Neptunia: “Disturbingly Sexualized Young Girls” “30%”

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Western reviews of ero-RPG Hyper Dimension Neptunia have seen the game denounced for its “disturbingly sexualized caricatures of young girls” and “depressing stereotypes of vapid, sexy cuteness,” a promising condemnation if ever there were one.

The game is definite niche title even in Japan, and by no means a masterpiece, but has generally received average reviews in Japan and amongst western JRPG fans – however top US reviewer-for-hire site GameSpot considers it a virtual abomination:

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This hypersexualized role-playing game degrades the console war with questionable gameplay mechanics, choppy animation, and some truly awful music.

The Good:

* Building combos can be rewarding.

The Bad:

* Characters are disturbingly sexualized caricatures of young girls
* Visuals are choppy and poorly animated
* Music is so repetitive that it verges on painful
* Story does little to build on promising premise
* Random healing system is irritating and poorly executed.

Hyperdimension Neptunia begins with a promising premise: It personifies each of the major systems in the so-called “console wars,” lending each its own personality and powers.

But if you’re expecting an amusing deconstruction of the video game industry, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, Neptunia’s premise is a thin excuse for a role-playing game that revolves around hypersexualized young girls.

Thus, key characters amount to little more than disturbing dolls wielding such weapons as a giant syringe.

Characters like IF (short for Idea Factory) and Compa (Compile Heart) have their own look, but otherwise, they’re almost completely devoid of personality, existing only as depressing stereotypes of vapid, sexy cuteness.

With no marketing bribes forthcoming and a (female) reviewer who evidently hates both anime girls and JRPGs, let alone niche ecchi RPGs, such a rating is perhaps none too surprising.

Those interested in depressing stereotypes of vapid, sexy cuteness and disturbingly sexualised caricatures of young girls will find the game to be readily available.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm a girl and I'm getting this...looks cute to me =3

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Biased reviewer is biased reviewer. My moralfag sense is tingling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    WTF This game is bad-ass!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    She wouldn't know a good game if it snuck up behind her and gave surprise buttsecks

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    Comment by Ashlynd
    06:00 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wow I never thought that being sexy would be a bad thing in a video game o3o;;

    Oh wait this review was from a girl, who not only hates anime girls but JRPG's as well. So...I don't know about everyone else but I'm going to completely ignore her rating >.>;;

    I like anime girls and JRPG's and I intend on getting this game >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Biased reviewer is biased -nods-

    I am female. I adore the art in this game. Frankly, a shitty game with smexy anime girls is worth playing sometimes XD

    I agree with ya XP

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    Comment by Seil
    21:51 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    sexualizing girls? i don't see any difference with the girls in this game compared to others. i have to -1 to gamespot for this for trying to be different, retardedly different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 08/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sexualizing 'young' girls.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Who cares imma fap to it and anyone who says different can jump off a bridge!

    FAP FAP FAP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    is there something about Kat Bailey exactly, or are people just raging because she bitched about sexualized girls?

    in all seriousness, i was just curious if this is part of some trend for her.

    i don't recognize the name and frankly i stopped reading Gamespot after Kasavin left as he was the last editor they had who was worth anything.

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    Comment by Stiltzkinator
    16:43 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Part of the issue, of course, is to never trust 'professional reviewers'. If you're a part of any decently involved gaming community, which this more or less is anyway, you already know this.

    Youtube is a wonderful source for evaluating a game and how it plays, just from watching gameplay videos. I just wish more people would actually do a little research themselves rather than blindly following reviewers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not. Only to prudes and religious zealouts hate it.

    Most hypocritical :P

    Comment by Anonymous

    You know in an age where you can find porn in .3 seconds on the internet, fanservice is just becoming annoying.

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    Comment by Renzo
    20:48 02/07/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nope. Porn and fanservice is different.

    If I want to find a good story, I won't look for porn nor fanservice.

    Fanservice is good for teasing or some lols.

    Porn... is just meh, especially western porn

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    07:36 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it's a gamespot review, who cares?
    play it, you'll like it or you won't...

    personally, gimmie...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fun stuff to click on "Reply to Fapping Time".

    I understand the "it's a gamespot review" part, they've always been one of the gaming sites with the worst reviewers.

    Just for the fun of it I went and red her review.. it looks like something a pre-adolescent kid could come up with as far as writing reviews go, GameSpot will never cease to amaze me with how bad their reviewers can be.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    04:00 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Gamespot suck. HN is good game for a right person.

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    Comment by Renzo
    15:14 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Since it's intended for niche market, it's not surprising it gets very low score from GS/Gamefaqs, and not to mention it's reviewed by (female)(biased) reviewer.

    Comment by Kudie Pie
    04:05 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Quick, someone should tell 2ch about this!

    I want to see how they respond.

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    08:38 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope they'll respond it by taking this review to the Pixiv artists and make the reviewer into a running internet joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Gamespot are a bunch of anti-loli moralfags.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dude, did you see the tits on some of these girls?

    If those are lolis...

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    Comment by TC-man
    07:04 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't know, but every human has nipples. Or the lolis aren't humans?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 03/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Sankaku Complex are a bunch of loli weaboos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wish I were a loli. Does that count?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 21/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whining about people being weaboos on a website that reports what's happening in eastern asia and on 2ch? How goddamn stupid can one be?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not all of them are. Don't have anything against them personally, but I really despise the ones who obsess over Japan and such through the sole influence of anime and related material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gamespot typical shitty western review website.

    Hater gonna hate. They rather have people fapping to 50 year old grannies than the beautiful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I find it more weird that people are surprised westerners gave this a low score, i mean is it really this surprising?

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    Comment by Jeremie
    14:00 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I can imagine the raging look on the face of the reviewer as she looked at the game. Looking at the characters, looking cute and heck, sexy in some cases. The pathetic explosion of rage that led her to make this review. Its a obvious biased review but I have to give her credit for turning this into a hilarious mockery of the reviewing system itself. Seriously, this is so hilarious although it is indeed pathetic at the same time.

    Ah... If she's indeed a feminist... All she can do is rant about the game and rage about it. Yet, she can't do anything about it but make a stupid review which won't stop people from buying the game and it won't stop people from making more games such as these or heck, hentai related medias.

    Still, it sucks for the companies that they have to deal a fool like this. Kind of stink that it can influence some gamers as well but I guess that's what reviews are for but I think people should make up their own mind instead.

    Anyway, that review is just yet another proof that most "professional" sites cannot be taken seriously. Still, the look on her face. It was surely a delicious thing to see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why feminist need to GTFO out the gaming industry i'm female myself but wtf they act like no one has a sex-drive?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The irony in all this is that it's on the top 10 list of messageboards on their sister site Gamefaqs and most users there are hailing it as 'a gem you need to pick up asap'

    Comment by คภєк๏
    11:00 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The picture shows that the average ratings of users and other critics are significantly higher than theirs.

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    Comment by TogusaT
    04:39 04/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. It would seem that actual gamers enjoy this game more than the reviewers. That being said, check out the ratings on G4 or GameStop. I, myself, greatly enjoyed this game. Just got the second one. It is really entertaining and funny.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I downloaded the game and tried it out and I completely agree with the review. I was looking forward to the game but I found it painful to play. Everything was terrible about it. Poor script, poor voice acting (JP track, didn't listen to english), vapid characters, constant slowdown, etc. Granted I only played through the first dungeon but it was not the slightest bit enjoyable.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You downloaded it? Buy it, you useless twat.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If the game was worth any money I would have bought it. I'm glad I didn't waste my money on such a piece of shit game. The last thing I would want to do is encourage more sub-par games to be released.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Meh don't generalize women just because of this moralfag-ette. I'm a chick. I would play this shit just for the chara design if anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I get the feeling that 'hypersexual' is supposed to imply that something is wrong, but I can't figure out what.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wait, does anyone uses Gamespot, IGN and top game websites alike as a reliable source for reviews? FOR REAL?

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    Comment by caiooa
    08:16 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    it's really a bad thing to even considear the opinion of the majority of game reviewers. Why? I will give a example:
    sfIV is lauched. Capcom says it was maked for beginers. 99% of the reviewers or haven't even played the game or really don't know almost anything about fighting game, but gladly repeated what capcom have said (). When people actually play the game, they discover that the combo system is FULL of crazy links of 2 frames (you have to hit in the exact 1/30 of a second for it to conect). For fighting games entusiasts, it was wonderfull because it's rewarding to play it, but that don't chage the fact that capcom have lyed and that the majority of the "reviwers" have just repeated it because capcom is big. So, i think that the inverse hapens too: just because the company is small, they talk bad about the game. Sorry for my english.

    Comment by GodMan
    13:01 07/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also another reason is that this game is probably aimed at otakus, not gamers and gamespot reviews games for gameplay, nu-gen graphics, and anything else that is found in top games today.
    Many of the negative users reviews say that HDN is good only if you're into anime girls. Still going for it, as much as I am a hardcore gamer that views games like gamespot, my love for anime out balances it

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I'm all for equality, but... having a woman review what is essentially an eroge makes about as much sense as having a man review feminine hygiene products.

    "I tried sticking this tampon up my ass. It felt weird, and not at all comfortable. One out of five stars."

    See? It makes no sense at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "I tried sticking this tampon up my ass. It felt weird, and not at all comfortable. One out of five stars."

    That was win.

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    Comment by Randomness7
    09:59 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I don't care if it's the shittiest game ever, I rated it 10 just because a woman reviewed it. She mad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What if he was gay?

    Wouldn't that be biased?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm pretty sure gay men do not have vaginas.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    10:25 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    yea and I'm pretty sure tampons don't go up the ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then why did we recruit him to do a review on this one lol (Imagines the article using all gay overtones)

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    Comment by alidan
    11:36 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    don't ask why i know, but they are more comfortable than you think.

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    Comment by Shuubi
    11:58 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Don't think all women will think badly of this game or that she reviewed it badly because she's a woman. I've seen plenty of reviews completely slamming DokiDoki Mahou Shipan that were all written by men and they said exactly the same thing about how the young girls were 'disturbing'.

    I think this game looks pretty awesome tbh, and I'm a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Prudes come in both genders and sizes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sir, your example is win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 07/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Lesbian".

    I am female.

    I love Neptunia, including, but not limited to, the fanservice, and Red-Chan. Sexy women are great for me.

    Letting me review it would make perfect sense. A more proper example would be "Letting a male reviewer review a yaoi rape game".

    Unless he was gay, he'd not get it, either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 06/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    LOL!

    Agreed man, agreed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw this theme & wallpaper as well as "ADD ON" packs on the Playstation Network the other day...I really wanted to TRY this game!

    Should've known if it was sexual MOE + PS3 it would be FULL Win and that Artefact would mention it









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