- System: PS4
- Publisher: D3 Publisher, Aksys Games
- Developer: Tamsoft
- Release Date: Nov 17, 2017
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action
- Players: 1 (Online 1-5)
- Official Website: https://www.d3p.co.jp/sgzh/#character_ren
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Let’s begin by saying School Girl/Zombie Hunter is set in the very niche world of Onechanbara, an older third person hack and slash zombie game with girls in bathing suits/revealing clothes killing zombies left and right. However, School Girl/Zombie Hunter isn’t a hack and slash title but instead, a third person shooter with cute girls in revealing outfits killing zombies. Right there, you can tell the target audience for School Girl/Zombie Hunter. Though, is this theme enough to make School Girl/Zombie Hunter a good game?
School Girl/Zombie Hunter throws players into the roles of 5 school girls in an academy pouring with zombies and other nasty beings. Each girl has various skills such as Sayuri being able to heal teammates fast, Lisa who is athletic and speedy, and Rei who is great with karate related moves. School Girl/Zombie Hunter gives players the opportunity to use each girl quite often, all while occasionally locking specific girls to specific missions. It’s a nice way of making it so that players don’t get too bored of one girl and can also get familiar with each girl’s traits.
Now, combat is what matters in a game like School Girl/Zombie Hunter and we’re happy to say it works rather well for the most part. Players will use an arsenal of various weapons like shotguns, snipers, SMGs and the list goes on to kill the enemies that stand before them. School Girl/Zombie Hunter also places a large emphasis on wearing various underwear—which can be changed as new pieces are unlocked—which just acts as a means of being fashion accessories at the end of the day. Though it is a nice incentive to see constant unlocks in the form of weapons and underwear being gained by killing zombies, finding crows—or Charon which are hidden in levels—and other baddies to gain new items. Though we do wonder why Tamsoft felt the need to make unlockables fly at you in terms of how many you can get per one mission. We once had nearly thirty items unlock while we were playing a survival based mission.
While the single player campaign is quite long with over several chapters to play and tons of reasons to go back through them on hard mode—if you love to 100% games—we had a lot of fun with School Girl/Zombie Hunter multiplayer. Online, players of School Girl/Zombie Hunter can team up to do various missions types together. What’s even better is all the unlocks and levels gained—even though levels feel arbitrary to be honest—carry over into the single player game. This could be abused by playing multiplayer first, getting some good guns because you were run through it with someone high leveled and going back to the single player to sweep the enemies but realistically, you’ll have fun just being able to do what School Girl/Zombie Hunter does best, killing stuff. Our only gripe with online is that during more hectic moments, School Girl/Zombie Hunter had some terrible lag. This was regardless of who was the host and what mission we were on but it rarely got us killed.
Let us conclude our review of School Girl/Zombie Hunter with the negatives we found while playing overall. Graphically—notice how we saved this for last—School Girl/Zombie Hunter looks pretty weak. That doesn’t mean it’s a terrible looking game—we’ve seen way worse—but at best, School Girl/Zombie Hunter looks like a first or second year PS3 game and not something that released in 2017. Likewise, while playing, we had a lot of issues appear with getting stuck in a room because a character wouldn’t move and even having odd moments of characters just getting stuck on nothing. Overall, School Girl/Zombie Hunter looks and plays like an older title so be prepared for that going in. At least School Girl/Zombie Hunter only costs $39.99 which goes to show Tamsoft realized it might be a bit rude to release it at full price.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Silly B Movie-like story
- Fun third person action
- Impressive amount of guns/outfits/underwear to unlock
- Multiplayer is a lot of fun
- Pretty mediocre graphically
- Annoying lag online
- Camera speed can be quite slow even on max settings