Valkyrie Drive -BHIKKHUNI- Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Valkyrie Drive -BHIKKHUNI- by Meteorise and Marvelous. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Valkyrie Drive is a hack and slash style beat ‘em up game that was created by the maker’s of the Senran Kagura games. The story follows a group of female character’s who have travelled to an island called BHIKKUNI where they begin receiving treatment for an illness that makes a person stronger than a normal person. The character’s don’t realize until after arrival that the island acts as a school where they treat patients through combat to teach them to control their new abilities.
The game relies heavily on the usage of fan-service and the game has nudity as well so it’s not recommended for anyone under 18. The fan service can be pretty absurd as well. The game overuses surprised reactions to make the character’s boobs bounce for no apparent reason and their boobs jiggle from the slightest movement. I’ll admit that fan-service games aren’t really my cup of tea and I ultimately found it all to be rather off-putting.
Since the game is a fan-service style game, it’s elements are pretty much everywhere. During gameplay there are locks called a chestguard and it sounds harmless enough but it’s actually a lock that grabs the character’s boobs to unlock. When it does you’ll be taken to a room with a chest that holds lingerie for your characters. Lingierie plays a large part in this game and there’s a lot of them to unlock. There’s also a lingerie printer in the game’s shop where you can use a slot machine to obtain a random piece of lingerie based on how many points you spend.
The shop can also be used to purchase clothes, (More) lingerie, accessories, pictures, movies, music, and other items.
The game’s combat system is where the game really shines, however. The combat system is fast paced and quite hectic as well. You can chain together a wide range of combo attacks and you’ll need to come up with strategies to take down your opponents. Each of the girl’s on the island has their own unique abilities and fighting styles so you’ll need to compensate for this in battle. Each area in the game is split into sections where you’ll need to face a wave of mindless enemies. The game becomes really intense when you’re facing one of the main girl’s in battle.
There are other areas in the game that you can utilize as well including challenge mode, survival mode, online mode and the dining room.
The dining room is the game’s safe area and you’re free to wander around the room to talk to characters or increase your relationship with them.
In the end, I found the excessive amounts of fan-service in this game to be really off-putting and even though the combat system is great, the fan service makes this game really difficult to recommend. I will admit that the overall quality of the game is very good and if you can get past the absurd amounts of fan-service, you’ll find a pretty solid game with a great combat system.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!