Thoughts: No GOG version of the Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus PC Port

When I first heard about XSEED and Marvelous Games doing a PC port of the PlayStation Vita version of Shinovi Versus, I was hyped. The Estival Versus installment is more so a side story about deceased loved ones. SKEV was released on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

I also noted that XSEED had planned to do a GOG/Good Old Games (correct me if I’m wrong) version which I was aiming to purchase, mainly because having a Senran Kagura game for PC that’s DRM-free allows me to play the game on whatever machine I own because I purchased it – just like buying the retail copy back before DRM was a thing.

I’m not saying that Steam is a bad platform, but the fact it requires you to be either logged in or set to “Offline Mode” is annoying. So a few nights ago, I asked XSEED and Marvelous twitter the following question:

Hey @marvelous_games @XSEEDGames, does the PC version of Senran Kagura SV have any differences between Steam & GOG versions? – @coburn64

Soon after I went to bed, I got the following reply which I found in the morning:

@coburn64 @marvelous_games There is only a Steam version because we ran into some technical difficulties with our DRM-free development. – @XSEEDGames

I sent back:

@XSEEDGames Ah, thanks for clarifying. – @coburn64

Since the PC Port of Shinovi Versus is going to feature online play, it dawned on me why the game couldn’t be DRM-free: The game likely will need to have tamper and cheat protection against mischief makers, and Valve’s Anti-Cheat is pretty effective. While it may not catch the determined hackers that know how to work around the protection, but to keep the game from losing it’s momentum, you’d want to have some cheat protection against mainly people who want to ruin it for everybody else, be it godmode/infinite health, aim-bots and the like.

Sure, it would be nice to have a version on GOG that would be DRM free, but having online multiplayer support would be a nightmare if there was not some sort of cheat protection, plus update management. Unless you’re using the optional GOG client, you’d have to either re-download SKSV or download a patch file to bring the game up to date.

So, that being said, as soon as it hits the Steam Stores on June 1st, 2016 I’m going to throw my wallet at the screen and buy the game. Nothing wrong with mashing buttons, having flying boobs and girls getting serious with each other. Ahem. Uncensor patch when?

Opinion: Is Nintendo back-flipping and falling behind the Eight Ball? Seems so.

Ah, Nintendo. It’s a video game company I grew up with. In fact, my first handheld console I owned was a Game Boy Color with both Pokemon Red and Donkey Kong Country.

Now, take my opinion with a grain of salt as it is mine and mine alone. I’ve been supportive of the company throughout the eras – I’ve owned to date the following consoles: Game Boy (original phat), Game Boy Color (Pikachu Edition), Game Boy Advance (Purple), Game Boy Advance SP (Silver), Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS (original phat), Nintendo 3DS (original cosmos aqua blue), Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS XL (“New” quad-core model) and finally the Nintendo Wii U. Some of these consoles are still with me today – the others sadly were sold, stolen or broke down.

What I’m writing about is the fact that Nintendo seems to be sliding down the mountain at an alarming rate. A lot of people have said ever since the legendary Iwata died, Nintendo’s been back flipping. There’s a lot of debate on the subject and I don’t wish to go on that tangent, so I’ll just give a brief summary of what my overall thoughts are. Continue reading “Opinion: Is Nintendo back-flipping and falling behind the Eight Ball? Seems so.”

Nitpicking Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4 Version)

Excellent PS4 game loading splash screen. 10/10

Before I start, this post is not to bash the developers of the Senran Kagura series. It is more so a post just showing the flaws of the game that a lot of gamers would just oversee. When you start game development, you get to a point where you need to tell your brain to not pick apart games you play.

For me, I find that hard to do sometimes where the errors just stick out like a sore thumb. Then I ask myself the question “how the hell did that pass QA checks?”. Some days I force my brain to operate in a “gamer” mode when playing games rather than attempting to pull apart games to see what makes them tick.

Estival Versus is not a serious game. As my friend puts it – it’s literally dripping with fan-service, and it excels in that field. The “Creative Finishers” are fun to watch even for the 100th time and it’s great to just be able to smash some buttons and unleash a few hundred-hit combos.

Let’s begin nitpicking with the most annoying thing in the Single Player Mode. Continue reading “Nitpicking Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4 Version)”