It’s the crossover fans who have probably wanted for years –Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars released on PS4. Was this hybrid game with kawaii and often buxom heroines from two popular franchises more than just something beautiful? Find out more in our Neptunia X Senran Kagura PS4 review.
Neptunia X Senran Kagura PS4 Review – Amnesia Again?
Neptunia X Senran Kagura is almost equal parts visual novel and action RPG. There are plenty of cutscenes, although we’re using the term liberally here – most of the cutscenes are voiced but consist of little more than slightly animated depictions of characters speaking and occasionally rocking back and forth when hit by an effect. If you are familiar with visual novels, you will know what we are talking about. It’s very easy to read, although some of the bits can be sickly or awkward. The truth is Neptunia However, the story often breaks through the fourth wall and speaks directly to the player, usually Neptunia, who complains about the mechanics or trope that was just being used to move the story forward or explain something away.
The story features the antagonist Yoh Gamer who invaded the land of Gaminjustri (yes, it’s Gaminjustri, not Gamindustri, in this case) where, until their invasion, there were two warring factions – the fighting style of the Compa, that of the goddesses represented, and the honeypa style as shown by Asuka and the Shinobi. They may claim to be in a ruthless fight, but every time we are shown their fight, it never gets very far before something causes the groups to band together and fight a common enemy, or something else happens, to delay their seemingly inevitable collision. It’s a simple story with a lot of extra filler material. Since it is told in a visual novel method, you can expect to read a lot as things go.
Neptunia X Senran Kagura PS4 Review – Stacking Combat
Fight in Neptunia X Senran Kagura happens in real time and involves bringing two fighters into a dungeon area to eliminate enemies. The character models are actually pretty good and fit the art style (cel-shaded), especially the playable characters. Her outfits are the typical skin-tight and skin-tight fare you’re used to from both franchises, with plenty of … um, “scope” for every woman’s big chest to hop around, seemingly if you only look in her direction. Not surprising for these games, and you probably knew what you signed up for when you started this game.
There are some attack options available to change things such as: B. holding L1 to slow time and perform special movements that use a stamina bar. These special moves will trigger another gauge to appear, and using another special attack before that bar is depleted will add special status effects or other bonuses to the attack in addition to refilling the bar. When the characters have transitioned into their various “super” states, additional moves can be used with the R1 button. For most battles, these additional options feel like overkill, as simple enemies don’t really fight even against normal movement. In addition, the stamina bar fills up very quickly and any regular attack that hits an enemy will help fill the bar quickly.
Neptunia X Senran Kagura PS4 Review – Works on Anything
As with most games in both franchises, Neptunia X Senran Kagura probably runs pretty well on last generation hardware – we’ve played it on the PS5 and can’t report any issues here. While character models are detailed and stylized, the surrounding graphics leave a lot to be desired. Most of the places are completely forgotten and feel like you will be locked in as you move from section to section clearing out enemies. Since most of the cutscenes are almost entirely static, there is no real sense of connection between the areas.
Audio work in Neptunia X Senran Kagura contains full-voiced main campaign cutscenes as well as music that feels like a mix between the two franchises. The result is a surprisingly satisfying mix with the action- and arcade-like sounds of Neptunia with wind and string instruments that you would find in Senran Kagura thrown in to take you into a world that is somehow modern / futuristic and ancient at the same time. While there are English language options, most fans would want to keep this setting in Japanese as the various characters were written with specific female voice actors in mind.
Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars will appeal to long-time fans of both series, but other than that, it’s your average action-driven JRPG plus visual novel that anyone can easily get the hang of with. There are tons of exciting fan services out there, even though Sony insists that at least some of it be censored for western release. It’s a surefire thing if you can’t get enough of Neptunia and the rest of the Goddesses or Asuka and the other shinobi, but other than that, there are more traditional games out there that are likely to make better use of your time.
Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars review code provided by the publisher. Version 1.01 tested on a PS5. Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.