A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is an action/fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS and is the latest game in the Japanese franchise to make its way to North America. Core to the game is its focus on overt sexual themes. The bulk of the cast are ninja schoolgirls with large breasts. Although there's no blood or gore in the almost constant fighting, the characters' clothing can and does get ripped to shreds, often leaving them left standing in a "bathing suit" bikini. There's also a "Dressing Room" mode where players can dress and pose the characters in numerous (mostly provocative) ways, while using the 3DS AR cards to take snapshots of the characters in the real world. There's plenty of other sexual innuendo and references, too, with insults and comments about "boobs" showing up in the game's subtitles (dialogue is all Japanese).
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What's it about?
As SENRAN KAGURA 2: DEEP CRIMSON opens, the students of the Hanzo and Hebijo shinobi academies are still fighting each other in a fierce rivalry. As these buxom battlers duke it out, they begin to question for themselves what defines them as "good" or "evil." When demonic forces begin to appear, the students from both schools are forced to put their differences aside and work together to defeat this greater threat before it puts an end to everything they care about.
Is it any good?
Sexual themes are a major part of this game. From the bountifully breasted characters to the stripped clothing in battle to the blatantly provocative "Photoshoot" mode, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is overflowing with innuendo and fan service. That being said, if you can look past the obvious pandering, you might be shocked to find a surprisingly competent beat-'em-up game.
Most missions pit the player against waves of minions before facing down a major character in a classic boss battle. One of the interesting things about these fights is the constantly shifting perspective. One mission might play out like a side-scrolling arcade game, while the next sticks you in an open-arena-style battlefield. Blindly mashing the attack buttons might work at first, but it's not long before you realize you need to rely on precise timing and button combinations to progress. One wrong move and you might find yourself on the receiving end of a seemingly endless beatdown. It's hectic. It's frustrating. It can get repetitive. But somehow it still manages to be kind of fun. It's far from the most polished game on the 3DS, but there's actually a bit of substance to Seran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson. You just have to dig through all the fluff to find it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexual content in games. How much is too much? What sort of image does that content project about women?
How does the game's plot of "good" vs. "evil" existing in everyone translate to the real world? If we're all capable of both, how is it decided that someone is "good" and someone else is "evil"?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Xseed Games
- Release date: September 15, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence
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