Senran Kagura Bon Appétit Review (PS Vita)
The previous Senran Kagura games mixed action and fan-service, creating a nice balance between fun and visually appealing for gamers who enjoy clothes tearing and breasts being exposed. (The fan-service doesn’t go too far.) In Senran Kagura Bon Appétit the girls have put aside their weapons and ninja skills and traded them in for an apron and a knife. They compete in the ultimate kitchen as they cook to create the greatest meals in history for a chance to win a magical scroll that can grant any wish.
This isn’t your typical Senran Kagura game. The game shifts from action to rhythm which reminded me of Bust a Groove in terms of commands. Your goal is to input the correct commands which improves your cooking abilities and increase your ninja skills while doing so. Players can select between three different modes: Arcade, Story and Free Play along with three different difficulty settings. You’l be facing off against opponents with the goal to have the highest combo in three rounds, which is judged by Asuka’s grandfather, the legendary ninja Hanzo.
Players can customize their characters to dress up in whatever outfits, only this time there is no Shinobi Transformation as the girls are already in full gear from the start. The loser of each round will have some of their clothes explode as if in battle, and winning all three rounds completely exposes your opponent (which features some amusing censor symbols).
You say you wanted more fan service? Well you got it. If you achieved a very high combo, you are rewarded with a special scene where your opponent is the special plate, whether they’re in a dish or dessert. You can pan and scan the character and area, so it might be a bit too much.
I’ve always loved rhythm-based games, and while Senran Kagura Bon Appétit doesn’t have the greatest soundtrack, it’s still pretty challenging to play (especially on hard). It’s also fun to try to focus on the visuals of the game ,which also rewards you with special scenes if you do well during the match.
The only problem for the game is it might be too much for some. Like previous games it centers around a visual novel style before getting into the game, and only 10 characters are playable at the start with 12 more available as DLC characters (tp be released at a later time). Some of the music in the game is catchy but nothing really shines and sticks out like many other music rhythm games. Overall it’s pretty solid, and it is pretty cheap for $14.99. It is great for a few laughs and something Senran Kagura fans can enjoy.
Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit
Developer: Marvelous AQL
System: PlayStation Vita
Price: $14.99 (Digital Only)
Available: 11/11/ 2014