Overall - 70%
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash knows exactly what it is. It's not the deepest game around, but those that can appreciate its absurdity will find a solid enough third person shooter that certainly stands out.
People often talk about games pushing the envelope with luscious graphics, gripping stories, or rock solid gameplay. XSEED and Marvelous’ new third person shooter Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is one of these games…if only for being completely and unapologetically shameless.
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review
With a name like Peach Beach Splash and a Mature rating, players should know what they’re getting into with this game. Players follow one of four shinobi groups as they compete in – what else – “Peach Beach Splash,” a five-on-five water gun tournament. The winning team gets whatever they want, but in order to achieve victory they must fight hordes of enemies, put out fires, take out rival teams, and face off against a larger-than-life boss. It’s a lighthearted story, one that is firmly tongue-in-cheek and self aware. Each of the different girls has their own unique quirks and mannerisms, which leads to some interesting scenarios through each arc. These arcs aren’t the longest around, clocking in at around an hour per squad. There is an unlockable fifth arc that runs a bit longer and carries a noticeably different tone. However, players will likely dig the shenanigans, whether they be cheeky or serious.
The battles themselves has the girls gearing up with their water gun of choice and blasting away. Ammo in the form of water is unlimited, but it is easy to run out; recharging requires players to hold down a dedicated button. The weapons are your typical assault rifles, sniper rifles, and pistols, but they all pack an alternate firing mode that varies things up a bit. A melee option is available, but it is a basic attack and nowhere as deep as Senran Kagura proper. There is also a lack of a dodge or roll feature, which makes battles somewhat more difficult.
The weaponry you choose also extends to Peach Beach Splash’s boost and jet mechanics; each girl can hover or dash forward at the expense of using some water. Some weaponry gives you more mobility than others, making the right loadout critical. It’s nowhere as deep as something like, say, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but matches move quickly and it gets the job done. For the truly malicious out there, there are “Squirmy Finish” moves that can humiliate your opponent in inappropriate ways.
There are also Pets and Cards that can be used in battle. Pets accompany the player, firing off bullets and other fodder at your enemies. As for Cards, they can give off perks in battle. These can be both upgraded with card packs from successful fights, but the grind is slow and there is simply too much to boost. Those who are willing to sink countless hours in battle will dig this challenge, but most players will be frustrated and focus on the more basic loadouts.
Outside of Story mode, there is a decent selection of things to do. Text-based “Paradise Episodes” are available that extend the story, and the tournament-based “V-Road Challenges” pit players against a series of opponents as they fight their way to the top. Online modes come in Ranked, Free, and Co-Op Survival flavors, though matchmaking was not working as of this review. There is also a shop players can buy alternate outfits, a diorama mode, and an “Intimate” mode that is exactly what it says on the tin.
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash knows exactly what it is. It’s not the deepest game around, but those that can appreciate its absurdity will find a solid enough third person shooter that certainly stands out.