- Console: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Tamsoft
- Publisher: Marvelous AQL
- Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 PRO
The Senran Kagura series makes a return to the PS4 after a solid entry with Estival Versus. If you have not played on of the games or watched the anime here is what you need to know:
- Schools of female ninjas
- Unrealistic, gravity defying boobs
I think that covers it pretty well…
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, which was the previous PS4 entry, pitted girls from each of the Shinobi schools against each other in weapon based combat. Peach Beach Splash follows a similar format but with water guns instead of swords. While the gameplay shift from Shinobi weapon based combat to third person shooter may be new, fans of the series will find that it still follows a similar formula that will allow them to jump right in and start playing. For everyone else however, the initial gameplay can seem overwhelming at first. This is due to the new card based mechanics that were added to the gameplay.
On the one hand, the new card mechanics add a new level of strategy to the gameplay. Weapons, special abilities, and more are now set to a deck of cards. The cards can be upgraded and each deck can be customized to fit the way you want to play. On the other hand, these things would have worked just fine as moves mapped to controller buttons like normal without having to go through the trouble of unlocking/purchasing/managing new cards. Although I could have lived without the addition of cards to the gameplay the system works very well and it does not take long to learn to use them effectively in combat. Some cards allow “pets” to be summoned into the arena to help attack and others have beneficial effects such as temporary shields to help you get out of tough situations.
Outside of that, the gameplay is straightforward. The game offers three single player modes and online multiplayer that includes Survival and 5v5 battle modes. In single player you select your character from a roster of over 30, customize your card deck and get thrown into an arena to do battle. The battles are against swarms of drones, npc female ninjas and battles against girls from the rival Shinobi schools.
While Peach Beach Splash is not as NSFW as its predecessor, there are moments called “squirmy finishers” where you down a rival Shinobi and shoot her with water POV style aiming at either her head, chest or butt. Choosing either of the last two results in that part of her bikini flying off with body parts covered by a glowing light, Good times.
While the themes of this game won’t score any points with feminists who will absolutely adore the dressing room grope and kiss mini-game (not making this up) fans of the series will feel right at home with the game after a few battles and newcomers and shooter fans will find a game that doesn’t in any way take itself seriously but is fun, plays great and may possibly result in mild fits of blushing.
Final Score: 8/10