Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PC version of Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online by Compile Heart and Idea Factory.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Idea Factory for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Cyberdimension Neptunia is the latest game in the long-running Neptunia franchise. This time Neptune and friends are playing an MMORPG called 4 Goddesses Online instead of journeying through Gameindustri like the past entries in the series.
The story to the MMO is based on the goddesses in the real world but they aren’t able to be revived by normal means. So, Neptune and friends set out on a journey to collect powerful items that are required to help revive them so they can fight the dark lord.
To progress in the game’s story there are a wide variety of different guild quests that you’ll need to complete. Any quest or dialogue icon that’s marked in red will progress the story.
One of my favorite parts of this game is the series’ trademark humor which is quite hilarious throughout. The humor touches on many different MMO related topics including which female characters are male, moving the camera to look at a character’s underwear, and numerous other unspoken truth’s to playing MMO’s.
As someone that has played numerous MMO’s it was hilarious seeing all of the different things that you experience in an MMO touched upon.
The game features a new combat system which revolves around real time combat. You and your party of 4 characters explore dungeons together, fighting monsters as you make your way to the boss. Since the combat is real time you’ll need to actively block incoming attacks to lessen the damage that you take. Successfully blocking the moment they attack will result in a counter attack.
There’s also an awakening feature that works somewhat like the CPU transformation. This doesn’t change your character’s appearance but it does increase damage and defense by a great deal. You can charge the awakening skill up to 3 times. The more charges, the longer the effect will last. When the charges run out you’ll revert to normal.
Skills in Cyberdimension, work a little bit differently since the way you use them is slightly different. You unlock new skills as you level up so you’ll need to equip them in the skills window.
If you’ve played the past Neptunia games you’ll be happy to know that pretty much every major character that you’ve met throughout the series makes an appearance in this game. They each have their own jobs, and goals within the game but you’ll be able to meet and talk with all of them on a regular basis. As an example, If and Compa run a weapon and armor shop in the main city.
At the start of the game many buildings within the main city are locked but as you progress you’ll be able to utilize their services, and meet recurring characters along the way.
The game also features a very different accessory system than the previous games as well. Now you have to equip them manually but you have a lot more freedom in where you want to place items. You can also choose to make items smaller or bigger, the choice is yours!
At the cathedral, you’ll be able to pray to the 4 goddesses for stat increases. Some prayers boost attributes like strength and defense while others increase drop rates and experience points. The cathedral is also used as a place to save your game as well, much like in Dragon Quest.
Overall, Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online has been another great entry in the Neptunia franchise. It’s trademark humor had me laughing out loud quite a few times and it was funny how many MMO references that I got from my time in them. If you’re not familiar with MMO’s, some jokes may go over your head but it’s an entertaining game nonetheless.
I happily recommend it to fans of the series as well as newcomers since it’s story doesn’t pertain to any of the past games. It also does a good job of explaining who each character you meet is and how they fit into the series.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!