Girls und Panzer: Senshado, Kiwamemasu! is a game that was released in 2014 on PS Vita. The game is based on the anime series Girls und Panzer, so it is very recommended that you watch it prior to buying this game. This game has not been localized and is in Japanese. With my current level of Japanese, navigating menus was a breeze but I was pretty lost with most of the dialogue (more on this further in the review). The game is an action 3rd person shooter. The game is not region locked, a system from any region can play it.
Girls und Panzer is one of my absolute favorite anime in existence so when I saw the announcement that it was getting a game I was full on excite bike. I patiently waited to see if it would get localized, but that was pretty silly to do since a very small amount of games based on anime get localized. So I bought it off Amazon and got the special edition (more on this further in the review). The game met my expectations of a very fun game based on an anime that I love.
The story in the game is the exact same as in the anime, so if you’ve watched it you’ll know whats going on, knowing Japanese isn’t necessary to play this. There is a bunch of little added dialogue while you’re on the battlefield but its not very important but there is a trophy if you can trigger them all (and not skip or have them end, just Google trophy guide for this). You get to do all the battles that happened in the anime series which is really awesome. You also get to play as all the different tanks, each tank has different stats, play differently (some suck and some kick ass), and get a different role (sometimes) and placement when doing missions; you get to play the battles from each tank’s perspective.
Game play consists of driving around a tank on the battlefield and, well, fighting other tanks. The game is 3rd person, you see your whole tank. When using zoom you go into a sniper scope type view. The objectives are pretty obvious because there will be markers showing where to go or what tanks are mission related so you know which ones you have to take out and where to go to advance. The game is pretty straight forward. There is also a battle royale mode where any tank can be used and you make custom teams, this might be kinda tricky if you cant read any Japanese, same with menus.
Some things of interest
• The special edition comes with a download code for Anchovy, but you wont be able to obtain the DLC on a non-Japanese PSN account.
• The special edition comes in a big box with lots of stuff including: posters of each school leader (including Anchovy ♥), billion different alternate game case designs, DVDs (probably region locked, I haven’t tried), and a book. I would put pictures of my copy but its easier to just use the promotional picture
• Of course try each tank to see what you prefer but I like tanks that have good speed. You need to get closer to the enemy to do more damage, better speed makes it easier to snake around the enemy and not get shot yourself.
• I translated some of the menus that aren’t self-explanatory in case you cant read them
– メインメニュー= MAIN MENU
– ストーリーモード= STORY MODE
– ギャラリー = GALLERY
– オプション = OPTION(S)
Battle Royale Menu
–フリーバトル = FREE BATTLE
– チャレンジミッション = CHALLENGE MISSION(S)
• When doing choices “はい” is yes, “いいえ” is no
• When doing the battle royale missions, the top team is your team, the bottom is the enemy team
• Game uses “O” to select and “X” to go back
• Alternate titles include:
– Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery
– ガールズ＆パンツァー 戦車道、極めます！
• Has the same music as the anime which makes it even more fun to play
• If you’re buying the special edition make sure you look well, I got mine for like $37 (brand new) but I’ve seen it listed for as much as $200, if you don’t see any in your price range just wait and check every week.