A Surprisingly Improved Continuity Reboot to Hyperdimension Neptunia, and the second game of the Neptunia series.The four goddesses and Nepgear are captured while trying to take down ASIC. Three years later, Nepgear is freed. She must now save her sisters and hopefully succeed at taking ASIC down this time.But she doesn't have to go at it alone. Mostnote everyone except RED, since the company she represents was bought out between games of the cast from the original, plus several new additions, are there to support her.Of course, this includes the younger sisters of the other goddesses, who are based on the handheld systems on the market at the time of this game's release, much like how Nepgear is based on the Game Gear and how the goddesses are based on the home consoles on the market and the unreleased Sega Neptune.A remake for the PS Vita is slated for release in March 2014 in Japan, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation.Visit the Japanese and English websites.This page is littered with spoilers! Please use extra caution.
Tropes in Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2:
Affably Evil: The "more chivalrous than evil" CFW Brave. He is described as such, and offered to let Nepgear and Uni free before attacking when he found them in Endless Zone.
All Just a Dream: Noire and Kei both have dream sequences in which CFW Brave asks them for permission to marry Uni.
Alternate Universe: Honestly, just about everything has changed outside of the central premise. Even the world's structure and how the main characters met!
Awesome, but Impractical: Superior Angels. What it does is that it hits all enemies for 9999 for 15 times. The downside? You need all four CPU Candidates at 100 AP and have at least 100 SP. The SP gaining isn't that bad, but in a game where later enemies do a One-Hit Kill on you, AP gaining isn't easy as it seems.
The CPUs' DLC Combination Attack Guardian Force also falls for this. It's arguably stronger and has a wider range but costs more SP; basically it's more awesome but also more impractical to use.
Just even using HDD form is already impractical to use in this series thanks to the constant SP drain.
Awesome yet Practical: Any combination attack with Nepgear as the partner. The SP required to use it isn't really much, and having Nepgear as a partner removes the damage cap. It's by far the easiest way to beat the very difficult otherwise bonus boss.
BFG: Uni. Even more so when she becomes Black Sister.
Bonus Boss: Tons in the coliseum, the hardest of them being Delphinus.
Bound and Gagged: Arfoire keeps the CPUs like this for three years. It's even the name of the trophy you get for viewing the CG image of them.
Bragging Rights Reward: Getting the accessory that allows you to break the damage limit. Why's that? You only get this accessory as a rare drop from beating the highest leveled enemy of this game.
Calling Your Attacks: You can't name your combos this time out, but the characters are more prone to shouting their attack names.
Creator Cameo: When was the last time you've seen a creator of the game (or at least, have a hand in making the game aka Keiji Inafune) be there in person as a friggin summon!?
Curb-Stomp Battle: CFW Magic delivers it to the four goddesses at the start of the game.
The actual fight with CFW Judge will end this way for either you or him. He is powerful enough to wipe out most of your team in a single turn, but just before the fight, Nepgear gets an extremely powerful new processor set and a Game Breaker skill called Celestial Severance. Your CPU Candidates also receive the Superior Angels skill shortly before entering the area, another ridiculously powerful skill. And to top it all off, everyone in your party begins the fight with a full 300 SP. So the fight is pretty much a race to see who will utterly annihilate the other first.
Darkest Hour: Nepgear in the absurdly disturbing Conquest Ending. She actually takes her experiences pretty well, not completely reaching the Despair Event Horizon, particularly considering that she's being forced to kill all of her friends—including two small children while they sob on each other and hold hands after their older sister was just stabbed to death—and her only living relative, along with practically every single person she's become friends with throughout the game, all in a last-ditch attempt to prevent a tragedy that she ultimately doesn't prevent, anyway.
Decided By One Vote: One side event has the CPUs holding an election to determine who is the most popular after Neptune and Nepgear put out an Idol Singer video that proves to be immensely popular. It appears to end in a Type 3 as Underling, who showed up just to mess with the whole thing, is pressured into voting by the bickering goddesses. She ends up fleeing with the CPUs in pursuit.
Everyone Calls Her "Underling": Linda receives this label from Nepgear and company, much to her dismay. Even Pirachu keeps calling her "Underling" despite multiple demands telling him not to, and to add insult to injury, the name above the text box every time she speaks is changed from "Linda" to "Underling."
Exposition Fairy: Despite not being a sidekick, Histoire fulfills a similar role to this aside from being Mission Control. It helps that she looks like an actual fairy.
Fastball Special: Neptune gets tossed by the three goddesses towards Nepgear in one of the endings.
There's also the first battle against a Killachine; even though the damn thing fades out via the standard enemy death animation, the party's dialogue goes on to reveal that it was too powerful for them.
Rule of Symbolism: How many fans interpreted the Conquest Ending. Even if you end the Console Wars by having one Super Console that plays everything, piracy will always continue to exist. With only one super console, the industry will stall without competition. And a gaming world without competition will not improve and will fall apart sooner or later. It's even lampshaded by CFW Arfoire herself in that particular ending.
In the side event mentioned in Decided By One Vote, Blanc says that she will follow Underling to hell for the vote that will make her the most popular of all the CP Us.
Self-Deprecation: Keiji Inafune's cameo attacks. IF comments she only feels apathy from the sword form and remarks that she doesn't "want hipsters ironically enjoying [her] new attacks" and Nepgear herself comments that he's full of wrath and admits it's embarrassing to wield.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The Conquest Ending. Nepgear feeds the demon sword by killing all of the other CPUs with it, then destroys Arfoire with the fully powered sword. Arfoire, however, seems to take being defeated quite well, all things considered... The reason why is that, by having killed the other CPUs, Nepgear has fated the world to have no competition, and therefore no progress. With no progress, Gamindustri will ultimately crumble, and Arfoire will then return to feast on the remains. The implications of this are that the CPUs all died, not to avert Gamindustri's end, but to make it inevitable. Thankfully, this is only one of Multiple Endings, so it is not strictly canon. But still...
Strange Minds Think Alike: In the True Ending, Both Blanc and Vert think about the idea of giving one of the former's sisters to the latter.
Suicide for Others' Happiness: During the Conquest Ending, most of the CPU Candidates voluntarily let you kill them after their CPU sisters force Nepgear to kill them. Uni gets a special mention, as she says she wants to die because her older sister is already dead, so she has nothing left to live for except her sister's dying words of hope that Gamindustri can be saved, which requires that Uni allows herself to be killed by Nepgear. Neptune plays this straight, smiling and stating simply that Nepgear has to kill her or all of their efforts until then will be for nothing.
Unskilled, but Strong: The four goddesses. To put it in a nutshell, they have very few skills despite having the best stats of the whole team. DLC fixed this by turning them all into Game Breakers.
Unsound Effect: A few instances such as when Nepgear and co. beat up Underling for laying waste to Leanbox (Bitch slap!) and also when Underling thrashes Nepgear and Uni at LAN Castle. (Backhand! Stars and stripes!)