With a great combat system, tons of customization options, some great characters and a few hundred missions to go through, Shinovi Versus is a must have for anyone who enjoys great combat - as long as they're not overly sensitive to fanservice or sex jokes.
Once I recovered from the shock and awe of the T&A, the thoughtful design and satisfying mechanics of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus had no problem keeping my attention. I'd recommend it to any Vita owner looking for fast action in short bursts, but I'd never let anyone watch over my shoulder, though...
Girls girls girls! I'm definitely buying a Vita for this game I have borrowed some games from a friend and its a fun beat em up a lot of people in game reviews in journalism are too uptight to see merit and some users think the same i fear.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus brought a lot of change to the series by integrating a 3D world into the experience. Many of the old problems that were previously seen in Burst are still present however, including things like repetition and performance issues.
The Playstation Lifestyle review should be completely disregarded. It's heavily biased against the game and the very first line alone is racist towards Japanese people. The reviewer does not like this kind of genre and they gave it a low rating because of it. There really is a good game here it just happens to have light fanservice too. All of the fanservice is tongue-in-cheek, it's not meant to be taken seriously, it's supposed to be funny. The fanservice isn't even that shocking and nothing about it should be seen as offensive-- more than likely you'll start skipping those scenes just because you want to get back into the action as well as the really well written story. There really is a heart behind all that cleavage, you just have to allow yourself to relax and have fun.
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is a fun and uncomplicated game that focuses on fanservice and mature (or maybe teenage-y?) humor, but its gameplay is a bit lacking.
Shinovi Versus tells the story of 5 young girls who study and train in a secret ninja school and fight against other young girls from rival secret ninja schools in modern day Japan. Each of the 20+ playable girls in the game are decent enough and varied characters with their own story arcs. There is plenty of laughters in those girly stories.
At its core it's a musou type of game (smaller scale Dynasty Warriors). You control a girl and have to defeat tens of AI bots and another girl in a boss fight to end each level. During fights you slash away the opponent's clothes and reveal their underwears, and the fight's over when a girl's been stripped naked (but censored) in a comically pervy-style, Mortal Kombat-esque finishing move. You can also buff yourself by making your girl strip her clothes off on her own, but losing all your clothes ends the game. There is also the dressing room, where you customise the clothes ****, see them in panties and "touch" them via the Vita's touch-screen. Boobies included. All this is meant as pervy humor. There is no nudity whatsoever in this game, which is targeted at mature players anyway. Some people and critics deride the series for its perviness and about how it sexualises young women, but don't listen to these hypocrites. Just enjoy the game for what it is and nothing more.
The downside is that the battle system is shallow and fights can get boring. You need no skill to progress through the game (maybe except for the last battle). Just mash your way through the game and you are OK. But it can get repetitive after you finish 1 or 2 out of the 5 storylines, because all you do is fight bots, defeat bosses, watch some digital novel-style scenes full of text (no animated cut-scenes), buy/wear clothes in the dressing room, and repeat.
All in all, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is a fun little game, with no complexities. It's perfect for those looking for a change of pace after playing tons of heavy AAA games like Battlefield, Dark Souls or GTA. I enjoyed it myself, and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially Vita owners. Just don't expect it to be the next big thing.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus is hard to review, it works if that is what are you're looking for(or at least it worked for me), but fails to impose a story that isn't bad at all but contradicts a little with the game's purpose, basically fight with girls and try to destroy almost all your opponent's clothes.
If you're in the echi genre or maybe you're looking for a good 3D fighting game for the PS Vita, I recommend it.
This is perfect example of medicore game.
The battle system is ok, the graphics are ok, the boob amount is above average, which is good.
The story is neither good or bad. Half of the characters have corny story about nothing in particular and you go through walls of text and a bit too long loading screens and a bit repetitive combat. But the other half have quite nice background, and You really get to like at least some of them. And there is something fun in tearing masses of enemies to bits and (especially) girls clothes showing nice bodies.
Long story short - if Youre a man and the game is on sale, You can always try it if You have some spare time.
I finished the game in about 40h and I enjoyed my time with the game.
Short review: Enemies AI have lot health, recover quickly, you need to make combo without being attack, if you were attacked, your character spin a lot while you grit your teeth.
Long review read below....
2 good thing about this game is good graphic animation and good story ( at least make sense in Senran Kagura world )
8 bad thing is as follow ( most about combat )
1. Your character always thrown off or spin like an idiot after being attack by enemies. Yup...nice...
2. Your attack range is so short than AI enemies attack range. Yup, SO SHORT. SO CLOSE TO BEING USELESS.
3. Unable to create different attack skill since u need to use 2 button ONLY instead like blazblue, Street Fighter or Tekken where you can input directional to trigger attack command as well.
4. Aerial Rave is complete useless since AI able to recover quickly. Fix this problem!!! Urghh!!!
5. Camera while battle is horrible. It's like having people close your eye while playing tetris or counter-strike when you character cornered to the wall.
6. Command input while battle is stupid. This is a fighting game, u need to put combo but the lack of attention the programmer of this game really shine when I cannot execute combo as i wanted to since my character taking a beating. I need to have my character stand still uninterrupted then I can put combo to attack the enemies that actually quickly recover and make your life miserable again and again and again.
7. Rin n Daidouji as DLC need to be pay. Seriously? Are you that desperate in getting people money? Why not as unlockable character if your have grade A for every battle in each chapter? What the point of having grade? This is stupidity.
8. Set clothes. Fix this **** I want to give different top to katsuragi, why i can only give her below?
I love all the character in the game. They have personality. The drawing are cute and gorgeous. Don't mention sexy part since there are other game that show more than this game. The game really disappoint me the most when I cannot win in last battle mode against Homura or Asuka. Too much advantage given to AI. The game are no longer fun to play. The battle is horrible. I spend 2 Week playing this game and that's it. No point playing the game again when u know there's nothing left to explore except pain, hatred, and pure frustration. Take a look of this review I write. It's long. That just how much I care about the game and the franchise ( Story about Senran Kagura ). I have more fun look at Senran Kagura Still image drawn by Yaegashi Nan. Bottom line is The prgrammer of this game is lazy. The company only care about money and I need to find money to fix my PS VITA. The end.
SummarySENRAN KAGURA SHINOVI VERSUS immediately follows the events of SENRAN KAGURA Burst, revisiting the fierce rivalry between the girls of Hanz? National Academy and their sworn enemies from Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy, the latter of which have now gone underground and formed a mercenary strike team known as the Homura Crimson Squad. I...