Tamsoft  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tamsoft  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus bounces onto Steam now! https://www.gameskinny.com/em6fw/senran-kagura-shinovi-versus-bounces-onto-steam-now https://www.gameskinny.com/em6fw/senran-kagura-shinovi-versus-bounces-onto-steam-now Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:06:23 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

The long wait is over for PC players! The action-RPG, pseudo-Dynasty Warriors-style game of Senran Kagura is here at last. The official press release revealed important information about this particular version of the game.

The press release and the trailer show off the wide variety of characters, totaling over 20 playable characters (or 22 including DLC characters). These characters take on waves of enemies and other fellow shinobi. Gameplay is simple enough to grasp, as you fight your way through standard grunt ninjas before facing against a boss. In combat, your character and your opponent can be stripped of their clothing depending on how much damage they take.

[Warning: Due to the nature of this game, some screenshots and images in the trailer may be a bit NSFW.]

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is very much a game that prides itself in its fanservice, if the jiggle-physics and transformation scenes are any indication. The game also features super moves known as "Super Ninja techniques," which can easily devastate a group of enemies when unleashed.

Currently, Shinovi Versus is still priced as $39.99 on the PSN for the PlayStation Vita, so buying it on Steam has its own set of advantages. Like the DLC adding two characters from Hebijo and Hanzo with their storylines: the lightning-fast teacher, Suzune, and the Banchou-powerhouse ninja, Daidoji. You also get all the outfits, which combined on the Vita, would cost a pretty penny.

Currently, the game on PC is available at a discount of 10% from $29.99. You don't even need to unlock all of the extras, as they are available right out of the starting gate too! And as seen in the trailer, the game does appear to move much faster than its predecessor at a smooth 60fps framerate. RPG elements of leveling up are still present in this game too, which require you to pull off fast and long combos to keep leveling up.

It should be noted that Shinovi Versus, while recapping some events from Burst, does not have the entire story of Burst inside of it. Fortunately, the Gessen and Hebijo teams are original characters for this title, so players should not feel too lost in the plot.

Previously, the Hanzo and old Hebijo team had fought over powerful scrolls, though the conflict between the two was interrupted by a giant monster called Orochi. To avoid major spoilers, the Hebijo girls were forced to live as renegades, while the Hanzo team still attended their academy. Enter these two new sets of girls: the Gessen Academy wants to wipe out Hanzo's team for the sake of their grandfather, Kurokage. Meanwhile, the new Hebijo team is tasked with hunting down the old Hebijo group, which has now rebranded itself as "Homura's Crimson Squad."

Naturally, players should not expect to be stuck facing off against one single school, but each do have their own spin on the story and certain events unfold that do not occur in other story routes.

The game also features multiplayer in three different modes. In Death Match, players fight to, well, the death of course. Strip Battle also involves exactly what you think it does -- stripping the opponent of their clothes while fighting. The last mode is Understorm, where you must collect the most underwear while fighting against your other rivals. In the Vita version, you could also play with the AI.

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is Developed by Tamsoft and Marvelous Inc. (in Japan and Europe), and published by XSEED. 

If you're curious as to what I thought of the Vita version of this game, you can always find it over here. Considering what has been said and seen on the trailer, it seems a lot of improvements have been made. Be sure to look out for the review of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus on PC soon on GameSkinny!

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XSEED held a hidden contest for Senran Kagura https://www.gameskinny.com/c3vey/xseed-held-a-hidden-contest-for-senran-kagura https://www.gameskinny.com/c3vey/xseed-held-a-hidden-contest-for-senran-kagura Sun, 29 May 2016 07:57:20 -0400 TheSmartestMoron

On May 27th of 2016, a contest came to an end. But it was never officially announced until it was over. Rather, fans of the series found out through social media -- specifically a Twitter account for Katsuragi from Senran Kagura. She had previously linked to a website where all the characters from the Versus series (barring the Festival Girls and Ryoki) were brought into an online chat by her classmate, Ikaruga, to discuss problems. As expected, it was more of a humorous situation that ended when a spam bot invaded the chat. Yet as the skit ended, something caught the attention of some fans.

That wasn't the only bit of weirdness, as there were other events happening on a wide variety of sites -- and some things that the Senran International Academy forum members were able to figure out. That brings us to May 27th, where the Katsuragi Twitter picture kept changing, turning gradually into static.

Eventually, it was revealed that some general had taken it over. Specifically, one of the Yoma Generals in Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson -- the same generals that were made by one of the former supporters of Hebijo, Dogen. In both the 3DS and Vita series (both following their own continuity), Dogen was believed to be dead. It's currently unknown if they plan to have him return as a major antagonist.

Through investigation, fans were able to find a password and username to a site where Orochi questioned anyone who signed in.

XSEED did eventually announce winners for the event:

What an interesting way to hold a contest. It's currently unknown if there is a new Senran Kagura game coming, though Estival Versus just released back in March, and Shinovi Versus is coming to the PC in June. You can see my video reviews of Estival Versus and Shinovi Versus if you wish to see how they hold up. In the meantime, congratulations to the winners! And yes, the Katsuragi Twitter account is back to normal!

Any picture sources were gathered by members of the Senran International Academy forums, save for the chat (I used MS paint and screen capture). Senran Kagura is developed by Tamsoft, and published by XSEED in North America.

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Senran Kagura Estival Versus review - Console ecchi gaming at its bounciest https://www.gameskinny.com/ntvef/senran-kagura-estival-versus-review-console-ecchi-gaming-at-its-bounciest https://www.gameskinny.com/ntvef/senran-kagura-estival-versus-review-console-ecchi-gaming-at-its-bounciest Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:50:54 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Whether you've paid attention to the Senran Kagura series is almost directly tied to whether or not you're into ecchi (risque) anime and games. It's cool if you're not, but if you are and haven't dipped into the series yet Senran Kagura Estival Versus is a great place to start.

So what even is this gameboin?

Let's touch on this first since people who haven't given the series a shot don't really see the gameplay. It's kind of hard to see it in the wild when everyone just goes crazy over all those shinobi boobs and butts. Which is honestly understandable.

Pressed between the shinobi girls' generally massive "assets" is a fairly respectable 3D beat'em up/brawler. And that's what Senran Kagura Estival Versus is: an action game. But it's an action game with a lot of jiggle, and that itself is what has put the series on the map.

The fanservice is first and foremost, even if the gameplay itself is solid. That's something anyone wandering into Senran Kagura for the first time needs to bear in mind -- the series as a whole is not for anyone not keen on constant copious amounts of pretty extreme fanservice.

So if you don't like something comparatively tame like this..

.. you probably won't want to pick this up.

Presentaboin

Did you play any strange and risque Japanese games back in the day? You know, the ones with random, nonsensical plots that simply served to keep the game going? That's what you've got going on in Senran Kagura Estival Versus.

The story doesn't matter much, but it's hard not to watch the dialogue between each mission. The girls' interactions with one another are bizarre to say the least, and more often than not they're simply a vehicle for innuendo and an excuse for some (lots of) bouncing boobs.

The absurdity is hard to look away from, especially during segments like the boob and butt touching contests.

Dialogue and storytelling styles rotate between moving character models with visual novel-style dialogue, static fanservice CGs, sound novel-style text display, and animated scenes. If you're familiar with those things, you'll feel right at home. If not, well.. probably not.

Boinplay

The gameplay here is pretty standard, especially if you're used to more mindless 3D beat'em ups/brawlers like Dynasty Warriors or other similar titles. Press square a bunch, sometimes triangle, use special moves when you can, win (hopefully).

Each girl can transform mid-battle, giving a magical girl-style transformation sequence with more boin than you can shake a banana at.

Transformation heals you to full health and lets you use high damage abilities called Secret Ninja Arts. Further still is Frantic mode, which significantly boosts your damage at the cost of defense -- and your character's clothes.

Don't expect any kind of deep combat with Senran Kagura Estival Versus. Like previous entries to the series, Estival Versus totes a simple but fun combat system. Some aspects, like dash cancelling and deciding when to transform or go into Frantic, can be tricky. But if you can make good use of each character's moves, you'll be fine. It's not like the AI is anything amazing.

Combat is frequently interrupted by short ecchi bits, spanning from Secret Ninja Art scenes and the girls clothes being ripped to particularly racy (nude but censored) Creative Finishers.

I'll be the first to admit combat can be repetitive, but that's to be expected from non-technical brawlers. It's repetitive but it's a ton of fun, and a bit part of that fun is in fact the ecchi. The two go together like peanut butter and jelly and it's a welcome change from how serious so many games take themselves these days.

Longeviboin

Surprisingly enough, Estival Versus has a number of online multiplayer modes and they're all fun. Some, like Shinobi Deathmatch, are simply duking it out with other players; while others like Capture the Bra are more gimmicky player versus player modes.

If it weren't for the multiplayer modes and sheer amount of cosmetics, funsies items to unlock, and character missions, the game would be far shorter. The Kagura Millennium Festival, Girl's Heart, and Special Missions have a fair amount of content on their own but the real meat lies in completionism, PvP, and -- let's be honest -- dressing up the girls.

The look, the boin, the.. life and hometown!

Let's not pretend the main draw to Senran Kagura Estival Versus isn't the fanservice. It's definitely the fanservice, and the game is completely aware. That's part of what makes it so fun -- you're never totally sure where or when it's going to ramp up, but you can bet that it will.

The game's anime-style visuals look great on the PlayStation 4, more so than the Vita, but it feels like the budget for this series primarily goes into voice acting. Now that Senran Kagura is on the PlayStation 4 I'd hoped there would be more models for the girls, but they're disappointingly same-y.

Pictured: My SK waifu. Also pictured: The same tits you see on almost everybody else.

Despite the girls canonically having varying sizes of breasts, there's a disappointing lack of variety of sizes in-game: flat, large, and extra large. And they have no gravity! It might just be me, but I definitely would prefer more obvious variations in breast and booty sizes and shapes. Where the slopes at, Tamsoft?

The copious amounts of jiggling and variety of girl archetypes almost makes up for the lack of actual variety in bodies, but it's hard to get over when you see them stripped down to nothing (with shining light to cover the naught bits) so often. It's also a bit irksome while playing around in the dressing room.

That said, the fanservice does all still look great. While I can lament over the lack of variety all day, the girls' assets as they stand do get the job done. They could just get it done better.

Down to the boin-line

Senran Kagura Estival Versus isn't perfect and it definitely is not for everyone. T&A haters need not apply -- but if you're hungry for some jiggly bits and some mindless fun, Estival Versus is pretty much the best game in the series to start with.

The game is certainly flawed, particularly in terms of the simple combat and lack of variety in breasts; but it fills its niche almost perfectly and the actual combat plus the multiplayer modes more than make up for the short and relatively easy missions.

It's good for what it is but it could certainly be better. Hopefully the next entry to the series does the official art justice and adds some new character models. In the meantime, Senran Kagura Estival Versus is still a fun dive into ecchi action gaming you rarely see in the West today and it certainly is worth it if you're comfortable with the fanservice out of Warriors/Musou-style games.

Props to XSeed for continuing to localize this niche series in North America. Senran Kagura isn't necessarily the cream of the crop in terms of console/handheld ecchi gaming in Japan, but it's what we've got here and it definitely does the job.

Full disclosure: Writer was provided a copy of the game for review.

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Senran Kagura Estival Versus bursts out on PS4 and Vita tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/0kq8l/senran-kagura-estival-versus-bursts-out-on-ps4-and-vita-tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/0kq8l/senran-kagura-estival-versus-bursts-out-on-ps4-and-vita-tomorrow Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:50:41 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If you've been waiting for fanservice-heavy beat'em up Senran Kagura Estival Versus to slide its way onto the North American market, your wait is almost over!

Estival Versus marks the first time Asuka, Homura, Katsuragi, and the other buxom shinobi girls take their battle (and boin) to a home console: the PlayStation 4.

Life and hometown look better than ever on the PlayStation 4, but anyone not so brazen and more comfortable with playing fanservice-heavy titles on a handheld can still turn to the PlayStation Vita for their shinobi battle fix.

The Vita version definitely has a benefit in being more discreet, but it's hard to say no to the PlayStation 4 version's visuals. Check out the comparison video below to see the differences between the two if you're still on the fence.

What is Senran Kagura Estival Versus?

If you haven't taken the plunge and swam in the welcoming ecchi rivers of the Senran Kagura series before, it can seriously seem like it's just a huge-boobed anime dress up simulator. I mean, it's not like anyone goes nuts over actual gameplay shots/footage.

Basically Estival Versus is a mission-based beat'em up much in the lines of games like Dragon Quest Heroes (not quite like the Dynasty Warriors series), with a heavy emphasis on T&A. Magical girl-style transformation sequences, destructible clothing, gratuitous panty shots.. the list goes on.

The Senran Kagura series isn't for everyone, but it fills the beat'em up void pretty well despite (or maybe because of) the constant ecchi.

Let's get ready for some serious life and hometown tomorrow, guys.

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