Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4) Review
- Ninja action with over 40 playable characters and plenty of missions to unlock
Not So Much?
- Gameplay quickly becomes repetitive
If you like your fighting games to be replete with bouncing breasts and clothes that tear at the drop of a hat, then Senran Kagura Estival Versus is definitely for you.
he shinobi girls of the different ninja schools are back for festival time – but this is a very special festival. Teams from different schools must battle their way through both their rivals and the restless spirits of the dead, but only the ultimate victors can claim the prize – access to the highest rank of ninja secrets.
Following in the tradition of the earlier Senran Kagura games, Estival Versus offers everything you’d expect from the series – the chance to play as various ninja girls and fight your way through wave after wave of opponents. There are naked transformation scenes, generous chest assets and torn clothes aplenty, but is there more to the game than just fanservice?
The answer, as it turns out, is not much. Yes, there are lots of missions and a whole slew of different playable characters, but after the first couple of hours, everything feels like more of the same. Although the story tries to incorporate some more serious moments by bringing back dead characters and touching on various personal losses, it’s not really enough to counter the endless parade of “let’s just have fun at the beach”, “no, let’s fight each other!” exchanges that counter most cut scenes. Even if you skip the story and just throw yourselves into the actual gameplay stages, these are disappointingly limited – not only are there a limited amount of settings, but the goal is rarely anything other than “defeat these two or three girls from a rival team”. There aren’t even separate storylines for the different ninja schools, as was the case in earlier entries to the series. And whilst it might seem good to have such a wide variety of characters to play as, it also means that there are far too many for anyone who isn’t a series aficionado to possibly care about.
Visually, Estival Versus is smooth and clean; it never really tests the limits of what the PS4 can do, but at least there’s no slowdown when large amounts of enemies are on screen. As mentioned above, there isn’t much variation in stages, and with most levels taking place on the beach, you’ll swiftly get tired of the summer festival aesthetic. Background music is largely simplistic and repetitive, whilst a serviceable Japanese audio is the only voice option. There are a vast amount of costume and other customisations to unlock as you progress through the game, but these can be tedious to set up.
If you like your fighting games to be replete with bouncing breasts and clothes that tear at the drop of a hat, then Senran Kagura Estival Versus is definitely for you. Unfortunately, though, whilst it proves to be fun in short bursts, the lack of variation in missions means that it’s definitely lacking when it comes to longevity.