Let's start off by saying the first ever time I didn't recommend a game in a review and i won't be using the typical CONs/PROs thing;Vanguard Princess
is a 2D Fighting Game with a retro-like fighting style, in which you can't do much combos and stuff(Something I dislike as a Skullgirls and Street Fighter player) that is really hard to deal with, and what helps with that is the fact that this game has no tutorial, no training mode, basically as you enter the game you find yourself with only 2 choices: Story Mode
and Versus Mode
, nothing else.The game has a pretty awful UI and HUD, something out of some flash game created in 2 minutes, In my opinion they spent all the budget on the ecchi animations and sprites you want to buy the game for and just forgot about all the rest.
Let's get to the fighting system
itself.The game is totally optimized for a controller, not even for an Arcade stick, but you can still use your keyboard(Altough inputs are received quite poorly).
The kind of fighting in this game is nothing like modern Fighting games, Something I can't really explain in words(You should check out some videos) and I'm not saying it's bad or I dislike it, because I actually enjoy it, but playing it with a keyboard is a pain in the ♥♥♥.
For example, you'll fail performing a special at least 7 times out of 10, and fail in performing some of the half-circle ones and do totally another one.But if you tryhard on all of this and just try to learn timings and such, it's a really fun game, especially because you have lots of different characters(Ranged, Melee, Grab-only and so on).
Then you have Support characters(Something i didn't see since some Naruto games on PS2) that have different kinds of attacks that you execute(Stuff like shielding, firing projectiles).The story mode
is something bad overall.It's confusing, you don't really get to know the heroines' stories nor the support characters', but you bought the game for boobies, you wouldn't care about the story anyways ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) but as a reviewer i gotta cover that too.
The story mode is standard, you have 3 difficulties(Easy, Normal and Hard) and you just fight the characters in the game, sometimes you even see some dialogue scenes before fighting, and then reach the final boss, Hilda Rize.
THE BOSS FIGHT AGAINST HER IS SOMETHING SO ANNOYING that you'll try to exit the game(Oh i forgot to say that it's IMPOSSIBLE to quit the game, you have to Alt+F4 pretty much) because of the constant SPAM of fast projectiles, explosions and stuff she throws at you and she even has near-infinite SUPPORTS.For example, for me it takes at least 10 tries with each character to finally beat her and once you do it you see some ending cutscenes and that's all.No achievements, no rewards, no unlockables, nothing.You just have to stay there and cry thinking of the time you wasted and the honor you lost by losing 100 times to Hilda.
In the end, the game is quite fun, but it's way too poorly-made and doesn't even deserve the discounted price in my opinion.But that's just me, if you want to kick some ♥♥♥ while staring at some bouncy goodness, get the game.But trust me, it will kinda disappoint you.