Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is finally here!
Today is a very special day for Tamsoft and Marvelous Entertainment. And why is that? Well, they launched their 3D Action Brawler “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” in Europe today (for PS4 and PS Vita). And just a couple of days ago the game got released in North America as well. And so far the game has done rather good when it comes to grades (the PS4 version has an overall score of 71.25% via gamerankings.com, and 72/100 via metacritic.com) and feedback from the fans.
Even so. I already knew months ago that there would be some backlashes against “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” on release, due to the game’s content and nature. And in my opinion, that is really saddening. Because There should be no need for any moral panic or such when it comes to games such as “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus”. And let´s be honest shall we? The Senran Kagura series just wouldn´t be the same without the fan service and the dirty jokes, dialogs and so on. I mean, just try imagine playing “Postal” without death and gore, or “Left 4 Dead” without monsters. Well, I sure can´t.
“Let’s See How Long It Takes Senran Kagura To Make You Uncomfortable” – Kotaku
So I find it to be somewhat funny that Kotaku (Mike Fahey) made a big issue out of the fact that “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” offers a lot of fan service content (naked skin, booty a nd plenty of lewd moments). Well, to be exact. Mike Fahey (the author of the Kotaku post in question) made an attempt of both eating the cake and having the cake still. Please allow me to explain. It´s a pretty well-known fact among Senran Kagura fans (and Gamers in general) that the game (and anime) series offers a lot of fan service. So there is no need for any “at what point does Senran Kagura: Estival Versus make you uncomfortable?” or “Oh yeah, this is probably what you were worried about.For the record, time to panty shot, five minutes.” warning signs. As it´s already pretty obvious facts for anyone who´s familiar with the “Senran Kagura” IP.
Digital booty is a big no no in today’s Western SJW society
My point would be this. It’s like I would write an article about “Brutal Doom” and warn people throughout my post about the game´s violent content. Long story short, It just wouldn´t make any sense. And why is that? It´s because everyone who´s familiar with “Brutal Doom” (or Project Brutality. For that matter), knows more than well that extreme violence is a huge part of the game. So I´m having a hard time picturing “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” without the fan service. And that would mean no more busty and sexy ladies and no more dirty dialogs and scenes. Simply put, if that was the case. Then it wouldn´t be a “”Senran Kagura” title anymore. It would be something “else”. And as you probably already know by now. There have been plenty of past “incidents” where games such as “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” and “Street Fighter V” had “some” people up in arms over digital booty (which in many cases has resulted in censorship, boycotts and even no Western release).
And ask yourself the following question, would anyone even bother about the lewd content in “Senran Kagura: Estival Versu” if all the characters were male? I hardly doubt it. Especially since I can´t even recall the last time someone brought it up as an “issue”. Don´t get me wrong now, because I don´t see any problems with some digital eye candy for the ladies (or males for that matter). And who knows, Tamsoft and Marvelous Entertainment might even make a male version (DLC?) of Senran Kagura: Estival Versus in the future? (if the demand is high enough for it). Well, you get my point.
Tamsoft and Marvelous Entertainment cares about their fans
And in my opinion. People can say and think what they want about Tamsoft and Marvelous Entertainment, but you sure can´t deny the fact they really care about their fans and their IPs. In other words, they don´t bow down to any minority voices that complains about fan service and such. No, Marvelous and Tamsoft simply continue to make the games that they (and their fans) want. And that´s the way it should be. I should also mention that “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” offers better DLC practices than most big AAA games do. And the title has plenty of fun multiplayer modes as well. And in all honesty, the “Senran Kagura” series was never meant to be taken seriously. It´s all about having fun really, and speaking of which. I wouldn´t be all that surprised to find out that there are quite a few female “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” players out there.
So don´t let Kotaku´s article about “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” scare you away from the game. No, instead you should watch some gameplay videos and read some reviews. And then shape your own opinion about the game. Personally though, I´m a fan of the game already. And in my book, Marvelous and Tamsoft deserves some kind of achievement for sticking to their guns (just like Play-Asia and Huniepot did last year, for example).
With that said, what do you think about “Senran Kagura: Estival Versus” so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
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Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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