MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies review

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In the last couple of years, we’ve seen developer Compile Heart take the Hyperdimension Neptunia series to different types of genres with Hyperdimension Neptunia PP (Idol Simulator), Hyperdevotion Noire (Strategy RPG), and last year’s release of Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Beat ’em up). MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies is the latest addition to the spin-offs and once again returns to the world of beat ’em ups.

The second time around isn’t as fun as the first. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed was a nice change that was fun since it was developed by Senran Kagura developer Tamsoft. It’s practically the same exact game with only a handful of changes, but none of it exciting. There are a few added characters and the enemies are replaced with zombies. In the end, it really doesn’t change the fact that you are fighting the same enemies over and over. That’s not to say the game is bad, actually, the multiplayer mode is where the game really stands out.

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MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies follows Blanc, Neptune, Noire, Vert and the CPU Candidates as they enroll in school and try to enjoy the light of students at Gamacademi. Neptune, the president of the film club, decides to make a movie in order to save the school from closing at the end of the school term. She convinces Blanc to write the script for the student film which ends up becoming a zombie movie. It works out perfectly as the school actually becomes infested with zombies. The story mode for the game falls extremely short of something enjoyable and is extremely boring and nonsensical, with only a few scenes actually being amusing. The missions lack any real challenge, making it a breeze to just blast through.

The controls for the game may take a little bit of time to get used to. Remember you need to enter certain commands to switch between your partners, transform into your HDD mode, activate skills or unleash your ultimate attack. Overall once you have it down, it’s pretty easy, especially since you really only have two attack buttons, a jump button and a guard button. The camera at times can be your worst enemy. You may not see the enemy behind you, so make sure you adjust it on the fly because it does become and issue every so often.

The game features 14 different characters to select from including Neptune, Blanc, Noire, NepGear, and Uni, along with Ram and Rom, Dengeki and Famitsu (first playable in Neptunia U), and four new characters. These new characters include original character Tamsoft, named after the game’s developer and fights like a combination of Asuka and Homura from the Senran Kagura games, and returning character Uzume (Orange Heart) from Megadimension Neptunia VII, and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation’s Plutia (Iris Heart) and Peashy (Yellow Heart).

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As you progress through the single-player campaign, you can earn items, money, and different scenarios. The scenarios you unlock can be seen in the gallery mode, and there are quite a few to unlock by using certain character combinations in each mission/chapter. Money is used to purchase items, weapon and accessories, and they allow you to customize your character’s look, both in single player and in multiplayer. If you want to change their outfits, you need to unlock them by collecting certain items to use in the treasure mode.

Multiplayer is where MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies really shines. It’s interesting and most importantly, fun. The Multiplayer mode offers different challenges with different difficulty levels. I actually suggest finishing the main story mode and leveling up your characters before taking it on since all your levels, items and equipment can be used in either mode. Players can team up with up to three different players locally or online to take on the variety of challenges, which includes taking on some very powerful enemies.

MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies leaves a lot to be desired. There’s nothing wrong with the gameplay, but when you have a lack a challenge, it becomes boring and repetitive. The multiplayer, though, is a whole different story. It adds hours of enjoyment especially in some of the special challenges.

Rating:: 3/5 Atoms

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MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies
Developer: Tamsoft
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Rated: T
Release Date: May 10th

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.