At long last, the saga of Neptune and her bid to end the console wars draws to a close. With Black Heart and Green Heart already agreeing to join her in the fight against Arfoire, Neptune spends about an hour grinding for enough levels and Shares to get White Heart on her side. It’s quite fitting that Lowee’s recruitment took the longest since White Heart is notoriously stubborn about everything and (almost) everyone, even standing steadfast in her refusal to have anything to do with Nep-Nep after getting her butt kicked in their last boss battle until Histoire tricks her into joining.
The gang now consists of all four CPUs, two “maker” characters who joined Neptune at the beginning of the game, and four more who are only available for play with corresponding DLC packages…more than large enough of a party to take on the final boss of an RPG. Three stages of boss evolution and about an hour of cutscenes later, Neptune’s party wins, and the story is over.
Chapter 33 can be read here, and Chapter 34 can be read here. (Side note/fair warning: The “true ending” of the game pretty much destroys any possibility of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 being a direct sequel.)
The final battle for Celestia draws ever closer, and Neptune is still trying to get help from the other goddesses. In Chapter 32 of our story, Neptune and friends take off for the green land of Leanbox in order to get Green Heart on the team. It’s almost as easy as it sounds, especially since there are still plenty of Shares in that land still left over from their journey in Lastation. All that remains now is to go to Lowee to recruit White Heart.
NOTE: I made a few small alterations to Chapter 31 to include some new 5pb and RED skits I missed the first time around.
NOTE 2: It is perfectly possible to try to beat the game without getting all three of the other CPUs on your side, and evidently it’s advisable to do so if you’re shooting for 100% completion. Of course, you do still get to continue the game after the ending, which gives you access to several more high-level dungeons and skits between the other characters. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to leave that portion out of this story for future chapters.
Now that Neptune’s overcome her identity and memory crisis, she sets out to regain the trust of the three goddesses in order to fight and defeat Arfoire once and for all. First stop: Lastation, to recruit Lady Black Heart.
(Since this part involves manipulating a game mechanic that is only briefly alluded to in the game, I merely glossed over the parts where I went back into previously cleared dungeons to bump up Lastation shares enough to view the events needed to recruit Black Heart to my team. Rinse and repeat for the other two goddesses, and then on to Celestia!)
The second half of Neptune’s weapon hunt continues in Chapters 28 and 29 of this Hyperdimension Neptunia playthrough, as she assembles Gheytz’ Wisdom Bow and Miamoato’s Trust Spear. Now, all that remains is to go after Arfoire, and try to get the other three goddesses to my side through careful (and most likely) tedious manipulation of the “shares” system). Of course, that will have to wait until after riding out Hurricane Sandy. Stay tuned!
Tonight’s installment of There’s a Nep for That is a double-whammy, for two reasons: 1) to make up for lost time, and 2) because the first of these chapter took me less than an hour to finish, but combining it with the second part would have made it too long.
So here’s the deal…Neptune’s party has freed Histoire from her bookish prison, but there’s still that problem of Arfoire running amok and sowing chaos across the lands of the CPU goddesses. The witches they fought before that might have been Arfoire? Clones. That story about Overlord Momus? A scare tactic to get people to put their faith in Arfoire instead of the CPUs. How does one defeat such a crafty goddess? With legendary weapons, of course! Histoire tells the party (well, she uses a somewhat educated guess, anyway) that the weapons are hidden on each of the four landmasses. In Chapter 26, Neptune scouts her homeland of Planeptune for Yusuzuki‘s Trinity Blade, and in Chapter 27, she hops over to Lastation to search for Kuterogi‘s Dual Revolver.