Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

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Being kidnapped by a killer bear is always a persons worst nightmare. Being forced to go through his puzzles, his insanity, and his ultimate goals? That’s even worse. It’s a reality many characters have had to live through in the Danganronpa universe that first debuted on the PlayStation Vita.

Today, NIS America has announced that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will launching simultaneously on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita for fans who like to game on the go or in the comfort of their own home.  Will you be able to survive the new treacherous lands of Monokuma and his family?

Stay tuned as we await more news regarding the game. You can also check out our review for Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls while you’re at it.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Review: Superdimension Neptunia VS Sega Hard Girls – Bringing it Back Like 1994


Pros:
+Nep Nep’s humour is back and funnier than ever
+Sega Hard Girls offer up a breath of fresh air
+The reimagined combat systems are rather enjoyable
+Old areas are back, but with subtle, and enjoyable changes

Cons:
-Rehashed locales
-Difficulty scaling tends to be out-of-wack
-The grind is real, once more, and it’s getting old


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Over the years, here at Blast Away the Game Review, I’ve been the go-to-man when it comes to the Neptunia franchise. I’ve played them all, I’ve enjoyed them all, and I’ve invested many heartfelt hours into each title over the years. Whether it’s been a unique strategy game or even a rather fun beat’em’up brawler that ended up to be rather entertaining, I’ve just about seen it all when it comes to each of the titles.

Despite the fact I played them all, somehow Compile Heart’s has kept it fresh over the years, and has somehow kept me coming back for four main entry titles, a dozen more spin-offs (who’s counting anyways, right?), and even the enhanced remakes that landed on the PlayStation Vita. In turn we’ve somehow ended up here where we ended up with another spin-off that just happens to introduce a slightly new cast, and once more brings Nep Nep, Iffy, and friends into the mix. In the mix comes a new group of characters known as the Sega Hard Girls. In this title, don’t expect to see Neptune as she’s turned to relaxing as the backseat int his title (no I’m serious, she’s literally the backseat, just play it and find out!).

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This latest introduces us to the misadventures of IF, whom just happens to somehow travel through time only to cross paths with the girls from SEGA Hard Girls. If you don’t know who these gals are, they’re from an anime that imagines the SEGA consoles as Japanese schoolgirls. Yep, that’s right, they’re here. Genesis, Deamcast (who just happens to have a VMU on her face), and the rest of the gang. They’re all there for the benefits of the player.

When getting started, many players will take not of one thing, the game starts off on an extremely strong route, one that puts Neptune in the backseat for the game, one that decides to axe her as a playable character. Later in, however, this changes as players will be introduced to a clone, one that can be used in battle, and unfortunately it puts players into the position of knowing that players are once more playing a Neptunia title. For those who want a story, there’s quite a bit of story that’s once more told in a visual novel like title.

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Unfortunately, due to the amount of text, I found myself at times fast-forwarding when the banter became pointless, useless, and didn’t seem to push the story forward. This wasn’t necessarily due to bad writing, which is actually one of the best features of the game, but for the fact that the dialogue would become rather serious from to time. The downside, however, there’s so little character development within all the dialogue, which is strange for the series, none-the-less.

Luckily, the game keeps it rather light as Neptune’s crew manages to deliver a few laughing blows while the SEGA Hard Girls manage to keep the events fresh, enjoyable, and on a more-serious side of things. Something that comes off a bit interesting compared to anything else to be quite honest and even makes this one of the most enjoyable spin-offs in the series, unless you’re all for beating up on zombies that pester the girls in other titles.

When we talk about spin-offs, we’ve found each of them covering place sin different genres, places that extend from RTS, to action-RPG, to simple brawlers that offer a rather enjoyable time. The key differences here are quite noticeable when it comes to combat. Even though the game takes place within an already established system, Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls follows suit in the turn-based RPG element. Except this one is different. Movement in combat eats up your stamina meter, which determines how many times you attack, if you can use items, and even the abilities you can use. This change freshens up an already established system, which is honestly what the series needs, and unfortunately it’s not something we’ll see in Megadimension Neptunia VII, which felt stale after a decent amount of time.

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This title also allows players to manage a squad of four gals. This new system also allows players to place the girls how they want in order to establish their place in combat. Not doing so could quite easily determine how quickly you’ll win or lose. This was something that does come with trial and error as enemies can easily swarm players, hitting multiple girls at once, and bringing players down to their knees. While this does determine how delicately you’ll need to balance your placement, it offers a challenge that is enjoyable and even new to the series. This is something that should quite honestly be implemented later in.

The series has been renowned for trying something new. It is a series that has twisted itself across multiple genres to provide players with the best experiences to date. While you tend to go across familiar places such as Virtua Forest, players will find themselves doing as much as possible in order to enjoy the game and do what they must to have an enjoyable experience. The game adds in new segments that weren’t previously available in past titles. This includes climbing walls, moving across rope-lines, and even dashing across the map, which breaks the monotony of revising old segments within the series.

However, as fresh as these changes may seem, there’s a few things that did carry over that probably shouldn’t have from past titles. This includes the atrocious grind to continue forth, rather long hours of exploring dungeons, but even the need to explore side-quests in order to find yourself getting the experience needed to progress from time-to-time. Luckily, side-quests actually benefit players who want to find the powerful bossed named “Time Eater” a bit weaker than they should. It does put some meaning to all those little tedious missions you’ll need to run around and complete, but to some, it’s just a nuance that needs quashed.

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Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls PlayStation Vita
Developer: 
Compile Heart
Publisher: 
Idea Factory
Cost: 
$39.99
Release Date: 
Now Available

Among many of the games new functions added in, players will find themselves enjoying the game the way they should, and they will even find themselves selecting character classes for each character to use. Much like the characters, each of these classes level-up separately from one another. This means classes such as the Nomad, the Noble Thief, and many others as they will become viable later on in the game.

While the game does carry over the problem of grinding from other titles, Superdimension Neptune VS SEGA Hard Girls offers up many changes that the franchise needs, and even attempts to re-invent an already established series with many of its installments that are already out, and the many more to come in the future.


Our review is based upon a retail version of the game provided to us by the games publisher. For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 7 out of 10


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Sit-Rep: MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death – Busty, Bubbly, and Deadly to Itself

Pros:
+Amazingly intricate dungeon designs
+Intuitive gameplay mechanics

Cons:
A Shallow story that feels rather silly and impossible to follow
Difficulty spikes can be difficult to overcome
Building new bots can be a rather large hassle in its own.


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Whenever I hear that two of my favorite duos have teamed up once again, it’s hard for me not to be excited, and it continues on to be that way with Idea Factory and Compile Heart. They are one of the strongest duos in the industry when it comes to making some of the best RPGs in the world, and it continues on thankfully to the help of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, which I’ve been enjoying for years on end. The latest from this team up comes under the name of MeiQ: Labyinth of Death, which brings us into a new gameplay perspective for the PlayStation Vita. Well not new, but definitely new from Compile Heart and Idea Factory.

With near constant releases across the world, MeiQ is a series I’ve neglected with the many releases the series has received over the years, but thanks to Idea Factory that has changed and we’ve finally gone hands on with it. Not just hands on, but full playthrough that has allowed us to try and enjoy this latest entry for MeiQ. While I know that Compile Heart and Idea factory aren’t a one trick pony, it still comes out hard to believe and doesn’t seem to change much between their two games.

MeiQ: Laybrinth of Death isn’t all Bad

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Before I begin to truly pick apart the games flaws, lets take a look at what makes MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is a rather enjoyable before I begin hammering down on some of my biggest problems with the game. To begin, the world we are presented isn’t a bad one, nor is it flawed. Each character feels truly alive, enjoyable, and even brings in something completely new in comparison to what we’ve experienced before.

The world has been cursed with an eternal night that seeks to never end. With the curse being more problematic than ever before, game presents itself as in need of a hero that can attempt to lift it, and place those at the helm of the cause to rest. With various guardians spread across the world, it’s hard for any of the hopeful heroines or heroes to find their way through, but for us it is possible thanks to our ability to control a machina.

The downside to this, the hopefuls are weapon that are barely dressed, oddly young, and could quite easily be said to be overly well endowed. Their enemies should be worried more about their chests than the weapons or magic they wield. This is quite easily offset by the games overall appeal, which is quite unique thanks to the games beautiful artwork and character designs. While there, as stated, a diverse set of characters, MeiQ fails to alleviate on this as much of this unless you look into their personalities, which even then are almost one-in-the-same at the end of the day.

One thing that does make the game a bit more enjoyable is the games use of dual audio that can be chosen within the options menu. Here you can use the Japanese voice overs, which quite honestly, alleviates some of the nuances this game comes embedded with. This only serves as a minor alleviation from the games painful and identical encounters that seem rather identical. It’d have been nice if they had seemed to make this game a bit more unique with newer monsters, mini-boss fights, and more intricate puzzle designs.

And Now for the Ugly Side of MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death

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As stated, MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death isn’t such a horrible game at all times, and in many ways, it has been quite painful for a good bit of it. Much as one would expect, the game has five characters that players will be able to choose from to form their party, and in this one we are restricted to using only three of our characters to choose from. Also, our heroes will be paired up with mechs titled “Guardians”. Unfortunately, this also means that players will be grinding out gear parts for these Guardians in order to customize them and grab new parts.

In order to also enjoy the game requires fans to enjoy an RPG that isn’t just turn based, but also requires fans to constantly click forward, left, right, or back on the d-pad or thumbsticks in order to get where they want. As much as this seems as a small problem, after ten-to-twenty hours, it becomes a rather large scale problem for many. while characters and their use of magic as well as items can be useful, it’s not near as useful as it could have been have been were they using their guardians. Another issue, however does lie in wait with the games combat systems: Combos. While Combos seem like something that would be hard to enjoy, it is something present within this game, but is not nearly as easy as games like White Knight Chronicles or even as the ones on Phantasy Star IV where players could easily access them when needed be as players alternate between Guardians for each character.

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However, let alone does combat show these issues, one of the largest ones just happens to come about with difficulty scaling. This actually shows up quite easily in several occasions where players will encounter Boss Genbu who just happens to show the games later spike in overall difficulty. It’s places like him and even The Earth Dragon Gomorrah battle where  the difficult spikes and even requires fans to grind quite a bit more before taking on further adventures. The downside to this exists in the extent it slows down the overall enjoyment of the game due to how much time fans will spend moving across each dungeon once more. To be honest even on easy the game presented itself with an overall difficulty spike that at times, made me wish there had been an easier selection, and a choice in boss difficulty levels.

Unlike other RPGs, MeiQ: The Labyrinth of Death isn’t one where you can expect to just beat your way through it. Instead the game does require players to use strategy, farm, and even get the best gear available for their characters. Defeat in the game is actually an option as there is no penalty for it. I’ve found times when I’ve died a few times on boss fights before moving back, and even found myself grinning at the idea I didn’t find my health lowered, or even penalized for each of my deaths. Had the game punished me a bit more, I’m sure I’d had been a bit more cautious in my overall adventures.  For now, even post review? I’ll find myself still trudging on even more violently than ever before to ensure I can brute force my way through the games hard difficulty.

Closing Thoughts on MeiQ: The Labyrinth of Death

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MeiQ: The Labyrinth of Death – PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory
Price: $39.99
Released: Available Now

While my complaints on MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death seem minor, the game does suffer from multiple scenarios of issues relating to a shoddy story, poor character development, difficulty spikes, and even repetitious combat that will send many cringing in pain due to all of it. While some may find fun in MeiQ: The Labyrinth of Death, it’d be easier to pick up a different Compile Hearts title and even find one that you may enjoy a bit more, but that does not go without saying that this game does deserve a fair chance from those wishing to give it a chance.

For now, I’ll stick with Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Rising and keep giving it the multiple playthroughs it enjoys.


Our review is based on a full release version that was provided to us by the games publisher.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 6 out of 10


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.