SNK is back with SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! and is highlighting it’s female characters as they jump kick their way into this generation of fighting games.
If you didn’t know since I obtained a PS4 and kind of got back into gaming I’ve found myself playing a lot of fighting games. The Naruto Ninja Storm Series, Dead or Alive 5, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Saint Seiya, Street Fighter 5, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Blaz Blue Cross Tag Battle and Mortal Kombat XL.
Most of the games I played for the story and the single-player modes since I’m not much of an online guy.
So as the title suggests it’s a fighting game where you play as a two-woman tag team. You get to choose from a collection of SNK characters to do this with and you’re set to go. When you get into the arena you punch kick and do other offensive strikes to eventually take-down your opponent. So far, it seems all in order right? I guess you’re wondering, what makes SNK Heroines unique? Well, you can’t just beat the crud out of your opponent anymore, nope you MUST finish the match with your special move.
Yeah, SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! mixes up the combat and adds more challenge to your matches but it can be quite frustrating when you’re near the end of your epic battle and you drop your special move and your opponent just does a guard and it cancels it out.
Of course, you can just tag out one character and let your partner drop the special move but the risky thing about that is that your stats stay the same, so if you think you can tag out when your character’s health is low and avoid a KO by bringing in a fresh as a daisy character. You’re quite wrong.
In terms of the combat, the meat of a fighting game, in SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! combat is just a bit interchangeable as most characters moves are so bland and by the numbers. You’ll also notice the lack of long-range attacks, so you’ll have to rely on short-range, close combat to win the day. Though you won’t really get to see those hits land as everytime a hit connects a bunch of cutesy emojis clog the screen and you’ll miss it.
In an attempt to spice up the matches you’ve got an items system. You’ll get the standard items you’d expect in a fighting game like potions, but what SNK Heroines does add is an item this distorts the screen and making combat a wee bit tougher.
I can say with confidence that SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! is bare as a stripper nearing the end of their act. The ‘story’ is a real example of that. I guess I’m a little bit like Krillin in Dragon Ball Z, a glutton for punishment since I played the SNK installment for the story and came away quite disappointed.
This time was no different. The ‘story’ follows a strange hooded man who has his own pocket dimension who kidnaps a bunch of girls to fight in order to power up an evil statue and satisfy his Quagmire-like fetish. You select two girls to do battle with, a frustrating boss battle, and overall it takes 30 minutes of your day up.
If you think a mix of combinations will trigger more story, it won’t trust me. You get two or three generic cutscenes and another two or three where your characters spout of some generic dialogue with your partner and that’s about it. I mean come on, I know fighting games stories tend to be a bit daft, but 30 minutes? It’s not really worth turning my PS4 for that.
Also, with 14 characters for the roster, it’s as bare as Terry’s midriff.
Speaking of Terry, most SNK fans will know Terry is a dude, but he’s a girl in this game. Want to know why? Well, I would too since the game doesn’t really explain it. Apparently, the pervy Ring Wraith bad guy is a wizard who can change genders.
Seeing as the story is so short the main appeal of the game is likely the online stuff which offers two modes, Quick Match (no need to explain what that mode is about) and Room Match. Room Match is probably the most diverse as you can set a bunch of criteria and find some people to fight.
Unfortunately, I can’t say much about the online portion of the game due to servers being pretty underpopulated and I was unable to find a game. Though I might add that my time reviewing the game was ahead of the game’s release, so likely the servers have a bit more going for them right now.
Overall SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! is a bit of a letdown. While I understand fighting games are having more of a focus on online modes, there are still people looking for a decent single player or story mode to sink their teeth into. Sadly SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy! doesn’t deliver on that.