Review: SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash (PS4)

Review: SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (11.2 GB)
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: XSEED Games
Developer: Tamsoft
Original MSRP: $49.99 (US), €49.99 (EU), £44.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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When I first took notice of SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash I hoped it would be similar to Call of Duty, just with pretty women and nicer locales. Obviously, it wouldn’t come anywhere close to the behemoth but it could still be a fun alternative.

Sadly, it is nothing like the popular shooter. Okay, how about a pervy version of the Uncharted multiplayer. Again, it fails to even try to copy the addictive formula. So what is it trying to be?

Gameplay:
SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash is an excuse. It can just about be called a dull and uninspired third-person shooter filled to the brim with scantily clad women and girls.

Yes, I shudder to even think about it, but there are several young characters in this game and they are treated just like the rest of them.

The only part of the game I enjoy is the card collecting. At the end of each mission you’re awarded with some cards and any duplicates can be used to upgrade the characters, their weapons, pets, and power-ups. Although some of the cards are quite lewd I still enjoy collecting them and bettering my favorite character and the team.

Equipped with an assortment of water pistols, rifles, and cannons you can unleash your H20 onto the enemies. Whenever the water runs out you have to hold a button and watch as your chosen character pumps the chamber with all their might until the water magically refills.

There’s a variety of minor characters, which include some odd floating shapes and women with rubber poles that are either thrust or whipped at my team. There are some more female NPCs running around trapped in some rubber rings. These are quite funny to witness and just like the others mentioned, easy to vanquish.

There are also opposing teams and some boss characters to face. One such boss is called the Gropey Grope Machine and you have to stop it before it reaches a tied-up woman. As the name suggests, it molests the poor woman. You don’t actually see the assault but there is no denying what happened and the look on the woman’s face paints a vivid picture.

During some missions you’ll face other teams. When they’re beaten, they collapse, panting for breath and weak. At this time you can get close to them and unleash your rubber duck which squirts out a chosen colored water in a first-person view. The only areas you can affect are the face, chest, and buttocks. Enough squirts at one of those areas will cause a suggestive and sometimes embarrassing pose and the clothing will break away.

Thankfully, bright white spots of light cover the intimate areas but it’s enough to feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, not for myself but for the virtual women on my screen.

Visuals:
The Dress-Up mode allows you to change the character’s outfits and panties along with adding a wealth of accessories. There are a number of things to unlock and equip but nothing alters the abilities of the characters, it’s all just for show.

There’s a mode called Intimacy and it has to be the strangest and most awkward thing I have played, it also made me laugh in the most cringe-worthy way. You can move around a chosen character and squirt them with water. You can also fondle certain parts of their body, by squeezing, touching, and groping in a way that’s more akin to a gentle smack. This often makes them react and say something, like…

“You… You make me so uncomfortable, and yet…”

Enough groping and a heart meter fills up. Yes, you read that correctly, these virtual women like it. When it’s filled you can get them to do one or two other things. Once unlocked you can assign commands to the face buttons. One such thing makes the woman turn around, bend over, and give herself a few smacks on her derrière.

“Is it fun to touch me?”

There is a VR mode, a new free addition in a recent update that’s buried in the aforementioned Dress-Up mode which allows the viewer to get an even closer look at their character. Although the view is restricted and the controls are clumsy, it’s not a good use of the headset. There seems to be no way of touching the individual but water can still be squirted at them.

“S-So warm…”

As much as it pains me to say, there is technically nothing wrong with the game in this department. The graphics are good and it doesn’t struggle when there’s a lot going on. I do struggle to get my bearings as some of the enemies are quite agile and like to swarm around my character.

I find it bizarre that a game like Call of Duty can show countless gruesome deaths and people writhing in agony because their limbs have been blown to smithereens but showing a nipple or two is just plain wrong. Before I venture too far down that rabbit hole I should mention the music and sounds.

Audio:
SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash is heavy on the subtitles as there is a ton of speech, none of which I can understand. One day I will learn the beautiful language. The inflection and humor are mostly lost in translation as I am too busy reading the text. This makes a few comments and conversations more cringe-worthy than they are probably intended to be.

One strange conversation had a comment about “squeezing each other’s boobies,” and doing something with her thighs and then mentioning “two fingers.” I skipped every cutscene after that. The sound effects and music is of a good standard and complements the game. Some of it is even quite silly and jolly.

Online/Multiplayer:
There are a few online modes but sadly I never got a chance to try any of them as there were never any other players. I tell a lie, I did see one person pop into the 3vs3 match lobby while I sat there waiting for over five long minutes. I didn’t just sit watching the spinners spin, I’m not crazy, I listened to an Audible book too.

Conclusion:
Technically there’s nothing wrong with SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash and in some ways, it is a fun game. When I put the difficulty up to three stars and upgraded a few things the game was okay at times.

I’m perfectly fine with titillating and suggestive games and films, but at times playing this game felt uncomfortable and nasty. I find it very difficult to recommend but I know that it has an audience and those people will enjoy it. It isn’t for me, but I’m not a pervy teenager.

Score:
6.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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