E3 2015 Preview | Playing Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson can be a challenge
To clarify, it isn’t that the game is overly hard to play, though that isn’t to say the game is easy either. No, the challenge of playing Tamsoft’s little “busty” brawler is due to the fact that it heavily consists of softcore eroticism. Nintendo luckily drew a line as to make it so that the female cast never loses all of their clothing, only being able to be stripped down to their underwear, not that it helps the feeling of discomfort that some would feel when playing the game. It isn’t without fans, but this game wouldn’t be something one would suggest to be played in public.
It starts out normal enough, as the game has two shinobi schools, the Hanzo National Academy and Hebijo Clandestine Girls’ Academy, face off until they are forced to join together to take on a new threat. The game features 12 playable characters, all returning from the previous game, Senran Kagura Burst. Players will select missions from various scrolls and take on battles that pit them against other ninjas and eventually demons. The combat is fairly straight forward, with light and medium attacks, as well as moves that can be performed with a partner, be it online or local co-op, or just with an AI controlled partner that the player can switch to at any time.
The game takes quite a few liberties with the breasts physics, adding an exaggerated level that would probably make most people look away just for how ridiculous it could be. Add to the fact that the game has stereoscopic 3D, and it just makes it worse. When characters get damaged enough in certain ways, the game will take a moment to show the character dramatically lose part of their clothing. The characters have a transformation that can be used to essentially put their clothing back on, but nonetheless, the game is full of plenty of upskirts, large breasts, and plenty of fan service in the form of tons of costumes for the characters.
Missions can be completed with various ranks, determined by how long the mission takes, how many hits were sustained, and various other factors. The game is a bit simplistic, as the missions are really more about the dialogue exchanges between the characters, as the actual gameplay portion takes place in a simple arena. Using a 2.5D side-scrolling stage to battle, these ninjas will stack combos, perform special moves, rip each others clothes off, and then call it a day. The combat, while not very deep, is still pretty fast and full of dazzling effects.
The graphics of the game in general are actually pretty impressive, as it looks rather nice on the Nintendo 3DS and compares fairly well with other anime styled games like Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. Despite the partial nudity and the crazy breast physics, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a very good-looking game. It even performs well, with no noticeable dips in the frame rate and wonderful animation. The demo played here was only played single-player though, so it’s possible that adding a second player may change things.
Senran Kagura is as beautiful as it is perverted, though despite the gorgeous cel-shaded visuals, the game still has a bit of repetition in the mission structure. The combat, while not exactly shallow, is basically accenting the visuals with repeated combos. For a Nintendo 3DS title like this, it will definitely have an audience that will enjoy the game and the cast of characters, regardless of any flaws the final game may have. The game will launch both digitally on the Nintendo eShop and physically, with a “Double D Edition” that includes the 2-disc soundtrack, on August 11th, 2015.