Neptunia: “Plain Old Ugly Japanese Sexism” “20%”

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The hatred of western reviewers for games with low advertising budgets and niche audiences continues to manifest itself in further slating of ero-RPG Hyper Dimension Neptunia, with yet another big-name reviewer, in this case Eurogamer, now apparently scoring the game on the basis of feminism and political correctness – it is said to be “plain old ugly Japanese sexism” and “sexist, senseless and ultimately stupid.”

Some extracts from the review – in this case conducted by a male reviewer with some familiarity with and appreciation for JRPGs, but with some evident cultural chauvinism of his own manifesting (in this and several other reviews) whenever he has to deal with the wicked misogynist ways of the Japanese:

The wearying effect of the witless writing is exacerbated by the plain sexism on show in almost every one of the garrulous cut-scenes.

The camera lingers longingly over stills of each girl’s crotch (and, as the cast of Hyperdimension Neptunia is exclusively female, that’s a lot of crotch), while characters make lewd comments with all the awkwardness of a children’s TV presenter telling a dirty joke.

Some will claim the game is playing on established anime conventions. True. It’s playing on conventions of plain old ugly Japanese sexism, and while the Carry On tone ensures the game stops short of titillation, the innuendo leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Not because its innuendo – we love a bit of innuendo, especially in your mum’s pretty mouth – but because it’s dull and stupid and essentially based around girls made to look and sound like schoolchildren.

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In one of the earliest acts of the game, your character arrives at a busty barely-legal nurse’s home only to have her scratched, suddenly-naked body bandaged to a soundtrack of squeals of delight.

[…]

Even the most ardent JRPG fan will baulk at the roughshod simplicity of the game’s systems, restricting the game’s audience to Japanophile anime fans who can overlook the experiences shortcomings as a videogame and approach it as a cultural curio.

That is, a sexist, senseless and ultimately stupid cultural curio.

2/10

Apparently the reviewer saw the Gamespot review and decided condemning it for daring to include “disturbingly sexualised young girls” did not go far enough, and so penned his own feminist critique whilst giving it an even lower score for good measure.

Sexy heroines are presumably only permissible when they appear baying for blood alongside the muscle-bound psychopaths who pass for healthy depictions of masculinity in most western games…

Evil supporters of plain old ugly Japanese sexism can obtain the game now.

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  • have anyone noticed that the critics are mostly always over 30 and the people who actualy enjoy the game are under 30? so i say to feminists and critics…..

    “You Mad Bro?” *troll face*

  • ChaosAngelZero says:

    “The hatred of western reviewers for games with low advertising budgets and niche audiences continues to manifest itself (…)”

    This is clearly not the case. Not a single game with low advertising budgets and niche audiences is being actively “hated” by western reviewers because of these two particular conditions, whether you agree with these reviewers’ criticism of the game as being sexist or not.

    This is a specially shitty PlayStation 3-exclusive JRPG, and that’s that.

    • ChaosAngelZero says:

      “Sexy heroines are presumably only permissible when they appear baying for blood alongside the muscle-bound psychopaths who pass for healthy depictions of masculinity in most western games…”

      But only if the resulting game happens to be any good at all. Hell, even the isometric low-budget Tomb Raider game looks better than this mess of poor character models, bland dungeon textures (or just bland dungeons, period) and lame battle mechanics.

  • The sexes have never been equal in all areas of life, so stop fucking bitching feminists. This doesn’t mean that men are better at everything, why can’t people just accept differences?

    The whole reason why Europe and all first world countries are falling into degeneration is because of the low birth rate, because selfish women only want to have careers. How can we expect our nations to prosper when women are barely giving birth?

    Marxist Feminism ruins everything.

  • Judging people by their past times. It’s all that people who think they’re doing the world a favor with their sharp criticism can do these days.

    If you really want to help women, stop portraying and promoting aggressive, prominent and outgoing men. These are the men who are the perfect fit for your oh-so-slutty and depraved female representations. Oh wait, clearly, instead of shifting our views of men, which is clearly completely correct (shy guys can’t possibly be successful, duh), maybe calling out a video game on its eroticism will get me laid tonight by some self-righteous feminist woman.

    Feminism is fine without this nitpicking and faggotry.

  • I gotta say, dont criticize a game for what it does, criticize it for what it doesnt do. Would you criticize porn for being explicit? Classical music for being old? How about tetris for being repetitive?

  • I think what’s really sad is that people keep attacking expressions of imagination.Sexist or not,at least let people fulfill their fantasies with imaginary games.

    And I am not even a big fan of this game,but freedom of expression has to be respected.

  • Wow! They are hiring 12-yr olds to write game reviews now? Not only for the “old ugly Japanese sexism” thing, but mainly because of the “Japanophile anime fans who can overlook the experiences shortcomings as a videogame and approach it as a cultural curio”.

    Offending much? What if some people wants to play it just for the fun, not for cultural education?

    I’d seriously fire the ass of whoever wrote this piece of crap and the editors who let this pass. Stuff like that being published is why I don’t read game reviews anymore.

  • I’m a mother of two and I can’t express how much disgust I have over these sex rape games and cartoons. I once caught my 10-year-old daughter watching this lesbian sex anime called “Pretty Cure” on YouTube with her 8-year-old younger brother. I was really shocked at this and proceeded to tell them in detail what incest is, and why sex is evil.

    Games like this are no different. Soon enough, players of these games would run rampant on the streets, engaging in wanton sexual acts. Parents should be vigilant about this, and should take care only to buy family friendly games for their kids, like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

    • That’s a ridiculous comment.It’s more likely that sex deprived men are going to satisfy themselves with these so called rape games if they get them.On the other hand, they might actually feel the need to rape if they don’t have an outlet.

      Most people forget that the urge for sex is an inner urge and not an externally stimulated urge.And because of that,banning a game does not take away the desire to rape,it only makes it stronger.Just like taking away food for a long time does not take the hunger away,eventually the hunger returns stronger than ever.

      And BTW ,SEX IS NOT EVIL,violence is,you are are teaching your children all the wrong things(not that I can do anything about that)

  • It’s ironic how Artefact constantly bashes much better games than this, and now makes Neptunia look like the poor misunderstood kid. Maybe you should have posted the rest of the arguments in the reviews, and not just the ones that prove your irrational point. You know, the ones concerning the graphics, the battle system, the story, etcetera.

  • Sandalphon says:

    “especially in your mum’s pretty mouth”

    Such a mature comment, clearly this man overcomes petty prejudice to give us an objective review /sarcasm

    I know this man actually enjoys every bit of sexism in this game, he’s just too uptight to come out and be honest about it, lest his coworkers think him a weirdo.

  • Any chance I’d take this douchebags remarks seriously disappeared after his failed attempt at wit. “we love a bit of innuendo, especially in your mum’s pretty mouth” Sorry, but your wit is worse than that of the people who made this game. Please kill yourself, it’s for the greater good.

  • I almost bought this game, but decided not to on the grounds that it’s so very slow. It’s for the fan service, but I don’t agree that that should be precedent over gameplay. Why not just make it an anime in that case?

  • I accept that Neptunia is a cheaply made fanservice cash-in, but if “Japanese sexism” is the justification they’re using for the low score, then they’re not qualified to review games – unless of course Killzone 2 is “plain old ugly Dutch bloodlust” or Mario is “a plain old Japanese jump-fest” etc.

    I mean… congrats. You called a spade a spade. If you can’t get over that and review a game, then you’re just a fanboy. Or a “plain old ugly European racist.”

  • What how can this be sexist it goes perfectly well with the characters perssonality games like GTA bayonnette etc.. are way more sexist then this heck i even adore this game being a girl myself

  • FFS!!
    Stupid bitches like this makes me wish I was a man.
    I’m just going to repeat what I said on the other article about moralfag-ettes getting upset over this game,
    don’t stereotype all women as this… retardly sensitive.
    The more I see screen shots of this, the more I want to try it out~ *u*

  • Feminism is so evil.Nothing good has ever come out of feminism.For exam killing a child is wrong,whatever sex, and feminazis will come and put it as ‘killing a girl child is wrong'(what about the boy child?).I have always considered women as equal in every way and they should obviously have equal rights.But feminists will put it like men are responsible of every misery any woman ever had-“Men are evil,men are demons,etc”.No bitches,men are good,more than women.

    Feminazis don’t want equality,they are sadistic bitches who gain pleasure by torturing men by taking away their basic freedom.

    • Feminists ≠ feminazis.
      Just like you said, feminism is just the idea that both sexes are equal, not that women dominate men.
      Of course, with anything there’s people who take it over the top, just as there’s still idiot men who think women are trash, some idiot women think men are trash. I’m not keen on feminist movements out of America, but yeah, there was a time when we couldn’t even vote so… feminism was kind of needed? (I could argue that it should be ruled out by now…)

      I wouldn’t even call whoever wrote the review a feminist, they’re just stupidly sensitive and uninformed.

      • Feminists = Feminazis
        They claim that it’s about both sexes being equal,but actually they only care selectively about the interest of a small group of women that want to control men and hate men.
        Have you ever seen a SINGLE feminist move that did the slightest benefit to any man?

        Also,the idea that men didn’t allow women to vote is also ridiculous.And women started to vote way before any feminist movement ever started.Watch manwomanmyth’s channel on youtube.

        I think any woman who support these feminists are either stupid ,or men-haters.

        • I also want to make it clear here that when I call feminists Nazis,I am not calling women to be the same.So any female reader of my comment need not feel offended.I know there are lots of different types of people out there,both men and women and that stereotyping is wrong.I do know that there are many angelic women out there.

        • Yes,he does make some very biased comment at times.I could see that.
          And I only watched a few of his videos(feminism) anyway,so I don’t know all about what he has in mind,nor do I rely on his info.

          But nonetheless he also makes some very good points that contradicts some popular social myths.For example,he correctly points out that it was not men who prevented the women from voting,but the higher class preventing the lower class from voting.Women got the right to vote way before any feminist movement started.

          The women being underpaid for same work is also a myth.Rather,they are paid about 15% more for exactly equal work done.But I didn’t learn this from his videos.

          In any case,I don’t believe feminism has ever done any good for the general population.Everytime I have heard the opinions of any feminist or news about any feminist,it’s either “men are evil” tone or “men shouldn’t have these rights” tone.I am male,may be that’s why ,but I don’t like it .

        • I had a wall of text but,
          I’m pretty sure you’ve gotten all your information via that one channel.

          Ah yes, another YT channel with a one-sided agenda.
          There are two sides of the coin for everything, and if someone tells you otherwise, it’s called brainwashing.
          The assumptions and generalization in that man’s videos is mind blowing.
          I would suggest going outside and making your own opinions.
          The man’s own words, “Women are too stupid to realize what feminism is truly about.”
          Doesn’t sound like he has an agenda at all. 😐

  • ?Does the Bible give men the option to rape lolis? Yes? No?

    Bible passage being discussed: Deuteronomy 22 28-29.

    Passage mechanically translated from hebrew:
    [quote]if he-meets man girl(hebrew word here means boy/girl/young) virgin who not being-pledged and-he-forces-her and-he-lies with-her and-they-are-discovered then-he-shall-pay the-man the-one-lying with-her to-father-of the-girl fifty silver and-to-him she-must-be as-wife(hebrew word is:woman) because that he-violated-her not he-can to-divorce-her all-of days-of-him[/quote]

    NIV english translation:
    [quote]28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay the girl\u2019s father fifty shekels of silver.[c] He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.[/quote]

    Though the hebrew seems even more pro-men as it says the girl shall be the man’s. There’s no ambiguity as to weather she is forced to stay with him: she is. The man wanted some young female to own and he got what he wanted.

    Word study: http://www.theologyonline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1775059&postcount=2

    Why shouldn’t men talk about such things? Why should we just silently accept our position in society: denied the best of life? The men of the past talked about such things, they even made a law benifiting themselves and any man who couldn’t convince a father. No convincing was needed, according to this law, if you were willing to keep the girl.

  • And they they failed to note that the whole game is pretty satirical, in that it’s literally about the console war, and the fact it’s loaded with jokes about games.

    ‘Why are those road pugilists beating up that car?’

    And the main character is Neptunia, which is named for Sega’s dead console, the Neptune. Games like this can’t be taken seriously, really. I don’t much care for Eurogamer, anyhow. They’re just mad they’re starting to lose their PS3’s.

  • An all female cast full of lively, independent and strong characters = OMG NIPNONG SEXISM!

    Meanwhile, after hours, the reviewer is locked away in his mom’s basement fapping to Tali or Morrigan’s tactless, shallow, 20-second dry-humping scene on a loop.

  • You guys just made Eurogamer earn a profit from visiting their review site.

    You can view their review but deprive them of profits by:

    1. installing ad block plus for firefox.
    2. install ghostery add-on for firefox

    after that no more ads and trackers profits for them! (it may be too late after sankaku just advertised that review)

  • I don’t think a game should get a rating that low if it doesn’t have any bugs. 2/10 says to me: ‘full of stupid bugs’. Of course that depends on what kind of scale you’re rating on, but most game review scales seriously don’t go that low unless the game is really buggy. If it’s just that it’s stale, boring, and hackneyed, it should get at least a 4/10 imo. I can just smell the bias wafting off that review…

  • Grand Theft Auto:
    You hire a prostitute, screw her, then murder her with a wide array of available weaponry, and recover your money = 10/10, brilliant sandbox gameplay.

    Neptunia:
    Young-sounding girls talk about boobies, occasional underwear exposure = 2/10, sexist.

  • Gamespot/Eurogamer are 100K worse than otaku, its a shame that they’re probably doing it to promote games made in they’re own country for financial gain.

    To the game makers in Japan.. dont listen to those reviewers they just plain suck and dont know a good game if it slapped them in the face.

    We love your games!

  • All this game “critics” are the same…give really good scores to really bad games Eurogamer gave Starcraft II a 9/10…and me a fan of the series who waited more than 10 years for the game…just a 2/10. The game was horrible…plus the excuse of releasing it in 3 parts? Only to buy more time.

    Game rewievers suck…I only trust what is my or a friend opinion…it’s a lot better than these guys (Final Fantasy XIII got a high score too).

    Im buying this game, it looks like a lot of fun for someone who likes RPG’s…plus the annoying random healing can be fixed by playing the game.

  • I dislike feminism.

    Poll: ?Does the Bible allow men to rape young virgin females. Yes? No?

    Yes.
    No.
    Yes, and this is why Islam is better: Islam executes the rapist.
    Yes, and this is why the Old Testament is awsome: it is good for men, and allows men to own girls.

    ?Does the Bible allow men to rape lolis? Yes? No?

    Soap Said:
    [quote]
    let’s say you are able to have a loli for a lover (keep it 2d if you wish).
    what would you do when the loli grows older? when she grows breasts and etc (let’s say in this case she grows to have a godly body that goes boing boing boing).
    ?
    [/quote]

    Um, did you not read what I wrote? I was talking about marrying girls at puberty, obviously she has or soon has atleast small breasts. The answer to your question is keep her forever. The point is to own her mind and body. That is why one marrys them young: so the man can mold her personality and so she knows no one else before him.

    I wish we could do this, have the girls at the beginning and completely own them. I like your outcome btw.

    Bible passage being discussed: Deuteronomy 22 28-29.

    Passage mechanically translated from hebrew:
    [quote]if he-meets man girl(hebrew word here means boy/girl/young) virgin who not being-pledged and-he-forces-her and-he-lies with-her and-they-are-discovered then-he-shall-pay the-man the-one-lying with-her to-father-of the-girl fifty silver and-to-him she-must-be as-wife(hebrew word is:woman) because that he-violated-her not he-can to-divorce-her all-of days-of-him[/quote]

    NIV english translation:
    [quote]28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay the girl\u2019s father fifty shekels of silver.[c] He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.[/quote]

    Though the hebrew seems even more pro-men as it says the girl shall be the man’s. There’s no ambiguity as to weather she is forced to stay with him: she is. The man wanted some young female to own and he got what he wanted.

    Word study: http://www.theologyonline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1775059&postcount=2

    Why shouldn’t men talk about such things? Why should we just silently accept our position in society: denied the best of life? The men of the past talked about such things, they even made a law benifiting themselves and any man who couldn’t convince a father. No convincing was needed, according to this law, if you were willing to keep the girl.

  • Ok, the question here is

    Is this actually a good game?

    No by any chance………………

    Come on, japanese are abusing of the ero resources, even on a level when actual drama and Story is absent, nonexistence.

    So, if you whant to enjoy ero stuff, fine, but defending it, is a shame, japan has so much to learn from the 90’s, a time when they were doing great peaces of art and story without showing excess of pantsu.

  • The game is a pile of bullfuck. Do you wanna stroke so much your otaku ego and pretend it’s not shit and the only thing that could be good would be the 2D pedo pandering?

    A bit of bleach on this gene pool would be good.

  • Lets be honest, both western and eastern games contains tons of sexism, depending on what type of game it is. They just show it differently.
    I wish there was much less nudity, less weird outfits that doesn’t look comfortable or practical just to show off some extra skin. And why the hell do the boobs need to be so fucking big all the time!? I want to play a good game, if I want nudity and boobs I watch porn. But that’s just me.
    Nudity or sexiness doesn’t sell a game for me. Gameplay, story and good DESIGN does. And good design is not those things I mentioned above.

  • Eh, while loli fanservice isn’t my thing, to knock a game for being sexual is kind of missing the point. I don’t like it so I won’t play it, simple as that. But there are people who do like this kind of thing and it isn’t wrong to have preferences. That’s how the world is; it’s full of things you don’t like that other people do and as long as they don’t cause harm, you just have to deal with it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why the hell do they review Ero games when they dont even give them a chance as an ERO G!
    Not that I have ever played one or will but still its annoying to read this. Like its sexist in an ero/echi game? woot?

  • It’s a European game reviewer that’s all that needs to be said. Draconian views are pretty extreme there and often very misplaced aka there is a racist view of Japan which I find ridiculous. I don’t trust a guy who gives this game a 2/10 yet gives GTA a 9/10. His opinion isn’t worth a thing if he brings in the subject of sexism. Hypocrite.

  • Anonymous says:

    Who actually trusts in reviews nowadays…this kinda of totally partial press is what the reviewers have become, they no longer say what is good and what is bad about a game they just say something according to how much they were payed for… a good example is that even the worst Xbox360 game can manage to get high scores and good reviews from gamespot cause they are well payed for this kinda stuff…

  • Gaming magazines were one of the biggest supporters of women’s suffrage. Western civilization wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for their relentless work for women’s rights.

  • Anonymous says:

    “That is, a sexist, senseless and ultimately stupid cultural curio.”

    What to flame about? It’s a hell of a review! It’s what I’m looking for (suck it, U2!).

    I’m gonna buy it nao!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow. US/EU males (at best – only those, who write reviews, but I wouldn’t hold any hopes) totally have their brains washed with feminists propaganda and with tolerasts up in their asses.

  • Anonymous says:

    I find it pretty funny that Sankaku concentrates on giving Neptunia a bad impression in the western and never mentions the reviews it got elsewhere, like on RPGfan (74), Eurogamer Italy (70), PSX Extreme (68), IGN (60).

    I think it’s even funnier to see 2 division of Eurogamer rate the game entirely differently.

  • Anonymous says:

    look guys, it’s mostly because games are usually associated with children that fags complain about it.

    it’s much like how anime is associated as cartoons that fags around the world go nuts saying that “this anime is indecent, it must be stopped from showing”

    seriously, i propose that these “games” and “anime” itself be removed from their respective genres and make a genre on their own with their own identity. that way games like and anime that are good to watch don’t end up in the hands of fags complaining about this and that.

    indecent games, indecent anime… why don’t they complain about the moral indecency of prostitution then? why? because prostitution is not indecent by law.

    if “indecent” games and “indecent” anime get their own genre away from the norms and is legalized by law, moral fags would definitely stay away from them from now on and we could enjoy our lolis getting eaten by monsters and loli looking obaa-sans getting some crazy fucking…

  • The fun part of the critics is that the game is hated for featuring cute electronic hardware allegories instead of poor mechanics, which should matter more. how “professionnnal”…

    Casual gamers invaded, then femnazis… Something is rotten in the kingdom of videogames

  • Anonymous says:

    I think this is a good thing.
    Noone who likes JRPGs in the slightest will give a crap about their rating anyway, but at least they tested it and it’s on their site/in their magazine, giving it a lot more exposure than the publisher would’ve ever payed for.
    People who believe the test would not have bought it either way but there will be few people who see it there and then buy it who would’ve missed it otherwise.

    I’d put this in the “TV VS Bulletstorm” kinda category of media bashing a Game and in doing so doing it a favour because they gave it free advertising…

  • “[…] – we love a bit of innuendo, especially in your mum’s pretty mouth – […]”

    Wow, saying this game is stupid Japanese sexist game, while he’s a sexist himself by saying things like that! That’s one stupid review by contradicting with your own words.

  • “Even the most ardent JRPG fan will baulk at the roughshod simplicity of the game’s systems, restricting the game’s audience to Japanophile anime fans who can overlook the experiences shortcomings as a videogame and approach it as a cultural curio.”

    That is just spot on, that is exactly what this game is.

  • Anonymous says:

    The thing that is the most idiotic to me about this review is how shocked he seems about it, like its something new that some japanese games are like that. And sexist? Pfft, I remain convinced that if men got the same kinda treatment in media, no one would give to fucks about it.

  • The worst kinds of game reviewers are negative, biased, hypocrites. The only game articles worth reading, and game ratings worth considering, are written by those who actually try and bring out and study the positive aspects of the product.
    “Sexism” truly has nothing to do with a game’s rating. If we were to judge games based on any kind of -ism, we’d have to down-rate every war fps/rts game for its obvious nationalist, propaganda tendencies.

    • lol wtf “The only game articles worth reading, and game ratings worth considering, are written by those who actually try and bring out and study the positive aspects of the product.” kinda sounds like your saying if a game is bad a reviewer shouldnt say its bad but just try and come up with good things about it lol

  • My opinion the “Western Media” critic is a creature much like the common housefly. It must essentially vomit on it’s meal to digest it, mixing both food and shit, excreting and eating at the same time.

    On that note, I considered Siskel and Ebert (later Siskel and Roper) a RL (but G-Rated tame) manifestation of one of DeSade’s milder fantasies; Gay male lovers who would start a feast and one would devour food while the other would only lightly sup, then he’d vomit and the other would eat the mixture, eventually they’d be rolling on the carpet naked doing gay sex while “Kissing” by vomiting back and forth into each other’s mouths.

    While I should not say a creature has no right to it’s means of sustaining itself my main problem with the media critic is that like a fly, it eats sweet and shit at the same time. I can no longer tell if it’s some product I would like by the number of “golden turkeys” alone. Now, things that truly suck are with things that are unique and great just without the accursed mainstream appeal in that they must trash it, ignoring any creative cleverness or uniqueness and only looking for, making up, and exaggerating any fault. On the other hand, whereas when there’s big $ (1) involved in the promotion they give it a good review regardless, the most glaring lousy plots and stupid actors and dumb shows getting only the tiniest of pretend criticism. But there’s no such thing as an independent media in the country that used to be the USA…It’s just a distraction for and paid advertisement by the 400 or so who own half it’s wealth.

    1. Or it’s a WW2 era film made to propagandize/gain pity for a certain ethnic group with big control of the media! It could literally be people smeared with dog shit retching on each other and just has a label somehow placing it there and if the group vouches for it, they’d give it a good review or be fired tomorrow!

  • What I read:

    wall of text wall of text wall of text wall of text
    wall of text wall of text wall of text wall of text
    wall of text wall of text
    that’s a lot of crotch

    wall of text wall of text wall of text wall of text
    wall of text wall of text wall of text wall of text

    (yuri picture)
    your character arrives at a busty barely-legal nurse’s home only to have her scratched, suddenly-naked body bandaged to a soundtrack of squeals of delight

    wall of text wall of text wall of text wall of text
    wall of text wall of text.

    20/10

  • Anonymous says:

    I can’t get over how verbose and pretentious this douchebag is. The crappy review doesn’t even enter my mind. His shitty review skills are so overwhelming that it’s all I can see.

  • haters gonna hate.

    neptunia is one of those games that just brings on the hate for anti-anime, anti-moe, anti-japan culture in general for westerners.

    as far as I am concerned, these big game review sites shouldn’t even bother with games with niche target audiences such as this. They be better off just sticking with reviewing their yearly CoD and super hype mainstream titles and awarding them their customary 80-90% score.

    And what the fuck is this trend with game reviewers weighing in on a game’s political correctness to determine a game’s worth? Keep that shit to yourself.

  • Whats wrong with them, srsly? The game has cute drawings, a lot of fanservice (fyi, that is not in ANY way a sexism) and fun story. Gameplay is actually a small part of it, even less than in your regular visual novels, that’s why those stupid idiots just don’t get the game. It is a not so high quality product, but 2/10? That’s like saying that the game has nothing at all, and thats a BIG lie. I wish they’d stop judging other games they can’t posibly understand. Invite some japanese gaming journalist and ask his opinion-thats what you do when you have to review something that goes out of your cultural space.

  • starsplash says:

    Im happy no one gives two monkey shits about what these lame ass critics have to say about the game. I was trying to log onto Eurogamer to tell people not to give a shit about this reviewer and that people should go buy it.

    If the critics are going to be this retarded about this game, they will be furious when AT3 comes out. The girls actually strip in that game.

  • Anonymous says:

    I like how people are like: I bought this game, and I agree! It’s shit!
    Why the fuck did you buy this game if you know it was shit?

    Seriously, stupid releases such as this game causes other international releases to not even make it state side. So what is wrong with using “kids” as your main protagonist? If I may recall correctly, Pokemon’s female characters are all 10-14 years old.

    Regardless, if you are reading a review to see if you want a game, and you read into every words they utter out,chances are you will never find something YOU personally will like.

  • Anonymous says:

    Did Eurogamer find Neptunia mediocre? Fair.

    Did Eurogamer give an even lower rating to Neptunia because of “sexism”? OK.

    Will Eurogamer lower the rating of Duke Nukem Forever for the same reason? Allow me to highly doubt it until the game is out and reviewed by them.

      • Anonymous says:

        To elaborate a bit more: I saw the other reviews on Metacritic and the best ones deem Neptunia average. The others range from passable to terrible. I often heard Idea Factory is a “good ideas bad execution” type of developer, so I do not doubt that many find Neptunia even terribile. But basing the bashing on perceived “sexism”…

        I do not like Sankaku’s style of blowing things out of proportion, but this time the suspect of underlying Japanophobia – which is sadly more and more common among western gamers and game reviewers; I’m not of the “Japan is better” camp, I think a good game is just a good game, its nationality notwithstanding – is not without foundation. Noto to speak how hyped games with a consistent advertising budget end getting positive reviews more than often… The biggest online gaming magazines are no better than print ones (remember Gamespot and Gerstmann?)

  • Anonymous says:

    Lol, that reviewer is using some big words there. Bet he thinks they make him sound smart. Plus it sounds to me that he really doesn’t know what he is talking about, and seems to mention little about the actual gameplay. I can’t say much about it myself, having not played the game, but a lot of what he says seems to just be weightless arguments pointing out typical aspects of things like this that are aimed at a small player/viewer base, which he clearly seems to not be a part of. It is ok to not like a game, but at least give more validity to a 2/10 rating than simply “I didn’t like the fan service”.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Lol, that reviewer is using some big words there. Bet he thinks they make him sound smart.”

      that’s eurogamer for you.

      that has nothing to do with this specific review, that’s just eurogamer for you.

      i know people who adore them thinking length of speech equals quality of thought, and thus think eurogamer’s the only game review site that writes “really smart” reviews.
      but frankly eurogamer’s always been guilty of saying a lot that says very little.

      they write 10 page reviews with only half a page of actual quality writing.
      the rest is usually all fluff.

  • Feminists need to STFU and take a dick.
    These are the same people that read romance novels with musclebound Fabios sexing women on horses. It seems more sexist that we can’t have video games that portray human sexuality to a male’s liking, but when other media panders to their tastes it’s a whole different story.

  • Sexism? Have they been skipping their medication? They whine about that but if a NA game uses sex appeal, they’ll just ignore it completely. As always, its the
    same old double standard.

    You’ll notice that the review has very low score in reviews but if you look at the user reviews in Gamespot… You’ll see that there’s over a hundred review and it gives a score of over 7.0.

    Wake up you brainless maggots, don’t trust video game reviews. If you want to figure out if it sucks, go rent the game or better yet, go on YouTube and check some gameplay footage to get a average idea of whether its good or not.

    Let’s pretend that a popular game such as FF7 and Demon’s Souls just came out and got very negative reviews. Now, would the fanboys of these reviewing sites act the same? I’d like to see that.

    Also, they really need to screw off with the whole feminism/sexism thing. If it was guys shown that way, they’d shut the fuck up about it. Popular NA games are the living proof of this. Yeah its nice to want equality but seriously, GTFO about shit not related to it.

    Game is indeed pretty flawed although I like it. Its pathetic that we human beings are so easy to influence. Also, please dear reviewers, of you use the term sexism, know what the living heck what you’re talking about.

    • i now read game mags like this!

      =randomly browses through game mag=

      top rated games this month!
      COD, Starcraft, Mario Galaxy.
      -_-

      what game is this, rates 2/10..?
      HOLY-

      CUTE! ME GUSTA OwO

    • They should hire me to review all the CoD clones. I guarantee that you will find the reviews for Neptunia the universal truth itself in comparison.

      Then again, I am biased against them.

  • Anonymous says:

    For some reason I’m reminded of the article someone from PC Gamer wrote about Bulletstorm a couple weeks back where they felt they had to defend being made uncomfortable by the game’s tone and sense of humor as a legitimate criticism because Epic was going on some rant about how people who don’t like that juvenile shit “just don’t get it.” I wonder if Artefact would be giving a similar lambasting of that article if Bulletstorm didn’t have the misfortune of being a baka gaijin game.

    If you value actual criticism of a work (and I mean actually critiquing the content and the inherent message and politics and what have you therein, not just the tried and true bullshit of “talk about the graphics, sound and story and magically come up with a score based on that” that should have been abandoned ten years ago), this is a legitimate form of criticism. Yes, you could make the argument that someone who may be predisposed to hate a borderline ero-game should not be reviewing them, but not only has neither one of Artefact’s indictments of these HDN reviews proven that to be the case (especially not the last one where, once again, the girl who reviewed that game is a pretty well-known freelancer who does a ton of RPG reviews and runs 1UP RPG blog and accompanying podcast), but said reviews are also not meant for the audience of their respective sites and not the people here bemoaning the “EVIL WEST TALKING SHIT ABOUT THEIR EROGE.” Deal with it.

    • Anonymous says:

      In case you couldn’t guess, that line is supposed to be “said reviews are also meant for the audience of their respective sites and not the people here bemoaning the “EVIL WEST TALKING SHIT ABOUT OUR EROGE.” But of course, I’m fucking exhausted and making amateur mistakes.

  • I played Trinity Universe, and i had fun.
    I dont think Neptunia will be very different, im not a big fan of the battle system. Picking up the game after not playing for a while is very difficult.

    Btw i loved Ar Tonelico 2’s combat system. Is there hope that 3 will be in some way like it. Man only remembering it makes me want to play through the game again.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sexism, He keeps using that word. I do not think it means what he thinks it means.

    Seriously since when did portraying women in a sexual manner equal sexism.

    Is the game shit? Probably, but I understand people complaining about a 2/10 as even the shittiest of the shit western games get better scores.I think its an issue of reviewers not having a single fucking clue about the culture and/or audience the game was made for.

  • Anonymous says:

    Never expected the game to be anything worthwhile, and everyone should know by now that anything portraying females as pleasant or attractive is potentially sexist to the developed feminist world.

  • Anonymous says:

    Haters gonna hate. I have been having a lot of fun with this game. It’s no AAA title but its not worthless crap. If anything this should be more like a 6/10. But I guess ppl are too butt hurt about the fan service so it took a dive in scores just because of that.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ugh… I’ve played the game, I HAVE OVER 15 HOURS OF LET’S PLAY FOOTAGE OF IT! From personal experience, I can say this:

    While the gameplay mechanics are flawed (I’m looking at you item usage system) It has a decent sense of humor and the characters (although stereotypes) are fairly amusing to watch. The problem is just that the game would probably work better as an anime or manga, rather than an actual video game. The story is okay, the characetrs are okay, the graphics are not up to speed, you need to pay money to get Gust and Nisa, but overall, it’s an okay game. It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but for what it’s worth, it’s okay, and I’m pretty damn glad I bought it.

    • The game characters often break the 4th wall most of the time as well as parody games like Mario, Halo, Gears of War, Resident Evil and others in the event scenes (and believe me, some of them are pretty accurate as well as give tribute to certain videogame scenes)…

      Neptune and Compa dissing the NPC’s for literally being shady characters made me laugh more than a few times as well as knowing that they are in an RPG and have immunity to certain things~

      In my opinion, the whole game is full of comic mischief and video game references and parodies with the sex appeal as the icing on the cake~

      The reviewer clearly cannot see outside the box to what the whole thing caters too…

  • I’m bothered by the fact that these 2 recent game reviewers (Eurogamer, and Gamespot) are taking the same stance on what video game storyline and aesthetics ought to not be, just as the Tokyo Government has recently taken. This isn’t the main sticking point though, since they are just opinionated reviewers.

    The fact you like a certain artwork doesn’t make you creepy, and the fact you prefer a certain niche product compared to a mainstream title doesn’t make you a terrible person. It’s a opinion. But temperance and good judgment should be used when a person is in a position like this, speaking to so many people.

    If the game is terrible, then fine. But use a argument that is not based on a personal bias toward what type of ‘complicated, new, beautiful, American, and modest’ character designs ought to be in a Japanese game with a obviously a niche appeal.

  • “The camera lingers longingly over stills of each girl’s crotch(and, as the cast of Hyperdimension Neptunia is exclusively female, that’s a lot of crotch) ”

    I guess he prefers the crotch of a macho space marine, i got a few teabag that needs dropping.

  • See, I’m a woman, and sexist shit tends to offend me. But this? This game is not sexist. I don’t see how fanservice=sexism. To be honest I get even more offended by people saying that a feminist would hate this game or that this game is sexist.
    The game actually looks cute and fun to me, and whether I’d decide whether it was crap or not would depend on the actual gameplay/game mechanics not ‘omg fanservice think of the children’. Since everyone seems pretty divided on that, I guess I won’t actually know unless I play it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah see, you haven’t played it.
      These reviews do put waaaay too much stock in the blatant sexual-ism of the game. Way too much. This isn’t the first time a game has sold itself on the girls within, and it isn’t the first time those girls have been of the ‘Japanese school-girl’ or whatever variety.

      But the game itself isn’t particularly fun. It’s actually a pretty badly done SRPG. I mean, I’ll keep playing and finish it – them girls, man – but the gameplay itself isn’t good.
      Of course, if this was the main point of the review, I’d flat out be on their side. But yet again, a game reviewer finds a way to cock up their job.

    • Anonymous says:

      Eurogamer is one of the many sites that gave Grand Theft Auto III and IV perfect 10/10 scores, so them even bringing up “Japanese sexism” is absurd, and arguably racist. The GTA titles might certainly be “better” games, but they’re filled with sexism, not to mention an overabundance of violence, drug use and other objectionable material. It’s more or less impossible to get through those games without causing scores of civilian casualties, yet that’s somehow permissible, while some mild innuendo is not? 😐

      • vanchrian says:

        The same guy gave Bayonetta a 9/10.

        He praises Bayonette for being a ‘strong’ female character and emphasizes her sensual poses, lolipop sucking, and eating angels with her hair.

        Somehow this is almost sexist, but not.

        The guy’s a hypocrite.

        • “‘baaaawwww, stop being so biased against the Japanese’s way shown in this game’ [note: It isn’t Japanese, it’s the murky depth of Otakuism]”

          I won’t deny it’s the murky depths of Otakuism, but at the bottom of that murky depth is a pretty Japanese sensibility of sexual attractiveness. Western sex appeal tends to be more aggressive, girls with big guns and big boobs in bikinis sort of deal, while in Japan the projection of innocence and vulnerability is a turn-on – thus the impression from a Western perspective that it’s just super-pedo. I do think there are cultural value judgments going on here. And it’s not there aren’t Western games that do the same fanservice and don’t attract half the fire… *cough*Bloodrayne*cough*

        • Anonymous says:

          I just bought Bayonetta from a bargain bin. While the gameplay is nice, these kind of “strong” female leads are the worst offenders of female characteristics. Skimpy clothing, acts like horny a retard and makes suggestive poses all the time. I can’t even watch the cutscenes anymore.

          When does it get to the writers heads that you don’t have to choose between the two extremes. You could have a woman with some self respect and charisma. A simple character you could relate to and not only from the sexual viewpoint of a male.

        • Anonymous says:

          “Guys like him is the proof of what Nier done was right.”

          Except Nier was much much better with the western macho design and that was because of his role in the story. And people don’t seem to remember, but Nier Gestalt is the original and intended version. The Replicant version was created because they feared Gestalt wouldn’t appeal to the Japanese.

          As for Bayonetta.

          “I just bought Bayonetta from a bargain bin. While the gameplay is nice, these kind of “strong” female leads are the worst offenders of female characteristics. Skimpy clothing, acts like horny a retard and makes suggestive poses all the time. I can’t even watch the cutscenes anymore.”

          It’s suppose to be considered humourous. I mean, the whole fact that the game is serious, yet she breaks it all down with her innuendos, sexual reference, etc. makes the game ‘gold’.

          For characters you want that has some ‘self-respect’ and ‘charisma’, play Beyond Good and Evil. It’s pretty much has one of the best female character in the Game Industry imho. On the subject of the article:

          I overwhelmingly agree with the review. Like I said, this game is rubbish. But Fox News/Daily Mail Artefact would like to force everyone down their throats with these petty articles because ‘baaaawwww, stop being so biased against the Japanese’s way shown in this game’ [note: It isn’t Japanese, it’s the murky depth of Otakuism]

          But I guess the next article is surely going to be something about China.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe you should take over N.O.W. and they’d stop persecuting people for appreciating 2d characters and defending the rights of nonexistent drawn characters and prosecuting people for committing crimes against them?

    • Shippoyasha says:

      I’m with you Shuubi.

      But I AM pretty offended with how the gameplay itself is something straight out of the stone ages and even the grandfather of ALL RPGs in the likes of Ultima 2 is actually deeper than games like this.. Idea Factory just isn’t doing themselves any favors I think. Maybe they just need to get more ambitious with the writing and uniqueness in their games. It makes me sad because the art of the girls in Neptunia is gorgeous.

      In a way, I wish people had the attitude towards sensual sexuality and nudity the way Brazilians do. In the way they not only see it as something sexy, but something innately human and even something holy (Carnival is a strictest of religious festivals and yet they celebrate nudity as something God handed to them).

      I don’t expect everyone to be nude from waist down or anything of course. I just wish there was a bit less outrage and more human acceptance.

      Then again, the way they hawked the girls in Neptunia without giving it a decent enough game on top is kind of exploitative… It exploits the gamers. XD

      • Anonymous says:

        @Shippoyasha

        and yes you are partially right about brazilians being open about sexuality, difference is, we’re not “open” we are just generally indifferent to the damn thing, its mostly everybody else who keeps going nuts over “sexuality” lol.

        had to post twice, since i couldn’t edit my previous post.

      • Anonymous says:

        @Shippoyasha

        In a way, I wish people had the attitude towards sensual sexuality and nudity the way Brazilians do. In the way they not only see it as something sexy, but something innately human and even something holy (Carnival is a strictest of religious festivals and yet they celebrate nudity as something God handed to them).

        wtf dude? there is nothing holy about carnaval in brazil, i say that as a brazilian, if anything is quite the opposite, it is NOT a religious festival(on brazil) tell that to a priest and he might have a heart attack on the spot, drug use is rampant, as well as fights, police has a shitton of work during carnaval, as a matter of fact, anyone from rio is going to tell that our “current” carnaval is nothing more than something to appease tourists, the old roots of carnaval are pretty much dead(parties/festivals on the street/etc) due to rampant crimilaty and lack of safety and people being a hell lot more agressive then say 20-30 years ago, sure you CAN still have a lot of fun if you know where to look for it, but mostly on the neighboring cities, there IS a reason, why over a shitton of people LEAVE the capital of rio de janeiro(and são paulo as well) during carnaval and only come back after it lol.

        • Shippoyasha says:

          Yeah. That assessment sounds about right. I guess I was putting the general attitudes of nudity as something sacred (at least in ideology). I don’t want to crap on Brazil but it definitely does have its problems. And yeah, Latin celebrations and parties has some tendency to go into crazy territory with the noise and drugs and the seedy stuff like that I hear. That’s all on me since I was talking ideology, not reality. XD

    • Anonymous says:

      it is crap.

      http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/03/a-role-playing-game-that-makes-you-pay-for-your-party-members/

      “During my playthrough of role-playing game Hyperdimension Neptunia I am delighted to welcome a new character into my party, but the NIS America-inspired Nisa won’t fight with me or gain experience. She just sits there, until I pay.

      Nisa is one of two game developer-inspired characters (along with Gust) that join your party on a pay-to-play basis in Hyperdimension Neptunia, a role-playing collaboration by some of Japan’s top RPG makers for the PlayStation 3. After running into the characters on several occasions, both eventually decide to join up, accompanied by one of every RPG fans’ favourite phrases, “XXX has joined your party.”

      But they aren’t actually joining. Sure, they’re both listed in your party roster, but you can’t do anything with them until you go to the PlayStation store and buy their activation packs for $US1.99 apiece. Until then they sit in your start menu, not doing a damn thing.”

        • “Japanophile anime fans who can overlook the experiences shortcomings as a videogame and approach it as a cultural curio. That is, a sexist, senseless and ultimately stupid cultural curio.”

          That’s 100% true; which is why I love this game and haven’t been playing anything since Friday. It’s hilariously old school Japanese. 2/10 is utterly fair but it’s so been worth my money. You can keep your CODs and all that crap; I’m happy chuckling at crap jokes, cringing at improper er… artwork… and mashing the same button over and over again.

          Just quoting this one guy at Eurogamer, wish you guys were sensible like he is.

          The game is awful, that doesn’t mean you can’t like it, deal with it.

        • Anonymous says:

          I think the fact that its awful is pretty obvious to most people. what I’d like to hope people are annoyed at is the fact that the reviewer is labling it as sexist just because its characters are portrayed sexualy in a way that makes him feel uncomfortable with his own pedophilic boner he popped while playing it.

          can’t he give a real reason why its a shitty game, instead of just throwing on the over used and abused “sexism” label? its clear that there are far more vital problems with the game. for example.
          1> card board cut out character personalities
          2> uninspired, stone age battle system
          3> insert whatever else you thought they could have done better on here.

          sexism is such a cop out piece of shit excuse, its like playing the racism card, once you say it everything else afterwords just makes the opponents seem all the more racist/sexist just for daring to contradict what you said in any way. its the modern fucking witch pointing.

    • “I don’t see how fanservice=sexism”

      Well you have been well brainbrawashed by endless hours of animu. The fact that you can accept (or enjoy) fanservice with tits doesn’t means you can’t see the point anymore.

      • No, it means i’m not some puritan moralfag who thinks that any instance of the female body is pornographic or displaying it in any way is ‘demeaning’. Some fanservice is demeaning, but most of it isn’t to me. Plenty of anime show tits. Plenty of anime show shirtless men. What’s the difference?
        Sexism to me is when there is a strong reinforcement of the idea that women are inferior to men; such as for example a group of characters with only one woman and the woman is an idiot and cant do anything without the men. (Funnily enough, this seems to happen more in Western entertainment) The Neptunia girls all seem pretty kickass to me, so I don’t see them as sexist. Sure, they are designed to tiltilate men, but they still manage to be kickass when they do it.
        Now shit like Twilight and a lot of shojo manga, those are sexist to me, even though they’re written by women.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Pardon the pun, but was the author just trying to make what he considers a “tasteful sexual innuendo” about people’s mothers? First off, that’s not funny or titillating and second…ewww.

      Based just on the picture in the review and his description of the audio, the game’s innuendo succeeds far more than his attempt.

      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe that’s his point. Maybe he want to tell you how he felt about the game’s innuendoes by saying that.

        Review’s reaction on the game’s innuendoes = Your reaction to his ‘people’s mothers’

      • Anonymous says:

        Imagine playing a game where the dialog consist of crap jokes like that every two seconds. And the people saying them are bad actors. Now you have Neptunia. This game deserves nothing more than 2/10, not because it’s sexist, which it is, but because it is just a bad game over all. I’ve played games with poor dialogue before, but typically they are at least accompanied by decent gameplay, good story or something. Fanservice alone doesn’t make a game good, just like in anime.

  • Honestly, this is a pretty good review.

    “Even the most ardent JRPG fan will baulk at the roughshod simplicity of the game’s systems, restricting the game’s audience to Japanophile anime fans who can overlook the experiences shortcomings as a videogame and approach it as a cultural curio.”

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hah hah.. I just picked up my copy from Gamestop tonight along with my Dragon Age II pre-order. I’m not expecting it to be anything more than a fun, fan-servicey experience. And that’s OKAY with me.

  • This game is probably aimed at otakus, not gamers and Reviewers rate 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 a Reviewer, my love for anime out balances it

  • Anonymous says:

    The west doesn’t brush off loli like japan/japanophiles, people need to get over it and realize how vastly different the two cultures are.

    Japan, you rape kids and go back to teach school the next day. US/Western countries, you look at a girl the wrong way and you’re put on a shame list for the rest of your life and labeled the same as sadistic rapists and murderers. Not saying either approach is right or wrong, but there are two cultural extremes here.

    If a game in the west was made exactly the same, merely westernized with western art of little girls in sexual situations with the same exact game mechanics, people would still hate it, it would still get shitty reviews, and the makers would probably go to jail for having made it.

    On top of that the game honestly isn’t that great.

    • Well around here (europe) it´s a little different – we have people who are sentenced for violating children run free till they start their sentence in prison (he has about 3 months to appear there). And it´s funny but the sentence for pirating games/… is higher than the sentence for rape (about 2:1) – makes you think for who the laws are made. it´s probably not the people but the economy.

    • Anonymous says:

      ya cool

      except most of the characters are of acceptable age in these types of games, and if you drew them in the AMERICAN video game style, they would all be perfectly acceptable, bland porn stars, with disgustingly dominant cheekbones and giant lips.

      but oh no!!! this giant titted girl has large eyes! does this make me a PEDOPHILE!!!?? sexism sexism SEXISM!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually that only works for teachers, if you are a normal guy and say good morning to a schoolgirl they’ll sick the police on you and you’ll be labeled a molester.

      http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/11/13/saying-good-morning-to-schoolgirls-a-crime/

      or if you try to help a little girl they’ll say that you are a kidnapper

      http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2008/10/29/samaritan-arrested-for-helping-lost-little-girl/

      Even working for the police doesn’t save you

      http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/02/21/man-charged-with-assault-for-picking-up-little-girl/

      • Anonymous says:

        You know, it’s not like it happens on a daily fucking basis. Just because you see two or three reports of such occurrences on a tabloid, doesn’t mean that the entire Japanese nation becomes teachers just to have their way with schoolchildren.

        Do you honestly think such things don’t happen anywhere else in the world? They do. And just as often. It’s just more important for news sites to report how J.Bieber sung a song instead of how a child got raped by a doctor or a teacher.
        Most of the culprits don’t receive any punishment unless the media are involved, anyway, because the poor kids are terrorized by the thought that it might happen again if they report it.

      • Anonymous says:

        You haven’t been reading all the posts about Japanese teachers sodomizing their students one way or another only to get a mere slap on the wrist once they were found out, have you?

        • Anonymous says:

          Lets keep in mind that this website reports Japan-related activities. Japan isn’t the only country that has these teacher-student relationships going on. There are many related cases happening all over the world so there’s no reason to make overexaggerated the story to prove points.

          Regarding the article: These reviewers acts like they didn’t expect explicit material in the game. It’s like they expected teletubies at first but got soft-core porn instead. These idiots, like the box-art and trailer did not warn the gamer what they were getting into. I’m sure if you bought this, it would be for the JRPG or suggestive art. It’s like reviewing a porn and calling it absolutely disgusting because you thought it was Jersey Shore. Of course a western game review can’t give this game a 7/10 or they’ll be filed a lawsuit for approving such games. NIS America might not even release a similar game ever again because of these bashing one-sided faggots.

  • Its true that the gameplay is’nt that great, but most most reveiws seem to focus on the “sexism” rather then “gameplay” 2 or 3 isn’t really fair, i think those types of rating should be reserved for truly broken games

      • Anonymous says:

        Shitty gameplay has never gotten a game a 2 before and scores that low are usually reserved for unplayable games. No matter what the gameplay is like in this game I have played worse and those games got better scores then this. People like you who get off on flaming people for defending something that is unfair are some of the worst people and are idiots. I don’t even care for this game that much but even if it was a game I despised I would never give it a 2 if the game was still playable.

        PS. An example is that I would give Mass Effect a 6/10 even though I hate the game and think it shouldn’t even exist. (that score is based on the gameplay, characters, storyline, and writing and not my personal opinion)

        • That’s a nice approach. Or at least this kind of neutrality is what game(and anything else) reviewers should have.

          Sadly, today people being given any sort of responsibility, tend to grow in ego and feel like they should guide the masses…preferably according to own points of view, as we saw :/

  • Anonymous says:

    What’s this? a shitty game gets a negative review? and people suddenly start bashing the reviewer. Nice. Put your love of the art or idea aside, and judge the game as a game. It’s a terrible, terrible game that relies way too heavily on DLC.

    2/10 is about what I’d give it.

    • Anonymous says:

      congrats your a retard.

      “and judge the game as a game.”

      the enire reason people are ticked off is stated right in this line.

      this is a game review not a morals review. nobody would give this a second glance if he just said the truth instead of being a moralist dipshit and trying to push his mistaken ideas about feminism on others.

      if he just said “this game is boring, cliched characters, no personality, shitty story, shitty gameplay, a game made for blue balled weeaboo virgins 02/10” this would hav never even got on this site, and nobody would be pissed, because it would be true.

      how about you read a bit before acting like a blow hard and proving to everybody here how ignorant you are.

    • Anonymous says:

      If the review was what a review is supposed to be about (which is whether the game is good or not) and not mostly just his opinions then there wouldn’t be a problem. This is not the correct way of doing a professional review and he deserves to be fired since he can’t even do his job correctly. The biases that come through in most western reviews of games is one of the main reasons why these review magazines and sites are written off as amateurish and then ignored.

      PS. His ideas on what is sexism are totally wrong like another poster was saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not so much the terrible gameplay as much as the fact that the Reviewer is emphasising his own personal opinion of it being sexist misogynistic rubbish. 20% for a modern game review is very low, especially when most garbage games get at least 70%

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s a bunch of barely legal 2d girls heavily portrayed as sex objects dancing around a bad plot, masquerading as a game. In what way is it not sexist misogynistic rubbish? Take off the “masquerading as a game” part and slap on a useless male lead character and you’ve got a generic anime. A quick look at any anime these days is an easy example of sexism.

        • When did I ever say or imply “Hulky male characters wearing nearly nothing, walking around with huge guns being badass and somehow being accepted as normal masculinity != sexist”

          which btw is not an accurate description of the western market. If you were describing Japanese misconceptions of the western market, further exacerbated by westerners being influenced by said Japanese misconceptions, then you have a point.

          And in the last half you forgot “excessive attention to panties” because your description is fine, in and of itself. This game is just another sorry excuse to put cute, 2d girls’ panties on display. THAT is the sexist part.

        • Anonymous says:

          So, let me get this straight:

          Hulky male characters wearing nearly nothing, walking around with huge guns being badass and somehow being accepted as normal masculinity:

          !=sexist

          But

          Female characters wearing form fitting clothing that accentuates their features, and potentially makes them the focus of attention

          = sexist?

          Your assertion itself is sexist, just the unpopular kind – Misandry.

      • Terribly true. I might get this game, but I acknowledge it as a guilty pleasure and nothing more. I expect, almost want, the reviewers to lambaste it because the game has problems. I’m just willing to overlook them because on some other reviews I heard the combat system is fairly entertaining, and hey I like fanservice. I can’t expect everyone to share my opinion.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why do people on this site always come running to defend every piece of crap that gets a bad review JUST because there are attractive girls in it? The game WAS shitty. If you have a shitty game that tries to make its only redeeming quality crotch shots, then yeah… it’s pretty shitty. Most people defending the game here probably haven’t played it. Some of you sound just as ridiculous as the reviewer.

    • Anonymous says:

      You miss the point. True, the game is shitty. If the reviewers focused on how bad the gameplay was, we wouldn’t have this post in the first place. The problem is that they are making such a big deal about the game featuring sexy females, as if that was automatically bad.

      100 bucks says that this “morally upright” video game reviewer went on to fap to some random youpron video later on in the day.

      • Anonymous says:

        Of course they made a big deal about it. That was the only thing that stood out about the game. That’s all the game really was, so that’s all the review was. The rest of the game was a forgettable piece of shit. And yet hordes come to defend it because they can’t think straight when they say tits.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’m not going to lie. I’ve never said this about a game but this is absolute shit! I got this game and a 2 is just about right. The only thing redeeming about the game are the softcore crotch shots that’ll make you chub. Even if your buying it just for that save your $60 and use the internet.

      • Anonymous says:

        These days a 2 isn’t too low because there have been so many better games out there. They need to step up their game, perverted images or not. The game was a piece of festering shit, plain and simple. There are better characters to fap to for free on this website. What makes me laugh is that people will bag on FF13 for post after post (even though it wasn’t a horrible game but isn’t up to many people’s expectations of an FF game), but heaven forbid someone talks poorly about a game that is actually complete shit just because it has crotch shots. THAT’S when people will come in on the defense. I’m an otaku but fuck, it’s a damn shame what people will stand up for.

    • Because they are? I mean sure, I could go with the misleading visual appearance if they weren’t called “little girls” in game.

      It’s true that western people aren’t any less sexist in general, but the culture in Europe and North America is generally much more subtile about it. Oh and the mandatory “OMG burn the [s]witches[/s]pedos”.

        • Enemies in last two or three levels in CoD:MW2 are American troops that went rogue. The villains in Rainbow Six Vegas 2 are Americans. Fallout is based in America. In multiplayer mode, the gameplay allows you to be the ‘other’ nation vs American soldiers that you can kill.

          If you have never played FPS in your life, please stfu because you sound really stupid and bias.

      • God you’re stupid. Just… wow. Idiot.

        If you’ve ever played a “Westerners made game”, then you’d know even the war games have you playing as more than one side in the war it’s portraying. These “Westerners made games” don’t make them out to be evil on the basis that they’re another country, its because of something they’ve done. It’s never “Well these guys are innocent, but lets shoot them up because they’re Russian.”

        And in the meantime, Japan is famous for being one of THE most xenophobic countries in the world, and their “black” characters are always based entirely on racist stereotypes with afros and “yo yo nigga!” talk.

        Go find an education, dumbass.

  • To be fair, the game really is pretty darn crappy. And that’s probably an understatement. It’s a shame, because I love the characters, and the humor in the game. But my god, nothing can save it from it’s own horrible horrible game design.

    • But in no way does it deserve a 2. Nothing excuses a number like that. The art alone and the fact that it brings in a plot brings it up to a 4 at least for anyone who’s not an idiot. I haven’t played it yet, but I at least know they are good enough not to make something completely unplayable, unless you put something like this up against something that it has no business being up against in terms of its design.

      I’m sure I won’t find it particularly special, but I’ll be damned if those morons will affect my impressions of it. God forbid I form my own impressions instead of listen to them, whose job I refer to as ‘professional bitching.’

      • Anonymous says:

        I find that videogame critics are actually the most smug assholes out of all critics. I actually trust the movie critics and food critics since they actually have to have integrity and can be held accountable. Not to mention that I genuinely agree with the ones I like most of the time. Since there really is no accountability with video game reviews, especially with the big sites who clearly have a pay-to-review system set up, there is no reason for reviewers to have any kind of journalistic integrity. The videogame reviewers seem to let their opinion cloud any actual judgement of a game’s mechanics and atmosphere, which is asinine given their profession. They also don’t acknowledge that their opinion may differ from others’ or do so in a dismissive and back-handed manner. They suck on the whole and that is why you should always read customer reviews for videogames.

        P.S.

        Videogame sites need to stop letting people who are not well-versed in the game genre review the fucking games! There is nothing worse for a gamer than watching a good game get publicly derided just because the person reviewing it was not well-versed in the type of game he/she was playing.

      • I’ve played it, and beaten this game when it was first out in Japanese. I’d say it deserves a 5 for what it’s worth.
        It’s really repetitive, but at least you can skip battle sequence animation making fights go faster. Money is really easy to get and also story is pretty funny.
        But the art is good though, love that petanko Nepuko <3

      • Totally agree. I have this game since a few days after the Japanese release… gotta say the game is horrible. The only saving grace is the art (for once I actually liked Compile Hearts art?! but srsly higher resolution would make that A LOT better) and how the battle system reminds me of good ol Xenosaga.

        But a 2 is just too low. Being a jRPG player myself, I can put this way at the bottom of the list no doubt but… deserves more than a 2.

        Can’t believe this reviewer spoke nothing about the absolutely horrible soundtrack, or lack of one.

      • Clearly the bigger problem here is a critic that can’t tell the difference between a serious game and something that’s more or less fap material.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if this guy played the game ‘Ethnic cleansing’ and then wrote a review giving it bad scores for being “plain old white supremacist racism.” Pointing out the obvious isn’t very good writing.

        • Harsh words, but I’ll take your criticism in stride. I didn’t say it’s poor writing to comment on fanservice, but in this case it was so obvious that building an entire review based on it is pointless.

          If there was a game where all you did was press 1 button and a pumpkin exploded, and it was marketed as the game where you only push 1 button. What’s the point of writing a review saying “Oh well it was a bad game, mainly because you push 1 button.”

          If pointing out the obvious makes for good writing then I should submit a resume right now, I could critic everything. Girls that are pretty to girls that aren’t pretty, shiny things and non-shiny things, I’m really rather skilled.

        • Anonymous says:

          Because what is obvious to you about japan’s fetishistic obsession with 12 year olds is obvious to the rest of the world.

          What, when something is obviously a crappy game built on teenaged fanservice it’s somehow poor writing to comment on that?

          Clearly the bigger problem here is that you’re an idiot.

  • araradude says:

    Oh ignore those fools, it’s obvious that they are not in tune with the portion of the gaming population who love Japanese games…

    After all, they did give MHP2 and MHP2G (or rather their English forms) 5.0 and 6.5…

  • Well, that’s their opinion.
    “You don’t like it? Don’t ruin it for everyone!”
    I would like to purchase a copy, since I’m not a hardcore RPG fan I think I would really like it(Since if it has no complicated mechanics I would find it enjoyable).

    • “In one of the earliest acts of the game, your character arrives at a busty barely-legal nurse’s home only to have her scratched, suddenly-naked body bandaged to a soundtrack of squeals of delight.”

      Sounds about right indeed~

      Neptune is such a lucky girl…

  • Nothing wrong with Japanese Sexism, since it’s been happening for so long…

    There is SOMETHING clearly wrong with game reviewers if they can’t find that yuri picture of Compa and Nep-Nep–er, I mean Neptune hearth-warmingly arousing…

    Besides…

    Japanese Sexism > Western Masochism

    Anytime…Anywhere…Anyday…

    Although if you replace Compa and Neptune in the above picture with Master Chief wrapping bandages on The Arbiter, I bet the review would be a hell of a lot different…

    These kinds of games are aimed at a particular niche and group of people…

    The same thing as western FPS with macho military men are aimed at another…

    Simply the pot calling the kettle black, is the case of Eurogamer (and other reviewers for that matter)…

  • its a shitty nerdy otaku game for sad fucks, like most of the people who post here.

    of course a review written by a normal person who probably has a girlfriend and doesn’t fap over shitty lolicon anime is never going to be good for this sort of nerdy game.

    get over it

  • “..in this case conducted by a male reviewer.”

    Gay test: I have bad news for him.

    Also, I have no idea why this can be considered as sexist; either by the HUGE population of female characters making men totally non-existent or due to how the game depicting the girls as something so sexy (which is of course supposed to be complimenting imo).

    • Anonymous says:

      Ya right.

      They scored Sonic Unleashed even lower than Sonic ’06(a.k.a. one of the worst games ever made). They also provided some Unleashed ‘gameplay footage’ where the reviewer apparently struggled with the controls, falling into pits (by DELIBERATELY jumping over a spring/booster) and tapping the boost button instead of holding it down, blaming it all on ‘inaccurate controls’ which was completely untrue. The controls were loose, but not to the point where it’s unplayable.

      At one point, Football Manager also fell victim to IGN’s anti-Sega bias. They scored it very, very low compared to other sites, at one point they posted an apology and raised the score after people raged.

      One day, they also called Shenmue overrated, even though the game never sold well and ~80% of the world doesn’t even know of it’s existence.

      Just stick to Metacritic instead of single reviewing sites. IGN is no different from Gamespot or whatever, Neptunia was just lucky to be played by a person who has nothing against scantily clad ladies and exposed crotch in this case, hence the acceptable score.

      • ChaosAngelZero says:

        I agree with you, Anon.

        However I would exempt some AAA titles/ franchises when using aggregate sites like Metacritic and GameRankings. ‘Cause no matter how many 5/5’s, 10/10’s and 100/100’s games like Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Super Mario Galaxy get, they aren’t necessarily the best of their respective franchises, let alone the best in their respective game genres.

        For most other stuff they’re usually accurate.

  • Anonymous says:

    it’s “sexist, senseless and ultimately stupid.”

    – and you’re definitely an “idiot, brainless, and ultimately stupid.” person…

    LoL, I bet he said all that, and then he went fapping to some hentai… what an hypocrite.

  • That Japanese-hater guy reviewer perhaps was raped by Japanese men in his earlier childhood so in order to avenge that he sucks cock on sexism and Japanese culture which has nothing to do with gameplay which they should score it objectively…

  • Anonymous says:

    I beat this game yesterday, the English version. Short review

    Battle system, crappy, but fast, so it is very livable. Item system sucks, but that is because they don’t give you enough moves that work on defense, so you are forced to take a large chunk of damage in order for a heal to kick in.

    Music, sucks, only really like one or two songs in the whole game.

    Art, is enjoyable. I like anime, though not as much as I used to as seen by the fact that I only watch saturday night adult swim anime for now. That picture listed above with Neptune in bandages is the only picture I saw in the game that showed that much skin, and the only picture that was drawn evocatively like that. That picture does not represent the game, it was just a picture to sell the game, while the rest of the game doesn’t live up to that picture. People call it an ero game, but that picture is the only ero part of it, other than a skimpy outfit on one of the goddess’s.

    Story. This game shines on its story. It is basically a laugh a minute during the story segments. The story is what sells this game as it is like watching a anime, and the English voice actors were spot on for pretty much every single character in the game. Neptune’s, the bandaged girl, voice actor is just plain awesone, and really sells neptune as an airhead, though a brave, want to save everybody, kind of airhead. Her airhead tendency is balanced out by her groupmate IF’s smarts and sense of duty.

    This game isn’t worth 60 bucks, 40, sure. Its a fun game as long as you like the story. If you don’t like the story, this game has little to offer you. It is not fap material, because as I said, the above picture is about as risque as this game gets, and its only that one time.

    Technically Neptune, bandage girl up top, isn’t a loli. According to the game she is pretty much million of years old, if not billions, plus she is far from flat.

    Is this game sexist? Not really. I am going to be watching duke nukem take a piss in may, is that game sexist against men for that reason? I have to watch a ripped Kratos kill people in a loin cloth, is that sexist? Any woman today could easy get a bikini that covers less skin than the bandages above do and go parading around on a beach, but I guess that isn’t sexist.

    This game isn’t for everyone. Its story is what makes it fun and enjoyable. Far as I am concerned, its only crime is going for a $60 price tag.