Standard Edition Includes:
- Criminal Girls: Invite Only game card and case for "PS Vita"
Review by Daniel
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)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Likely
Review by NISA player
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)