Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
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Content Rating: Teen
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a bullet-hell battle game that takes place in the Touhou universe. Take control of your favorite Touhou characters and join the fray! Featuring ear-tingling beats for each character, you might just find yourself dancing while you play!
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Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle originally started out as a PlayStation Vita game, and would have released there a few months ago but for NIS America's desire to do a simultaneous multiplatform release. A game of this quality wouldn't have been acceptable on the Vita, and being on the Switch is only serving to expose its myriad flaws to more people. If you need to see girls beat the snot out of each other on the Switch, there's already plenty of better options.
Rounding out the feature set is some PlayStation VR support for versus mode matches. The game isn’t made any better in VR (no sort of gimmickry is going to fix the issues here), but I was surprised by how the game didn’t have any dip in graphical quality and nothing was negatively impacted. Sure, it’s hard to imagine a PlayStation 4 title looking much worse than the rough looking characters and bland environments seen in Burst Battle, but you never know what to expect. As far as tacked-on virtual reality additions go, this is at least on par with Tekken 7. It’s not often that I walk away from a game without a few positives from the experience. Typically even when things go awry there are good ideas underneath the flawed execution, and I can see what the studio was going for. That isn’t the case with Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle. Everything from its presentation to the gameplay seems poorly thought out. This is one worth avoiding by all, as there’s not even any enjoyment to be had in a “so bad it’s good” sense.
Fans of the main Touhou games may find an amusing diversion here, but there is very little of worth to recommend to anyone else. Ultimately, unless battling stunted characters with clunky 3D models in sparse arenas is your idea of a good time, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a deeply unnecessary title to invest in.