|Action/Beat-em-Up; 3DS eShop; Marvelous/Tamsoft; 2013|
|I swear, I'm playing this game for the gameplay!|
The story is.... well... hard for me to quantify. For the most part it is just as flimsy as the game's excuse for a lack of clothing, but it is really hard for me to say that it is bad. The game does bring up a lot of heavy concepts, like the fact that these girls are expected to kill and die for their cause, but the overall optimistic tone makes such topics feel hollow as you know that they will never have to actually face such a scenario, the plot just will never allow it, making the whole concept a none issue. And while the core themes of the nature of "Good and Evil" and how "Friendship will always prevail" are well explored territory and that Senran Kagura really does nothing to expand on it, it still has a degree of charm that is hard to over look. I guess, in the end of the day, the story is amazingly shallow, with only the illusion of depth, but then again it's kind of hard to except more from this game and what story there is, isn't necessarily bad. I guess all I can say is that if you like it, okay, if you don't, okay. I'm more or less right smack dab in the middle ground in this regard.
|Not shown is the 10-Plus other enemies waiting for a pounding.|
|NO SERIOUSLY! I'M PLAYING THIS GAME FOR THE GAMEPLAY!|
Let's be frank, Senran Kagura is a series that is built around it's copious amounts of fan service, there is no question about that; however, despite this, Senran Kagura Burst is a really fun and entertaining beat-em-up, the like that we haven't seen since the days of Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. It is just fun to play and despite being apart of a genre that is all about one thing, it never feels repetitive. If you don't mind the fan service, or can at least tolerate it enough enjoy good gameplay, then by all means get Senran Kagura Burst. Just be prepared to get a few disapproving stares from the people sitting next to you on the bus.
Until next time.