- System: PC
- Publisher: Idea Factory
- Developer: Compile Heart
- Release Date: Oct. 3, 2016
- Rating: T (Teen)
- Genre: ARPG, hack n’ slash
- Players: 1-3
- Official Website: https://www.nisamerica.com/games/neptunia/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The second feature is the dialogue/story/character interactions, because they are some of the most zany and hilarious moments you will ever experience in gaming. This factor contributes to about 20% of the fun, as the game consistently makes fun of itself and other games and carries a lot of anime tropes with it. The final aspect is simply the amount of options that they give you. Further detail will be given below, but you can really customize your playtime and that adds up to about 50% of the fun. Admittedly, depending on your preferences, these values can change, but it’s practically guaranteed that you will have a good time playing the game.
Frustrated by the club’s carelessness, Blanc is about to walk off when Neptune (president of club and one of the main characters of this series) offers her the chance to be the writer and director. Blanc gets suckered in and so begins the creation of a zombie movie. But wait! There is a real zombie outbreak and they decide that using the real zombies will keep production costs a little lower. Oh, and they should figure out why people are becoming zombies. Action!
Of course, you need to be able to master the keys in order to complete some of those combos. That can be difficult, especially if you are more used to console play. Mapping out the numerous buttons needed to perform an epic sequence of hits can be hard on the keyboard. It’s not impossible by any means, but it can be tricky going for a combo and also trying to adjust the came angle. If you’ve been playing games on the PC for most of your life, then you probably won’t have many, if any, issues.
Back to the hordes of monsters though. For the most part, they are large gatherings that are just waiting for you to cut into them, build up your special gauge, and then essentially obliterate them with a special. The creators are aware of this and that is part of the fun. They like to create some obstacles for you from time to time. This is especially clear when you’re about to take on a boss and have no means by which to easily build up any special. It’s actually a nice touch, because without such moments, the game would probably be too easy and you could just get by smashing buttons.
That’s enough about the enemies. Time to get to the stars of the show. The cast of girls that can be found in MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies is expansive (as always) and they are the core of the series. The creators do so much right in this regard. First off, each character has a unique fighting style (not to mention fashion style) with her own special techniques and transformations. Such differences are not only noticeable by costume/weapon choice. The combat animations, from style of swing to mid-air maneuvers, are well-defined and give credence to the character’s personality.
One of the other strong aspects concerning the characters is the voice acting, an area of production that has been perfected over the years. The voice actors capture the character’s personalities with ease and all the dialogue is enjoyable to go through as certain inflections and moments of humor are implemented on a frequent basis. To be quite frank, you might get tired of the plot of the story, but you’ll never get tired hearing about it, because the character conversations are so on point and fun to listen to. The sound track is also a solid plus for the series. It consists of a solid techno beat that strings together well with the fast-paced action.
You get to choose/unlock a number of outfits, many of which are pretty straightforward in their fan service. There are also a ton of weapons and you even get to choose some ridiculous accessories. From choosing headphones to glasses to plushies that you can put almost anywhere on your character, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies is all about giving you control. There’s also the glory of the character transformations, which actually standout quite well in the midst of monotonous enemies.
Then there are the map levels, which are MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies’ second area of weakness. They are pretty elementary and basic. They do get bigger and a bit more colorful the farther you get into the game. However, to say that the environment of any level is amazing isn’t true. You won’t ever find yourself wanting to take a breather and look at the area around you. You’re simply charging through its alleys and looking for the next area of monsters so that you can hack them apart and move onto the next scene.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Smooth combat
- Lots of Customization
- Humorous Content
- Average graphics
- Level setting is rather plain