Senran Kagura Burst 3DS

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  • Summary: A little violent, a little sexy, and a ton of fun!

    Enter a world filled with beautiful ninja destined to break down the barriers between good and evil. Play two different storylines, each with its own perspective. The girls of Hanzō believe they fight on the side of
    A little violent, a little sexy, and a ton of fun!

    Enter a world filled with beautiful ninja destined to break down the barriers between good and evil.

    Play two different storylines, each with its own perspective. The girls of Hanzō believe they fight on the side of righteousness, but are their methods always right? The girls of Hebijo are mercenaries to the highest bidders, but what if their motives aren't as clear as they seem?

    -Crush your enemies with your favorite buxom ninja girl using fast punches, mid-air flight sequences, combos, super attacks, revealing cut-scenes and sexy Ninja Arts.
    -Dozens of costumes expose endless combinations!
    -Choose from 72 different costume sets such as school uniforms, swimsuits and ninja gear, along with hairstyles that can be changed, mixed and matched to provide an endless array of looks.
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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. 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.
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    74
    A solid brawler, just play it during your alone time.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. Feb 26, 2014
    60
    A solid, if basic, side scrolling beat em up.
  7. 20
    Never mind the sexism, the awful gameplay is the primary reason you should be avoiding this shockingly poor beat ‘em-up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    This game is (what almost every other over the top budget game tries to be but fails to do so) fun.
    Simple, Fast, Sexy. You get what you
    This game is (what almost every other over the top budget game tries to be but fails to do so) fun.
    Simple, Fast, Sexy. You get what you expect from this game.
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  2. Sep 18, 2015
    10
    In reality, this game deserves an 8.5, but I'll give it a 10 to offset all the anime/fanservice haters that rate it a 0 without evenIn reality, this game deserves an 8.5, but I'll give it a 10 to offset all the anime/fanservice haters that rate it a 0 without even completing half the game. 0.5 points off for muddy textures and 1 point off for Mirai. I know the social boundary for what is acceptable is a gray area--Yagyu, being a good example. But no matter how you look at it, Mirai cannot be considered anything but prepubescent. Her depiction approaches the 10-12 year old range.

    Now that I got that out of the way:

    Most of the girls are incredibly sexy. Fight mechanic is great. Japanese voices are amazing. Love the Japanese setting. There's more to the game than just fanservice, although that part is awesome too obviously. We need more games like this!
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Feb 19, 2014
    7
    The gameplay is repetitive, there are framerate issues, the story is rather poor, and yet, somehow, I found it quite addictive. I shouldn'tThe gameplay is repetitive, there are framerate issues, the story is rather poor, and yet, somehow, I found it quite addictive. I shouldn't like this game, but I find that I keep coming back to it, there's something about the beat-em-up action that draws me in. If you don't mind the gratuitous t & a on display, it's actually quite fun. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2014
    7
    A gaming UFO like Senran Kagura needs to be identified : it’s in fact a BTA with RPG elements (levels, stats, XP). Senran Kagura Burst is aA gaming UFO like Senran Kagura needs to be identified : it’s in fact a BTA with RPG elements (levels, stats, XP). Senran Kagura Burst is a second one that had been released in Japan, but as it contains the first game entirely , you're not missing anything.

    The various missions are quite repetitive and only the boss battle bring a little variety. Similarly, the gameplay is not as deep as you can expect since you have only 2 or 3 combos per character (but you do have 5 characters from the start). Adding to this, Senran Kagura is rather easy. Even the bosses don’t put up much of a fight, let alone regular missions. It can’t help thinking it would much more interesting if the use of special attacks was a bit more limited.

    The character design is attractive and reinforced by beautiful anime-style graphics. The anime-like style has no match on the system, outside Ace Attorney 5.(and maybe ever). On the musical side, Senran Kagura is also excellent : the mix between classic Japanese music and modern genres fits perfectly to the game. The one you can hear during the battle vs Mirai is even one of my favorite game music ever. But beyond that, Senran Kagura is also excellent at what it does : fan-service. You do have a lot of eh… how to say this… hum…. well type Senran Kagura on Youtube and you’ll understand soon enough! Paradoxically, the story and the dialogs feel really serious despite being naïve at times. It’s sometimes even brilliant and moving, because it refuses Manicheism and features the idea that bad guy aren’t necessarily bad guy, but merely opposing people with their own reason to fight.

    Not really a sequel, Senran Kagura Burst makes you revisit the story of the first Senran Kagura (SK) from the «bad girls» side. You therefore play as the busty female ninja of Ebijo school, opposed to the (equally busty) heroines of the first game. I’m not sure Marvelous had expected to do a sequel, because the characters of this one don’t really fit in the main role. It impacts the story because it fails to achieve the same coherence we had in SK. It feels more like a sum of individual stories of variable interest.

    Higake as well as the duo Yomi/Ikaruga were great parts, I really like both the story and the gameplay. Homura was fun to play (especially in Crimson mode) but her story was skipped (probably because we already know it from SK). Haruka and Mirai felt really flat imo. I have to stress that, like in the first one, there a LOT of written dialogs. It’s not uncommon to read for half an hour and actually play a 3-minute level. SKB therefore is a light novel as much as a video game.

    The gameplay of Burst is more varied than in first one and combos are smoother than before. A good thing that takes all its flavour in the reshuffled difficulty settings. SK was a somewhat easy game. SKB is really easy too (excluding the side mission which are pretty tough)… until chapter 4 in which difficulty suddenly increases tenfold! The AI that had been queing to get its ass kicked so far now deals considerable damage, and your rivals act as real bosses. Hence you begin to play Senran Kagura for real : making clever use of burst and dash and using your ougi at the right moment is critical to encure victory. Those difficulty spikes might be unsettling, but I liked that extra pressure.

    With 2 decent games in 1, Senran Kagura Burst is definitely worth a try for Japanese games fans. People hungry for fan-service must get it regardless, even if it fades in comparison to the more recent Vita episode.
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  7. Apr 4, 2014
    5
    Senran Kagura isn't a particularly deep or compelling game, evidently, as the front cover consists of a faceless pair of breasts and not muchSenran Kagura isn't a particularly deep or compelling game, evidently, as the front cover consists of a faceless pair of breasts and not much else. Sadly, that is an all too accurate picture of the game itself - the game's main drawing point is fanservice alone with a lackluster beat 'em up underneath.

    Though the story may seem like it attempts to be something interesting at times, it ultimately comes down to boring cookie-cutter drivel that ends before it really even starts. The characters are ultimately little more than two dimensional archetypes that were clearly designed with aesthetics in mind and a short 15 minute break for the actual personality the developers threw in at the last second.

    The gameplay is really the main issue here, though. While the initial spectacle and titillation may draw you in, don't be fooled. Before long, the basic game will devolve into simple button mashing through far too many side levels that drag on far too long. But even if you don't want to spend the time on the pointless side missions in favor of finishing the story, you'll have little choice as grinding is completely mandatory. Combined with all five characters being required to be used for certain missions, this means far too much time spent grinding up character levels through the same dull levels, with the same mind-numbing, repetitive gameplay.

    The difficulty is another issue. While for a good chunk of the game, it will pose absolutely no challenge, the game is prone to difficulty spikes. The final chapter in particular is filled with enemies with ranged projectiles which will lead to stunlock, and inevitably death, unless you've over-leveled enough to simply tank the damage or get lucky enough to avoid it. Nowhere is the difficulty more evident than the games 'Frantic mode', basically shedding your clothes for increased attack but decreased defense. For the first couple of chapters, this will be laughably easy. However, after you reach a certain point, you will die in a hit or two. Honestly, it seems like a cheap ploy for yet more tedious grinding.

    Ultimately, the game barely has anything going for it. It works (that is when the framerate isn't acting up, which is almost always) and that's about it. The titillation runs dry very fast, and all you'll be left with is a shallow, boring and frustrating experience.
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