TL;DR: Most reviews rate it in the "Good/Above Average" range.
3rd Strike: 7.9/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors might look like pure fan service but just like the first installment, there’s more than meets the eye. You’ll have a reasonably decent plot to work with, with amusing character development and fun, solid mechanics. Graphically the game is rather pleasing, especially for those who are into Ecchi experiences, all accompanied by a properly set atmosphere. If you liked the first game, this one offers less censorship, polished graphics and improved mechanics.
Criminal Girls 2 is quite the surprising title in the PlayStation Vita’s library. With the titles suggestive elements, I can see people writing this title off. But I encourage you give this game a fair shot. It offers a great story to experience with strong characters and writing, some interesting combat mechanics despite those having a few issues at points and a presentation that is well done. Criminal Girls 2 is a fun role playing title that does a number of things right.
Bago Games: 8/10
Yet, Criminal Girls 2 isn’t just an S&M porn title (even with the funny censoring due to paranoid politicians). It is a JRPG that is interested in not only providing a narrative that makes you empathize and become invested, but also mechanics that seek to try new refreshing ideas that work. The sexualization works as a garnish rather than the core. If you’re not sure whether to buy Criminal Girls 2, if that imagery is what makes you uncertain, know that beneath that layer lies a treat to all JRPG fans. Even as someone who prefers to keep their sexuality and everything else incredibly separate, Criminal Girls 2 is a highlight of the year for me.
Brash Games: 6/10 (Above Average)
On a more positive note, the art is very well done. Sure, it often veers towards the raunchy, up-the-skirt shots a little too often for my liking, but its art-style, particularly in-game, is cute, smooth and very polished. The environments are varied, well designed and pop with colour, and its J-pop score is worthy of mention too.
Chalgyr: 8/10 (Not best in class, but close)
With all the gameplay aside there is a fair amount of dialog between the characters and on some occasions you. You honestly are more of an observer, and for lack of a better term, a hands on kind of guy. Tempers, attitudes, breaking down, and then some are all part of the process that these seven have to deal with both for themselves and to deal with each other if they are to make it out alive in order to re-form and not spend the rest of eternity in Hell. This only ever adds depth to the experience and makes it more than one could be lead to believe with the amount of fan service that is shown off.
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an excellent Dungeon Crawling RPG with depth of character and a lot of accompanying Fan Service. While there is a lot of that, the rest of the systems and the interactions with and between the characters adds much more that makes Criminal Girls a worthwhile experience that makes it so much more than its outward appearance.
Digitally Downloaded: 4.5/5, Entertaining/Thoughtful
While I don’t think Criminal Girls 2 goes anywhere near far enough to be the extreme Sadean experience that it clearly wants to be, at least we have a game that achieves something down that path. Art needs extreme experiences, and genuinely extreme experiences (aside from those laden with gore) are rare indeed in this industry. Kudos to NISA for not only taking a chance on the first Criminal Girls, but backing up its faith that people do appreciate this kind of experience by localising the second too.
Dual Shockers: 7.5 (Good)
It’s otherwise not at all a bad game, though it could certainly be better. It lacks a real weapon and armor system and various other features you might expect from a modern RPG, like some sort of creation system or deep character building (you can choose to raise each girl as a Sadist or Masochist, but the skill options were very similar or even identical at times), towns and regular NPCs, exploration outside of the dungeons, a quest system and so on.
Even so, what game is here is rather enjoyable. The fast combat is refreshingly different, there’s tons of character development and dialogue, the visuals are gorgeous and there’s plenty of fan service, which is a plus in my book. That said fan service had to be censored is a tragedy (if expected), but genre fans should still find enough for a pretty good time.
Frame Loss: 7.5/10 (Above Average)
For fans of quirky JRPGs and people who don’t always take games super serious Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an excellent choice. Some of the scenes might be a little intense for playing in public but just wait to play the mini games at home and you will be fine. If you have a Vita and are looking for a game that has some length to it to hold you over this fall, you can’t go wrong with this one. I have had a blast with this title and now I’m interested in going back and checking out the first game in the series as well. However, I didn’t feel like I missed anything not playing the first game, so don’t let that scare you away either. I just wish there was a console version as well.
GameCritics.com: 7.5/10 (Oddly kind of hidden - I almost didn't notice it. XD)
There’s a lot going for Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors. The characters are likable, the writing is solid, the combat is fresh, and it feels like a great fit for the Vita. However, it’s embarrassing to level up when others are around, and the ‘sexy’ minigames wore out their welcome in a hurry. It’s a thumbs up when all is said and done, but I’d love to see a sequel that dials back on the touchscreen S&M – despite being the ostensible hook, it was the weakest part of the experience.
Game It: 5.5/10
Game Quarter: 67/100
It stands without reason that fans of the original title looking for more sleazy action will adore Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, despite it often feeling like you’re simply re-treading old ground. With its improved visuals, standalone story and increased accessibility, it’s the perfect starting point for those that are intrigued by the series to jump in as well. It’s quite simple, ridiculously silly, and still leaves you feeling a bit dirty after playing, but Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is certainly worth booting up the old PS Vita for if you’re a fan of unusual RPGs and aren’t afraid of a bit of smut.
Glitch Cat: 9.5/10
At the end of the day, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a dangerously wild, unabashedly sexy and surprisingly delightful JRPG. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, fans of JRPGs and crazy tales will definitively want to dig into this one.
God is a Geek: 3/10
A bog-standard dungeon crawler with added boobies, Party Favors offers forgettable titillation but almost no actual substance.
Ground Punch: 8/10
Like Gal*Gun and Senran Kagura before it, Criminal Girls 2 is either a game you’ll love or hate based on its core concepts. The ‘fetishistic’ dungeon crawler has enough gameplay chops to please genre faithful, and fans of Ecchi will be overjoyed by the variety of endearing waifus on display. But if you don’t like your anime ladies half-clothed and covered in bubbles, slime, or whipped cream, then Criminal Girls 2 isn’t the journey to Hell for you. Still, it is an enjoyable title in its own right, and I regret nothing about my time with it.
Hardcore Gamer: 3/5
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors isn’t a groundbreaking RPG, but does offer a decent gaming experience with an interesting story concept. The problem is it’s somewhat bland without the sexual aspects. It’s a decent RPG but will only set your world on fire if you are really into anime BDSM. If none of the stuff mentioned in the previous paragraphs is bothersome, it is a fun though not amazing game. If some of the featured content is a major turn off, the gameplay isn’t strong enough to offset it. For a game that has such a large amount of sexual content, Criminal Girls 2 never really feels erotic: the only thing that raised while playing this title were my eyebrows.
Hey Poor Player: 4.5/5
I’m really happy I got to play Criminal Girls 2. At first I put it off at just a simplistic RPG with a novelty mini-game, but I was so wrong. There is a deep game here with tons and tons of content. It’s found a perfect home on the PlayStation Vita and I hope Nippon Ichi Software continues to ship this type of content to the West. In conclusion, I highly recommend Criminal Girls 2! It’s sexy, it’s smart, and it’s engaging.
Hobby Consolas: 69% (Acceptable)
Honey's Anime: No Numerical Rating (Generally Positive)
Overall, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an enjoyable game for those who like ecchi or those who might be looking for a simple dungeon crawling game. It’s not a game changer, for sure, but it is definitely something different. If you are offended by sexual exploitation in this game, don’t play it, but if you’re curious about S&M, it’s one way to explore the world that is S&M.
Invision Community: 9/10
Criminal Girls 2 is a sound game for both casual gamers and RPG lovers. A game with mechanics this good is great for a growing niche such as the dungeon RPG one, and coupling it up with a handful of hot girls only makes it better.
I Play PS Vita: 8/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is entertaining and definitely is a party but it doesn’t do favors with the grinding aspect. The game does get to a point where some fun is lost like in higher towers for instance but hell is hard anyway. If you like dungeon crawlers you will like this title and enjoy the party even through the grind.
Japan Curiosity: 70%
Visually, Party Favors doesn’t look all that different to Invite Only, aside from some new dungeons, which isn’t a bad thing as it certainly has a unique charm. There’s a great use of vibrant colours throughout and of course some very risqué character designs. Like Invite Only, the game uses a Live 2D system which I enjoy seeing in games as it adds some life to the character portraits although here it’s primarily used for the Motivation scenes. Like its predecessor Party Favors comes with Japanese audio-only and features an initially interesting soundtrack.
JP Games: No Numerical Rating
German review. No idea what they thought.
Les Players du Dimanche: 7.5/10
It’s a shame really that Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is, by all accounts, perverted in many ways. Underneath all of that is a game that offers a fun dungeon crawler experience with a good twist on the turn based battle formula. It’s a common thing I see now adays with a lot of games in this niche target audience. Games that deliver a overly sexualise and perverted display that masks an enjoyable game or mechanic. Regardless, that is a discussion for another day. What is important here is that Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an enjoyable game albeit with some issues around it’s delivery of some elements. Overlook those and you’ll find a dungeon crawler that will challenge you but still feel fresh and enjoyable. It’s not one for everyone that is for sure but I would recommend at least giving it a look.
Just take it from me. Don’t play this on a busy train.
Next Save Point: 7.25/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is as much RPG as it is OMG. It definitely won't win over everyone but it isn't trying to. At the end of the day Criminal Girls 2 brings a unique and awesome battle system to the PlayStation Vita and gives RPG fans an experience they definitely won't be able to find anywhere else.
Operation Rainfall: 3/5
In the end Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is good game, but like the previous game, it is held back by the bonds of censorship. The story is deep, engaging and well written. The combat is fast, fun, and with random attacks each round you really never know what to expect. The problem is that the mini game is what makes the game unique from some of the other run of the mill RPG’s found on the Vita, and in its current state it’s just immersion breaking. So what you end up with is a potentially great game that is now only an average product because its most unique feature has been broken a bit. If you can get past the mini game edits and enjoy games of this type, then at the $39.99 price tag you get around 40 hours of RPG goodness. Personally I hope NISA reconsiders their position of putting these games on Steam censored. Criminal Girls is a great series, but it can never live up to its full potential while being shackled by censorship.
Otaku Gamers UK: 8/10
Criminal girls 2 isn’t a bad game, it has it’s merits like good gameplay, a decent skill and battle system and a well done story with some good character development but, like other games of this type it is ruined the overwhelming amount of fan service and the sketchy side of the “Motivation” system. If you can get past most of abundance of busts and butts then the game is definitely worth a look but, if that’s something you can’t stand or aren’t into because lets face it we all know there are some people out there who like this kinda thing, the stay clear of this game
Otaku Gamer Zone: 8/10
While the game is obviously tailored to cater to a niche audience and to an audience that loves a bit of skin Criminal Girls 2 Party Favors is an awesome performing game with awesome characters buried under a layer of fan-service. With content that will keep you busy for hours to come the game does hit a point to where you feel entirely satisfied with what you have accomplished. It has enough trophy support for a competition freak, like myself, to be satisfied with jumping right back in for another play through; the other added benefit is being able to start with a different set of girls this time. Yes I switched off and on, but I always a had a reliable group to fall back on. Now the game is only available on the PS Vita physically from Gamestop as well as through other popular stores depending on your country! The game was released September 23rd for the EU and will release for the US on October 11th!
Playstation Country: 4/5
Ultimately you’ve already decided if you’re willing to have this game on your Vita. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the final product though I’m not going to be playing it in front of anyone anytime soon. If you like JRPGs and aren’t put off by the questionable concept then I don’t think you require any more motivation. If you do, I’ll bring the brush and you bring the bubbles.
Playstation Lifestyle: 7.5/10
If you can look past the sadomasochism theme (and I won’t blame anyone who can’t as it constantly irked me the wrong way) then you’ll find a redeeming RPG. The star of Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is its battle system, which is a fun twist on turn-based gaming. While I wish it was in a different game, for now I’ll have to stoop to spanking girls that clearly don’t enjoy it in order to experience it.
Pocket Gamer: 7/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a slight improvement on the original Criminal Girls: Invite Only, but it's equally marred by its overindulgence in indecent minigames that will put off a large proportion of players.
Press Play Media: 5.6/10
Obviously games like this are made with a certain target group in mind, but Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors feels like a niche within a niche. Interacting with teenage anime girls in this fashion felt less than comfortable for me personally, even though I had no trouble playing games like Akiba’s Strip or the Senran Kagura games. I guess I have reached the limits of my comfort zone here.
And that is Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors. It is certainly better than the first one. The graphics are absolutely superb, and some players will get a kick out of all the imagery. The story is quite interesting, and the dungeon crawling elements are fun. Did I have fun playing the game for my Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors review? Certainly. Where there some elements that I didn’t like due to the game’s nature? Definitely. But that doesn’t mean I can appreciate what the game does right. If you liked the first game in the series, then you’re going to slowly crawl towards it and like it.
PS4Blog.net: 8.2/10 (A surprisingly good JRPG)
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors was quite a surprise, turning out to be a far better JRPG than we initially thought. The battle system and the core mechanics are near perfect, and there was nothing getting in our way of enjoying the game. We mentioned that the boss fights were a bit long to beat, but this isn’t a deal breaker and will definitively please some gamers. The game is fully voice acted with Japanese audio and is subtitled in English text.
The Motivation sequences will, however, sadly not be to the taste of every gamer, so if you can’t stand those, this game will definitely not be for you – but you’ll miss all the other goodnesses this game has to offer. We had a ton o fun writing this double Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors review, and we’ll continue to push strong until we can each have that Platinum trophy in our collection!
(Ceidz) Oh, and forget about Motivating your party in the bus or while in bed, next to your wife who is trying to get some sleep. I tested it, and it’s awkward.
PS4 Attitude: 3.7/5
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors didn’t quite hook me in the same way that the first game did, but it’s a solid title with a decent story, notable character development and simple, engaging gameplay. If you were a fan of the first game then you’ll want to pick this one up, but you can start with the second game if that’s something you’d prefer to do – the games feature standalone stories and characters. The motivation mini-games and induce a red flush across anyone who’s caught playing it but this is a game I’m happy to have on my Vita and if there’s ever a third game, you can bet I’ll play it.
Push Square: 7/10 (Good)
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a niche release for sure, but it's also a solid RPG experience which is ideally suited to the Vita. If you've got Sony's handheld device and an open mind regarding how female fighters should be motivated, then this is a slice of good quality JPRG that can provide many hours of battling pleasure. Just take our advice and try not to play it in public.
R3D Playstation: 8/10
Overall, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is an improvement over Criminal Girls: Invite Only. The graphics are beautiful and look better. Gameplay has some new features and is easy to understand. Touch-Screen implementation is much better when playing on the Playstation Vita. If you play on the PSTV, you will still be able to play but will struggle a little more with the Motivational parts of the game. The story is similar, but features different girls and a few new elements. Finally, the game is censored, but not nearly as bad as the last entry in the series.
Reviews 2 Go: 7/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors improves a lot on the formula, from smoother visuals to an interesting story. There is still adult content to be considered in the SM mini-games and a couple issues with the touch controls. But, if you are wanting a grind-heavy dungeon crawler, it’s a solid experience.
Rice Digital: No Number Rating
Criminal Girls 2 is not a bad game by any means. Everything that made the original a unique and engaging title makes a return. The truly innovative combat system, the dark and brooding storyline, even the somewhat straightforward puzzles make this an RPG worth checking out. However, it ultimately lacks the amount of refinement generally associated with a sequel.
The Buttonsmashers: No Number Rating
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a game for fans of anime, and JRPGs period. It features a great 2D style, interesting gameplay mechanics, good fanservice, and a cast of unique girls who each have their own quirks like; Lily’s tsundere mannerism or Yurine’s klutzy, but likable traits. They’re all different, but not anymore complicated than your typical anime harem archetypes. This I found to be very familiar and likable, something that other fans of JRPGs or anime are more likely to also feel. Those outside of these fandom are probably not going to be able to relate, much less stomach this type of game, so if you’re not already invested in these types of games, I’d recommend giving this one a pass. The rest of you I already know you have your copy in the mail, and are just reading this to pass the time while you wait for it to arrive.
The Gamers Lounge: 4/5
Overall Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a JRPG that with many upsides. I do wish that the mini-games were more connected to the story and who knows, maybe we will see that in Criminal Girls 3. If you’re looking for a new JRPG to play then Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors should definitely be on your radar. I mean, there’s no doubt that this is the sexiest journey through Hell you’ll ever take!
The Hidden Levels: 72%
Overall, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a solid game that can appeal to fans of the JRPG Genre. If risque is not your thing, this may be a hard title to take in, but I still recommend trying it. The unique gameplay will provide a fresh look at turn-based RPG battles and the characters and story will keep you interested. Give it a chance, Criminal Girls 2 will be the most pleasurable journey you will ever take through Hell.
Use a Potion: 6.8/10 (Okay!)
There are certainly a lot better RPGs out there, but there’s something oddly charming about Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors. The battle system could frustrate whilst the grinding and difficulty spikes felt outright annoying, yet the great visuals, interesting story and entertaining character interactions made sure the experience as a whole was enjoyable.
It’s titillating, perverse and completely silly, but there’s something likable about it too. It certainly won’t be for everyone, but if you want to get some masochistic RPG action then it’s worth checking out Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors – just don’t expect any of game’s RPG mechanics to blow you away.
Video Chums: 3.4/10
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is one of the most monotonous JRPGs that I've ever played in my life. That being said, if you're excited by the idea of performing sadomasochistic acts on anime girls then you need to add this to your collection. However, those who just want a decent JRPG will definitely be disappointed in the overall experience.
Video Games Uncovered: 7/10
Overall, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is a capable enjoyable RPG, albeit one which remains far too similar to the original game. The Motivation mini games are still as engaging as ever, despite the controversial content, and the twist to the storyline with the traitor keeps you guessing right till the end thanks in part to its well written character dialogue. If you are ready to be motivated by a unique adventure for a second time, then Criminal Girls 2 is an RPG that you should definitely experience.
Volume Games: 7 (Good)
Overall, this is a okay game for those who do not mind the tediousness of a grindy JRPG. You definitely have to be in the mood for it if you want to get far in this game. Looking back, I think I judged the first one a bit harshly, mostly because of the annoying censorship and the battle mechanics. But I see the strategy in the system now and the censorship is not as prominent in this game,. But it is not a overly pretty game, save for the characters themselves. It is a long, dark bland game, but then again, it is set in Hell.