Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

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Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is ranked in the 38th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

29%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 16, 2016

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is great fun, combining the rawest of Japanese-style raunch humour with a tight and mechanically sound combat system. Frankly, I don't think there's much else the developer could have done to nail the brief on what this game set out to achieve, and the PlayStation 4 has a new king of exploitation entertainment on it.

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Corecade
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is definitely an improvement from the last entry, in terms of streamlining the way you play as characters and visually. It looks absolutely gorgeous at the highest settings and running at a locked 60 frames per second. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously for the most part, but they aren’t afraid to tackle some darker tones like death and coping with it.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

Don't let the copious amounts of fanservice dissuade you from picking up Estival Versus, the gameplay is solid, the soundtrack is absolutely beautiful, and there is actually a surprisingly engaging storyline. If you're a fan of 3D brawlers and anime style graphics, you'll definitely enjoy Estival Versus. Just make sure you know where you're playing, cuz the fanservice might be difficult to explain.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2016

Estival Versus continues to build on a formula that's working for the franchise, but is starting to wear thin on its fanservice schtick. The gameplay is really hitting its stride now and has quite a bit of good additions this time around, with plenty of characters and variety. The excellent localization also helps strike a good balance between the comedy and touching story bits. Anyone who's interest in Senran Kagura game though, should opt for the portable version, because there's almost no way you can explain owning this on PS4.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus is an upgrade from Shinovi Versus in almost every way, able to hold its own with its silly but memorable characters, expansive content and solid entertainment value.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2017

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is extremely cheesy and loads of fun. Beneath the layers of fan service is a solid take on the Dynasty Warriors gameplay formula, with some parts being streamlined and others explored further to add some depth. It has some good modes, all of which have loads of content to rifle through. With a solid presentation in tow, this is a great game for fans and newcomers who aren't squeamish about over-the-top fan service.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2016

Summary : Senran Kagura: Estival Versus continues the series forward momentum of compelling character-driven narrative and addictive and accessible combat in the best-looking entry to date. The light-hearted tone pairs well with the brawler gameplay x musou meets visual novel. Don't buy into the hate and give this one a shot.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 20, 2017

If you’re a fan of the series, or have ever had a passing interest, Estival Versus is definitely a title to check out. If you’re not, the game still provides enough mindless beat-em-up fun that makes it worth a second glance. If you’re averse to blatant fanservice, though, you may want to stay far away.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Apr 3, 2017

Issues with keyboard controls aside, it's a sexy and smooth hybrid of slashing and dashing, and it's best enjoyed when you cast aside any preconceptions about what the ecchi exterior might mean for the meat of the game. Yes, it's incredibly provocative. Yes, it's incredibly satisfying. Yes, it's titillating, but in no way does it sacrifice the importance of mechanical mastery for shock value. Takaki has created a beast that caters to some pretty specific tastes, and the unapologetic delivery of the franchise's latest offering should be admired regardless of whether or not your idea of a good time involves busty Japanese girls.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 15, 2016

While the gameplay in Senran Kagura: Estival Versus can grow repetitive after awhile, the series' signature humor is present while new features like the bombshells and creative finishers help to shake it up just enough to make the game feel like a natural progression and what the series should strive to be moving forward.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2016

I had fun with Senran Kagura Estival Versus. The beat-em-up combo system is just as enjoyable today as it was in the first game, and there is something quite rewarding about studying the move sets of the new characters and also throwing them into a sexy diorama to "study" something else about them. I wouldn't say its the best entry in the series with the excessive use of the break mechanic and the story does the game no favors, but the combination of flashy action and fan-service kept me satisfied throughout.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 24, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus has no shame and that's just fine.

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Cerealkillerz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus ist ein wirklich gutes Action Game, sofern man mit dem sehr freizügigen Anime Design etwas anfangen kann. Es bietet viele Features und hat überraschend tiefe Gameplay Mechaniken und vieles zum Freischalten.

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2016

As for other players, if you take issue with characters with big bosoms, this game revels in bouncy breasts. If you can get behind the game's presentation and are looking for a solid musou with a likable cast, this game might be able to scratch that itch.

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GameZone
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Estival Versus is a short game in terms of the main story, but has high replayability with the 27 characters to choose from. If you're a fan of fast-paced anime action and cutie anime girls (It's okay, I won't tell) then this game is definitely worth pick

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Gamers FTW
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2016

Over the top humour and busty hijinks are in abundance in, Senran Kagura Estival Versus. Creative Finishers and bombshells add something new to the gameplay, but it all still feels very basic with it becoming increasingly repetitive given enough time. Yet it still makes for good, mindless, button mashing fun. Long term fans are sure to get something out of this fun new addition to the fan service heavy franchise.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 16, 2016

For as many flaws as this game has, it should also be reported that I spent my entire time playing this title with a big, stupid grin on my face.

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Dragnix
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 18, 2016
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GameSoulz
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2017

Senran Kagura Estival Versus truly surprised me, it offers an enjoyable story,a really good action based combat, which sadly gets too repetitive in my eyes, and a lot of Boobs and fan-service, which comes in the ultimate package with the PC-version! If you´re a Senran Kagura fan you probably already picked it up but if you want to try it out like me I would really like recommend it, due to it´s fun gameplay but since it provides so few background information and requires you to play the predecessor or dive into the wiki I don´t know if I blindly can. It´s definitely more than boobs but has many problems, especially story-wise, leading to a fun but way not perfect game.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2016

Senran Kagura: Estival Vesus might not do anything extremely different, but it's apparent the fan base is perfectly happy with that and, ironically, so am I.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2016

On one hand I had a lot of fun, but on the other, there are some serious questions about the sexual objectification of the characters, and where the line is drawn between fun and overkill.

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2016

Overall, the game is enjoyable and decent as a beat'em up game. However some players may be turned off by how shamelessly it panders to the girl's assets. This is still a decent enough game to play for beat'em up fans however.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2015

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is an entertaining romp, that will probably engross you for the length of time needed to complete 2 or 3 of the games 4 storylines - but unless you can find yourself lost in the games dizzying amount of fanservice, all that's left to find is a decent beat-em-up, with some surprising character to back it up.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 17, 2017

While Senran Kagura: Estival Versus has some content that will be repellent towards many potential consumers, the game is so honest about it that it would be unfair to hold it against them. Yes, this is a title that focuses mainly on Yuri fanservice, but it does it in a sometimes elegant and really nuanced way, offering some really solid gameplay and entertaining enough characters to keep the game entertaining, instead of just offering pure naughtiness.

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Game Revolution
Mar 28, 2016

Senran Kagura as a series is something of a guilty pleasure for me, faults and confusion and all. At first glance… like the cover... it's a bunch of overly-exaggerated anime girls on a beach in skimpy outfits. A mission or two in, and it's overly-exaggerated anime ninjas on a beach in a contest to strip each other's clothes off. But eventually it reaches a story that's deeper than one expects from this kind of experience… then throws the mind back into the gutter for a bit. Because boobs, amirite?

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2017

I like this game. It plays really well, but the sexualized content is not for me at all. If this is your kind of thing, this is a great game to play. If you really can't get along with the anime breasts, I would say stay far away from this one. Even then, the combat is a pretty well done.

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GBAtemp
6.2 / 10.0
GBAtemp

Top Critic

6.2 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2016

Look. My guess is that if you already like this series, you know why you are here. But if you aren't you are in for a very shallow, fan servicey, Dynasty Warriors clone.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 17, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus doesn't stand out as an action game, but there's more than enough enjoyable content here to keep fans happy. An imaginative character roster and expansive storylines ensure you get enough, er, boing for your buck, and the title's presentation is top notch. As always, if you can look past the game's controversial exterior, you'll find the beating heart of a reasonably solid hack and slasher.

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GameGrin
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus is a game about boobs, there's a fairly competent fighting mechanic alongside this, but titillation always remains at the forefront. Fans of the series will be happy with the content on offer, but casual players will likely find the sexual themes a little bit too intense.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 15, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus is a tricky game to judge. While the Musou gameplay is fun and there's plenty of reason to return and play through with other characters, it gets repetitive. There's no real narrative to help carry the game either, since the story is simply terrible. The signature style and lewdness of the series is tricky, too, as it guarantees sales to its target audience but is likely going to alienate a few potential players. The bottom line is that it's a decent enough Musou title, filled with jiggly, half-naked Japanese schoolgirls tearing each others' clothes off. It's a game for those who live by the ancient Japanese philosophy of "tits are life, ass is hometown."

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus sure has a lot of fanservice…and, unfortunately, not a whole lot else. If you're a longtime addict of the tongue-in-cheek T&A action here, you may just find enough to enjoy. For everyone else, however, the simplistic beat-'em-up action isn't likely to be substantial enough for more than a quick laugh or two — barely distinguishable characters and repetitive stage design actually make the teenage titillation quite tedious. The presentation, both in the visual and audio departments, has a cartoon energy that leaps out of the screen and the speakers — it's just a shame the gameplay comes nowhere close to matching that level of enthusiasm.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 17, 2016

It's not great, but Senran Kagura Estival Versus offers up some low brow fun in multiplayer. Poor level design kills the single player experience, though.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 22, 2016

As a 3D action game, Estival Versus manages to tick most boxes, but it fails to deliver anything which could be labelled as ground-breaking. While in no way poor or unenjoyable, it does little to put this franchise on the map. Still, for fans of previous entries, there's plenty of meat on the bone, bundled together in a respectably polished brawler.

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Impulsegamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Apr 9, 2017

Politically correct gaming... yeah, this isn't that!

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GamingTrend
30 / 100
30 / 100
Apr 6, 2016

Senran Kagura Estival Versus is the softcore contents of a hidden folder on a 13 year old boy's computer sprung to action, the results being a competent hack and slash bout of violence starring inappropriate, large-breasted women. The game is a total mess at its best, and is just cringeworthy at its typical worst. The Vita version of Senran Kagura Estival Versus is a competent game that has a very similar feel to the PlayStation 4 version, and the game itself is fun despite the immature themes.  A portable version of this game seems unnecessary, and overall the game is not worth even a moment's time even from the most dedicated a hack-and-slash player.

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