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Drive Girls is a disappointing game in almost every aspect with only a few redeeming factors.
Drive Girls is a hack and slash slog where you quite literally drive girls who transform into cars to fight evil bugs. It is every bit the stupid, ridiculous, freaky fun game that it sounds like, and has some guilty pleasure elements that can endear it to players even while they recognize it is a total wreck. Battles are unique, but ultimately boring, and a bad story and lackluster look makes Drive Girls a mostly forgettable mess.
Aside from a few very rare moments of fun, that's ultimately the problem with Drive Girls. It has a unique premise but nothing else stands out, and what is left is a game that is neither very fun, very memorable, nor even interesting. It's a game that I could only recommend to the utmost hardcore fans of niche games, and that's knowing all the caveats. It's just a title I couldn't get into, I couldn't enjoy, and ultimately felt like barely any effort was put into to make it engaging or stand out. The premise alone sounds so interesting, so its makes the final results hurt even more. This is one flat tire.
Drive Girls is for those Vita fans out there that are dying to play an action game from Tamsoft and can't wait for some of their other games to come West.
For a game like Drive Girls, having me handle the review is the closest the developer can get to “Easy Mode.” I'm more than willing to turn off the brain and get washed away in a sea of silliness, only to emerge with a big smile on my face and picking seaweed out of my hair.
If it feels like Drive Girls still interests you despite what I had to say, I'd recommend maybe picking it up if it were on sale as it can make for a decent time killer if you're on the transit to work or school. Outside of that, there's not a whole lot to recommend, as it offers too little to make for an engaging title.
Drive Girls is a weird release, and while I congratulate Aksys Games for bringing it over here, in the end, I can't help but wonder how this game will be received by gamers this late in the PlayStation Vita life. The gameplay is hard to pick up, and the camera was unhelpful due to the lack of an auto-targeting system. The races, which are the other part of the game, feel too long and take place on bland tracks. The fan-service will certainly make some gamers happy, but this release is definitively not for everyone.
It's not that Drive Girls is simply repetitive, it's just somehow boring. And that's not something I thought I'd say about a game where women transform into cars, fight bug-robots and lose their clothes.
Tamsoft has experience with action games, however, Drive Girls needed a lot more polish to become a recommended product. Even among Tamsoft developed games, there are many other games that deserve your time and cash.
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Drive Girls isn't worth your time or money at almost any price.