Bought Neptune Re;Birth 1 for Vita from AmiAmi and the game arrived on Monday (I probably would have gotten it on weekend hadn’t it been a holiday):
It’s a remake of the first PS3 game, but with gameplay from the latest PS3 game.
I still buy it anyway even though I have not completed any of the previous games of the series ^^;
I hope its portability helps because I’m practically in love with portable gaming now; putting Vita to sleep when I need to leave the game and then waking it up to instantly jump right back in is a nice experience compared to say, having to turn on TV, turn on PS3, start up the game, reach main menu and load save data.
I have actually progressed further than the original PS3 game, which might be a good sign ^^;
This is probably my most orthodox Vita RPG game in my collection, which is something I have been wanting for a while. My other RPG games are Persona 4 and Conception II, and they are… unique ^^;
But the game still has lots of subsystems… world shares, Lily system, EXE Drive, Disc Make, Remake system… I guess one can’t simply ask for a simple game in this day and age ^^;
But some of the new systems, like the Remake system, is pretty neat.
I finally figured out why I would want to use Rush attack, one of the three types of attacks (I didn’t get it when this was introduced in the second game onward). It’s apparently to speed up EXE Drive gauge increase.
But once the gauge is full, it seems to become useless again that I can just take them off from the combo set-up, free up some CP and allocate it to better Power and Break attacks. But doing so all the time would be troublesome… -.-;
Update: Ah, so the EXE Drive can be spent on powerful attacks. I got it now.
I feel the game’s tougher than average RPG, though (or at least, more grinding is required). In chapter 2, there are 2 back-to-back boss battles and I lost terribly on the second battle (I even thought it’s a battle I must lose). I had to level up the characters until it’s no longer efficient to do so with the current dungeons, buy the most powerful weapons and armors, stock up on items, even use the remake system to make enemies weaker. Even then it still takes some time and careful steps to beat the second boss.
But beating the boss and progressing further is worth it for all the funny conversations and occasional fan-service X)
Like the previous games I play, I have decided not to consult any wiki or look at the trophy list ^^
I gotta say, the game doesn’t feel crippled at all just because it’s on handheld (unlike say, Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate or to some extent Metal Gear Solid HD Collection).