Senran Kagura Burst is like a cross between Naruto and Sailor Moon. The story centers around two clans of shinobi schools…and that’s about as far as the paper-thin plot goes. It’s ripe with anime clichés with a very cutesy, fan service type vibe to it. It’s an action story starring schoolgirls with huge chests who kickass. Mundane plot aside the silly and sexy premise of the game will please plenty of people while offending hundreds of others.
But’s let’s get to the core of the experience here: gameplay. SKB is an action style beat’em up with RPG elements similar to Dynasty Warriors. The girls level up stats and learn new skills while defeating enemy ninjas on missions, which vary between saving people to recovering files. Yet it ultimately boils down to destroying everything on screen. Each of the shinobi has a distinct fighting style. Asuka, for instance, wields twin katanas while Katsuragi’s weapon of choice is her feet. As if that wasn’t enough, each girl can transform via ninja scrolls, which powers up the character significantly with an accompanying skimpy outfit. However, if damaged, their clothes will rip apart. Yes, even the gameplay is a bit perverted, yet also satisfying in a strange way. Perkiness aside, SKB has a surprising amount of depth beneath its emphasis on boobs.
As a 3DS game, SKB is gorgeous. The cartoony look, the spritely animations, and the attention to detail on little things like clothing make this game shine. And like it or hate it, the 3D is amazing especially on, ahem, certain body parts that literally pop out. Again, it’s goofy and not intentionally sexist, or harmful in any way. And aside from the occasional glitches that froze enemies in the air, or stopped the game during transformations, SKB ran pretty smoothly. It’s a fine action title that offers a variety of missions almost infinitely repayable for the sake of collecting goodies. Repetitive and simplistic yes, but that naturally comes with the genre.
Senran Kagura Burst is an anime nerd’s dreams come true. Heaving breasts and scandalous clothes aside, it’s a fun game. It’s not perfect and it certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but it fits that niche crowd excellently. SKB is a game for action aficionados and lovers of anime girls kicking ass and looking good while doing it.
Score: 3/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review code for the game. This article was originally published on November 20, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.