Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (PS Vita review)

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The girls from Hanzo Academy are now on the PlayStation Vita in Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. I thought the game couldn’t get any more perverted after playing Senran Kagura: Burst last year, but I was completely wrong. If you are uncomfortable with busty young girls in provocative outfits and situations, this isn’t the game for you.

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Shinovi Versus takes place after the events of Senran Kagura: Burst, and a new school has challenged Asuka and the girls from Hanzo. With their schools on the line and the girls from Hebijo going rogue, a new set of elite students have come for revenge on Hanzo. The chaos will ensue with 20 playable characters. Since all the students are teenage girls, they still like to look good, have fun, and have some girl time.

Each girl has their own reasons to fight. While not all the reasons come to life in Shinovi Versus, you are introduced to each girl as you play through the different schools and learn about their personalities and quirks. In story mode, the students you play will be cycled between each girl as they fight. In the “Shinobi Girl Heart” side scenarios, it focuses on each girl doing their own thing. While the game is a hack-and-slash adventure, each story is introduced as a visual novel right before every battle. These visual novels really become NSFW.

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This might look wrong but it’s how you enter Frantic mode in the game

The game’s battle system is very amusing. Each girl has three different modes to fight, each with its different strengths, weaknesses and combos. Battles involve fighting a rival right off the bat, or working your way up to them as you fight your way through waves of enemy ninjas. If you take too much damage, your clothes will start to tear off. You can also tear your opponent’s clothes. In your standard uniform mode you have simple combos, but as you strengthen your ninja skills gauge, you can transform into your shinobi mode. The shinobi mode comes with its very own transformation cutscene, which raises your stats, gives access to better combos and ninja arts. You can also unleash your full power by going into Frantic mode, which tears off all your clothing and raises your attack power drastically at the cost of a weak defense. To unlock this power you actually have to manually rip off their clothes using the touch screen.

Each girl has their own fighting style and weapons, and you can level each one up as you progress. Each chapter is designed for a specific character, but you can use anyone you want. You’ll get graded for how you fast you complete the stage and how much damage you take. Finding the balance for each girl is key and using their full abilities (guarding, parrying, chasing airborne enemies, using ninja art) make it worth grinding to max them out. Since grinding can be tedious, you can add some eye candy by customizing the girls’ outfits (school uniforms), Shinobi transformation outfits, and lingerie. You unlock more outfits and items as you play through each chapter as well as complete each girls Shinobi Girl Heart scenarios. You can also purchase or win different items at the shinobi store.

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It’s pretty interesting to see just how much Marvelous could get away with in this game. The game’s story isn’t the main focus, since it focuses on showing off the girls’ bodies and having hilarious pervy moments. Overall the game works in many levels.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
Developer:  Marvelous AQL
Publisher:  XSEED
System:  PlayStation Vita
Price: $49.99
Available: 10/14/ 2014

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.