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POSTED 20/5/16


NITROPLUS BLASTERZ: HEROINES INFINITE DUEL

Marvelous Inc/PQube



...and people say that we’re nuts!

The cream – well, pretty much the entire roster - of sometimes pervy Japanese visual novel peeps Nitroplus’ various endeavours come together in this 2D arcade fighter that redefines bonkersness. Well, it would were that an actual word.

It’s really, seriously, totally fucked-up bonkers and it’s a glorious thing to behold. But we’ll get to that.

Those who just want to biff can satisfy themselves, as the girls here just wanna have fun doing just that. The best part of this is accessibility for those who aren’t savants when it comes to fighting game button combo nailing – mashers rejoice! Well, a little. A modicum of skill will definitely aid progress (assuming you don’t stick a fork in the options to make it so dumb that dust landing on your DualShock could beat an opponent...)

Getting past the fighting – which is really the important part here, but whatever - there’s a story involved.

Taking all of Nitroplus’ various elements and banging them together makes for a wondrous story experience. An utterly delightful, completely and gloriously mind-fucking bonkers story experience.

From Humpty Dumpty to the ‘god of meat’, perversion in the church to vampires and a distinct Batman fixation, flower petal wings, dimensional portals, Japanese equivalents of Josie and the Pussycats and, erm, spanking, the story here is an unwavering trip. You get a taste playing through the initial story mode. But it’s ’Another Story’, accessed after completing that standard story, where Nitroplus’ strengths come out to play, wondrous storymongers that they are. Imagine everything ever imagined by a 16-year-old Goth – and then everything else, ever - shoehorned into one in-depth story and you’ll have an inkling as to the madness that ensues.
 
Local multiplayer rules, while online has a slight case of the clunks. Still, you may come for the fighting, but you’ll stay for that utter bonkersness (and the occasional jiggly boob).

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