NS Review – Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson,  from Marvelous, is an interesting game. Yes, it focuses around teenage girls that lose more and more of their clothes the more they fight. I’m sure you’ve heard about this? It’s a gimmick that gives the game it’s own unique approach to the scrolling, fighting genre; yes – it’s certainly not like anything else on the market in that respect. Apart from the original Senran Kagura: Burst of course.

There’s certainly a specific theme here that the developers are going for – and a good job they make of it too. Barely a second goes by; be it a fight, cut scene, ‘photoshoot’ (yes you can take photos of the girls doing various poses), team battle failed or boss fight won that doesn’t feature a pair of bouncing breasts, suggestive comment, cleavage zoom or slow mo underwear reveal looking up a short skirt from below. Yeah, you read that right. Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

But I’m not here to talk about that. Whatever your thoughts are on this subject, whether you’re offended or not by this animated, throw away, light hearted approach to the adventures of a group of young, excitable young women, I’m not personally going to discuss it here any further. That’s for other websites. I’m here to talk about the game elements that I consider important – gameplay, story, visuals, design and sound. Still with me? Good.

The story centres around the ninja girls of Hanzo National Academy and an evil chap, Dogen, who is reeking havoc on Japan. These girls must work together to stop him across a number of side scrolling stages. Each stage takes the form of a team or individual battle against an army of similarly skilled ninja warriors, usually followed by some sort of boss fight. These battles range from fairly straight forward easy, button bashing repetitive fights against the same enemies over and over again, to events where combos are essential and well timed counter attacks really work well if pulled off correctly. If not, however, you will quickly fail and have to start again from the beginning of the stage.

It took me a little while to pick this method up properly – it’s easy to execute combos, but can get frustrating if you miss the opportunity to strike and you get wiped out, then get repeatedly hit over and over again. Spend time to learn the button combinations though and you’ll charge your power meter and perform a ninja warrior, costume transforming special move and one of a wide range of wacky, over the top super powered attacks in no time. These animations are fun to execute and the range of weapons each of the characters wields means there’s lots of these super strong attacks to see. Win and your character will level up, unlocking loads of outfits, hairstyles etc, all of which you can check out in said ‘Photoshoot’ mode.

Senran Kagura 2: Deep CrimsonSoon, even more variety is added in the form of another team of characters to control. And, as the story develops, you’ll not only be facing off against fellow fighters, but also huge screen filling beasts from another realm. There really is lots to see here, but visually it’s a mixed bag – the 3D effect is particularly impressive; fully immersing the player in the on screen action. Player character models are impressive too, but backgrounds and some slow down are not so much.

The sound too is inconsistent – the soundtrack is noisy, rocky, but as expected I guess. Japanese style themes accompany very over excited, Japanese speaking voices that consistently rabbit on during the battles. It can get annoying, but certainly adds to the overall theme effectively.

It’s hard to recommend a game like this; the main theme is certainly not to everyones taste and the repetitive battles are less than inspiring. It’s presented well and the occasional boss battles break up the pattern, but the novelty will wear off pretty quickly. For something a little bit different though, it may well be worth downloading when it inevitably goes in the eShop sale though.Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Does Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson appeal to you? Have you purchased it? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 Game download code kindly supplied by Marvelous Europe – thanks!
One Response to “NS Review – Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)”
  1. Kutao says:

    Yeah, bought it from Amazon and got delivered not too long ago, been playing it for two days straight.
    Being a fan of the first one, Burst, how could I not buy this game? And I’m very happy I did, it’s very enjoyable thus far and it seems far superior than burst under many aspects. I can’t wait to see where the devs will go with their next games.


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