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    jp's Senran Kagura Estival Versus (VITA)

    [January 17, 2021 09:57:51 PM]
    I finished the first two "days" and a bit more (technically day 0 and day 1) and, while I learned that you can skip all the cut-scenes and conversation moments (that I found really grating), I realized I wasn't that enthused by the actual combat/fighting. Yes, I did lose a few times and while the difficulty was "easy" (low) and would get harder as I made progress...the entire system just wasn't that interesting to me. I think I wrote about this before.

    There's a whole shopping side to the game as well that I only engaged with to see what it was about. You can buy outfits, movies (cut-scenes you've seen in the game) pictures AND there's a whole mode where you can pose three characters. It's quite..uhh..lewd? As you play you unlock different poses and they're all pretty provocative (but - no nudity). You can also switch between the outfits - including torn outfits (like you see when you take/do damage) as well as lingerie. This is all really not my jam at all...and I guess I can say now that at least I've played one of the games in the series and have a general sense for what it's about...
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    [January 15, 2021 10:43:10 AM]

    I picked this up because I had seen many games in this series and I knew nothing about it. I'm not sure it was worth the effort - but at least I now think I know what a Senran Kagura game is about?

    It's basically a brawler (in a similar vein to the Dynasty Warrior series). So, waves of baddies and you attack them. I guess I'm also reminded of the Onechanbara game I played not too long ago. So, there are combos, different types of attacks, parries and so on - however, I'm finding that I don't really have a lot of patience for this, I think mostly because the difficulty in the beginning is too low and the main constraint is time - so I'm not really being forced to learn how to use the different moves and what it means to use them well either. I can just button-mash my way through. I suspect the more I play the more I'll run into a wall of challenge but by then it'll be too late in that I won't have learned the right moves and stuff.

    Now, that part of the game is mostly meh. But it goes downhill. This might be because I have no investment or knowledge in the series but so far, in maybe 2-3 hrs of gameplay, all that seems to have happened is a series of introductions to teams of buxom young shinobi girls who are transported to an island, and then fight some other shinobi (also women). It's been like 5 of these - and there's lots of dialogue and reading and it's all just so annoying. Sigh.

    Also, there's lots of jiggling. The game is very much an "exploitation" game - minus the gore/violence. As you damage enemies (or are damaged yourself) your clothes fall apart. You can also "transform" (change costume and get new powers) - which plays an animation where the character is naked (with bright lights obscuring private parts), they pull a scroll from either between their breasts or groin and then the new costume is "applied" (I guess it's a typical anime-style transformation animation). So, all very titillating and jiggly. And, I'm just not into that sort of thing?

    After all the intro missions I've now unlocked the menu - and there's a shop where you can buy new outfits for the characters, with accessories and all, and so on. I guess if I was really into the characters or the story I might be interested? But, frankly I'm not. I'll play a bit more just to see if there's any real variation?

    So far it feels like a bit of a mess because I've played all these different characters - but only once. So there's no real opportunity to learn or get used to their abilities and how their attacks work (there is variation!). But. meh?
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    jp's Senran Kagura Estival Versus (VITA)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Something better came along

    GameLog started on: Wednesday 13 January, 2021

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 17 January, 2021

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