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Video Game: Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

The third game in the Neptunia series, JRPGs featuring moe anthropomorphisms of the gaming industry in a humorous take on the Console Wars, as well as the first sequel in the series, due to the previous game being a Continuity Reboot.

Taking place sometime after the second game, Neptune is kicking back and enjoying the peace from Arfoire's defeat when she finds herself sucked into a portal and awakens in an alternate dimension. This world is a version of Gamindustri set in a time similar to the 1980's, under siege by a group of enemies known as the Seven Sages. Teaming up with this world's CPUs, Neptune must figure out a way to get home and defeat these new enemies.

The game got released in Japan in August 2012, while other territories got it in March of 2013.

The Japanese and English sites of the game are currently up.
  • Adult Fear: A man showing up (one of the villains at that), pretending to be the father of a child and said child willingly going with him? Efficient kidnapping, to say the least.
  • Alternate Universe: While Neptune is the same as the one from mk2, she's been transported to an alternate universe similar to the 80s with most of, if not all of, the cast being alternate universe versions of themselves once again.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Arfoire in Chapter 5 has a nasty penchant for always attacking Nepgear first. Someone doesn't like being demoted to extra.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Used by Neptune to describe Blanc to Plutia. She admits it's kind of an exaggeration.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The vast majority of Coupling and Formation Skills. They cost multiple levels of the EXE Drive Gauge but are only about as powerful if not weaker than the basic EXE Drives. Veterans of Mk2 will be disappointed the first time they try to kill a boss with Violet Buster this time around.
    • Subverted with Guardian Force, which requires a specific party and costs the entire EXE Drive Gauge but actually has enough power to justify its use. By "enough power" we mean enough to kill whatever boss you happen to be fighting.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: When Hyperdimension Rei starts attacking Ultradimension Planeptune, Neptune lists suggestions for what's happening.
    Neptune: Lightning? Earthquake? An oil spill lit on fire? A really strict father?
  • Bonus Boss: Several of the end-game scout dungeons have CPU clones for their Tough Foes. First of all, their respective dungeons must first be unlocked through scouting, then the dungeons themselves must be scouted while the flag is standing until the "spawn powerful monster" result is achieved. As for the bosses themselves, Tough Foes in general are the most powerful class of boss monster in the game but these enemies take it one step further by using their EXE Drives against you. None of these bosses are required for any quests, but beating them gives you a chance at acquiring the plans for their respective characters' ultimate weapons and armor (which are of course Randomly Drops).
  • Call Back: Neptune fighting the other three goddesses in the beginning. This time, however, that turns out to be a Fake Action Prologue; it's actually Noire, Blanc, and Vert ganging up on Neptune in a video game.
  • Cassandra Truth: In the first two chapters you can talk with some minor characters who had appeared in the Gamindustri Graveyard in mk2, Deco, 1st-gen Compa, and Furapura, they express disbelief in being told that they're going to die and to be careful. At the start of Chapter 3, when speaking with Furapura she mentions that Deco has died and 1st-gen Compa has left on a trip.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: The party engages in this, much to the annoyance of their enemies at that time.
  • Combat Exclusive Healing: Can only use the very limited healing items outside of battle.
  • Cool Ship: Just like in the first game, we see a jet plane in the opening sequence. Any fan who has played the original Neptunia knows this is a transformation of Neptune's and will automatically assume it's useable in-game. It is.
    • The viewers are also treated with a stealth-bomber like ship flying along side Neptune's jet, its shouldn't be too hard to guess who that may be...
  • Crash into Hello: How Neptune meets Plutia and Ultradimension Noire. How pretty much anyone meets Ultradimension Noire.
  • Continuity Nod: Neptune lampshades that she's been falling from the sky for three games now. And each time, she would usually lose her memory, though she doesn't this time in Victory. She even lampshades that it would be lame if it happened all over again.
    • Discontinuity Nod: There's also several nods to the first game placed here and there, for example Financier is now a citizen in the basilicom.
      • When she finds out that Noire, who she landed on, has no idea who Neptune is, Neptune assumes that either she was the one to get amnesia or is just faking it. She tells Noire to not bother trying to force the memories and to trust her on the matter since she was a former amnesiac herself.
      • Overlord Momus gets a couple of mentions. The Vestiges of Momus enemy shares it's model with Arfoire's monstrous form, and there's a drawing from IF depicting Momus who looks like a cross between Neptune and Magic.
  • Demoted to Extra: Nepgear, who lampshades this:
    Nepgear: I was the main character last time. Really! I'm being treated like a punching bag this time around... The last time, I was a really good lead!
    • She's got nothing on IF and Compa, who don't even get character portraits before and after a certain age and are only usable as paid DLC...kinda. In fact, pretty much every Maker/Oracle-not-named-Histoire was either this, Put on a Bus, or not even mentioned.
  • Denser and Wackier: If summoning Keiji Inafune as a sword or laser cannon in the previous game wasn't weird enough, this time around, Neptune can summon a four-pack of Keiji Inafune missiles or a spaceship with Keiji Inafune's head. Plus, Plutia, Vert, and Noire can acquire some oddball summon spells too.
    Black Heart: Ugh, why can't we have normal moves?
  • Disc One Nuke: Stat Grinding aside, in chapter 2, you can buy some accessories that boost your HP by 2500.
    • One of the most egregious examples of this trope is the "[x] Style" lineup, which consists of the original "[x]" and remaking them in Item Development with an "Invisibility Cloth", which can be used as early as Chapter 3. The buying price, for example, of a "Monochrome Jersey" is 5000 credits. The selling price of a Monochrome Style is a whopping 1.25 Million credits.
    • Vert's Dreadnought, the second-strongest spear and normally a near-end-game weapon, can be crafted practically as soon as she joins your party in chapter 4. All you have to do is run through a certain dungeon while avoiding all of the enemies to pick up the design and some materials, then gather the rest of the materials through harvesting and scouts.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Pretty much all of Iris Heart's scenes. Only a borderline example, since said scenes are pretty much exactly what they remind you of, Iris Heart just never gets a chance to... finish.
  • Early Bird Boss: Any Tough Foe in Chapter 2 and possibly 3 could qualify, though special mention goes to Achilles who is a Chapter 2 quest target and difficult even by Tough Foe standards. These enemies practically require the use of EXE Drives to beat, but those moves don't come until level 25. For reference, you start the chapter at around level 7 and a first-time player will likely finish the chapter at around level 17. Fortunately grinding to level 25 is very possible; the quest to obtain 3 Holy Whale Ball will likely take you most of the way and dungeon-wide EXP bonuses from scouts can help with the rest.
  • Early Game Hell: The game's power curve is generally very grindy. This isn't so bad later on, when dungeon-manipulating mechanics give you other incentive to clear places over and over, but this makes the first non-story, non-hopeless boss absolutely brutal. And this is before any option but good old-fashioned Level Grinding is available, you only have a handful of techniques, and filling up the EXE gauge is still an arduous process. Fortunately the devs seemed to have noticed this, and at the start of chapter 2 (right when this hits the most) an accessory becomes available that more or less doubles your HP at the time. It's not a perfect cure, but it goes a long way.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The final part of the "Plutia:HDD" attack, where Gamindustri gets exploded. But don't worry; just like with Neptune's ultimate attack in the first game, "This isn't actually happening."
    Plutia: Oh, did I overdo it?
    Neptune: It's okay. It's just a battle effect.
  • Enemy Mine: Copypaste, Abnes, Pirachu, Alternate Gamindustri Rei, Anonydeath, and Mister Badd all help out the CPU goddesses to help maintain the Alternate Gamindustri so that the group can get to 2012 Gamindustri and stop 2012 Rei.
  • Epic Fail: Among other things, the Virtual Boy conversation.
    Noire: Hey, refresh my memory. What was that binocular thing you released that gave everyone migranes?
    Blanc: Th-that was...!
    Noire: Man, that was the most epic of flops! It's almost like you planned for it all along!
  • Equippable Ally: A new game mechanic, the possibility of temporarily transforming your allies into weapons. Nippon Ichi aficionados might recognize the system as Magichange, and it's called "Final CPU Form", also referencing Kamen Rider Decade's similar Final Form Ride.
  • Exposition Fairy: None other than Histoire.
  • First Episode Spoiler: It's telling that her character page still spoils that one important event that starts off the plot is when Rei sends Neptune to Alternate Gamindustri via a portal.
  • Healing Factor: Almost every boss in the game has this to some degree, and its a significant contributor to the Sequel Difficulty Spike.
  • Humongous Mecha: A couple of the new villains look like one, one of them even resembles an Eva specifically.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the Good Ending of the game, Plutia stays in Neptune's world. They also leave Nepgear stranded in Plutia's world, saying that they'd get around to getting her out and that it's only a been a few days ignoring Nepgear's reminder that that means she's been left alone again for years.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Neptune says this when offering her "sexy bod" in return for the CPU Memory that Iris Heart is holding. She regrets this immediately, as Iris Heart is going to hold her to it. Which Iris Heart does, but as Plutia and in the form of a pleasant group bath.
  • Incest Subtext: Between Neptune and Nepgear, when the former tells the latter that she loves her in order to make her feel better. According to Plutia, at least...
    Plutia: (*blushing*) Oh, my! Incestual confessions!
  • Infinity Plus One Disc: The final blank disc you receive has lv.5 capacity for all three colors. The catch? You receive this disc only after you have obtained all 26 Large Medals, which are Randomly Drops from the most powerful class of boss monsters in the game. Once you get this disc you can create the Call of Duty godly game which confers the unique CPU Defense ability and the Break Damage Limit ability, making it useful for the final boss and the bosses which drop the designs for the ultimate weapons and armor as well as certain Colosseum fights.
  • Interface Spoiler: Neptune's status page shows she has lily points with Nepgear despite only battling with her before the system was introduced, spoiling the latter's return to the playable party.
    • It's possible to purchase crafting recipes for costumes and accessories that are associated with people that won't join your party for another twenty hours or so.
    • The DLC weapons can also spoil which CPU characters can join your party, since you get then immediately after download, regardless of your point in the story. as such, you can get Uni's, Rom's, Ram's and Peashy's weapons before even recruiting those characters.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Every party member has quotes that they say while striking a pose over a cool background when they transform.
  • Lecture As Exposition: A unique variant. While Histoire lectures Nepgear and Neptune on what it means to be a goddess, Nepgear uses the lecture as a distraction to deliver exposition to the player.
  • Level Grinding: This game has more grinding than a strip-club. While all of the games have this to an extent, it's egregious compared to the prequel, actually coming close to requiring you to grind as much as the first one did. If you don't, you will get killed.
  • Levelup Fillup
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to mk2 at least.
  • Lightning Glare: Between Noire and Blanc when they first meet in Chapter 2 and later again in the beginning of Chapter 4 when Neptune notices it.
    Neptune: Holy bologna! Their eyeballs are firing angry beams at each other right now!
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: As with the previous game, Victory retains most of the previous game's characters while adding many more.
    • Put on a Bus: The only returning Makers are IF, Compa, and Falcom.
  • Mirror Boss: The Fake CPUs that start showing up late in the game.
  • Ms. Exposition: Nepgear recaps the events of the second game for those who have never played it.
  • Mythology Gag: Oh so very much. You're an 80's/90's kid if you can recognize the references.
    • Blanc's main trim in this game is actually red instead of white/silver, while White Heart doesn't like noobs and is aggressive.
    • Vert is described as an "outside invader" and the continent she's from makes everything Big Fun, while Green Heart makes her The Ojou.
    • Noire is more of a Generation Xerox than anything else, while Black Heart has white hair and talks in Totally Radical.
    • Plutia is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, while Iris Heart is Yandere.
    • Rei's land, back when she was still a CPU goddess was called Tari. And the reason why it doesn't exist anymore is thanks to The Great Crash.
      • Related: Blanc's harsh measures and gruff demeanor suddenly makes a lot of sense, considering what kind of games were flooding the market before the crash (read: crap). She had to make sure that the Seal of Approval meaned something. Shall we call her Sheriff Ted Nindo?
  • Nerf: Remember "Violet Schwestern"? It's still in this game, now named "Violet Buster"; however while it's still broken in terms of damage output, you can't exactly spam it over and over again thanks to the presence of the EXE Drive Gauge.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: One of your enemies is an eggplant with a cucumber spear riding on a horsebird. We still wonder what was Compile Heart on...
  • Nominal Importance: Discussed with the Lastation soldier when he appears for the third time. According to Neptune, should he have had a name, it would've been obvious to the player that he would have an relatively important role, but now it's a twist. Immediately subverted when he promptly gets fired for not paying attention.
  • Noodle Incident: While we discover why she's terrified, we never find out exactly what Iris Heart might have done to Noire the first time she transformed, just enough suggestions it's almost a surprise when Iris later implies Noire has virginity left to lose.
    • Yet another one involving Iris Heart, but this time, her and Neptune. Apparently, something happened between the timeskip that causes Purple Heart to blush and say she just got carried away, or let her emotions rule herself. Yeah...we can see where that's headed.
  • Oh Crap: When Plutia is getting mad for the first time, Neptune immediately gets shivers and a really cold feeling. Cold like murderous penguins, not like cute penguins. When Plutia does get mad a little while later (though not at Neptune and Noire this time) and transforms, she learns why this is something you should not want to happen.
  • Orphanage of Love: The Planeptune Basilicom gets turned into one early on in the story. While they repeatedly just call it a daycare, the fact that the only children ever seen live there it's at least serving as both daycare and orphanage.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: As the Lastation soldier admits himself when he discusses Nominal Importance with Neptune and Plutia.
  • Panty Shot: They "don't mind if you take a peek"... or so they say. See What the Hell, Player? below. Regardless of their own opinion on them, the game does feature plenty of them, as jumping, or simply attacking in Plutia's case, will often cause them to flash them.
  • Playable Epilogue: For the good end, you have access to only the last dungeon in the game and is only really helpful for leveling Uni, Ram, and Rom and crafting a few items. The true end lets you do all that, keep all of your characters, and use your scouts to find new post game dungeons, with a few subtle Sequel Hooks thrown in.
  • Precision F-Strike: During the Good Ending route, where Neptune and Plutia accidentally leave Nepgear behind in Plutia's dimension.
    Nepgear: What...the...HELL, Neptune!
  • Randomly Drops: Well over half of the Quests run off of this... even some that are MANDATORY TO PROCEED WITH THE STORY!
    • Taken Up To Eleven with Quests that require drops from a special monster... a monster that does not even begin to spawn until you've gotten a specific result from Scouting that dungeon... a result which is itself effectively a Randomly Drops! And good luck figuring out which dungeon to Scout for which monster... There's also the issue of all non story dungeons being hidden behind the Scout system. You can end up missing alot, including some special skills and the True Ending simply because your scouts never found the dungeons the requirements were hidden away in.
      • It Gets Worse: when you DO finally meet the target monster, assuming you're doing this as soon as the Quest became available, chances are its going to be way too powerful for you and introduce you to the Game Over screen. Still want to go for that perfect 40 on the end of chapter evaluation?
  • Replay Mode: The game has the option to replay cutscenes, but only in certain places, namely Planeptune's Basicicom and the hotels in the other nations.
  • Restart at Level One: Lampshaded. Neptune gripes about being dropped to Lv. 1 and how Nepgear gets to start at Lv. 10.
  • Relationship Values: Determine how helpful the party member in the Equippable Ally position will be. In a frightening lack of subtlety, they're called Lily points.
  • Relax-o-Vision: At the end of Chapter 5, where Iris Heart tortures the shit out of Arfoire, you see an image of super-deformed Neptune standing at a meadow with the words "Please stand by." The image appears again during the Good Ending route, where Iris Heart frightens Uni, Rom, and Ram.
    • Get the True Ending and, for the image album, you'll unlock how the main cast colors said super-deformed Neptune.
  • Running Gag: People getting threatened to have, or actually having, their face smacked, usually by Neptune.
    • People landing on Noire.
      Neptune: That's our loyal landing pillow! Noire, you never let us down!
    • Nepgear's random, unhelpful affinities.
      Nepgear learned the "Often Talks to Herself" affinity!
      Nepgear: Oh, come on, you guys! I even get those things during my narration scene!?
    • People mistaking CPU Memories for food. This stops being funny in Chapter 9.
  • Save Scumming: You will be doing this a lot if you want either A) different bosses or B) different items popping out. And that depends whether you have the flag either standing or broken.
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: Shakeko, one of the more fleshed out Scouts, spends most of her time trying to turn back into a panda. Eventually she is informed that she still is a panda but only in another world and that while one form sleeps the other is awake. After this revelation, she claims to spend most of her time messing with people and fangirling over 1st Gen Compa, only ever mentioning her quest to become the panda again while working. Sure enough, in Neptune's world there is a panda instead of her.
  • Sequel: The first game of the series that can truly be called a "sequel", since mk2 was more of a Continuity Reboot.
    • Sequel Difficulty Spike: Enemies hit a lot harder in this game now compared to mk2. To compensate however, you get more HP but that doesn't make things easier.
    • Sequel Escalation: The "Superior Angels" attack. The human version may be the same as before, but the HDD version... well, you never saw this in the previous game.
  • Sequel Hook: In the true end A permanent portal between the two Gamindustris is created and synchronizes the flow of time between the worlds. The Histoires point out that this will likely cause problems down the line. ASIC members are still running around in some of the post game dungeons, and the alternate Gamindustri's Arfoire is still alive. In the good end Croire has taken Rei's powers off to some other reality to attempt to cause destruction there.
  • Shout-Out: During one of the Nepstation Segments, the game mentions "A raging treat, Blanc manju". This is quite obviously a reference to the "Rage Manju" (better known as the RageCandyBar in localizations) from Pokemon Gold and Silver and their remakes. The fact that Blanc is the CPU for the SNES (i.e. Nintendo) and Lowee just looks exactly like Ecruteak City from the remakes makes this even more obvious.
    • Atranger is a reference to Geppy X .
    • In the description of the Mai Waifu accessory for Plutia and Neptune, it tells you to give it to someone who seems totally wifey and Moe Moe Kyun.
  • Sleep Cute: The Good Ending has this with Plutia sleeping with Neptune.
  • Stat Grinding: New to the game mechanics that when you fulfill something, you get a boost in stats. Like doing nothing with your party leader on the field (with the maximum being at 5 hours), jumping, getting ambushed, almost anything. If you're willing, you could practically get a lot of boosts in Int boosts, Tech boosts, and Agi boosts BEFORE your first battle.
  • Take That, Critics!: The trophy you get for simply starting the game questions how many reviewers will actually have that trophy. Fitting given how often people write Compile Heart's games off as trash for simply being Compile Heart games.
  • Take That, Us / Take That, Audience!: Neptune practically berates NISA as to why they can't debug their games properly. This is after the entire party gets curb stomped by Yellow Heart. The game itself is also chock full of jibes at failed console or game ideas that the various companies had in the past.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Seriously, Arfoire could have blasted Neptune, Noire, and Iris Heart all together when the three were talking with each other. Even Iris Heart thanks Arfoire for waiting.
  • The Eighties: The inspiration for this game's setting.
  • The One Guy: This is the first game to have a male, human, character that's not just a silhouette and he's one of the villains.
  • The Stinger: After the credits roll for the True End, it shows Croire getting trapped by the alternate Gameindustri's Neptune.
  • Time Skip: Three, actually. It's been a few years in-game since the events of Mk2 (enough that Neptune and Nepgear's levels would drop from laziness and Purple Heart's breasts would grow some). And after Nep is sent to the past Gameindustri, after Chapter 1, a three year timeskip takes place. The remaining two are a period of 5 and 10 years, the latter confirmed, the former hinted due to the aging of Iffy, Compa and Peashy. The latter timeskip allows for Iffy and Compa to age to adulthood and the new nation of Eden to become prosperous.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: One year inside Plutia's world is only a day for Neptune's world. Until the True End, anyway.
  • Title Drop: In the Chapter 7 episode of Nepstation's Walletcrusher Nep, the game's title appears twice on the packaging for Hero Sausage.
    • In Chapter 4, when Neptune tries to get IF, Compa, and Peashy (as babies) to say her name, IF says, "Nep...tunia?"
      Neptune: It's important not to confuse my name with the title of the game, so this'll save me some trouble.
    • And then there are the Large Medals, where the description for each one, from A to Z, has that letter stand for something. For Large Medal V, "V is for Victory, duh!"
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: The human version of Beat Up Combo, where Peashy punches the enemy into Neptune so hard, the enemy and Neptune get launched into the sky.
    Peashy: Huh? Neptuna flew away too?
  • Useless Spleen: After his defeat, Mr. Badd begs Iris Heart and White Heart to stop kicking him square in the spleen.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: In the final episode of Nepstation's Walletcrusher Nep, Neptune wouldn't shut up about the Nep Bull EX II medicine, and how it must have some kind of side effect. Ultimately, the screen went black with the message, "Technical difficulties. Please wait a moment." When the broadcast came back on, she had been removed from the stage.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Make any one character jump at fields or in dungeons 700 times to unlock a bonus voice clip for her... where she scolds you most likely because of all that jumping.
    Neptune: Uh, did you, maybe, see something when I was jumping? Well, I mean, my skirt's partially at fault, but you're a CREEP if that's why you make me jump so much!
    Noire: What's with you, making me jump all the time? Calm down!... Wait... Are you doing it to see... THAT? YOU PERVERT! TOTAL PERVERT!
    Nepgear: Ahh! Did you, maybe... look up my skirt? Ugh! You pervert! You're the worst kind of sicko!
    • The "Mai Waifu" head accessories typically just poke fun at what sort of relationship that would be depending on the character. Peashy's though?
    You're kidding, right? C'mon, don't be weird.
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alternative title(s): Hyperdimension Neptunia V; Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
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