Gamindustri is being threatened by Arfoire once again! Well, actually by Arfoire and her minions who have formed their own little evil conglomerate. Her lackeys have kidnapped the four gaming goddess, Purple Heart of Planeptune, White Heart of Lowee, Black Heart of Lastation and Green Heart of Leanbox. It’s up to their younger sisters, the CPU Candidates Purple Sister Nepgear, Black Sister Uni, White Sister Rom and White Sister Ram. Oh, and of course you. While NIS America has been saying it would release Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 outside Japan if it saw demand for the game, it confirmed Spring 2012 North American and European releases at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show.
So basically, it’s more fighting around the four territories, taking quests at the guild and becoming strong enough to challenge Arfoire and her allies so the console goddesses can be freed from the Industry Graveyard. It also has a more active battle system with a new combo system and a Lily system where characters can team up while fighting.. Plus, you can craft your own equipment this time around, instead of relying on the stores and items you find in chests. Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 also has multiple endings, depending on the Lily Rank achieved with certain party members and landmass shares.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, these are the handheld systems the CPU Candidates correspond to. Nepgear is of course the Game Gear, since she’s the little sister of the never-released Sega Neptune. Uni, from Lastation, is the PSP. The twins Ram and Rom from Lowee and are, of course, the anthropomorphised incarnation of the DS.
I’m excited! I know Hyperdimension Neptunia wasn’t perfect and did get pretty repetitive after a while, but it was still a cute game with an interesting premise. And Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 is supposed to fix a lot of the issues the original game had by adding more freedom to explore, more playable characters, more humor and the ability to actually heal on your own without relying on some AI to do it. Man, I really hated having to rely on Compa and Gust to heal the party. It seemed like they only healed when they felt like it, and not when it was necessary, even when I had the necessary items for it!