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


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:


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

    WTF This game is bad-ass!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 04/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

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

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

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

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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 # ! Good (+0.8)

    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 (+0.4)

    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
    11:58 10/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

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


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 08/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sexualizing 'young' girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    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 (+0.4)

    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)

    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)

    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.

    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 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 # ! Good (+0.8)

    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 (+0.8)

    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.

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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 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
    05:39 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "* Characters are disturbingly sexualized caricatures of young girls"

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

    i dont see anything wrong or bad with this, in what hole does this people live?

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    Comment by Kuro'Base'Neko
    06:52 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    OMG there's a people still believe gamespot's rating? lmao..

    You will never know a great game out there in this wide wide world if you still sitting inside cave with your gamespot's reviews.

    (─‿‿─) V

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Gamestop is so biased--only IGN is worse.

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    Comment by Atzumo Kayami
    08:20 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess that they think "Bolder-punching Chris" is better

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "there's a people still believe gamespot's rating?"
    Yes, why not? "User Score" usally speaks truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I think it's like saying To Love-Ru has too much ecchi in it. They're totally missing the whole point.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    09:05 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's just yet another situation where the dumbasses had someone who doesn't like JRPGs or whatever review the game. There'll be nothing particularly groundbreaking about the game at all, but the concept itself is amusing enough to be a bit new in the midst of all the other stuff we're used to.

    Anyone who gives a game like this a 3 is a moron, plain and simple. You can tell how stupid it is by this line:

    "This hypersexualized role-playing game degrades the console war..."

    Degrades the console war? You actually gave credence to childish fanboys and irrational marketing bullshit as something worth putting on a pedestal? Again, a good, hearty, go fuck yourself. You don't deserve your job.

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    Comment by Dreck
    09:05 03/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    This game is hardly ero if you ask me >_>

    my biggest upset with the game, as with all games such as this, that there are no subtitles during combat sequences for w/e little excerpts characters may yell out...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    i was thinking so....they're suprised that an ero game has...ero in it~?

    it's like giving a shooter a bad score for 'characters are disturbingly willing to shoot anything and everything that moves'

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Can this even be compared to stuff like ero?

    They all look like typical personification girls to me...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately most common people will belive it. It's fun getting such review. When most western games do the same of worse.

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    Comment by Hellmen
    06:47 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Funny enough, disturbingly sexualized caricatures of women are considered acceptable in western games. Makes me wonder how the reviewer would react to old grandmas in tights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well, some people absolutely hate these things.

    Me for example. Can't stand it.
    Still, i don't make a point out of people that do like it.
    That'd be like trying to stop porn.

    And you can't stop porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 03/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    In Soviet Russia the Porn Stops you

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Fucking female reviewers...

    Comment by Anonymous

    or gays reviewers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 03/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    completly agree

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