Senran Kagura Burst 3DS

Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 80
    Senran Kagura Burst's strength is its sheer pace and energy. It's exciting and flashy, and thoroughly entertaining. I haven't enjoyed a brawler this much in a very long time; if only certain writers had given the game a go before dismissing it for something it isn't.
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Senran Kagura certainly has its issues - an inconsistent framerate, repetitive missions, and a sketchy, ecchi aesthetic that's likely to turn off as many players as it turns on - but it delivers an intoxicating blend of quick, combo-heavy combat that's an absolute blast to play.
  3. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Bouncy, flouncy, and quite a bit of fun, this over-the-top brawler delivers equal measures of fan service and classic brawling gameplay with wanton glee.
  4. Mar 1, 2014
    78
    Senran Kagura Burst hides a satisfying combat system behind a shameless presentation which would piss any activist for women's rights off. It's Japanese to its very core and somewhat repetitive, still lots of fun.
  5. Mar 3, 2014
    75
    Behind its protagonists' breasts, there's a game that offers fast and crazy action, and that will deliver entertainment and fun at its core.
  6. 75
    If you're not offended by anime girls with ridiculously bouncy watermelon breasts in various stages of undress, there's an enormous game packed with hours of shallow-but-enjoyable narrative, tons of retro-style beat-'em-up fun, and a few guilty pleasures along the way.
  7. Nov 19, 2013
    74
    A solid brawler, just play it during your alone time.
  8. Mar 10, 2014
    70
    Yes, this video game contains a lot of boobs, but it is definitely more than that. It is a very nice fighting game, however a little repetitive. Nevertheless the nice animation style and fun characters will make you want to play it all the way through the end.
  9. Mar 1, 2014
    70
    Senran Kagura Burst is pure fan-service. It's combat system is good but boring and the graphics are not that sharp, but if you like these kind of experiences you'll find in this 3DS game a good friend to play with.
  10. Feb 28, 2014
    70
    Senran Kagura Burst is silly. Its presentation is silly, its combat is silly, and its whole reason for being is silly. Yet somehow, it’s compelling. Alongside the gratuitous boob and panty shots there’s a nice pair of intertwining stories here with amicably fleshed-out characters.
  11. Jan 9, 2014
    70
    Senran Kagura Burst may be repetitive in nature but knows how to remain fun.
  12. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    Senren Kagura: Burst is great in short 'bursts' of gameplay, but is it worth the social stigma of having something so blatantly perverted on your 3DS? I'm still trying to unlock everything after completing this review, so I guess it is.
  13. Nov 14, 2013
    70
    At the end of the day, whether or not you will enjoy Senran Kagura: Burst will ultimately come down to answering this question: do you pine to play a game where getting beat up means your character’s clothes become tattered, torn, or completely destroyed, revealing the half-naked body of an adolescent girl who just so happens to have absolutely titanic breasts? If you answered, “yes,” then Burst has a lot to offer: pulse-pounding combat, deep customization and a wealth of unlockables and content. If you answered, “no,” then all the best brawling mechanics in the world probably won’t make Senran‘s provocative, shinobi schoolgirl pill any easier to swallow.
  14. Games Master UK
    Mar 10, 2014
    68
    It's ultimately let down by a wheezing framerate and the inability to play within 20 metres of a fellow human being. [Apr 2014, p.78]
  15. Never mind the uncomfortably dubious gender politics, the biggest offence here is the inability to capitalise on rock-solid action foundations.
  16. Mar 24, 2014
    62
    A decent brawler, clearly dedicated to fans of Japanese pseudo-erotic world. It gets a bit tiring in the long term, even though there's a lot to unlock and to fight for.
  17. Mar 25, 2014
    60
    Senran Kagura Burst is tailored to a very, very specific segment of the audience who will appreciate its peculiar humor. For other parts of the audience, there's the enormously disproportionate cartoonish female breasts, but a game cannot live off that alone. A flawed frame rate that becomes incredibly frustrating at some points and excessive repetitiveness make this a passable offer, to be considered only by those attracted by the game's humor and style.
  18. Mar 20, 2014
    60
    It’s basic, has no depth and is far from being one of the best games for 3DS, but it's still a good distraction.
  19. Mar 13, 2014
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    A solid, if basic, side scrolling beat em up.
  21. Nov 29, 2013
    60
    People can say what they will about the game's sexual content; Senran Kagura Burst's real failings are in its gameplay and its level design. Were those deficiencies addressed, it would be a solid title.
  22. May 21, 2014
    50
    Boobs aside, Senran Kagura Burst feels a bit mediocre—it's not a bad beat-'em-up, but it's not one of the best.
  23. May 19, 2014
    50
    Just as is the case with bras, Senran Kagura Burst has been modeled around the female anatomy. In this case, around the gigantic breast of these Japanese schoolgirls. Removed the itch, the entire apparatus is deflated and what remains is a fast-paced but trivial beat-em-up.
  24. Mar 14, 2014
    50
    Rure fan-service. Too bad that the hack'n'slash-style of gameplay doesn't work well, and it's too simple and repetitious.
  25. Dec 2, 2013
    50
    It's cheap, sweet candy with little nutritional value that might make you sick after a while.
  26. Dec 6, 2013
    25
    Senran Kagura Burst offers players a maelstrom of mammaries and more innuendos that you can shake your stick at. However, the poor presentation and repetitive gameplay make the experience as boring as it is creepy.
  27. 20
    Never mind the sexism, the awful gameplay is the primary reason you should be avoiding this shockingly poor beat ‘em-up.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    sexy and direct game. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yeah! Simple but fun gamplay. recommended for anime fans,
    ecchi,
    sexy and direct game. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yeah! Simple but fun gamplay. recommended for anime fans,
    ecchi, ecchi, ecchi and if! more ecchi. but! is a remarkable game
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  2. Mar 19, 2014
    9
    I was a little surprised that despite being marketed on the fanservice (and yes, it's there aplenty in all its wonderful glory), there isI was a little surprised that despite being marketed on the fanservice (and yes, it's there aplenty in all its wonderful glory), there is actually an engaging story, an interesting combo system, a ton of replayability and the soundtrack is awesome.
    I have one major gripe with the game and that's the framerate. The main hub is a stutterfest. Actual gameplay, transformation scenes, dialog sections and the likes are smooth enough to not stick out like the hub, but I have to wonder if they are 30fps.

    If you are completely turned off by breasts and buttocks...well, then this game is probably not for you, but otherwise Senran Kagura is a full recommendation.
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  3. Mar 14, 2014
    8
    Framerate is the biggest let down for me, but blame Nintendo for that as well for releasing consoles that are always 5 years behind hardwareFramerate is the biggest let down for me, but blame Nintendo for that as well for releasing consoles that are always 5 years behind hardware wise. Shinovi versus runs at 60fps on Vita without too much trouble and is actually in 3D. This is 2.5D can easily dip into 15fps and is at best locked at 30.

    Besides that, you get what you can expect when buying such a game. You don't buy it for the extremely fine plot, just to mindlessly press couple buttons with cute girls (Hibari is best girl) and have [spoiler] fun [/spoiler] .
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