Review: MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies [Steam]

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Idea Factory International, Inc. is back once again with another port of the Neptunia game franchise to PC players. Released on the PlayStation Vita a few months ago, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies is now available for those dying to play it on their computer, complete with both controller and keyboard support. Prepare for an instalment where cute CPUs combat their latest adversary: zombies.

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Release Date: October 3, 2016
Platform: PC
Genre: Action RPG
Player(s): Single and Multiplayer
Rating: T
Publisher: Idea Factory International, Inc.
Developer: Tamsoft

Steam describes the game:
The prestigious Gamicademi – a school of fading glory. To put it back in the spotlight, Blanc and friends decide to film a zombie flick on campus. All’s quiet on the set until real zombies start crawling out of the woodworks! Now they’ve got to send these zombies to detention in this hack ‘n’ slash or else be history!

For those that are familiar with Tamsoft’s hack-and-slash games such as the Senran Kagura franchise, will feel right at home with MegaTagmension Blanc. More or less a successor to Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, the latest instalment uses the exact same battle system but improved in terms of customization and gameplay as well as the levelling system. Nonetheless, the dress break feature prevalent in Senran Kagura and Neptunia U is absent in MegaTagmension Blanc, which may be a good or bad thing in terms of individual fanservice preferences, but it did not adversely affect the gameplay itself.

MegaTagmension Blanc houses a larger roster of playable characters compared to Neptunia U with a total of 14. One new character is introduced by the name of “Tamsoft,” an obvious nod to the developer of the game. Despite the blue-haired beauty being well-endowed, she possesses an outward masculine demeanour, but still fits right in with the original cast. Other playable characters in this game that didn’t appear in Neptunia U include Peashy, Plutia, and Uzume from other instalments. In terms of characters, what sets this game apart from others is Blanc taking the lead role this time instead of the titular Neptune.

Gameplay-wise, story mode is separated into missions much like Neptunia U. Unfortunately, those that seek lasting battles that require skill will not find them in MegaTagmension Blanc. The missions are quite short, taking sometimes even an instant to complete. As such, story mode can be completed within a decent amount of hours. Nonetheless, multiplayer is a new feature that allows players to battle with others online, adding more to the replayability of the game.

Overall, this spin-off is not a game that should be taken too seriously, as the hack-and-slash system encourages casual gameplay than that of competitive. Especially with the zombie apocalypse setting in a comedy series, MegaTagmension Blanc was not made for serious players, but for the Neptunia fans, for those that want to battle against hordes of monsters as cute girls, or serves as an easy gateway in integrating a new player unfamiliar with the franchise.

Verdict

87% Awesome

As a Neptunia fan, I was pleased to play another hack-and-slash style game from the franchise. As usual, the comedy during dialogue was hilarious, especially with the sarcastic Blanc now at the limelight. This is definitely a game other Neptunia fans should play, or those looking for something to casually pass the time with.

This title was reviewed using a PC (Steam) review copy provided by Idea Factory International, Inc.

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