Developer: Tamsoft, Honey ∞ Parade Games
Publisher: Marvelous USA Inc.
Reviewer: James Kozanitis
Read our review here. Surprising few, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal was tied for our lowest-scoring game of the month. It’s one thing to provide fan service (censored for Western audiences at the behest of Sony), but it’s another to provide fan service and combine it with repetitive, bland gameplay, laughable dialog, and one-dimensional characters.
What Went Wrong?
Reviewer James Kozanitis described the combat in Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal as “Dynasty Warriors with TnA.” So, combat is simple, repetitive, and repetitive. Meanwhile, characters are shallow, with one personality trait or issue defining who they are. Most characters serve as eye candy, with unrealistic breast size, combined with generous breast physics to give fan service this franchise is well known for. Beauty is only skin deep in Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal.
What Went Right?
Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal was originally a side-scrolling 3DS game. However, Tamsoft didn’t merely get the game to run on the PS4 and call it a day. They upscaled all assets and remade levels to see them more fully fleshed out in 3 dimensions. Any such effort is usually worth commendation, and that was the case here.
What Would Have Helped?
The core combat mechanics likely couldn’t have been touched much without essentially making a new game. Meanwhile, Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal’s story remained shallow throughout, so using the port as a chance to develop characters or plot points more completely would’ve helped to make things more enjoyable.