About Vita Highlight: After the cancellation of my previous PS Vita show, “Shoulda Been a Vita Game”, I felt like something was missing in my life. So, of course, I felt compelled to make another Vita-centric show! VITA HIGHLIGHT is a new series where I spread the word on some awesome PS Vita games — my personal favorite titles on the platform. Without further ado, VITA HIGHLIGHT Episode Five – Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni.
About Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni: If you don’t know what Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni is, let me bring you up to speed. It’s a Japanese action game that puts you in the shoes of a group of girls that have to fight each other to stay alive. They have a disease that is common with girls who are in their teens or early twenties. They’re then sent to an island where there are a bunch of other girls with the same disease. That’s when they figure out the only way to prolong them dying is to fight each other. Obviously, it’s a super odd story, but nonetheless, pretty interesting. I mean, have you ever heard that story before? Or anything even close to it? I doubt it! While I’m still on the subject of the game’s story, I will say that the storyline overall never lets up, it continues to get more weird, and the characters themselves continue to get more bizarre, which I thought was completely fine.
Before I say anything else I must mention that this game is gorgeous. I was not expecting to jump into such a stylish and overall pretty game to look at. However, it comes with a price. Unfortunately, the game crashed on me multiple times throughout my playing. Specifically in the game’s dining room area — which I thought was weird because there is absolutely no action or anything chaotic going on in that room. I also wanna mention that the captured footage in the video review doesn’t really do the game justice, it looked beautiful on the Vita’s screen. (I was using an OLED Vita)
My initial thoughts before I played the game was that it was going to have bland gameplay and basically just be eye-candy for people who want to see giant-boobed schoolgirls. Luckily, I was wrong. The combat is super intricate and a ton of fun. Whether you are getting huge combos, dodging attacks, or going into ‘Drive’ mode, it’s all extremely fun to do, and the boobs are just a bonus. The only downside to the stylistic choice of using very sexualized women is that I fear many people will look past the game thinking it’s nothing more than eye-candy for men. When in reality, it’s a hell of an action game that makes you feel like a badass countless times.
The game also features some strange mini-games that have you rub on the Vita’s screen to collect floating hearts while the girls pose in their underwear. It’s all a bit awkward, but it doesn’t really add anything to the experience and it doesn’t really take anything away either. Hell, maybe it’s a selling point for some gamers, no one is judging here. I did find that collecting all the accessories, clothes, and underwear was actually pretty addicting.
At the end of the day, do I think this game is worth your purchase? My answer is yes. Like I was saying above, the combat is just too fun to miss, I can’t stress that enough. As for the story, if you’ve enjoyed some (or a lot of) Japanese game’s stories in the past, I think you’ll enjoy this one. It’s just as zany and funny. Unfortunately there’s no English voice acting. Which I find disappointing because I like knowing how certain words are said, and I can’t understand or get that whenever they’re in Japanese — It’s doesn’t bother me too much. Closing words: If you love action games and boobs this game is a must play.
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