E3 2015: Senran Kagura Estival Versus and Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson preview

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During my visit to the XSEED booth at E3, it was nice to see that two Senran Kagura games were coming later this year. The first one was Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for the Nintendo 3DS and Senran Kagura Estival Versus for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. While Deep Crimson was exactly what you’d expect from the Senran Kagura series, Estival Versus actually had me surprised for a few moments.

We started off with Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. The game is set after the events of Senran Kagura Burst and features a brand new story, along with new characters. As with the previous game it is still a side-scrolling beat-’em-up action game where each girl has their own fighting style and techniques, only this time you can team up with partner to take on your opponents. The game features co-op gameplay, or in solo mode you can switch between either of your characters. When both characters special bars are full, you can activate a powerful double team technique to deal massive damage to your opponents.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is just as fun as the first game. Adding the ability to play as two of your favorite characters solo or via co-op adds more fun. You have tons of new customizable options and outfits. Of course the fan service of clothes exploding is still intact.

Our next demo was with Senran Kagura Estival Versus, which is being released on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Estival Versus is a beat-em-up action game and features a large cast of characters from the Hanzo National Academy, Crimson Squad, Gessen Girls’ Academy, Hebijo Girls’ Academy, along with some new faces that haven’t appeared yet in the game series.

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I loved the visuals on the PlayStation 4. The characters have never looked so good since the images were sharper, had more vibrant colors and the character animations were topnotch, like watching a high definition anime on Blu-ray, with a lot of bounciness going on. I played with a few characters and each one had their own unique fighting styles and even included moves that weren’t in any of the previous games, making it much more fun to explore combos. What surprised me most about Estival Versus was how much more fan service this game included… there’s exploding clothes leaving your enemies or even yourself fighting in their underwear. If you do enough damage you can just strip them out entirely, leaving them to fight with white bars over their bodies. Transformations are a little more uncensored, so you definitely don’t want little kids around.

Senran Kagura Estival Versus is targeted more towards existing fan of the series. It’s a fun game that also features a multiplayer mode (up to 10 on PlayStation 4 and 4 on PlayStation Vita) which include mini games and versus modes.

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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.