Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review

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Game of Thrones was correct. Winter is coming. Yesterday’s commute to work necessitated the use of a brolly, as precipitation poured down upon my noggin. Sigh, how I miss the warmer climes of July and August. Thankfully, regardless of the current weather, I can still enjoy the spectacle of bikini-clad babes thanks to the release of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. Marvelous and Tamsoft have once again treated us to a game starring their well-endowed female ninjas. This time however the teenage shinobi have traded their shurikens and swords for super soakers, as they compete in the titular water gun tournament.

OVERVIEW

It’s funny to see that the Peach Beach Splash competition is being streamed on a fictional site named New Tube. Somehow I doubt that the real life YouTube would support videos featuring half naked girls who cuss a lot. YouTube are currently waging a virtuous crusade against controversial content, which has seen many talented creators get whacked with the demonetization bat. Apparently this all started because a certain annoying Swede decided to go full Nazi, resulting in an advertiser boycott. Oh well, who cares. Let’s return to the more pressing matter of swimsuits and bouncy gals.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash’s single player content includes a five-part story mode, some bonus missions and various tournaments. There’s multiplayer fun to be had too, courtesy of ranked competitive matches and a co-op survival mode. Unfortunately I have yet to dabble with the online features because I can never seem to find any other players to group with. Perhaps splitting the niche community across regional servers is to blame… or maybe everyone sticks to single player, as revealing to the world that you like this game is embarrassing. A fondness for midget porn is easier to justify than a passion for Senran Kagura.

To be honest it’s a shame that the salacious content will put off some people, because the game is a fun third person shooter brimming with tongue in cheek humour. Many of the levels pit you against hordes of weak enemies, robots and fellow ninjas. Sometimes, to spice things up, you’ll also be expected to use your liquid spewing arsenal to extinguish flames within a lenient time limit. Missing from this edition of Senran Kagura is the series’ trademark destructible clothing. There aren’t any garments to damage as the cast is barely wearing anything to begin with! On the plus side it’s possible to make downed opponents part with their raunchy two-piece, by squirting them with a rubber ducky. Quack.

VERDICT

My rating for Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a four out of five. Fans of the franchise will be pleased to learn that the series’ temporary transition from brawler to shooter has turned out well. My only complaint with the game is that the main campaign can be cleared in a few quick hours, as the levels are shorter than the star of a midget porno (wow two hobbit adult-movie references in one review.) On the plus side Peach Beach Splash gives you plenty of reasons to continue playing once the story is finished. There are tons of unlockables to earn in the form of artwork, music and cosmetic items. Replaying levels also awards card packs, which contain new abilities/guns for your characters, pets that can be summoned in battle and stat upgrades.

Peach Beach Splash’s mix of action, comedy and eye candy will serve me well for the upcoming nippy period. Why bother venture outdoors and get drenched when you can stay inside and watch the virtual beauties get soaked instead?

16 thoughts on “Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review

  1. Lol, this game reminds me of Dead or Alive extreme beach volleybal, and Ochenbara. But admittedly looking at the trailer, this looks like a fun game. Too bad my gaming days are pretty much behind me, else I think this game would probably have ended up in my collection too. Still: I don’t think they know that winter is coming in this game ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Excellent review! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Maybe titles like this one will seduce you into getting back into video games haha. Yeah, this game is targeting the crowd who like stuff like Ochenbara and DOA Xtreme. Strip away (bad choice of words) the fan service though and the Senran Kagura games still hold up as good fun.

    • Reminds me most strongly of Rumble Roses. A game primarily focusing on titillation while still having a good and fun engine? You don’t see that too often.

      • I know of Rumble Roses, but have never played it. Perhaps the time is right to release a current gen female wrestling game? Titillation with fun gameplay is a good summary of the Senran Kagura titles.

  2. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review: A Tale of Brollies and Midget Porn.

    It’s always risky when a series jumps genres, so it’s good that the developers didn’t just make a horribly-designed cash grab to “reward” their fans.

    • Spin-offs can alienate the core fans, but thankfully this one turned out well. The combat, although different, is enjoyable and the rest of the game has all the elements one would expect from a Senran Kagura title. Not every SK spin-off is gold though. The cooking game Tamsoft released a few years ago could have been better.

  3. @_@ eye candy. This needs a Switch version so I can play it while hiding in the closet. Family might not appreciate the themes on our living room 50 inch TV.

    • There are a couple of Senran Kagura games on Nintendo’s 3DS believe it or not (the series started life on that system.) I also believe a Senran Kagura game for the Switch is in the works, although it will only feature the main heroine.

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