- System: PlayStation Vita
- Publisher: NIS America, Inc
- Developer: Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Release Date: October 11, 2016
- Genre: RPG
- Official Website: http://criminalgirls2.com/
Who it caters to
Criminal Girls: Invite Only was the first of this series to be released in the west and it was met with some criticism over the presence of all the censoring for a game with such a risque plot. If you have ever heard of the Criminal Girls game, you probably do not remember it for its plot but rather for its….plot. If you know what we mean, hehe! The fanservice and ecchi gameplay really make the Criminal Girls: Invite Only game stand out and the sequel, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, is no exception.
What to expect
The original Criminal Girls: Invite Only was met with criticism for the obscene amounts of censorship. However, in Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, the censorship is not quite as noticeable in comparison. You don’t have the awkward clouds of pink all over the mini game screen or random glares like more intense ecchi anime. In fact, because the original artist was brought in to redraw the scenes, you won’t notice much except for the fact that the girls seem to be in rather submissive positions without the presence of chains or ropes everywhere. Although these features were taken out, it won’t take too much imagination to get the picture.
Aside from the censorship change alone, the graphics for Criminal Girls 2 has been updated giving users a better visual experience reminiscent of more popular anime designs these days. The motivation scenes themselves are done with 3D animation, but you won’t be cringing like you would when watching anime like Ajin. In fact, the new girls will definitely have you coming back to give more motivation than ever before. The new cast of girls in Criminal Girls 2 definitely appeal to many moe girls of all dere types. Do you want to make that tsundere beg you to whip her? Or maybe you want that kuudere to find the S in S&M? You will find more enjoyment with S&M than you might have considered ever before.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Teaser
Let us not forget that you ended up in Hell because there’s an extra girl with you who might just be a criminal. However, you will have to find out more about each girl to even figure out who that might be or if you are going insane, but you are in Hell after all. This adds a touch of mystery to the series and makes it difficult for the girls to really get along, but you will have to manage everyone if you guys are going to have to survive.
The gameplay itself is not very exciting. You will spend a good amount of time dungeon crawling trying to get through to the end and battle criminals who pop up at random like any other dungeon. You can use a total of 4 girls to help you fight, although the fighting style involves either 1 girl fighting or multiple should the option be available. You have to pick through a series of actions that could involve using powers, using physical attacks, or asking for aid from another girl.
Let’s not forget that there is a monetary system in Criminal Girls 2. You gain currency through fighting different criminals, which can be quite easy to collect as you grind. However, the more you want to motivate a girl, the more currency it will take and you will find that you need to grind a bit more than you predicted if you want to help motivate and level up each girl.
Taking a look further into the motivation scenes, they are quite ecchi in many ways, even with the “censorship” that have fans raging before the game is even released. The facial expressions are quite sensual and the motivations themselves require no imagination necessary. We can definitely see these motivation scenes being a hit. However, despite not actually stating that the characters were young, the loli characters leave you with the impression of being a pedocphile due to their obvious youthfulness and childish physiques.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Since this is a role playing game that encompasses the story telling features of a visual novel, the gameplay is quite long and will keep you entertained for a good amount of time even if you are on easy mode. It depends on what you are looking for out of the game, but overall, you won’t find yourself bored anytime soon.
The fight scenes can get rather repetitive if you want to take the time to grind endlessly to gain money for motivation scenes. We would have much preferred a different take on the fight scenes, but perhaps that would have made the fighting too easy, much easier than they actually were.
While most players will be drawn to Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors for the fanservice, the story is good enough to keep people from getting bored. The fanservice won’t disappoint fans who love ecchi. Even this reviewer could not keep herself from taking screencaps!
Overall, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an enjoyable game for those who like ecchi or those who might be looking for a simple dungeon crawling game. It’s not a game changer, for sure, but it is definitely something different. If you are offended by sexual exploitation in this game, don’t play it, but if you’re curious about S&M, it’s one way to explore the world that is S&M.
- Updated graphics for better visual experience
- No glares or pink clouds for censoring
- Gratuitous amounts of fanservice
- Easy gameplay for casual gaming
- A decent story considering the premise of the game
- Motivation scenes aren’t the main part of the game (?!)
- The inclusion of lolis makes the motivation scenes feel a bit criminal
- Need to grind to get currency to access motivation scenes
- Fighting scenes can get tedious
- Leveling can take much longer as each criminal gives you minimal amounts of experience
Honey's Final Verdict:
For all of our readers out there, what do you think about the game? Do you think it’s worth checking out? Are any readers excited to actually play the game? Feel free to share your thoughts!