Senran Kagura: Estival Versus gets banished into R18+ category

Note that R18+ at the top right corner.
Note that R18+ at the top right corner. Australian Rating Boards, please explain?

Queue the artist’s favourite phrase “Boobs are life, ass is hometown” as Europe (and the other places of the world, I think) got their release today (18th March 2016) of Senran Kagura: Estival Versus while the US got theirs on the 15th of March. I’ve ordered the Asian Non-Region locked edition, which is in English and it’s on it’s way to me from Play-Asia. They shipped it last night (my time) and I’m hyped like a little kid in a candy store. But enough of that – on to the main beef of this piece.

I personally think the R18+ rating is too harsh for a game like this. You play as a female ninja from the roster, and you’re fighting (and stripping!) enemies on your way to victory. There’s the sexually suggestive one-liners that the girls say, Haruka is a complete tease and HAPPY BOOBS.

As for the rating, I can understand why SK: EV would fall into the MA15+ (Mature Audiences 15 Plus) category straight away since you’ve got almost-naked female bodies without genitals or nipples – confirmed as there was a bug that unintentionally made some outfits fail to load in the Japanese release that was fixed in a Japanese bugfix update – so I can also understand that this game is NOT for kids to play. “Mummy, what’s those big things that jiggle?”. Heck, the 3DS Senran Kagura games got M and MA15+ respectively (correct me if I’m wrong).

But for an R18+ rating on a game like this? I haven’t seen game play footage apart from the trailer because I don’t want to spoil it for myself but the game doesn’t have any sex scenes nor is it a hentai (porn) game. Those types of games get an X18+ rating. Yes, X-Rated games are a thing now after that classification came back from the graveyard.

Sure, SK:EV might have funny sexually suggestive dialogue and some characters that are a tease – I’m looking at you, Haruka – but I’d love an better explanation from the Ratings board why SK: EV deserves a R18+ rating. “High impact sexualised gameplay, online interactivity” doesn’t really explain much – why is it high impact? There’s no drugs. There’s no gore or gibs. At the very least, a R18+ rating is better than having characters get censored and/or clothed up because reasons. (Ahem, I’m looking at you, Nintendo of America).

Anyway, until I have my hands on a copy I can only sit on the fence. I hope to get it next week so I can jump back in and look at the new game in the series. I’ve included additional stuff that I’ve wrote since publishing this and a few more images below.

Given the second 3DS game did have close-ups of your clothes stripped character when you failed a mission… maybe that’s what tipped them to give the game a R18+ rating. That being said, Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed got M (Mature) for “Sexual references, sexualised imagery and coarse language”. Then again it’s more a brawler (but – spoiler – be stripped and you die) and doesn’t feature almost-naked ninjas battling it out in the middle of a field. Go figure, I guess.

For those wanting to know the PS Store description of the game, I’ve attached the screenshot from my PS4 below. I’ve censored my name from the screenshot as I don’t want randoms searching and adding me on PSN (Yeah, say what you want – I’m anti-social). If you do want to add me for whatever reason, just contact me via Twitter or something.

Sounds exciting.
Sounds exciting.

…and for good measure the Australian Government Classifications Board rating of the game.

Le sigh...
Australian Government needs more happy boobs. But then they’d just be censored anyway…

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