The second spin-off game in the Neptunia series, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (Chō Megami Shinkō Noire Geki-Shin Black Heart) is a game for the Play Station Vita focused on Noire. Noire was chosen because she won a poll in 2011 to determine a spin-off protagonist. This time, it's a Strategy RPG developed by Sting Entertainment (best known for its Dept. Heaven series, and who previously collaborated with IF on Generation of Chaos 6 in 2012).
In the Alternate Continuity of Gamarket, Noire is a few steps shy of unifying the whole world under her banner. But things suddenly go wrong when
Arfoire Eno tricks Noire into making her shares' energy dissipate. Suddenly, all of her subordinates, the generals, have broken ties with the CPUs and are fighting amongst themselves.
As she starts setting things right, she learns that many of her generals were never her friends like she thought they were, but rather saw things as having begrudgingly become her pawns. In response to this, Noire gets a second objective: be friends with her generals for real this time.
These tropes only do everything:
- A Day in the Limelight: This game features Noire as the Main Character (and the player as a Supporting Protagonist). Lampshaded by Neptune, who is less than amused to be dethroned from the protagonist spot.
- Asskicking Leads to Leadership: When deciding on a leader, Neptune, Blanc, and Vert all team up to take out Noire first. Noire soundly beats them, however, and they reluctantly accept her as their leader.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: Saori's "Waiting under the Legend Tree" special move. It starts as a typical Love Confession scene, she's even all embarrassed, then she switches it at the last moment.Saori: I dislike you more than anyone! I! HATE! YOUR! GUTS!
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: The DLC items are stronger than anything you can forge and go to your inventory as soon as you download them. Tiara may also apply because she's essentially a 5th CPU that comes with her ultimate weapon equipped.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Arfoire, as the final boss of the game. You may find yourself staring down a boss with 9999 HP and dealing 1 damage per hit while she gets two moves per turn and kills anyone in the general vicinity.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: It's Noire's game, so it makes perfect sense for her voice actress to sing the game's opening theme.
- Downloadable Content: 4 playable characters including 3 Makers (IF, Compa and Sting) as well as Tiaranote . There are also several weapons and equipment for the download characters.
- Formula-Breaking Episode: Noire and the Genre Shift aside the setting is called "Gamarket" instead of "Gameindustri" and the Makers (personifications of companies) are replaced by generals (personifications of game franchises)
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Any battle that has the CPUs transforming during the cutscene before the battle allows her to maintain HDD for the entire battle, instead of only three turns, and even if she falls.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: A blatant case after Noire helps Estelle in a mission where she has to kill more monsters than Ein Al. Even though you must kill more monsters than Ein to complete the mission, the post-mission cutscene states that Ein killed more monsters than Estelle and Noire, with no further explanation than Noire's party was uncoordinated.
- Hypocritical Humor: While sneaking around Lid's city, Noire yells at Neptune to keep her voice down.
- The game itself pulls one when Noire says the idea of "other dimensions" is ludicrous. When that's all the series has been showing off since the second game, and this game itself takes place in an alternate dimension.
- Inconsistent Dub:
- The goddesses sometimes use their normal voices in the dub track, which is especially jarring for Neptune. Where this mistake happens, they're also not referred to as [Colour] Heart and just their normal name in the text boxes. This is not an issue on the Japanese voice track.
- A minor one happens with Warechu's name. In NIS America's localizations of Mk2 and Victory, he was renamed "Pirachu". When the English localization rights for the series were handed over to Idea Factory International as of Re;Birth 1, his name was reverted with the release of Re;Birth 2. However, this game still uses his NISA-given name.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: In addition to the CPUs, the Generals are based on video game franchises such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Metal Gear, The Idolmaster, Inazuma Eleven, Agarest Senki, and (Ms?) Pac-Man among others
- More Friends, More Benefits: Farming Lily Boosts goes faster if you have multiple characters kiss the active one, which in turn powers HDD and SP Moves. Finally, the platinum trophy requires you to max all characters' Lily Ranks with all other characters.
- Mythology Gag: Pirachu/Warechu shows up at one point as a Chirper shout. Besides stating "Compa isn't in the game", he then states he isn't a bad mouse.
- No Fourth Wall: Neptune and several NPCs refer to how Neptune isn't the protagonist this time. One NPC even wonders if Noire's character can pull the story on her own.
- Not as You Know Them: Anyone who joined the series with the Re;Birth games will find the CPUs to be exaggerated compared to their portrayal there, and some of their jabs at each other to be downright mean-spirited. This is due to the game using the personalities of the original Ultradimension goddesses from Victory, who were divisively harsh before the remakes gave them their more approachable personas.
- Out of Focus: The game is very much Noire's time to shine, and with her Secretary there to trade exposition with, the other CPUs have been bumped down to supporting cast members. Receives a massive and hilarious lampshading when Vert and Blanc suddenly realize that since Neptune isn't the main character they don't have to put up with her antics anymore, and start ignoring her completely.
- Self-Insert Fic: You as Noire's secretary. His name is even noted as "Player" before becoming Noire's secretary, where he switches to Secretary for the rest of the game.
- Shout-Out: This series has its own page.
- Skinship Grope: Moru does this in her scene with Noire, while implied to be quite inebriated.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to Noire in a cutscene, courtesy of Generia G wanting to turn her into a giant mech "Super CPU."
- Super-Deformed: All models are in a chibi art style.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The CPUs are not happy about having to work together, but given the circumstances have little other choices.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Happens to Ai in her specific scene, when she's tussling with Noire. It looks like Ai has the upper hand, but then her bikini top falls off.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: This is the first entry in the series to have the CPU Candidates completely absent since their introduction. It's justified as this is an Alternate Continuity (and one based on Victory, which didn't have those characters as natives to the Ultreadimension) and not obligated to have these characters.
- Yuri Genre: On the one hand, this entry seems to have gone one step beyond with the Lily Boost cutscene involving your characters giving each other a peck on the cheek... while on the other hand, we're treated with a generic self-insert character (stated to be male) and one scene involves Noire and Saori 'practising' proposing with the self-insert character as the target.