MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune Vs Zombies is set in the Gamindustri universe, in a school called Gamicademi. This time, the girls are back to save their school from being closed, and they come up with an idea to shoot a movie with zombies. Everybody loves zombies, right? Well… they may start singing a different song when the ‘REAL’ zombies start showing up, something the girls did not anticipate happening! Want to learn more? Then come read our MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune Vs Zombies review!
Once everything is set up, and the filming was about to begin, things started to go awry, and actual Zombies started appearing with one thing on their minds: take over their school and eat their braaaaains! Blanc and the girls then decide to improvise and make the movie a real life Zombie killing action. The plot of this game is a little over-the-top, but that is part of it’s charm, and it is why we all love the Neptunia games! Without further ado, let’s get down to our MegaTagmension Blanc Neptune VS Zombies Review!
The prestigious Gamicademi – a school of fading glory. To put it back in the spotlight, Blanc and friends decide to film a zombie flick on campus. All’s quiet on the set until real zombies start crawling out of the woodworks! Now they’ve got to send these zombies to detention in this hack ‘n’ slash or else be history!
This game is split into 12 scenes which serve as the chapters of the game (containing 1 to 5 cuts per scene), and you can choose any two characters for you to play each cut. Each character has its own individual levels but they do share experience if they’re teamed up in a cut. There are 14 characters to choose from, and some will unlock as you progress in the game.
The gameplay is from a third person view, which is standard in this series. In each scenario you can pick any two characters to play with: a main character and a backup character in case the first one dies. For each “cut” you are given a time limit with the minimum being ten minutes, which is a bit too generous as each cut can be done in around two minutes. At the end of each cut, you are given a rank depending on your performance, with the best being SSS (Super Student Strike). For the Platinum trophy run, you will need to SSS all cuts across 12 scenes, which is not that difficult.
Once you have picked out a duo to play with all you have to do is hack and slash away at the horde of zombies – some will respawn for a time. Some cuts give you an objective like killing certain types of zombies, so in a horde of different types, you will need to concentrate on the objective zombies first then take the rest of them out. Instead of the turn-based aproach previous from the main titles in the franchise, this time we have battles in real-time, which makes sense considering there’s a ton of zombies to deal with and turn-based battles would have taken forever.
For the first time in the series the game has a multiplayer option that you can play with up to 4 players in either ad hoc or via the internet, but you can also play the multiplayer side of things solo if you wish. Take note, however, that the multiplayer part of the game is actually the main game – the story portion actually serves as a massively long tutorial, gearing you up for the real part of the game which is the multiplayer mode, which also includes epic bosses.
Like in the previous games, there is an ability to transform from CPU to HDD (kinda like an overdrive mode), but you first need to fill up your EXE gauge and use an ability. There is a boss at the end of every scene, and they get more challenging as you progress. If you feel you’re getting beat hard, you can always repeat some of the previous cuts to gain more levels.
Each battle you win will give you pieces of treasure fragments that will turn into various items for your characters – costumes being one option. You can also buy new and better weapons in the shop, and while they are pricey, they are definitely worth it. Each weapon can be enhanced with upgrades (called programs). How many programs you can add depends on your weapon’s memory capacity. For example, if your basic wooden weapon has 500MB memory capacity, you will only be able to add 3-4 programs before your weapon is maxed, but as you get better weapons the memory of those will expand, so more programs can be added.
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune Vs Zombies offers plenty of content that will keep players happy for hours. The game is very fun, and the comedy is first class. The story is over the top as expected. The number of characters to choose from is amazing, and there is certainly a favorite for everyone. The control scheme was really the only gripe I had but I ended up getting the hang of things. I very much enjoyed writing myMegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies review, and I hope you enjoy playing this portable zombie hack and slash release!
|Over the top story.|
Great range of characters.
|Control system is a bit difficult|
PSN Game Size: 1.6GB
This review is based on a PS Vita copy of MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies provided by Idea Factory International.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor