Even though Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit was released back in November, I still wanted to provide a review to our readers of a rather enjoyable and relatively unknown PS Vita gem. This game fashions itself under the Music and Rhythm genre, but is by far one of the stranger titles I played in 2014. I did not do much research into the series or this specific game before playing it, but I was excited to play a rhythm game on a platform that lacks titles in this area.
The first thing I want to say about this game is it is a mature title not suited for children, so parents beware. The anime styled game is part music, part rhythm, but most of the gameplay revolves around defeating your opponent during a cooking competition and stripping them naked. Yes, you heard me right, naked cooking! Its basically all about the boobs.
The story is pretty lighthearted. It involves ten playable characters who are in an underground cooking competition organized by a guy named Master Hanzo with first prize being a Secret Ninja Art Scroll which grants one wish. Unfortunately the story is not cohesive and will make almost no sense to most American audiences. Each character has her own back story but the game definitely left me scratching my head on a number of occasions because I did not understand it.
The gameplay, however, is straight forward with a great soundtrack of Japanese pop music. Button icons roll in from the right side of the screen with an area near the left side where you must match the beat of the music and button presses to keep the game going. Each match is broken up into 3 rounds, with each one getting a little faster and Master Hanzo grading each. The loser of the round loses part of her outfit, and if a perfect match is won the loser will literally be left naked.
Here is the toughest part of the game: concentration! As you are matching buttons to beats the camera pans around to the contestants cooking and often I lost the beat of the music because I had an ass or boob distracting me directly in the background. I am guessing that distraction is by design and boy did it work.
Despite the odd story, I did really enjoy the game and music. I found it to be a game I could jump in and play a match or two without having to invest a lot of time in a storyline. I laughed a lot during gameplay because I found some of the scenes so absurd (that’s a good thing in my book!). One side note, I love the names of some of the trophies; A Lot of Boobs and Panties Collector being my favorite.
I recommend this game for anyone wanting a fun music rhythm game on the PS Vita at a budget price ($14.99). Overall, despite its weird, strange, and silly story, it was still a solid and entertaining game that left me wanting to play more.
Overall Score: 8/10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: XSEED Games
Publisher: Marvelous USA
Played on: PS Vita
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
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