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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 Review

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The shinobi girls hit the beach!

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PS4
  • Publisher: Marvelous, XSEED Games
  • Developer: Tamsoft
  • Release Date: Sept 26, 2017
  • Price:$49.99 (Retail Limited Edition Only $69.99)
  • Rating: M for Mature
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • Players: 1-2 (Online 2-10)
  • Official Website: http://peachbeachsplash.com

Who it Caters to

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The shinobi girls of Senran Kagura are back and this time they're heading for the beach in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. Fans of the Senran Kagura series will love to once again see their favorite girls in yet another new adventure. In Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, our shinobi female leads are filling their water guns up in preparations for an all new battle. Instead of using swords, knives and kunai, our buxom ladies are using different water based weapons such as water shotguns and water pistols. Only one team will win, will it be your favorite? If you’re into third person shooting but with hot girls, swimsuits and water flying on said girls and swimsuit then look no further as Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash will be the game for you.

What to Expect

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash plays out in a third-person battle arena of water gun fun. Players will choose one of several teams—which overall equates to 30 different playable characters—as they take their team all the way. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash offers up several games modes and even offers cooperative play and online battle! Win matches and customize your girls with different swimwear for your ideal Senran Kagura beach babe. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash might not be about girls fighting for their lives or saving the world but as usual, these girls want to prove that they’re the best shinobi around and they're willing to even get wet to prove it.

Story

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash tells the story of our girls once more finding themselves in an odd situation. Apparently, an ancient ceremony called The PBS Tournament—or Peach Beach Splash Tournament—has been held to have shinobi fight each not with cold steel but water based weapons. The shinobi who enter the PBS tourney can’t rely on their special powers but most utilize their shinobi skills to win each round by getting their opponent wet. Though it sounds ridiculous to the girls of Hanzo Academy, they learn that the team who stands victorious at the end of the PBS tournament will receive a great prize, they can get anything they wish for. Now with motivation behind them, the various girls remove their uniforms and don swimsuits to prepare for an epic battle on the hot beach sands.

Gameplay

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Senran Kagura by developer Tamsoft usually has our various well-endowed shinobi girls fighting various other shinobi girls, demonic threats, or a mixture of the two. However, Tamsoft and publisher Marvelous seemed to have another idea in mind for the Senran Kagura series. That change would be in the form of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash and while this may be a game focused on getting girls wet—with water guns we might add—we can say we were surprised by our time with it. Let us tell you our thoughts on Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash with a review, shall we?

Let us first discuss Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash’s greatest change from the past titles, the third person shooting aspects. Players essentially run around beach themed arenas and environments using various water based weapons to take down opposing teams and or enemies while avoiding taking too much damage themselves. You have three hearts per every match and only lose if your girl loses all her hearts. While Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash may have removed the swords and rifles found in the past titles for this water based theme, that hasn’t removed the great gameplay that we know and love from developer Tamsoft. The various weapons—which come in forms such as machine guns, rocket launchers, shotguns and machine guns to name a few—all handle well and give players a means of staving off possible repetition if they were all the same type of water gun.

Speaking of avoiding repetition, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash does this outside of just the great gameplay by offering players not one but several gameplay modes to enjoy. Sure, they might all boil down to the same theme but each mode has different variances to feel different nonetheless. For example, players can obviously enjoy the single player mode which has you taking teams from the beginning of the tournament to the end, but there is also episodic mode—titled Paradise Mode—where players see specific short stories of different girls and are thrown into random situations where the game may throw different handicaps at you. Plus, if you grow tired of playing alone you can bring a friend along for some co-op or even jump online to battle against others in large 10 player battles. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash offers a ton of gameplay modes for the price of admission that much we can say.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash also has two other major strengths, beautiful graphics and an awesome soundtrack. While the physics of the girls may come into question at times—seriously we don’t think girls’ chests work that way—it doesn’t stop the game from making each shinobi girl from looking absolutely stunning with sharp lighting and a great amount of character detail. The various water effects look solid too though, at times, can be a bit much leading to some confusion on screen, though it doesn’t distract too much. As we said, the music in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is also a delight as it mixes in the feeling of past Senran Kagura titles but adds in a beach themed tone to the music which fits well with the game.

Now before we talk about the issues we have with Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, we want to put a disclaimer of sorts out there. While we here at Honey’s Anime love all things anime-like—meaning fanservice and ecchi themes—not everyone is going to be okay with Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash’s overly sexualized gameplay. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash has girls being doused with water to the point of seeing through their swimsuits—though this is censored obviously—and even has a game where you can grope the various girls to get them to kiss you. While the latter is completely optional, the former is the basics of the game and that might be too much for normal gamers out there. That’s why we’re confident most who will buy Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash already know what to expect but if you’re deciding to venture into the world of Senran Kagura for the first time, we just wanted to let you know so you can avoid Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash if this seems like too much.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

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When we first heard that Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash was going to be a water gun based third person shooter, we had our doubts. Though just after a few minutes of playing, we instantly fell in love with what Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash offered. Not only is Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash absolutely gorgeous in terms of graphics but the solid third person gameplay, good music and silly story kept us entertained and wanting more. We still have some hesitations with the over sexualized gameplay elements at times—namely the odd locker room game of shooting water at the girls and grabbing their chests comes to mind—but we do know that some fans will love it and it doesn’t detract from what is a solid third person shooter. We here at Honey’s Anime can wholeheartedly recommend Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash to not only fans of the fan service heavy series but also to those who love third person shooters that aren’t trying to be too serious.

Honey's Pros:

  • Fun third person gameplay
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Solid music
  • Co-op and multiplayer
  • Wide assortment of customization
  • Silly but funny narrative

Honey's Cons:

  • Fan service may be a bit much for some
  • Card based system is a bit odd and unneeded in our opinion
  • Can be a bit too frantic at times

Honey's Final Verdict:

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, at first glance, looks like just another fan service centered title. While that is very much the case seeing as how there are some questionable things you can do with our female cast of shinobi, if you look past that and focus on the gameplay Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a ton of fun. The third person shooter aspects are a huge departure from the usual hack and slash gameplay we’ve seen so far from the Senran Kagura series but we can honestly say it’s a welcome one. That’s why despite the overly sexualized gameplay, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash might be a third person shooter worthy of buying. With that everyone our review of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash comes to a conclusive end but we thank you for coming along for the ride. Let us know in the comments your thoughts about Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash and if you liked our review then why not check out some of our others here at Honey’s Anime.

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