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And that is Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors. It is certainly better than the first one. The graphics are absolutely superb, and some players will get a kick out of all the imagery. The story is quite interesting, and the dungeon crawling elements are fun. Did I have fun playing the game for my Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors review? Certainly. Where there some elements that I didn’t like due to the game’s nature? Definitely. But that doesn’t mean I can appreciate what the game does right. If you liked the first game in the series, then you’re going to slowly crawl towards it and like it.
While I don’t think Criminal Girls 2 goes anywhere near far enough to be the extreme Sadean experience that it clearly wants to be, at least we have a game that achieves something down that path.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors was quite a surprise, turning out to be a far better JRPG than we initially thought. The battle system and the core mechanics are near perfect, and there was nothing getting in our way of enjoying the game. We mentioned that the boss fights were a bit long to beat, but this isn’t a deal breaker and will definitively please some gamers. The game is fully voice acted with Japanese audio and is subtitled in English text.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, does what it promised. It takes what was good about Invite Only, and makes it better with adding more ways to play and a better story to follow. Party Favors is a great dungeon crawler with unique aspects that does well to separate itself from other rpgs on the PS Vita and is a great addition to add to your PS Vita library.
With good characters, good writing and a very good combat system, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors it's a game tailor-made for the Vita. The bdsm themes and the minigames may keep some players away from it, but, for the rest of them, there is a good and fun RPG here.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an excellent Dungeon Crawling RPG with depth of character and a lot of accompanying Fan Service. While there is a lot of that, the rest of the systems and the interactions with and between the characters adds much more that makes Criminal Girls a worthwhile experience that makes it so much more than its outward appearance.
This new title from Ichi Software comes to the West marked by its censorship. However, its dungeons and how well this game uses the controls of the PlayStation Vita will give you hours and hours of entertainment.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
If you can look past the sadomasochism theme (and I won’t blame anyone who can’t as it constantly irked me the wrong way) then you’ll find a redeeming RPG. The star of Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is its battle system, which is a fun twist on turn-based gaming. While I wish it was in a different game, for now I’ll have to stoop to spanking girls that clearly don’t enjoy it in order to experience it.
Even so, what game is here is rather enjoyable. The fast combat is refreshingly different, there’s tons of character development and dialogue, the visuals are gorgeous and there’s plenty of fan service, which is a plus in my book. That said fan service had to be censored is a tragedy (if expected), but genre fans should still find enough for a pretty good time.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a niche release for sure, but it's also a solid RPG experience which is ideally suited to the Vita. If you've got Sony's handheld device and an open mind regarding how female fighters should be motivated, then this is a slice of good quality JPRG that can provide many hours of battling pleasure. Just take our advice and try not to play it in public.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors makes its way into the crowded scene of dungeon crawlers, thanks to an unusual combat system, that drives away the monotony of their fellows, and requires a good dose of strategy.
Review in Italian | Read full review
The atmosphere in Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is really good, and the level of mystery built up keeps the story entertaining. For those who want it for the motivation scenes, there are many and varied, and very, very perverted. With a long playtime and plenty to discover, a fun battle system and interesting characters, this second entry into the series is well worth a look. Just don't get it if you consider underwear, lewd poses, noises, etc. offensive.
Criminal Girls 2 is not a bad game by any means. Everything that made the original a unique and engaging title makes a return. The truly innovative combat system, the dark and brooding storyline, even the somewhat straightforward puzzles make this an RPG worth checking out. However, it ultimately lacks the amount of refinement generally associated with a sequel.