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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.
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.
Anybody expecting Drive Girls to be another dumb fun slasher will be sorely disappointed. The learning curve is pretty high, requiring a substantial level of patience, and perhaps even a guide or two. Given enough time and effort, it can be pretty entertaining, and the especially skilled will appreciate the advanced techniques. Until then, all this game has to offer are a poor camera, cheap enemies, and aggravation. It asks a lot and doesn't give much in return. What content is there is stretched far too thin. There are a lot of missions, but very few unique enemies, and nothing in the way of creative level design. Even fans of cheesecake will find depressingly little to satisfy their interests.
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.
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 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.
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.
The repetitive nature of the hack and slash combat and the lack of inspiration for the story and visuals makes it hard to recommend Drive Girls for anything other than amusement.
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.