Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (Review)
Your favorite Senran Kagura gals have been gathered to participate in a mysterious water gun tournament that has existed since ancient times. The winning team is rewarded with anything in the world that they want.
The narrative feels unsurprisingly light, with each story focusing on a different ninja school’s trials and tribulations during the tournament. Some of the stories were kind of bland, but my absolute favorite has to be Crimson Squad’s story, in which each girl tries something bizarre in an attempt to get famous on Ninja YouTube. In one chapter, a girl gets sick from consuming wild amounts of pool water, and is unable to be selected in the following story mission, which is maybe the funniest thing I’ve seen happen in this franchise.
Still, for as much fluff as there is in the story mode, it’s all tied together by deep customization and flashy gameplay. Peach Beach Splash has the largest roster to date with over 25 shinobi ladies to choose from, and even more unlockable through various missions. Unfortunately, the rules of the water gun tournament forbid the use of Ninja Arts and unique weapons, effectively meaning there’s no difference between the characters. Besides a unique (and clunky) melee attack, each girl plays exactly the same, meaning your character choice will mainly be a matter of personal preference.