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CRIMINAL GIRLS: Invite Only (PSVita)

Seven delinquents, seven sins, and only one way out. Just hired for a new, mysterious job, you soon discover that this isn’t your normal prison gig. You’ve been entrusted with the care of a crew of girls whose sins have damned their souls to Hell and an eternity of punishment... Their only hope of salvation is for you to recognize their unique histories, and to guide them along the path to redemption. Navigate through the four trials of the Redemption Program, and motivate your crew of delinquents to learn the skills to redeem themselves.

Mind Your Manners: These girls aren’t your typical RPG team –they have minds of their own! To defeat the convicts doing their time in Hell’s dungeons, you’ll need to listen to your team’s desires, and choose your path to victory from the ever-evolving repertoire of skills, spells, and combo attacks that they want to use.

Touching Gameplay: Connect with the girls, and uncover each of their unique personalities through one-on-one motivational sessions with a unique use of the front touchscreen and rear touchpad. Fulfill the girls’ special requests to discover more about their interesting, and often dark pasts.

Criminal Girls, Reborn: This Playstation®Vita update will mark the first time a Criminal Girls game makes its way to the US, and with English text! The update also brings previously unplayable characters into the fray—Miu and Himekami—and includes brand new scenarios and levels to challenge your prison smarts. It also revamps the much lauded motivational gameplay with updated artwork, and brand new Live2D graphics and effects.

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CRIMINAL-GIRLS

Quick Overview

Seven delinquents, seven sins, and only one way out. Just hired for a new, mysterious job, you soon discover that this isn’t your normal prison gig. You’ve been entrusted with the care of a crew of girls whose sins have damned their souls to Hell and an eternity of punishment... Their only hope of salvation is for you to recognize their unique histories, and to guide them along the path to redemption. Navigate through the four trials of the Redemption Program, and motivate your crew of delinquents to learn the skills to redeem themselves.

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Product Information

Standard Edition Includes:
  - Criminal Girls: Invite Only game card and case for "PS Vita"


©2013 Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. ©2015 NIS America,Inc. All rights reserved. Criminal Girls is a trademark of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.

Technical Specification

Platform:
PlayStation®Vita system
Genre:
RPG
Player(s):
1
Publisher:
NIS America, Inc.
Developer:
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Release Date:
February 03, 2015

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Good to see games like this coming to the west
Review by Daniel
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I believe it is good to see games like this come to the west. To me this is a fresh breath, but not all the game made it due to censorship. Now censorship is not bad in my opinion, but it takes away from this games biggest selling point. Most people likely bought this game for the motivation time mini games (punishment time in Japan) and it is still barely fun, but with the voices taken out and using the clouds to cover up parts of the girls. This feels like I am trying to motivate a wall with a pretty picture on it, but someone put paint blobs on the picture and it is hard to see the picture. Now the clouds do go away the more you play the motivation time mini games which bring a nice sense of accomplishment, but some of them stay around no matter how long you play because of censorship. Again censorship is not bad in my opinion, but using it to take away from your biggest selling point does hurt. Now let’s move on to the rest of the game.
The dungeons you walk through feel very dull and basic going from forest level to lava level to ice level. The school level felt interesting from the rest of the levels, but that was the highlight for the environment. Monsters come at you in random encounters ranging from a few footsteps or not fighting any at all in the floor. The monsters themselves looked very nice and did put up a fight for each new time I had encountered them. The actual combat mechanic was very frustrating. Attacks were given to me at random and I had to choose from my options on which would make the monsters closer to being dead and this lead to a few deaths of characters in battle causing me to waste a turn to revive them and hope that the monsters would not completely wipe the floor with me. You can switch between the girls one at a time from your party of four that start in the beginning of the battle, but this messes with your random attacks. Too frequently when I had switched out a girl my attacks would switch for every girl which made no sense.
Criminal Girls is not a hard game, but instead is very easy. You can farm monsters by moving in circles near a save point and you can just heal up after the battle at the save point. This strategy helped a lot with grinding to get ready for boss battles. Also you can safely walk without any monsters attacking you by using another skill which I used to go from floor to floor. If walking back to any save points after a boss fight is too much you can just teleport with another girl’s ability. This is how I made it through Criminal Girls and I have gotten one of the nine endings, but I do not feel like going back to see the rest because I am satisfied with what I got out of my ending.
To wrap it up: censorship hurt the motivation time, environments are dull and basic, combat is a nightmare, and it is easy to grind monsters to prepare for boss battles. One more thing the game is short it only took me two days to beat it.
(Posted on 2/12/2015)

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Overall Decent game
Review by NISA player
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I've heard a lot of people complaining about the "censorship" issues regarding the "Motivation"/"Punishment" function in the game, but it just sounds like a stupid reason to say you won't buy it just because you see less skin. I'm sure nobody wants the whole "Government requires certain degree of 'modesty'" lesson, so I'll just focus on the ACTUAL game contents itself.

Overall, I would say that this is a pretty decent game. The unique gameplay of having the characters decide their own actions really makes you think what would be the best way to overcome each battle. While it does kind of leave things up to chance, it also requires you to try doing a bit of outside thinking in strategy. At the beginning, the fights may be a bit difficult to handle, but eventually the fights will start to get more and more easier to deal with as you increase the number of actions each girl can take. The music, while not all that outstanding in particular, is pretty nice and can get you motivated for at least a while. Also the character/monster designs involved in the game are quite nice to look at. Finally, we have a decent backstory for each character which really gives you a sort of feel to them, and a sort of understanding of how each girl was sent to hell and why.

However, I admit that this game does have cons to it. The main point of the story was originally meant to be about having each of the girls overcome trials and earn their right to come back to life. However, very early on, there appears to be a problem regarding the "Reformation program" that seems to cause the player and his party trouble. And yet, this problem is never really brought up again until near the end of the game. Instead, the plot in-between is mostly focused on just having each of the girls learning to get along and overcome their trials. The music selection seem very limited, and the character development seems to be going a bit too fast in my opinion.

In the end, while I would not really consider this an outstanding buy, I would still say that it is a good buy and would recommend at least trying this game out. The price may seem a bit much than what the contents are worth, but you may find it worth your money depending on how much you get into the game. (Posted on 2/10/2015)
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