Last year, NIS America released a localised version of Criminal Girls Invite Only, the PlayStation Vita remake of Criminal Girls for the PSP. It focused on a young man who was guiding a group of girls through the depths of hell in order to reform their ways. The game had been localised to remove most of the erotic content, and we gave it a good reception in our review here at VGU. Announced shortly after the English release of the remake, Criminal Girls 2 Party Favors offers more of the same, albeit with small twists along the way.
The start of the game begins like the original, where you play as an amnesiac young man who is the sole caretaker of another group of delinquent girls. After enlisting most of the group to join you so they can be redeemed, your task seems to take a dramatic turn when the hierarchy of Hell is compromised, and you and your parolees are forced down into its depths. During the commotion, you discover that an unknown traitor is hidden within your group. Your new journey is now to rescue the girls, also known as Delinquents, whilst at the same time uncovering the true identity of the one who betrayed your loyalty. The addition of a traitor is undeniably cliché, but without this plot twist, the game would too similar to Criminal Girls Invite Only. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is fortunate that the developers decided to mix things up, rather than playing it safe with a carbon copy of its older sibling.