Thursday, October 26, 2017

Gal Gun: Double Peace Review (PS4)

If you’re a fan of slice of life or romantic comedy anime series Gal*Gun: Double Peace is basically anime nerd wish fulfillment since the whole premise revolves around getting chased by hordes of cute anime schoolgirls who all want to confess their love to you. The way you defend yourself (lol) is by shooting them with a pheromone shot in gameplay that mixes a rail shooter with a dating sim. The result is an appealing premise with acceptably enjoyable gameplay marred a bit by just how far the game is willing to go in the name of lewdness. Anime fans will definitely dig it overall. See all of the details in our full Gal*Gun: Double Peace PS4 review.

Game Details

  • Publisher: PQube
  • Developer: Inti Creates
  • ESRB Rating: “M” for Mature
  • Genre: Rail Shooter
  • Pros: Cute girls; lighthearted fun; replay value
  • Cons: No Move controls; Doki Doki mode is really, really pervy
  • MSRP: $30
Gal*Gun: Double Peace’s story revolves around a high school student who is shot with a love arrow by an angel that makes all of the girls in the school instantly fall madly in love with him. The boy has just one day to choose one as his true love, however, or he’ll be cursed to never find love again. All sorts of anime tropes are present – childhood friends, angels, demons, band girls, and more.

He has to find his real true love, though, and if the “wrong” girls confess to him it damages his HP. As far as the gameplay goes, Gal*Gun plays like an oldschool rail shooter light gun game – minus the light gun. Previous gen games in the series used the PlayStation Move motion controls, but Double Peace on PS4 does not. This means the game instead automatically scrolls through 3D levels and you move a cursor around the screen to shoot girls and hidden items as they pop up around the screen. It plays OK, but it is easy to see that it would be better with an actual light gun or Move controller.

The “bullets” you shoot at the girls are pheromone shots that put them in a state of ecstasy and calm them down so they stop chasing you. Different girls are more vulnerable in different parts of their bodies (imagine where) and some girls are also controlled by little demons that you have to shoot first before the pheromones take effect.

When things get really crazy you can activate Doki Doki Mode which is, honestly, really pervy and exploitative. Basically, Doki Doki Mode is an isolated event where you and a girl (or three) go into a sort of slo-mo time bubble where you rub a cursor on the girls butts and boobs and other parts of their body to the point they go wild and explode with a super rush of pheromones that act like a grenade and subdue all the girls around them. I … can’t decide if I like it or not. It’s so pervy and over the top that you just feel sort of gross. But at the same time, I have a dumb (probably creepy) grin while I do it.
The general gameplay rhythm is still pretty fun overall, though. Quickly moving the cursor around and taking out waves of girls is fun and keeping your eye out for hidden items – that get turned in at the end of a level for extra money so you can buy new upgrades and abilities in the school store – is enjoyable. The girls are all cute. The gameplay is genuinely fun. And doing Doki Doki Mode once in a while is a pervy reward. There are multiple paths through the game as you can choose to pursue different girls as your one true love so that, combined with hidden items, gives the game a decent bit of replay value.

The presentation is fairly good overall. The backgrounds are pretty simplistic and low detail, but the characters have a distinct anime style and are very cute. The sound is also good with Japanese voice acting and some really catchy music.

All in all, as long as you aren’t uncomfortable with how pervy the whole premise is, Gal*Gun: Double Peace is a unique and fun game for anime fans. I’m not sure it’s really worth he current $30 MSRP – I bought it during a PSN sale for $8 which is a lot easier to accept – but it’s definitely worth picking up for anime fans when it hits a price you’re happy with. Also good news - Gal*Gun 2 is coming out in 2018.