Kill La Kill If, the flashy but dumb arena fighter from A-Plus Games and Arc System Works, massively disappoints as a single-player game. On the hardest difficulty, with all of the buffs favored toward the CPU opponents, button mashing will get you through 95% of the battles. When using 4 the of 6 available characters, I almost never lost a round, even if I just picked up the character for the first time.
I guess this means the game is "approachable" for more casual fighting fans. Thankfully, the game doesn't require any complex d-pad rotations, finger-twisting input commands, or brain-crampingly obtuse command strings in order to win. I am far from an Evo professional, but this game is never more challenging than Ultra SF4 on MEDIUM.
This game needs at least two higher difficulty levels in single-player mode.
If you want a challenge, you'll have to go online. I cannot speak to that experience, since I only played offline.
BE WARNED: The camera is not cooperative. At least a third of the time, the camera will switch from your character's shoulder to the opponent's, which should NEVER happen in single-player mode. When using larger characters, your target may be obscured by your massive frame. During some story missions (and the "Covers Challenge), you will be forced to fight multiple enemies. Not only will the annoying camera logic make it VERY difficult to keep your bearings, your targets may change against your will, explosions and enemies in the foreground may obscure your character, and you can easily die when off-screen enemies hit you. This camera is barely tolerable for duels, but it is a nightmare when fighting mobs.
ABOUT THE STORY MODE: It's terrible. I have seen the first three episodes of Kill La Kill, and find it to be an impressively crafted action comedy. The story mode in this game dumps the comedy, turning every character into a humorless meathead blowhard hulksmashing their way through hordes of enemies. Basically, like every other terribad Story Mode in a fighting game. If you think the polygonal Street Fighter games have good story modes, the camaign might not bother you. I found them unwatchable. Thankfully, they can all be skipped.
Controls are responsive. Shame about the camera.
The 3D models are decent, but the background are bleh. The splashy explosions and psoterize text are highlights. Framerates are usually around 60 fps on the base PS4.
Music seems okay, but not memorable. Compared to, say, My Hero One's Justice, nothing really grabbed me. Might give it a closer listen later.
Length of ownership: 1 week
No: I don’t recommend this product