Well…we’re here folks…The final day of Senran Celebration Month. We’ve tackled every game in the series and talked about the future of the series. Now…it all ends here, today was talk about the Senran Kagura games and rank them best to worst. It’ll be sad to see this month go…but we must move forward, and with that let us not waste any time and get into the rankings!
This game sums up the monotonous style that the main titles games have become content with. This game feels like a bogged down version of Estival Versus. Slower combat, recycled in game elements and completely unoriginal story ripped straight from the first game in the series. I get this was a remake, but add something new instead of giving us a blander retelling of a story we already know. I do want to profess this, I do not hate this game or any of the games on the lower end of this list, it’s more a question of ‘the least good’ as opposed to ‘the most bad’. While the story is recycled it is still good and the characters are handled pretty well too. So while it might not have the same original flare as some previous games, it brings new life to an older game but I just wish it gave a bit more life as opposed to being a zombie of its former self.
A third person shooter spin-off that tries to bring with it a new sense of direction, instead acting as an awkward junction with some incredibly 50/50 gameplay and some decent character moments but a half-decent story that rips straight from Estival Versus. It does have a bit more polish than some other games and while I like the inclusion of the New Wave/New Link cards, it can be kind of a dull mechanic after a while. The game has grinding elements that just don’t work. I gotta admit, I’m not a shooting game type of gamer, but this game is fun for what it is, the gameplay is pretty fast paced and it does actually introduce some unique mechanics, but it’s a shame the game itself has no uniqueness in the characters and generally gets boring really fast. It’s fun for what it is and it can be a playful time waster and if you’re a fan of mindless action it’s worth a shot.
This is probably the weirdest one on this list, Reflections is also the most bare bones in the way of gameplay, because this game is insanely basic. We have a game that’s just the changing room and intimacy mode turned into a few hours of gameplay that can be achieved with only the controller bumpers and that’s about it. I will give this game credit for having a lot of charm to it, Asuka is downright adorable and her dialogue is very sweet and makes for some adorable moments. But hile the game is charming, it’s just so unabashedly boring, making your only respite the occasional nice line and some…appealing visuals. I do wish they expand this game a bit more, as there’s a clear idea here that could be added onto to form the foundations of a decent game, but for now it’s a sub par experience that’ll entertain you, but bore you just as fast.
The game that started it all, and honestly it still holds up pretty well. The gameplay is more basic, being more akin to a 2.5d side scrolling beat em’ up rather than the 3D arena style of combat we’d come to know and…tolerate. This game has a really great story as mentioned with Re;Newel and the characters here have great starts that would develop as the series progressed. Compared to other games it’s pretty linear and doesn’t offer much in the way of expansive gameplay, but it does bring with it a lot of really fun moments, some exhilarating stages and helped kickstart this franchise, which we really have to thank this game for. It’s a good starting point and set the stage for many future games.
This is these games at their best, well…not quite the best but we’ll get to that. This game packs some serious punch, with slews of enemies, extensive levels and a whole lot of characters. The story is more light hearted but still delivering some interesting plot moments, carried by the large but well managed cast. The gameplay is also fast paced, giving you dozens of enemies to mow down which makes for satisfying gameplay. This is the most fast paced the gameplay has been and it feels so good to play, having fluidity and quick motion that amps up the excitement. I also really like how the characters spend their time in smaller groups and only occasionally getting involved in the main plot, it helps the pacing and makes for some really nice interactions and enjoyable moments.
Here it folks, the best of the best that Senran Kagura has to offer, it’s Senran Kagura Deep Crimson. This game adds onto the core gameplay from Burst and turns it into the modern formula we know today. The game has great combat, finding the perfect balance of enemy counts for the level layouts, the characters are back and better than ever, bringing with them some wonderful interactions and some actually worthwhile development. The story is also great, keeping to a typically serious tone without straying into too serious territory. The extra mechanics this game offers as well are also wonderful and really add to the base game. Things like Youma Nest, Shinobi Stones, unlockable weapons and duo attacks, it’s all just so amazing. This game still holds up today, having some amazing gameplay, great characters, some stellar additions to the series and a great sequel, Deep Crimson stands tall and proud as the champion of Senran Kagura games.
Closing Thoughts and Thank You!
With a heavy heart, this is the end. Senran Celebration Month is at an end folks. It’s been a really great time though, doing a special themed month was challenging but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to revisit some of these games and also nice to return to video game reviews for a while. I really did enjoy this and it was nice to see you all enjoy it too. I think I’ll reign in the double uploads a week for a while, as I was really pushing for it this month and don’t want to keep it up too much for fear of growing stagnant, but this has motivated me to try and adhere to a new structure. To break away from the Senran content, I’ll be back next time with a new tag post, something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now and then I might spring a little extra surprise for you all *wink wink*. So until then, thank you all so much again for being with me for this celebration of all things Senran Kagura, and I hope to see you all again next time.
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