Six months later and Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars has now finally arrived on PC. I reviewed the game back when it came out for PS4 and had some mixed feelings with it. It basically took some of the good elements from both series and combined them into something just… okay. Okay story, okay combat, okay overall content – nothing too special. Do check out my full review for an in-depth look at each of these.
Now that the game is on PC, has anything changed? Well, not really. According to the publisher the only two changes made to the PC and Switch versions from the PS4 version is the addition of a new easy mode, hard mode, and some alternate character costumes. That last one is basically useless, but the hard mode is a nice change. The game was already a little bit challenging, so that extra edge can definitely add to the experience for some – and I quickly found myself getting slapped by the first boss on this very difficulty.
Otherwise – it’s the same game, it just runs and looks way better. It didn’t even look that bad on PS4, but on PC they actually gave us a pretty good port and with a handful of nice graphical settings too. Higher resolution support, borderless window, anti-aliasing, background quality, shadow quality, depth of field, bloom – I feel like this is more than we usually get with these Compile Heart ports and I am happy they seem to be stepping up their game.
Perhaps the best change though – the option to unlock fps. 60 was already fine for this game, but it runs way smoother at 144 and beyond and I’m pretty sure this is the first time a Senran Kagura release on PC is not locked to 60. Granted, it’s not a perfect 144 – the hub area with all of its menus still appears to be locked to 60, but the actual gameplay is unlocked and that’s where it really matters.
I played at 1440p 144fps and the game ran flawlessly outside of one crash that happened during the first opening dialogue scene – no idea how that happened, but have yet to have another one.
I also played exclusively using keyboard and mouse and that actually did not feel terrible and there’s even mouse support in the menus – uncommon for a Japanese game like this. It’s still not ideal and I did have to change around a few of the keys (thankfully fully rebindable), but better than I was expecting. Although if I am being honest, I still recommend a controller for this one.
So I also tested the game out on my Steam Deck and found similar results there. In fact, I actually didn’t have to change any settings at all. It worked right out of the box, controls, visuals, and all and I did not have any issues running it at a constant 60 fps. In fact, I might actually prefer playing it this way over keyboard and mouse. I can’t personally see myself playing through the whole thing again, but it does at least work.
So yeah, that’s basically all I gotta say about the PC release of Neptunia x SENRAN KAGURA: Ninja Wars. Good port, average game – nothing too special if you’re already into the series, but also not completely bad. If you are new to either series, I would definitely recommend checking out a mainline entry in either one over this crossover though.
I was provided a review copy of the game in order to write this review. Read more about how I do my game reviews here.