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Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 Dated

JRPG fanatics have even more reason to be excited this year.

NIS America has announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in North America on February 28. Our European friends will get it four days earlier on the 24th.

Players will return to the world of Gameindustri, where the Criminal of the Free World, Arfoire, has already defeated and imprisoned the four CPUs, so the younger sisters must free them from captivity. In addition to returning characters, the publisher says to expect an "all-new free-roam battle system" that will offer more strategic combat, a streamlined combo mechanic, a new item synthesis system, and a Coliseum where you can test your mettle against various powerful opponents.

We thought the first one was decent, although it had a few obvious drawbacks. Hopefully, the developers will make some changes for the better, and this sequel will be superior in all respects. Well, we'll only have to wait another five weeks to find out...

Related Game(s): Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2

Tags: hyperdimension neptunia mk2, hyperdimension neptunia sequel, neptunia 2

1/19/2012 8:41:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

Sogi_Otsa
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 9:36:31 PM
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LOL it was dated since September '11.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 9:51:57 PM

Maybe you should call up NISA, who just sent out the press release earlier today.

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Sogi_Otsa
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 6:12:20 AM

i was on wikipedia and got it in september. i got it in my e-mail, and i got it on the site :D

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Underdog15
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 1:35:27 PM

CLEARLY a press release was just recently sent out, and not in September. There are like 20 other websites declaring the confirmed release date within the last 12 hours.

According to articles on IGN released in September, the original release says either "Sometime in 2012" or "Q2 2012". Never before today has it been said an exact date.

In September, Gameatsu said "Sometime in Spring of 2012".

And finally, at the TGS in September, NIS themselves merely said "Spring 2012".

This is the first time actual dates have popped up.... And it isn't Spring time yet.


I dug everywhere. This is all I could find. The only websites declaring the release date did so with in the last 12 hours.

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Underdog15
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 5:01:28 PM

Also, downvoting us and upvoting yourself doesn't make you right, either.

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bebestorm
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 10:20:56 PM
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Skipped the first one but Ill give this one try because I remember the famitsu review mentioning improvements and how the sequel is a better game.

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Sogi_Otsa
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 6:18:24 AM

it definitely is. and it's pretty easy to farm levels lol.

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:06:17 AM
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I wholeheartedly support JRPGs and will definitely be picking up this one.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:46:42 AM
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And when you play this game make sure not to play with the dual shock controller close to your lap otherwise you might get a boner (males only of course). JRPSP is a new genre I've invented: Japanese Role Playing Softcore Porn.

Imagine switching out those characters in the picture above for pictures of other beloved female characters from JRPGs and you'll gasp!

"Why are you doing that to Aeris you perverts?! You already killed her, but at least you didn't take her innocence!"

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:34:11 AM

Easy there friend.

Yes Idea Factory does have it's share of less than fortunate habits such as bizarre and questionable marketing tactics (they did the same thing with Record of Agarest War if memory serves).

But I am going to withhold any kind of judgement until I've spent a decent amount of time with the actual game.

I would also encourage others to do the same (the rhyme is incidental by the way).

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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:43:57 AM

Well ZenChichiri, if that image gave you that impression, you have an incredibly skewed definition of 'softcore porn'.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:11:49 PM

Yup. A girl with organic looking tentacle things squeezing her breasts out is not suggestive at all...

Edit: Also, I'm not knocking the other contents of the game, just the way they seem to be forcefeeding these additional sexual references (which isn't really softcore porn, but it's starting to get really darn close).

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:34:03 PM

@ ZenChichiri

Ah, but who's to say that this imagery actually is "contents of the game"? All I see is some bizarre and questionable marketing.

As I said I'll withhold any kind of judgement until I've spent a decent amount of time with the ACTUAL GAME.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:48:25 PM

I know I know I'll wait until the actual game too, but you have to keep in mind, like you've said with Idea Factory and Record of Agarest War, they have a track record. In Record of Agarest War 2 (not yet out in NA) there is a massage mini game where you use the PSMove to massage scantily clad females. Reminds me of when I was playing the FFX-2 massage minigame and my girlfriend asked me "WTF are you playing?! Is it a Japanese hentai game?!"

And yes, I suppose I could attest this to marketing, as I do have yet to play the game, but WOW, what a way to market it.

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 1:07:43 PM

@ ZenChichiri

Well as I indicated Idea Factory does have some bizarre habits such as this kind of marketing.

But on the other hand they are far from alone in this area. Let's not forget that the God of War series has something of a tradition of sex mini-games with God of War 3 being particularly noteworthy in this regard.

But as I indicated I have no intention of passing any kind of judgement until I've spent a decent amount of time with the actual game. And I'm glad that we seem to be in agreement on this point.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 1:28:51 PM

Yup. I suppose in Western games there is lots of sex too, like Mass Effect and God of War. It's just those girls look so innocent and young. It also looks so...nonconsensual. At least with God of War you knew they were whores, and it really did fit the environment. I don't like sexual content just for the sake of sexual content. It really takes me away from an experience.

And you're right, I shouldn't pass judgment yet, but I hope it doesn't happen with this game. I'm glad we've reached an agreement, and I do really hope that there isn't much sexual content thrown in my face for no apparent reason.

Edit: By the way I'm not giving those thumbs down. I don't really do that unless someone really pisses me off ;)

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Underdog15
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 1:49:00 PM

Maybe something's wrong with me, but that picture definitely doesn't do anything for me. I didn't even consider it to be sexual until you said something. After consideration, I still don't think it's very sexual.

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 2:05:57 PM

@ ZenChichiri

To be clear the style of character design that's apparently used here is the moe style and there's nothing wrong with it in itself.

And of course even in the picture there's no actual sexual content and as Highlander indicated calling it softcore porn would be a quite a stretch to say the least.

Anyway, in the context of the story the three characters depicted are being held prisoner, although probably not in this particular manner in the actual game.






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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 2:12:32 PM

Organic looking?

Kinda looks more machine-like than organic to me, but hey, whatever. Next time I watch a batman episode where bat-girl in her relatively tight costume is bound and gagged by the bad guys, it will be a whole new experience. Imagine that, classic Batman is actually softcore bondage porn....

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 3:55:57 PM

@ The Highlander

You have a point there. Upon closer inspection they do look more like electronic wires as opposed to anything organic. And that is most likely what they are because that would fit in perfectly with the theme of the game.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 8:39:53 PM

To each his own. I've now shown this picture to quite a few actual Asian people (living in Korea and all) and they think it's quite a sexual picture. Just take a look at the expressions on their faces. It's not that hard to see.

I'm sure when Catwoman is captured she's not making weird faces like that. "OMG these ropes are so tight but it kinda feels good against my breasts. Oh wait I'm gonna put one in my mouth. I can't stop myself."

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 8:41:44 PM

Oh and here's a present. I wrote a small piece about it in my blog.

http://realgamersnews.com/2012/01/20/jrpgs-making-shift-to-softcore-porn/

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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 9:52:47 PM

@ZenChichiri,

Aw that's nice, a bit of self publicity based on a controversy stirred up by none other than you. Gee, talk about a self serving comment. I'm sure that you give totally balanced and objective commentary too, right?

Sorry, all credibility that you retained as far as I concerned just vaporized.

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ZenChichiri
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:01:25 PM

Come on who else is going to read it but the two of you replying to this? I thought it would be topical that I just wrote this, with these comments in mind. If I really wanted publicity I would go to the forums and post it there.

I could have copy and pasted it, but that would just look like spam. I write my blog mostly for people that I know, so I thought I would share. It's not big by any means, so how about we condense that credibility back into a liquid state.

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Looking Glass
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 6:47:22 AM

@ ZenChichiri

I'm sorry to say that I'm a bit disappointed.

It seems to me that you're starting to obsess over something that's not really worth obsessing over. And the reason I say that is because I myself have seen much MUCH worse stuff than the picture in question. True it might be a little on the suggestive side but to call it softcore porn would be quite a stretch to say the least.

I am not going to read your little piece because as I've indicated what really matters is the actual game.

And you do remember what you said about not passing judgement right? Because it seems to me that you may be coming a bit close to crossing that line.



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Looking Glass
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 7:48:13 AM

@ ZenChichiri

And I'm inclined to agree with Highlander. You have no credibility.

I hope that your piece doesn't end up attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Because if your overly-fragile sensibilities end up causing any real trouble for the JRPG genre then I will never forgive you.



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Underdog15
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 5:04:49 PM

Entirely subjective. It would appear like a better article had you given merit to the aspects where merit was due. However, giving a lack of merit where it's due begets the same result for yourself, unfortunately. That type of writing will convince only people who BOTH respect your opinion as a person -AND- know nothing about the topic at hand.

I like your enthusiasm, Zen, truly. However, it would be easier to swallow with fair arguments for both sides. As is, it's just an opinion piece with bias. In the future, if you can provide a fair objective look, you can retain your opinion, but you have to support it in the face of a FULL analysis. Otherwise, the second someone comes along with a legitimate point you decided to overlook, your peice is easily discredited.

However, if you INCLUDE all legitimate points, and STILL retain your opinion while supporting it in the face of other arguments, your opinion can stand on it's own with respect, even if people still don't agree.

At least, that's what I've learned about writing.

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ZenChichiri
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 12:11:23 AM

@Underdog - Even though we seem to have differing view points thanks for the advice on writing. I've only been doing it for a short time and it's just for practice so any advice is great. I enjoy writing satire, but you're right in that I should include an objective analysis from both sides to really get a point across and solidify the argument. I tried to do that in the last paragraph but it seems it wasn't as clear as I had hoped.

@Looking Glass - But remember, I'm not passing judgment on the entirety of the game, as I'm still just talking about the sexual nature of the picture. Don't worry about my article causing trouble as not enough people read it anyways. People also know that the article merely for laughs, and not to be taken seriously.

@All - By the way I still haven't been the one thumbs downing you. Just thought I would put that out there that just because we have differing opinions I don't try to cut people down.


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Looking Glass
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 6:48:00 AM

@ ZenChichiri

"sexual nature" is not a particularly accurate or fair term here. A much more precise and accurate one would be "suggestive nature".

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Looking Glass
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 6:08:40 PM

@ ZenChichiri

Oh and by the way you saying "entirety of the game" is just a little problematic because it suggests that the picture in question is part of the content of the actual game which it is not. It's just a piece of concept artwork.

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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:45:10 AM
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Already pre-ordered the collectors edition on this one. It looks like a good improvement on the origial, perhaps I will even go back to the original with some new found enthusiasm.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 2:06:35 PM

Replaying jRPG's you've already played before playing DQ8 or Xenogears?!?!


i don't THINK so, Mr. Highlander.

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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 2:16:24 PM

Dude, cut me some slack, I said *perhaps*.

At the moment, I have collectors editions piling up while I try to platinum WKC2. I've put too much time into it to cut and run now. Besides, there are still a lot of things to do, and lots of new gear to acquire.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 1:26:42 PM
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I have the first one and it's hard to enjoy, still all those changes have me interested. Need a trailer or two

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Highlander
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 2:14:48 PM

I did warn you. I mean, I like obtuse turn based JRPGs, but even I had a hard time with HyperDimension Neptunia's needless annoying healing system and sluggish interface. When people talk about JRPGs needing to get with the times and improve, both in the execution and writing, that is one game that comes to mind for a number of reasons, as does Cross Edge. But this sequel is supposedly improved in many, any ways.

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