Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4)

Lock your doors and bring out your sunscreen. It's time to take a splash! The fan-serving ninja action title from Marvelous Games is back for some fun in the sun. Be warned, things can get pretty wet.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4)


The Senran Kagura series have been jumping genres since it started its run back in August of 2011. We've seen it go from a side-scrolling beat-em-up to a rhythm cooking game. There's even a card battle game for it on Android and iOS. Only one thing stayed the same throughout the entire series, and that's the fan-service. Naturally, the series has to have a beach-themed title, and in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, the game jumps in the shooting game scene with nothing but a two-piece bathing suit and some cloth-shredding water guns.

The game is available for PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store for $49.99.


The story focuses on the Peach Beach Splash water gun tournament, held by ninjas, for ninjas, since ancient times. Shinobi from various factions have been warped into tournament grounds and are forced to compete before any of them can leave. The winner, however, gets 'whatever they want' as a reward for winning the televised watergun tournament.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). A rainbow that delivers anime girls in bathing suit. Who could as for more?
There are over 40 campaign missions, split between the different Shinobi factions. Each mission begins and ends with some dialog scenes occasionally blasting some fan-serving illustrations. Everyone knows Senran Kagura is played 'for the plot'. Peach Beach Splash story plays out like an OVA; an anime episode where the characters take a much-needed downtime from the main plot for some RNR, often lighthearted, wacky and filled with fan-service, to the brim in PBS' case.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). heh


PBS is a third-person shooter, though fine-aiming isn't its most important mechanic.The Shinobi are forbidden to use their special abilities and are limited to using only water guns for combat(though there is a button for melee attacks, don't expect to pull off any fancy combos). The girls can equip a variety of water gun classes. From snipers to shotguns, and even water rocket launchers. Besides the water guns, Shinobi can also equip several support cards from their loadout that can be activated in combat for bonus effects such as shields, damage buffs, or hovering sentries that periodically fire at enemies.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). She's fighting a Gropety Grope Machine. No really, that's what it's called.
These card buffs can be acquired by opening a booster pack awarded after completing a mission or by purchasing one at the shop. Like real life booster packs, the contents of the pack are randomized but can also contain water guns. Any water gun or abilities you acquire of the same type can be used to enhance the ones you already have.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). Each faction has 10 campaign missions, but they're all pretty much the same.
Holding down the L2 button snaps you to the nearest enemy and locks onto it indefinitely, making the gunplay seem too easy. The matches are fast-paced and a lot can be going on all at once, making the snap lock-on an appropriate feature.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). You can choose to dive into the loadout system, or not. It doesn't really matter.
The AI for the game is pretty much non-existent. Both your allies and your opponents are dumb as nails. Brain dead enemies make the game less challenging, but brain dead allies also means you can't rely on them at all with completing any objective besides "defeat enemies". Thankfully, The game makes up for these shortcomings with some pretty interesting boss fights.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). Drop your opponents health low enough, and you get this. It works vice versa, but you win either way.
The game features co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes. Co-operative missions play out like solo missions with actual players as teammates as opposed to AI controlled ones. The competitive mode is a 5 v 5 battle of either domination, team deathmatch, or capture the flag. Your Shinobi's power level applies in this mode, so you'll have to grind a fair amount to stand your own against maxed out opponents.


The game is pretty vivid, running at a crisp resolution and a consistently high frame rate. The levels leave a lot to be desired while the detailing in the character models, on the other hand, leaves very little to the imagination. A testament to that is the 'dressing room/ shower' mode, a feature that lets you dress up, interact, and pose the Shinobi however you want, allowing for some pretty explicit results.

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4). Subtle.

The audio is purely Japanese, which is fine for the most part. But, during battles, there's a lot of voice chatter that you'll have to read the subtitles for if you want to understand what they're saying whilst dealing with all the action on screen. Not that you'll care what they're saying anyway, as it's usually just anime banter.


Honestly, if you're not after the fan-service, you'll find a mediocre shooter in Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash. There are some surprisingly fun elements in the gameplay and some pretty entertaining moments in-between missions, but ultimately, this is a game for fans of the series. If you're into drenched bouncing anime chicks, Peach Beach Splash can definitely make a fan out of you, for all the right/wrong reasons,

+ Eye candy *wink* – Horrible AI
+ Enjoyable gunplay – Repetitive


1 Comment

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    Appropriate score.


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