NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

Tired of your fighting games looking like a sausage fest?

Well, so are the people at Kung Fu Factory, and they’ve done something about it. Enter Girl Fight, the duke-it-out fest with eight hot chicks and not a Y chromosome in sight. How does this all-female fighter fare for deserving a place in your collection? Find out after the jump!

Girl Fight
Systems: PlayStation 3 [Reviewed], XBox 360
Developer: Kung Fu Factory
Publisher: Microprose
Release: September 24, 2013
MSRP: $9.99

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

Joining the likes of Rumble Roses and Dead or Alive, Girl Fight is the latest femme-focused fighter to grace our humble consoles. A very bare-bones entry into the fighting genre, it boasts an Arcade and Online mode, and not much else. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Our overall setup for this fight is that each of these women have been abducted by a mysterious organization known as “The Foundation,” and each of them has been plugged into a very matrix-like “Mainframe” and has to defeat the other eight women to escape, guided by an artificial intelligence within the Mainframe itself. The story elements are light, but the action focus is heavy.

Tekken fans will feel right at home with Girl Fight, but for those like me who enjoy laying their attack combos into a pattern in games like Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur, there may be a bit of a learning curve. What’s most interesting here, though, is how each fighter feels different in how they control. For instance, Warchild, the soldier archetype, feels deliberate and tanky, while Chaos, the game’s bad girl, is more loose and quick.

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

The four face buttons are assigned to Kick, Punch, Guard, and Throw, with the shoulder buttons assigned to the Psi Amps, Girl Fight’s distinguishing mechanic. Adding spice to the recipe, Psi Amps vary between stealing health, reducing damage, debuffing your opponent’s defense, and all-out power attacks. Psi Amps are powered up by successful strikes which build the Psi meter, and can be the difference between success and defeat. Each one can be upgraded to an EX and MAX level, increasing the Psi cost with the effectiveness of the move. Also of note is that each Psi Amp has its own unique set of challenges tied to the power tiers. For instance, knocking your opponent away with Steel Skin active will complete the “Iron Cannon” challenge, while activating Life Leech then kicking your opponent will grant you completion of “Every Last Drop.” It adds a fun layer of competition to an already competitive game.

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

The game’s three modes consist of the standard eight-fight arcade one-on-one battles, then local and online versus fights. Arcade mode is as close as the game gets to telling a story, with the AI relating directly to the character between matches. Unfortunately, the characters don’t get unique endings explaining what they do when they escape the Mainframe. It’s not as though the game makes a huge build-up, but it would be nice to have more than “The End.”

Local versus fights work just like the regular game, but when I tried to go online, I ran into some issues. It never took me long to find an opponent, but there were a few times where input lag had me eating the arena floor. Living in a rural area, that may well be my problem, but another concern of mine in particular was that after a match is completed, there’s no way to choose a new character and continue fighting the same person. In fact, you either have a rematch, with the same Psi Amps, same opponent, and the same character, or you return to the main menu. It’s a bizarre design decision that you’re not allowed to do what people have been doing since the days of the arcade. Another strange detail, but not a negative one, is that the characters are unlocked one-by-one in the single player mode, but all are available from the start when you go online. I wouldn’t necessarily call it padding the single player (Is that even possible in a fighting game?), it’s just something that strikes me as odd.

Beyond that, the game’s unlocks consist of character bios, art, the aforementioned Psi Amps, and new “costumes,” which are mostly just pallet swaps, but a few add unique detailing, such as Wrench getting a different pattern on her bikini top, and Chrome getting a layer of spandex beneath her armor.

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

The sound design is adequate, with a nice variety of snap and pop effects accompanying each strike. The music is all dubstep and electronica, which fits the techy theme, but those who don’t have any love for the wub will have to take advantage of the option to cut it out and play their own tunes. Lastly, the match announcer is the AI herself, and while it’s fun to hear her announcing the challenge names as they are completed, she sometimes overlaps with herself and will say “Splendid” and “Pathetic” nearly simultaneously, making one wonder who she’s referring to with the fast pace of the match.

Finally, the graphics are exceptionally well-rendered for such a budget-friendly title. Each of the girls is attractive, buxom, and fit, and the various arena backgrounds are just unique enough that you’ll find a favorite. The Psi Amps also factor in nicely here, with Steel Skin turning your whole character silver, and Seismic Fist making an impacting shockwave. Girl Fight bears style and substance in equal measure.

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

All in all, without any big-name fighters dropping during the holiday season, there’s no reason fighting fans shouldn’t be after this one. Girl Fight delivers a solid package for a very small price, and with all the unlocks, an online community that will no doubt grow with time, and some seriously sexy stunners to play with, you’ll end up getting your money’s worth and more if you stick with it over time. I would particularly recommend this title if you plan to hold out on getting into the next gen – you’ll have plenty of time to play.

Game 4/5

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

And now, the portion you’ve been waiting for: Does Girl Fight deliver the goods for sex appeal? Most definitely. Jiggle physics are so sensitive that you can see them in the intro animations, and most of the outfits would get these girls arrested in a Red State. The girls themselves can fit any tastes, or if like me you don’t like to be picky then the roster is a damn buffet. Something I particularly liked was that the leg shading is so good I could swear I saw the detail of inner thigh muscles stretching, which is a sexy weakness of mine. The only thing we’re missing is some costume tearing a la Mortal Kombat – maybe in a sequel? Let’s hope so.

NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight

Though the story ending element of arcade mode is a bit weak, it gets mostly made up for with unlocking a very sexy pin-up of the girl you chose. The art team at Kung Fu Factory must be made up of a bunch of very edgy cheesecake artists, because the images are almost enough to leave you panting and whistling cat-calls. I seriously hope this game gains ground in the hentai and cosplay communities, because I’ve certainly been left wanting more.

Hotness 3/5

– Brad Cowan aka “DevilSugar”

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7 Responses to “NSFW Gamer Review: Girl Fight”

  1. yaz says:

    as person that loves fighting games…i will probably try this one…but only if one of my other friends get it…other then that it does not seem that interesting for me to get it right away

  2. DevilSugar says:

    Can’t blame you in the least, doll. It does have a demo, though, so maybe you won’t have to wait for a friend 😀

  3. Geist01 says:

    @yaz – They have a demo for it on PSN. Check it out before you buy it

  4. yaz says:

    :D… oh i will definitely get the demo then lol

  5. Bloodfart says:

    Big fan of DOA, I also enjoyed the original Rumble Roses on PS2, got Skullgirls as well. But despite there being sexy components in this game…. I’m not really feeling the charm.

    I did play the demo… and it sounded like the music was done by Boyznoise. So I’ll put a feather in their cap for that. It is only a $10 job though, so can’t be too anal about it. Still, I might be a really stingy gamer and wait till it’s on sale 😛

  6. Geist01 says:

    @Bloodfart – If it pops up on PS+ for a few dollars less down the road I’ll pick it up

  7. GokiFunk says:

    Im sorry brodies..i gotta jump in this one….as the mild game creator that i am i have to say this game is epic in its graphics…the fact that they dont actually talk bugs me due to them sounding like cavewomen with their noises…the fighting part is cool,me being a tekken master i could do this game just find at the same time however,this game with its non player oriented ending is not as cool as tekken 5 dark resurrection [for the playstation 2] since every person you played with had an ending after killing jinpachi….its more like tekken 5 dark resurrection [for the playstation 3] mixed with tekken revolution [for the playstation3]…it gives that anime feel mixed with tekken and a little bit of borderlands with some of the graphics…i love the steel skin because it shines like real polished steel….and it seems to react to the lighting in the level you are fighting in…all in all i bought this game looking for a good solid game to play and ive found what i hoped for….5/5 when i find the cam for the ps3 imma post some girl fight fights on youtube…ill use the PewdiePie method….me in the box in the corner while i play on the main screen…this game will sweep the nation…and befor you know it it will go global everyone will play it….even if they dont like some things about the game…they will try it…then fall in love with it….and will keep playing till the next big game emerges….