|Beat 'em Up; 3DS; Tamsoft; 2015|
|Umm, why aren't you looking at each other?|
For those of you who are worried that you'd need to play Shinovi Verses on the Vita to catch up on the story, don't. Deep Crimson starts RIGHT where the previous game, Burst, ended (like the first chapter of this game is the LAST chapter of Burst). And for those who play this game for the story, it isn't bad. It's definitely not as in-depth and informative as Burst was and you don't learn anything more about each character that you didn't already know from playing Burst. Instead, most of the story is focused more on the new characters of Kagura and Naraku, and the returning cast at most gets a few bits of drama that get resolved rather quickly. On one hand it does cut down on the amount of time spent on developing the story, the visual novel sequences are nowhere near as long as they where in Burst which gets you into that action quicker, but on the other it feels like not as much was as stack in this game. Like it's just maintaining the status quo rather than actually progressing the story. Overall, not bad, but maybe a little disappointing.
Between missions the Ninja Room hub still exists, where you can view story events, Illustrations, listen to music, and of course dress up your girls in all sorts of outfits that you unlock over the course of the game. The amount of customization here is STAGGERING, not only can you choose with which outfits to assign to your Pre and Post Shinobi Transformations, but also a long list of accessories that can be added to either or both, and even attached to ANY part of the body and is modified in size and orientation (And yes, you can even put accessories onto character's boobs). Beyond the story missions, you also have Special Mission which require you to defeat enemies under a particular condition (like only Ground attacks, or having your health deteriorate) which will net you Shinobi Stones to modify each girls abilities, and also the Yoma Nest, which is a series of enemy waves that as you clear them you can get new weapons (which are purely cosmetic) and serves as a great way to level up. That is if you survive.
|What do YOU have to be embarrassed about?|
Of course this being Senran Kagura I have to talk about the mammaries in the room. Yes, almost the entire cast of this game is female, and yes, with the exception of Mirai, they all have enormous fun-bags. And yes, Tamsoft went to great pains to make them as jiggly and heaving as possible. And yes, their clothes fall to pieces to show off them in their undergarments. And yes, many of the game's camera shots show cases these endowments as much as possible. And yes, the director and creator of this series did say that the reason it exists is so that he can see breasts in 3D. That being said, is that really a problem? I mean, I don't doubt that it is a draw for some gamers, and it may deter others from even considering playing this game, but what is really wrong with it? Especially with Murasame, the first MALE playable character in the series, being given the EXACT SAME TREATMENT. Hell Murasame is treated worse than any of the core cast because he is an incompetent, while the ladies all kick massive ass (and massive tits). Is it unrealistic? Yeah, but it's also fantasy, and what's wrong with a little fantasy even if it is slightly perverted.
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a fun game. I mean, I would be lying if I said that I didn't have a smile while I was playing, or if it made those bus rides feel a lot shorter. It might be a little repetitive, but I didn't mind it, and if you don't mind fan service that bewb smacks you every time they turn around (or if you are into that kind of thing) it might be worth your time. However, the only STICKING point would be it's price. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these Ninja girls, $50 for the game might be a LITTLE too much for those of you who are only a little interested. If you are interested, try Burst first as it is only $30, and only go for SK2 if it goes on sale. If you are a fan of the series... well you probably already have the game because you don't care what reviewers say. Anyway, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is Recommended.
Here's my review of Burst while I'm at it: http://crescentreview.blogspot.com/2014/07/game-review-senran-kagura-burst.html
Until Next Time.