Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory’s ESRB Rating Won’t Surprise You

By Ishaan . January 14, 2013 . 8:30am

The ESRB have published their rating for Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, and the rating summary shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that’s familiar with this series of games. The game is rated “T” and the rating summary is as follows:


This is a role-playing game in which players control a young goddess on a quest to return home from an alternate dimension. As players advance the storyline, they use swords, lances, guns, and colorful light attacks against fantasy creatures (e.g., plants monsters, dragons, robots). Combat is turn-based, and damage is indicated by impact sounds and a loss of hit points. During the course of the game, some female characters are dressed in low-cut outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage and/or buttocks; one bathing sequence depicts female bodies partially obscured by hot-spring mist and soap suds. Characters also make several suggestive/sexual comments (e.g., “Are those boobies? Mine get big when I transform” “Wait, is she a dominatrix…?” “I’m sorry for all the foreplay” and “Even if you get groped a bit, or get into some kinky stuff, you’ll end up able to transform.”). The words “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “b*tch” appear in the dialogue.


Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is schedule for release on March 12th in North America and March 15th in Europe. You can watch a recent trailer for the game here.


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  • It’s good to see that the rating’s gone back to T now that Trick isn’t in it. Really, I was surprised when I saw mk2 rated M.

  • DesmaX

    Well, no creepy stuff this time around

    I hope

    • keep hopin’ bubula, but don’t blow a gasket

    • Sadly, Neptunia will find a way. Very surprised if it doesn’t. Mk. 2 basically has me very wary of this series going forward, which makes me sad as I rather enjoyed the first and the sequel’s battle system is actually pretty fun. Not enough to offset how creepy the whole game feels, but still good. I just wish they’d put it in a game I could play with any other human being around instead of something that makes me feel shame to have on my shelf.

      • DesmaX

        True. Didn’t really played the first one (I hated Trinity Universe, and the first game seems to be really similar to it, so I just gonna skip it), but, damn, mk2 was fun. It’s just mindless JRPG fun that I like to have sometimes.

        But, still… I do feel dirty playing these games. mk2 at least had NISA, so I always let her be the Leader of my party (Since she looks like a boy), but Victory doesn’t have “Maker” characters in the party anymore. And, of course, I can’t play these games if I suspect someone will just enter my room and see what I’m playing.

        Oh well, at least the Victory boxart doesn’t make me feel ashamed of myself (Like the mk2 one).

        • MediaMindControl

          More shameful than Lolipop Chainsaw? I can play these games with my girlfriend around and it’s fine. Although it is weird sometimes when all that innuendo dialogue kicks in. I find those segments of the game to be the most shameful, so cutting back on that would be nice, then this game could be seen as another xenogears or something instead of a creepy one.

          • DesmaX

            Sorry, never played Lollipop Chainsaw (I know I should, but there so many games to play…)

            And, I dunno… I don’t feel comfortable playing it when people are around

          • Having a girlfriend is a large part of the issue, but the other part with mk. 2 specifically is the fact that all the girls are underage and the game doesn’t ease off the sexual situations at all. In fact, I would argue Mk. 2 amped it up considerably if anything.

            The first Neptunia had heart to spare and personality that made up for the few parts that seemed a little too weird, but usually it just came off as offbeat humor. Mk. 2 just feels overly perverse all the time to me, be it via the younger cast or the opening basically being an S&M fetish scene, or a big ol’ monster drooling over an innocent little girl while someone next to him’s entire reaction is just “well that’s kind of weird.” It’s because of that and the way the franchise as a whole is being treated going forward (ie. Purple Heart’s bust is noticeably larger simply because boobies and literally everyone I’ve shown that’s familiar with the first game has noticed it immediately and wondered why it was necessary) that I’m not chomping at the bit to preorder Victory like I did its predecessor.

            I want to love this series so bad, but I feel like they threw their strong points out the window in favor of appealing to the ecchi crowd. :/

          • Underage? They may look it, but in story canon they are hundreds if not thousands of years old. Real ages do NOT equate to fictional ones. If an Author says “Oh this character is this old” then you can’t say they are “underage” because that is not what the author/creator’s intention was.

            Its downright disrespectful to deny them their creative freedom just because “Oh they made this character look underage, so the age they stated is a lie,” Bullshit.

          • Spirit Macardi

            “Stated age” doesn’t change the fact that the characters still have the bodies of little girls. Or the fact that the bodies in question are being sexualized. Or that some people might find that a tad creepy.

          • Seconded. Regardless of how old the candidates are, or even the goddesses to some extent, that doesn’t change that they have the bodies of little girls, and so long as they do a lot of people, myself included, are going to be a bit creeped out by stuff like “No Mr. Slime not up there that’s a private place!”

            They not only still look like children, but they still talk and act like children. Rom and Ram might be a million eons old for all I know, but that doesn’t change that they look and act like grade schoolers. It especially doesn’t help when the game goes out of its way in certain scenarios that they are, in all real practice, considered to be children – Trick’s drooling over their little girl bodies, for example, and the way Nepgear’s innocence is constantly at play for some sort of awkward laugh as she gets molested by slime monsters or what have you.

            Authors can state any age they want. Disgaea seems to work off of a 100:1 ratio for demons and their ages, so you could argue Etna is 1470 years old, but in actuality she is designed more around being about 15 in human comparison. (Mind you, Disgaea doesn’t constantly play with the idea that she’s still technically a child or even remotely bring it to mind, so you don’t ever really think about or question her outfit choice much until a conversation like this comes along and you’re kinda left going “… huh.” So I guess that’s the key difference here.)

            In other words, if you throw a toddler at me and have her start going hentai with a bunch of people but say it’s okay because in your fiction she’s 1500 years old so she’s over 18, but she still acts like a toddler, looks like a toddler, and is as best anyone can tell without your say-so an actual toddler, it’s still sick and wrong and nobody is going to look at the supposed age you tacked on and say “oh, never mind, that’s okay then” because all anyone is going to see is some sicko throwing a toddler into a gangbang. People will call the cops. The number isn’t what’s important, it’s the attitude behind it.

          • MediaMindControl

            LOL “having a girlfriend is a large part of the issue” well I guess that can be a fact. Regarding the childish bodies and mannerisms of the characters.. when their sexuality it is potentially harmful, asking for them to tone it down is an opinion with many directions. Sexuality sells, and anybody who understands culture is diverse, and things like “Moe” culture exist, there is this niche market they can target in Japan. Weather we find it acceptable or not is our own belief and I don’t think we should gripe over it too much. If you like the game play it, and sure people may think you are for the “wrong reasons” but if you care that much about what they think because of a videogame, you are already on the wrong route. I swear, if some kids saw me playing totori they would straight up call me something mighty offensive, and that’s fine with me. I’m open minded lol

        • I actually rather enjoyed TU for what it was (a cheap piece of crap dungeon crawler with an interesting combo thing going on for battles that looked like a PS2 game that found widescreen and bloom lighting), but if you didn’t like it, yeah, Neptunia 1 is… actually worse.

          At least Trinity Universe has the wide dungeon selection, even if you have to pick your nose waiting around for them. Neptunia kind of lacks any equivalent (though I’d argue Mk. 2 lacks it even more so), and dumbs down the battles considerably. You build your own combos instead of following a set group of them, and you’re set to have groups of four attacks you’re trying to chain together, but it’s fairly shallow and the benefits of trying one thing over another aren’t immediately clear or even remotely important until fairly late in the game.

          I feel the original Neptunia’s strength is in its personality and charm. The game is considerably less awkward and has an affinity for groaner gaming in-jokes and bad puns, and Neptune’s attitude keeps things in a lot lighter of a mood than Nepgear’s almost guilt-inducing level of slowly shattered innocence as sexually awkward situations keep spontaneously appearing around her. It still has some of the fanservicey stuff, but it’s nowhere near as raunchy as Mk. 2 in that sense.

          In other words, it’s a less enjoyable game in terms of how it plays, but it’s also way more socially acceptable to be seen playing.

          • DesmaX

            Well, I do prefer the more visual references in mk2 (Like that “!” when an enemy sees you. Nice reference to MGS), but yeah… For a game that should be making fun of the Game Industry, it sure lacked… Games jokes (And some of the weren’t funny at all). I found the quest descriptions to be more funny.

            … I just hope they fix those things in Victory. Especially since” they’re going to an alternate dimension that looks like the 80’s” (I think there can be some clever jokes with that scenario).

        • Coreven

          Meh. Shame. What’s it good for? I enjoy the games even more because of the lewd and perverse content. I know it and everyone I know knows it, and nobody gives a flying fuck. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I’m happy I get a game I like for once, I actually got a PS3 just for this series.

      • As someone who imported it and had an active translator present while playing—Unless NISA localizes the dialog in an to make it more ‘risky’ like they did with

        Mk2. All you have to worry about is Iris Heart and Pururut’s dominatrix tendenvies.

        • Wait, wait, wait…

          NISA made the game more risque? Really?

          You’d think in porting a game about scantly clad little girls to America they would’ve done the exact opposite and worked towards not making the average person extremely uncomfortable.

          • puchinri

            Admittedly, I can see that for the stuff they do recently. Some of the stuff they translated in Disgaea 4 came off way more harsh and offensive than what was said in the JP version (even taking into consideration intent, tone, etc). Kind of weird.

          • Coreven

            If you’re buying a game focusing on scantily clad little girls I’d expect that to make the “average person” extremely uncomfortable already.

          • David Herman

            The asians have this stereotype about americans that we’re all sex-obsessed, so they figure we want more of that

          • MediaMindControl

            I wouldn’t generalize and say the Asians did that, but America is known for bigger is better. Look at our cup sizes. Pun Intended, make the busts bigger for america! I mean every anime has that blond character or the archetypal american with large breasts.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    “Wait, is she a dominatrix…?” “I’m sorry for all the foreplay”
    Its Pururut time!
    I figured it was gonna get another M rating again though.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    It’s rated T? Yay! Now I can play the game without looking like a creep :p

    • psycho_bandaid


  • ElRobotico

    I was expecting a “M” rate.

    • If you read the mk2 rating explanation, Trick was the only reason it got an M, so this getting a T makes sense.

      • ElRobotico

        Oh you are right!.

    • Yeah, also expected an “M”

    • Miracle it ends up with T when like half of the lines of Iris Heart are quite suggestive

    • Isaac Newton

      I that was an M rate then I want NiIPPLE EXPOSURE with capitalsss!!!!

  • Go2hell66

    This game is still far too tame,
    i think its time they just went all the way and did a full on R18 version with all the hentai,tentacles,nudity, swears and all that good stuff.

    gotta get that M rating

    • Go2hell66

      oh the downvotes rofl

  • I love it when they write stuff as sh*t. Never heard that (starred) term in real life, yet everybody knows they mean “shit”. It’s quite hilarious as it’s utterly pointless. The little star won’t protect the children.

    • MediaMindControl

      I seen grade school kids Graffiti SH*T on walls, and F*ck and I remember as a child trying to figure out what the * meant, and what letter was supposed to go there.

  • March is so going to kill my wallet, and therefore me cause I won’t have any money for food and water, but hey priorities~

    • Demeanor

      Yeah, March is a killer, but oh-so-full-of-goodness!!! ^ ^ include late Feb since you’re at it

    • Hoshi星

      Month of March always kills wallet on any year. Nothing new here

  • phangtom

    I love reading the rating summaries xD

  • RoxasTheUnknown1

    So this confirms mk2s bad end as the only reason for an M rating. Cant wait for March!

  • Bobby Jennings

    Almost forgot about this game…thanks for the reminder as I will be getting it on day one!

  • Rogerrmark

    Should I play this? They got better,the same way Arland series?The first was kinda lame,and I never played the second.Never liked Atelier Rorona too much either,but Totori was soooo good,and Meruru is godly. :x
    If they got better,maybe I could give a try…

    • DesmaX

      Well, there is a demo on the Japanese Store. You should try it out

      And, yeah, they did get better and better

    • Ladius

      While I prefere the Arland trilogy to the Neptunia series (even if comparing them could be kinda pointless, given they’re really different on many levels), I think that the improvement both series have shown are really noticeable from the second entry onwards.

      Just as Totori was a huge improvement on Rorona’s gameplay, art direction and overall variety, so Neptunia Mk2 outdid its first entry thanks to a more interesting battle system, better graphics and more contents, even if the game can be completed in less time and some people tend to prefere the videogame jokes in the first entry. I obviously can’t comment on Victory, but it seems to be at least on Mk2’s level.

      • MediaMindControl

        Haven’t played the second but I did really enjoy the first one’s video game jokes. HellYeah did a good job on the game jokes in another form as well. Although personally I feel the games “sexiness” is very unnecessary and more of a marketing ploy in Japan which forfeits appeal into the a smaller demographic here; to niche gamers. I think the game could appeal more without the innuendo, and stick with the nintendo jokes. The world is interesting, character designs are nicely drawn, and the overall concept is cool. I enjoyed the first game writing my own combos. I felt it was unique and just a stepping stone to a very interesting RPG gameplay element, that with further love will blossom into a full grown solid asset to the series.

    • Demeanor

      The second was really fun for me, I didn’t stop playing until the Platinum.

  • Just by the description of the rating, you know this will be fun lol =^_^=

  • Mavalex

    Can’t wait for this game to arrive

  • Romangelo

    Teen? not Mature?

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Awwww, I was hoping for AO this time.

  • Z

    Can someone tell me if teen compa is playable in this game? Please!

    • Luna Kazemaru


      • Z

        thank you.

  • Calintz YT

    “Are those boobies? Mine get big when I transform”

    That made my day.

  • Hachio

    I haven’t played these games but with reference to people’s complaints about the fact that the game is echii….well I think that is the whole freaking point. The developers wanted to create a niche game for dudes who like this stuff. If you do not want to be seen playing it then don’t freaking playing it. right?

    • Locklear93

      Exactly. It’s like if someone walked past oranges at the grocery store, and started ranting, “MAN, I hate me some oranges! All citrus-y and orange. I mean, could they BE any more orange? GOD!”

      The series has never billed itself as easy on the fanservice. If people don’t like it, that’s fine–but some people LIKE oranges.

      • Himiko

        I like apples. :3

        • Locklear93

          See, that just means you’re clever enough to totally skip out on my metaphor: apples have too much variety in color, taste, and texture for me to make any sort of mock outraged rant that doesn’t have loopholes. <_<

    • DesmaX

      If the games weren’t so much fun, I woudn’t mind it

      And I can’t really resist buying NISA games, lol

    • Elvick

      I don’t really have any interest in echii, since I’m a gay man.

      I just find the games fun, despite their flaws.

  • refrain

    Let’s see, March has Tales of Hearts R, Meruru plus, Neptunia Victory, Disgaea D2, Soul Sacrifice. Argh my poor wallet!

  • gamefreak86

    Man q1 2013 already killing wallet.

  • Boobs are prominently on display in this game, the T rating is no surprise but at least the game is coming out stateside.

  • This looks interesting XD

  • OverlordZetta

    I’m shocked it’s not rated J for Juevenile with translation choices like boobies in there.
    I mean, really? Do people (besides for TV characters) even say that past 13 years of age?

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