PS Vita Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

NOTE:  THIS REVIEW IS MY OPINION ONLY.  ALL PICTURES ARE CAPTURED IN GAME WITH MY PS VITA.  ENJOY.

Producing Perfection
Producing Perfection

Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is a idol-raising simulation game featuring the characters and settings from the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.  It was developed for the PS Vita by Idea Factory, Compile Heart and Tamsoft and published in North America by NIS America.  It is a spin off of the main Neptunia series but is not considered canon in the overall story.

You know when a game is too out there for the Neptunia franchise, it is going to be starnge.
You know when a game is too out there for the Neptunia franchise, it is going to be strange.

In the game, peace rains over Gameindustri and the four CPUs have entered into a competitive, yet stable peace.  But a new threat has emerged, taking shares away from the Goddesses and stealing their fans away.  This threat: MOB48, an all girl pop idol group.  The four CPUs meet to discuss hope to handle this threat and decide that the only course of action is to become Idols themselves (because naturally…)  They use their remaining power to summon a producer (you) to guide them to the top of the charts.

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The Four CPUs (Console Patron Units) team up to stop MOB48 from taking over

The goal of the main game, Producer Mode is to manage and train one of the girls to become the top idol in Gameindustri.  You do so by either doing Work in which you do ads, interviews or recordings to increase their popularity; Lessons, which improve your vocals, acting skills and coordination or Relax, in which you can lover stress, improve their relationship with the other CPUs or your own relationship with your idol (yes, apparently there is a possibility of romance).  You can also move to a different land to get more fans and, every so often, put on a concert.

Vert is the most mature of the four girls (as least physically), and managing her seems slightly less creepy.  Slightly.
Vert is the most mature of the four girls (as least physically), and managing her seems slightly less creepy. Slightly.
Most times, your idol's day is spending by choosing either Work, Training, Rest, Move or Concert
Most times, your idol’s day is spending by choosing either Work, Training, Rest, Move or Concert

The concert mode is the most involved mode of the game.  You chose the setting, the song, the special effects, which can boost audience enjoyment and the outfit your Idol wears (in both normal and HDD mode).  During the “concert” (which is one song), you control the camera angle and the special effects.  FInd the right angle and the fan’s enjoyument increases.  Set off a special effect to get bonuses to the score.  As well, if you activate Hard Drive Divinity (HDD) Mode, your stats increase.  You can only use HDD mode during solo concerts and only with your Idol’s signature song.

Close ups and stage effects can win over more fans.
Close ups and stage effects can win over more fans.
Shifting into HDD mode can boost your concert score.
Shifting into HDD mode can boost your concert score.

Other modes in the game include Unlimited Concert, in which you can use up to three CPUs and perform any some you’ve unlocked with any outfits you have for the characters and Viewer ij which you can.. well, look at the characters in any outfits you have unlocked for them.  You can even set up an alarm to go off at a certain time (as long as the game is running to wait up to once of their voices.

You can look at the girls in View Mode.  Dress them up and watch them pose.  Just...don't poke them.  You're above that.
You can look at the girls in View Mode. Dress them up and watch them pose. Just…don’t poke them. You’re above that.

Overall, the game is simple, yet addicting.  Much of the game is choosing an option and then watching the result.  But the characters are fully voice acted and it’s well done.   Like in the main series, the girls have their own quirks (Neptune is lazy, Noire is overly aggressive, Vert is competitive and Blanc is defensive.  So you have at least four storylines to play through.  More items for the concert mode unlock as you play and you want to see how well you can do with your Idol.  You could easily lose yourself in the game.

All of the girl's scenes are voiced by the same actresses from the main series.
All of the girl’s scenes are voiced by the same actresses from the main series.

Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is definitely a different type of game than what we usually get over here.  I bought iut on a whim, having bought Re:Birth1 recently (and reviewed it too on this site).  I was expecting something more like Project Diva, a rhythm game but with the Neptunia characters.  Instead I got an Idol raising sim with a full story line and good English voice acting to boot.  As I said before, I like when we get the unusual stuff from Japan and this certainly qualifies as unusual.

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is available as a physical copies or as a download from the PlayStation Store.

3/5

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Author: xcalibar25

One man on a never-ending quest against mediocrity.

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