Busty brawler Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- is finally releasing on PC! This title comes from the creator of seductive ninja franchise Senran Kagura and while the genre is different, fans will find some welcome similarities. Last year, the game was released for PS Vita in the West and Marvelous Europe has done a great job with the PC version. Fully remastered, the seven attractive protagonists have never looked better and now PC gamers get a chance to experience this sexy game for themselves.
For those unfamiliar with the title Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- is about a group of school girls infected with a bizarre virus and sent to an isolated island for some experimental treatment. The virus allows these girls to turn into weapons and/or wield these girls-turned-weapons, creating a close bond between the pairs of ladies affected by this weird disease. The treatment is to fight using their extraordinary virus powers as much as possible.
Add in Kenichiro Takaki’s trademark voluptuous character designs and you’ve got the makings of a pretty obviously fan-servicey game. The premise is illogical and thin with trope-tastic characters. However, it’s really about enjoying the amusing antics of these pretty young ladies and some classic brawler gameplay and on those points, it seems to deliver.
For a game about lingerie and fighting, there is a surprising amount of narrative right off the bat. Each chapter, or “drives” as the game thematically calls each section, is full of lengthy cut scenes with boxes and boxes of dialogue to read through. Some may be enthralled by the evolving sapphic relationships between the characters in the game but no matter how jiggly the school girls deliver their lines, this can get a bit tedious. Even with all the story content, the game doesn’t shy away from its lascivious nature, jumping right into boob jokes and NSFW displays.
The combat is your classic combo-based fighting style with special moves and abilities thrown in for flavor. Missing from the handheld version is the ability to intimately interact with the scantily clad fighters via touch screen but you can still "touch" the girls in the dressing room by clicking on them. Using a gamepad with PC seems more natural than with the PS Vita but as with many brawlers using a keyboard is awkward even outside of combat. Each character has her own unique fighting style that will allow players to change up their gameplay experience on multiple playthroughs or find their favorite to use for the multiplayer arena. While the combat may not be strong enough to lure those that aren’t tempted by the character's physiques, it is fun and fast-paced, offering a growing difficulty curve for those that like a challenge.
The PC version of Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- has been remastered in 1080p, 60fps and looks pretty good in all its bouncing glory. It also includes a four-person arena-based multiplayer mode and a wide collection of provocative costumes to collect and clothe your favorite characters in. The game has been a blast so far, providing plenty of eye candy and some solid combo-based fighting. Stay tuned for a full review of the game coming soon.
Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- was previewed on PC via Steam with a code provided by the publisher. It will be available widely on June 20th.