Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is an alternate take on the series. The girls from Gamindustri are back again, but instead of monsters, the land is being overthrown by pop idols. The girls decide to fight on their level, summoning a boy from the real world to be their producer. It’s light on plot with silly, peppy dialogue filling in the gaps. Much like a Persona game, the characters are the stars here, fulfilling players with a special bond. It’s no Shakespeare, but the character interactions are entertaining to say the least.
The main attraction in HDPP is Producer Mode where players can choose between four girls to manage. Each girl plays out ultimately the same if coached correctly, but the variety in their personalities makes replaying the game interesting. In this mode, players can choose to increase the fan base by attending events, leveling up their idol with practice activities, or relax in a variety of interactions. Every so often a concert can be thrown which boosts the girls’ ratings on the charts, which is the main goal of the game. It’s essentially a text-based adventure so everything can get a bit repetitive, as there’s not a whole lot of variety. It’s fun, but it would have been nice for a few more gameplay options given the series’ RPG prowess.
That said this is a game for the fans. To everyone else, it’s niche even among the niche crowds. However, the overall design and ease of use make it accessible for anyone. Aside from Producer Mode players can dress up their girls in ogle them in View Mode. There’s also the Unlimited Concert Mode, which gives players the option to put on practice shows. The one truly damning thing about the game is its lack of songs. For a pop idol simulator, five songs is a crime. Sure there are tons of unlockables to keep one coming back like the aforementioned costumes, but come on, five songs? Five Songs! Five…songs.
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is a game for the fans. It may not attract anyone else outside the HN fan base, but for those with an eye for really weird games, it’s worth a shot. If it only had a bit more variety to the gameplay and a better song selection HNPP really could have been a production in perfection.
Score: 3/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review code for the game. This article was originally published on June 3, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.