Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors To Receive a Western Release Later This Year


Publisher NIS America have today announced that Criminal Girls 2: Party Favours, the sequel to the previously released Criminal Girls: Invite Only, will be released onto the PS Vita during Septemebr within Europe and America.

Specifically NIS America are expecting the game to be released on the 20th September 2016 (America) and 23rd September 2016 (Europe); but just like it’s predecessor the game will be released with some minor amends and censorship that falls in line with the previous game. The reason for this censorship is so that the game can be ‘approved’ by ratings boards as some of the content is quite sexualised; as the NISA Blog explains.

1 – Redrawn art.

We had a bit more time to work on this title. We didn’t want to make any alterations to the game that would be jarring to the experience or feel “off,” so we worked with the original artist of the game who redrew the art for the Motivation scenes that might have caused issues due to their explicit nature. We didn’t want the game experience to change though, so we are also investing the extra effort into incorporating Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors’s unique Live 2D effect into the new art.

2 – Terminology changes.

As with the first in the series, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, “Punishment” will be framed as “Motivation,” and other terminology changes from the first game will also apply here. There may be a few other translation changes as well. This reduces the power distance between the player character and the girls in the Reformation Program and makes the activities of the game more consensual.

3 – No native language dialogue.

Like with Criminal Girls: Invite Only, we will not be dubbing the game in English. The game’s text will be in English, but the spoken dialogue will be the original Japanese voice track.

4 – No Motivation scene dialogue.

Some of this could cause an issue with power distance, or perceived consent of the activities of the game. This dialogue also represented a technical challenge to localization, because there are no subtitles. Thus, another reason this dialogue was removed was to avoid a situation of no text to accompany several lines of untranslated Japanese being spoken.

Strictly speaking its just some minor amends to make sure the game can safely be released on a global scale; but as always the news of ‘censorship’ will be sure to disappoint some people.

Everything that made the original game so quesitonable will remain in it’s sequel and in addition to the original gameplay mechanics in the first game, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors implements a brand new skill tree that will allow you to guide the growth of the girls along either S or M path known as the Coaching System! It’s an amusing game; and you can find out more about its ‘story’ in the synopsis below.

Return to the depths of Hell and guide a brand new group of delinquents through the Reformation Program. This time around, there’s a twist. One of the girls in your group of seven isn’t quite what she seems. As you journey through the Hell Spire, you’ll have to deal with the seeds of mistrust as you struggle to unite your team and overcome their sings and the bonds of damnation. Uncover each girl’s unique story, and shape them into the women they need to be in order to find redemption.

Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors will be released exclusively onto the PS Vita during September as both a retail release and digital download onto the Playstation Network.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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