|Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus|
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
|Release date(s)|| February 28, 2013|
America: October 14, 2014
Europe: October 15, 2014
|Genre(s)||Action, Beat 'Em Up|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, 4 Player Multiplayer|
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus: Proof of Girls (閃乱カグラ：SHINOVI VERSUS -少女達の証明- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus -Shoujotachi no Shoumei-) is a 3D action brawler, developed and published by Marvelous AQL. The game was released in Japan on 28th February 2013 and in North America and Europe in October 2014.
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus introduces ten new ninja girls. The characters from the previous games in the series are also in the game, bringing the roster to 20 playable characters and the number of shinobi schools/squads represented to four.
The gameplay of Shinovi Versus is similar to that of the Dynasty Warriors series. Players complete missions structured as battles against hordes of enemies in a series of confined 3D environments. When all of the enemies in an area are defeated, players either progress to the next area or battle against one or more of the other playable characters, which serve as bosses. These missions are divided into two categories: Shinobi Girls' Code and Shinobi Girl's Heart. Shinobi Girls' Code missions serve as the game's story mode. There are 25 of these per school/squad that span five chapters. Shinobi Girl's Heart missions are also story missions, but they pertain to a single character. There are five of these per character. Completing missions rewards characters with experience that increases their attack, defense, and other stats while also expanding their movesets, as well as Zeni (in-game currency). In addition, players receive a ranking from A (the best ranking) to E (the worst ranking) depending on their completion time, the size of their largest combo, and the amount of damage their characters received during the mission.
Combat in Shinovi Versus is largely unchanged from previous games in the series. Players damage enemies using weak and heavy attacks that can be chained together to form combos. Doing this fills up a gauge that, when full, grants characters scrolls that allow them to trigger their Shinobi Transformations, causing them to regain any health lost, slightly modify their movesets, and use special moves called Secret Ninja Arts. By default, each character has two Secret Ninja Arts, though a third can be unlocked over the course of the story. Characters can also enter Frantic Mode, stripping down to their lingerie in order to drastically increase their attack at the expense of their defense.
Other features include a dressing room, in which players can customize each character's appearance by changing their clothing, hairstyles, or lingerie or by equipping them with various accessories, and a dōjō, from which players can access the game's multiplayer functionality. In multiplayer, which can be played locally or online with up to three other people (or computer opponents), players can choose between three modes: Deathmatch, Strip Battle, and Understorm, which can all be played either solo or cooperatively and involve collecting as many points as possible in a given amount of time. In Deathmatch, players earn points by attacking and defeating other players. In Strip Battle, players earn points as in Deathmatch but earn additional points for destroying clothing. In Understorm, panties rain down from above, and players earn points by collecting as many pairs of panties as possible. Other players can be attacked in order to steal panties from them.
In addition to these modes, Shinovi Versus also includes a store run by Ayame, where players can exchange Zeni for accessories, outfits, music, and other items. There is also a "lingerie lottery," in which players can exchange either Zeni they've accumulated (anywhere from 100 to 9900 at a time) or Lottery Tokens purchased from the PlayStation Store for one of 98 pieces of lingerie (using Zeni, the probability of earning new lingerie decreases over time, while this probability is 100% using Lottery Tokens).
Shinovi Versus received postive reviews, receiving a 8.7 on Gamefaqs. The game managed to sell over 100,000 copies in its first week alone.
A special preorder edition was released which included five figures.