Journalists of Gamindustri

They’re looking for promising CPUs to do numerous quests.

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is an extension of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series (believe it or not). It’s an interesting mixture of brawling hundreds of monsters, exploring the events of Gamindustri, collecting medals from fallen monsters, and individually developing each character. That said, the character development is fairly simplified in comparison to a main instalment in the series. Most characters have three available weapons, accessories are shared, and even their skills are fairly limited.

However, it’s an enjoyable and fun diversion for 20-30 hours.

Your time will vary depending on how far you want to push the quests, whether you care for the additional modes, and whether you’re interested in JRPG-like grinding. But there’s a lot to do even if you’re not interested in pushing past the final chapter. You’ll need to do a small amount of levelling to cover all of the main quests, too. Especially for the Candidates.

The good news is that each character has a unique fighting style so it tends to stay fresh. You can also access a HDD transformation for every character, the EXE Drive is available, and there are even Lily Specials which pair specific characters together. Unlocking many of these things will require you to progress through the story or complete specific quests, but it won’t take you too long. For that reason it’s actually a fairly good idea to move to the final chapter as early as possible as you can complete/repeat all prior quests. If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, there are even quests which require you to be at Lvl 99 in which the enemies have health numbered in the millions. They can also knock you out in a single hit. Which is fun.

Forever twirling to victory.
Forever twirling to victory.

The above quests are not counted for the quest completion statistic, though. So don’t worry too much if you’re going for that particular achievement. Once you’ve completed the main story quests you’ll be invited to take part in the Gamindustri Gauntlet, which is a short tournament amongst the characters. There’s a Dogoo, too. They fill in one of the blanks but they can never (as far as I’m aware) actually progress to the next stage. While a fairly short mode, to get the full value from it you’ll need to complete it with every character (and their HDD transformation).

So you’re going to be there for a while.

Then, finally, if that wasn’t enough, on the first completion of the Gamindustri Gauntlet you’ll unlock the Neptral Tower. This fifty floor tower serves as a way to test yourself against increasingly more difficult monsters, to farm any medals you may be missing, and to even gain access to a special monster that you don’t see in the quests. It’s well worth your time to do it at least once.

Much like the Gamindustri Gauntlet, to get the full value from the Neptral Tower you’ll need to take every character through each of the fifty floors. The difference here is that HDD transformations aren’t required, characters can pair together (giving you two progressions per climb), and you’re able to pause at any point. There are numerous rewards available for completing either of these modes that play into many of the achievements. Plus, there are even special achievements you can only unlock through these modes. So it’s a pretty comprehensive and content dense title. Even if it does get a little repetitive at times. I’d still recommend it, though. Especially if you love JRPGs or the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.

Have a great weekend, all!