Review: Kill La Kill IF (PlayStation 4)

Kill La Kill IF

All looks and feels of the original anime series remodeled with 3D Cell-look technology! Perform devastating combos, destroy your opponents, and relive the anime with your favorite scenes from the original series, revived with stunning visuals and cinematics.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics that match the show.
  • 10.34GB download size.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • An original story created just for the game.
  • English/Japanese voice choice.
  • 3 modes- Story, VS, and Practice.
  • Arena brawler gameplay.
  • An initial fight that acts as the tutorial.
  • Strong voice work.
  • Approachable combat, very easy to grasp.
  • On-screen button tips and icons.
  • Combo counter.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Button mashers delight.
  • A colorful cast of characters.
  • Playable and enjoyable even for non-Kill La Kill fans.
  • Earn coins from playing and unlock options, poses, dialogue and more.
  • Cool end of match slowdown scene all presented in a black and white filter.
  • A dynamic camera that moves with you and adjusts accordingly.

Kill La Kill IF

Cons:

  • Initial setup is slow and painful as you watch screen after screen of so and so is unlocked.
  • A lot of button mashing.
  • Never sure what is going on.
  • Valor system not really explained. (it’s the rock paper scissors mini-game within the fight).
  • The camera is erratic and unpredictable.
  • Difficult.
  • Have to unlock many of the modes and options by playing the story mode.
  • A lot of cutscenes that causes a lot of downtimes.

Kill La Kill IF

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.4/10

Summary

I have never watched a full episode of Kill La Kill but I was determined to check out the game, I knew instantly that I would be in for a treat and this would not be some cheap cash-in for the graphics are just as smooth and colorful as the show. It plays as an arena brawler using a dynamic camera that reacts to your movement and attempts to “action cam” the fighting but in practice, it moves around so much it can be hard to keep tabs on what’s happening. The combat itself is really accessible in part to the ability to just button mash to glory. With attacks that home in on your opponents and simple rock paper scissors style mechanics, The combat is a lot of fun and anyone can easily pick it up and do damage. The story could have been a direct rip of the show and I wouldn’t know but it is not, Its a specially crafted self-contained story that is fun to watch even if it has a lot of lengthy cutscenes and downtime but still. There is a wide variety of modes that you expect to see like online vs, local vs and the like. Its a major bummer for the time-conscious gamer as all these modes require you to play through the main story and unlock them all one by one. Overall its a solid package and whilst it won’t be to everyone’s liking for the content, The actual fighting can not be disputed, Its accessible fluid and quick.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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