NITROPLUS BLASTERZ: HEROINES INFINITE DUEL
...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
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.
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).