so much more, even if they just went in with the goal to match Neptunia U.