Disclaimer: This game was reviewed on the PS4 Pro. A copy of the game was provided by the publisher.
Before I jump into what I thought of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash I wanted it to be known I did not complete the game due to getting it just a few days prior to the embargo. However, I sunk about 7 hours into the game and feel as if I can formulate my own opinion. Consider this my review impressions of the stylish action title. Now then, how about a proper intro? The first thought that pops into many gamers heads when they hear the name Senran Kagura is, well, boobs. Don’t fret, this game has plenty of that. But you might be curious if there’s more to the title beyond the fun bags — short answer, absolutely.
First and foremost, when I first jumped into Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash I couldn’t help but notice the high level of style and polish the game presented itself with. Vibrant colors and fantastic characters models repeatedly had me impressed. The art direction the game uses goes hand-in-hand with the bubbly characters and charming personalities. Speaking of personality, the game’s localization is spot on, I was smiling constantly while reading the subtitles during cutscenes. There is wildly funny adult humor — the game is very aware of just how ridiculous it is, and has no shame in it.
More Than Melons
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is the very first Senran Kagura game I’ve played. Obviously, its combat is very different from other games in the series. I recently played through Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni on PS Vita, which is the very similar to the Senran Kagura entries, and it’s the closest thing I can draw a comparison to compared Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. While at first glance you might think the game takes notes from something like Splatoon, given its setting and water gun weaponry; instead, it feels more like a traditional action title.
Soaking up enemies and maneuvering around the map feels great. There are different character types that all have unique abilities and weapons. Some are slower but more powerful, while others are much faster and their water tank doesn’t go dry as fast. It’s fun trying out each type of character, but I mostly enjoyed being able to fly around the map at ease and shoot from a distance. Maps are also open and varied in design. There’s also plenty of swimsuits and fun items to unlock in the game. I found this aspect of the game to be quite entertaining. Although I do get easily obsessed with collecting things in games. My initial thoughts before I played the game was that it was going to have bland gameplay and basically just be eye-candy for people who want to see giant-boobed women. Luckily, I was wrong — the combat is actually a blast.
The story of Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is as wacky as you would expect it to be. The historic water gun battles are a part of some type of ancient history, and then teams of girls are summoned to compete with each other. Ultimately, there aren’t any serious enthralling story pieces, so I won’t dive too deep into it. However, as mentioned above, the fantastic comedic writing alone is worth experiencing.
Intimacy.. for Science
Lastly, the game lets players mess with the girls in a Dressing Room / Showers mode. This mode lets you squirt water at the girls, change their clothes, and have them do different poses. It was mildly entertaining for a short while. I couldn’t help but wish there was a bit of dialogue in this part of the game. Even if it were just short throw-away conversations with the girls, I would have found that to be much more entertaining than slapping some boobs and butts with a hilarious hand animation. I will say though, I went down the rabbit hole a bit with the photo mode, the different backgrounds and effects are fun to tinker with.
There’s more than meets the eye with Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. If you’re a fan of the Senran Kagura franchise, or Japanese action games in general, I highly recommend this spin-off entry in the series, as it fits right in with its predecessors.