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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution

Compile Heart, idea Factory International
May 14, 2024 - PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4

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4 / 10
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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution | Game Overview Trailer | Nintendo Switch™

Critic Reviews for Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution

Neptunia Game Maker (R)evolution is another stinker in a long line of disappointing Neptunia series entries. I love these characters and their world, but this is a flat action-RPG with a barebones management game bolted onto it that do not do them right by any means.

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Neptunia GameMaker R:Evolution is a huge upgrade to Sisters vs Sisters and adds some more new characters to Gamindustri.

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It has its issues and doesn't bring a lot of new things to the table, but it's a fun, familiar stepping stone to the next Neptunia game, and that's all fans really want.

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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution is an admirable effort to find a way of introducing more characters and an all-new plot-line, while also in some ways going back to the fundamentals in terms of storytelling and structure. I do wish the Idea Factory people would give up on this action combat system when the turn-based approach was less obviously affected by the budget, but the usual gorgeous fanservice art and antics of the characters kept me smiling throughout.

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7 / 10

There is no doubt that that the mostly strong level design, amusing character interactions and intriguing story make Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution a solid entry on Nintendo Switch, especially when having both new and returning music that help with the nostalgic feel for returning fans. It is a shame that there are some unbalanced areas in both design and gameplay that could impact enjoyment for some less skilled players, as overall it is a captivating addition to the well-known and beloved Neptunia series.

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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution is a lovely game with a fun-filled story. It may have many recycled elements and stages from the previous game but more often than not, it's still a treat to play. 💽

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Despite the presence of various charismatic characters and the series' usual humor, Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution doesn't stand out as a memorable action RPG due to a monotonous and extremely unbalanced combat system. For the hardcore fans of the franchise, there are many familiar aspects that may offer some fun; however, for those looking for a solid experience in the genre, there are many options easier to recommend.

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Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution’s character interactions and comedy make it worth playing. However, it’s let down by its gameplay, which is occasionally good, often mediocre, and sometimes actively bad. I say this as a long-time fan of Neptunia, which might be the only group that this title appeals to.

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