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Criminal Girls: Invite Only is Tantalizing PS Vita on February 3rd, Premium Edition Revealed

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NIS America has confirmed the release date for their risque PlayStation Vita dungeon crawler, Criminal Girls: Invite Only.

The game is coming to PS Vita on February 3rd in North America and on February 6th in Europe. For those who missed the censorship debacle, you can read more about that here. A physical and digital release is confirmed for both territories.

Check out some brand new screenshots below:

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A premium edition for the game (see the header image) was also revealed, which comes with a special box, a secret diary art booklet, the official soundtrack, and a copy of the game. The premium edition will cost $51.99, and it’s available on the NIS America online store. The standard edition is only $39.99, so you might as well pony up for the premium edition.

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43 comments
  1. sanic
    sanic
    November 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Should I just suck it off and buy this I want it, I think I’ll send an email communicating my purchase is not an endorsement of the censorship.

  2. Phelan
    Phelan
    November 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Huh…. shame I’d rather have htol#niq instead of Criminal Girls :(

    Oh NISA :/ why did you decide to do something that stupid. There was a reason why Child Of Light was sold with retail in EU and not in NA, simply because those games sell better in EU :/

  3. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    November 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    That’s a pretty box.

    I read over the censorship article. Am I the only one thinking removing the voices makes it more creepy rather than less? Now they’re just laying/standing/sitting there, silently taking it.

  4. Pyrotek85
    Pyrotek85
    November 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Yeah unfortunately not buying it won’t send the message that censorship is bad, but more likely that you’re not interested in the title/genre itself.

  5. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    November 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t like Nisa and I don’t like censorship so I’m passing on this (when it otherwise looks interesting) but hopefully whoever else gets it enjoys it. Maybe I’ll import it sometime.

  6. Weeb
    Weeb
    November 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Learn my lesson with NISA after Rhapsody DS. They are the Ubisoft of Japanese game localizations.

  7. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    November 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This title gives me mix feelings. Im all for fan-service games being sold and available in western markets, however Im not in favor of censorship and Im not a fan of loli’s; so I’ll be passing on this game. Shame though as it looks like NIS went all out on the special eddition packaging.

  8. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I would never buy anything NIS touched its grubby, little censoring hands on. What they did to this title was borderline…. criminal.

  9. patyos
    patyos
    November 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    omg this game if only it was pc

  10. Sean Anderson
    Sean Anderson
    November 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    To be fair it’s not exactly their fault. NISA is only censoring so that they can sell the games in the American market.

  11. hubert
    hubert
    November 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Or you could buy an import and send them a pic on twitter to suck it. Cause really removing fanservice from a fanservice game is like going to a brothel to hug the whores or to a mc donalds to eat the salad

  12. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    You really think they would be unable to sell this on the american market? They still would, only with a harsher rating. The problem here is NISA basically trying to take a niche game where fanservice is part of a core mechanic and neuter it to a wider public. This reeks of stupidity since you may very well end up alienating the ones that DO want to play it as it was intended while not attracting a significantly high number of newcomers.

    I could see this as being a problem in the age where retail was king (with them refusing to stock some things), but we are knee deep in the digital age, so they could very well sell it in the playstation store.

    Also, NISA is, in general, a terrible company to support. I’d rather support Anita’s patreon than buy a single game they release. Here is their incomplete dossier (attached here and with imgur link if it doesn’t load):

    http://imgur.com/8vRDswn

    They also have a pechant for lying. That Hyouk guy said in his forums both that he did the changes to reach a wider audience as well as he didn’t do it to get more people on board, only to get a less harsh rating.

    Bonus: Take a look at their hubris and see if you can stomach supporting these guys:

    http://nisamerica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=92&t=13487&p=788036#p788036

    NISA – Not even once. Not even used.

  13. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 25, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Fortunately, you can buy similar games like Akiba Strip from different publishers (Based XSEED) and reinforce the part of “I want no goddamn censorship and I will reward companies that don’t bow to it”. Eventually they will get it.

  14. Guest
    Guest
    November 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    NISA is like a waiter who spits in your food

  15. Sean Anderson
    Sean Anderson
    November 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Oh wow it really is worse than I thought.
    Thanks for the information.

  16. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    It wasn’t really retail though just a limited edition box with a download code.

  17. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    No eventually they’ll just stop releasing this kind of game altogether and since it’s a Nippon Ichi own game no one else will release it either in the west. That’s the more likely outcome.

    It’ll be interesting to see weather Idea Factory will censor the sequel to Monster Monpiece when they bring it over.

  18. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Since there not really taking anything important out of the game for the western release just the voices. Heck they done that in the past even when censorship wasn’t involved (see… Wild Arms: Alter Code F)

    I’ll be getting it no problem, looks like a lot of fun.

  19. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yep. Like UBI Soft they release some really good games.

  20. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    When everyone else’s uncensored games are selling in the west except Nippon Ichi games, I’d wager they might start doing some soul searching as to why that is happening.

  21. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I get the feeling the impact isn’t as big as you think.

    It’s been many years since Mugen Souls and there still doing just fine in the west.

  22. darke
    darke
    November 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    That are full of bugs that either take months to get fixed if ever.

    Witness The Witch and the Hundred Knight bug never to be fixed (I encountered this and basically had to stop playing it due to frustration.). Mugen Souls Z that took months for what was an obvious bugs that other companies seem to be able to get fixed in a week.

    Not to mention some of their games get ‘extreme’ localisations, which don’t really match the original (Trinity Universe specifically annoyed me with this).

    I know there’s lists out there with even more of their issues, but these are the ones that I’ve specifically encountered this year, which is basically their entire output I’ve purchased. :(

  23. Weeb
    Weeb
    November 25, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    They released some really good games, in the past.

    Now they just release broken messes. Nisa gets questionable localization changes thrown in the mix to go along with major bugs in games that weren’t present in the original japanese release.

  24. landlock
    landlock
    November 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I guess I’m a pretty lucky gamer because Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity on the XB1 are running well at least the single player which is all I’ve tried. Far Cry 4 is fantastic BTW. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is also fine.

    Well there’s a fair few NISA games I’ve yet to play and are in my backlog. I don’t remember that many bugs. Ar Tonelico II being the biggest/most annoying one.

    I don’t take things to seriously though you know. I’m a glass half full kind of person. There usually a way around most things. I do remember Blazing Souls by Aksys Games having a few bugs as well though.

  25. GDI
    GDI
    November 26, 2014 at 2:19 am

    OT I missed Mcdonalds salad shakers >_<

  26. Phelan
    Phelan
    November 26, 2014 at 4:00 am

    … funny because I do have Child of Light retail edition.

    The only code included in nice box is for DLCs. The game is 100% on cartridge. You sure that you are talking about Vita version?

  27. landlock
    landlock
    November 26, 2014 at 4:03 am

    No the PS4/PS3 version. Honestly I thought they were all the same. I stand corrected. :)

  28. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

    One the one hand, the game looks interesting and the premium edition looks nice. On the other hand, I’m against censorship and don’t want to support that nonsense. And back to the first hand, the censorship this time was more fog and removal of voices during one of the minigames making the censorship relatively minor this time.

    I’m still leaning on the “I’ll pass” side of the argument but I won’t deny that I’m tempted.

  29. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 26, 2014 at 5:09 am

    If they stop releasing the games like you said but still see other competitors selling them like hotcakes, then, in your scenario, I can see them caring very much.

  30. landlock
    landlock
    November 26, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Not if there Nippon Ichi titles it’s them or no one like Criminal Girls and with Xseed saying there going to pull away from fanservice heavy games.

  31. landlock
    landlock
    November 26, 2014 at 6:44 am

    It’s not like I didn’t believe you but nice you even got a manual.

  32. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    You don’t get it – if they see “oh, uncensored games sell well, huh”, then the parent company may very well push for NISA to cut down on the excessive censoring and feature cutting to appeal to a wider audience / get Teen ratings or whatever is they may be gunning for.

    All those companies want filthy gaijin money badly.

  33. landlock
    landlock
    November 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Honestly I don’t think sells are really effected that much by the censorship to be honest. It’s just a vocal few. Otherwise they would have tried to stop already. How many years has it been since Mugen Souls was released?

    Didn’t it stop them releasing and censoring Mugen Souls Z? Did it stop them censoring Criminal Girls?

  34. Alistair
    Alistair
    November 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hi everybody I’m been playing non-stop but had to follow up with my other post late last night NISA mod posted it was duo audio from Amazon listing.

    But the bad news it is Not, they posted a screencap that look like less steam to the suppose more steam as part of the heavy edits by NISA.

    I said on NISA would CG tilt it to AO what is the trigger for it is it sex & extreme violence or really extreme porn eg. Hardcore (HENTAI)

    There has been a few games NA got that got both extreme violence & sexual themes in them.

    God of war, & the sex intercorse will fully Breasts in red dead rep both added with extreme violence & still it did not tilt into AO.

    Next what is level of violence we be seeing in GC that too consider what rating it get.

    Mild > Moderate > strong > extreme. If the punishment is just strong with sex themes it would get a PEGI 16.

    Old BBFC gives strong violence a 15.

    Senrans are out uncensored in NA with Japanese audio intact, but in CG the same mini game by touching the girls via vita screen will be done with audio on mute.

    So I was hoping they change of heart but appartly it still heavy edit verison.

    Good job my Japanese import coming soon

  35. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The point is how much they are losing by going that route. Selling X may be excellent, but X + Y is always better, and most companies are all about maximizing profit.

  36. landlock
    landlock
    November 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Aye but they wouldn’t have released them at all without the censorship and that is 0. Loli characters are always going to be a problem.

  37. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    November 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    They wouldn’t, but maybe in the future once they got convinced there is more money to be made by preserving game content and game mechanics they would.

    I’m doing my part by not purchasing NISA games and giving money to other companies instead.

  38. Alistair
    Alistair
    November 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Also if you mean lolis there are in senrans & both are more bolded then the CG when it comes to sexual visual & they both uncensored.

    Conception-2 has lolis age 16 upwards & the game state the age of the girls 1 girl is rather qustionable for her age. The game also joke about loli in the text speaker by a NPC.

    that was a PEGI-12 & again uncensored.

    Demon-gaze had 2 lolis in a bath scene her bum can be seen. & yup demon-gaze was uncensored too not as raunchy as senrans & CG but still quite acceptable.

  39. darke
    darke
    November 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    But have you noticed the backlash has gotten bigger each time? I didn’t hear about Mugen Souls until after the fact. Mugen Souls Z I tripped over mostly in comments rather then saw articles about it. MonMon there was a stronger pushback, I saw a couple of articles, and much more ‘media’ attention as to what was being censored and why.

    Criminal Girls really hit a nerve and there was a strong, vitriolic backlash. Multiple articles almost everywhere, people dredging up the history of NISA censorship lists that I’d never seen before, people contacting ESRB and other rating boards to get their opinion.

    NISA have gotten a very public flogging on this in the only place it matters, all over the internet where gamers congregate who actually buy these games. We’re not the CoD crowd who just pre-order without thinking, we’re actually interested in these sort of niche titles that don’t get much presence on mainstream gaming sites, so we have to pay attention to these smaller sites for info, and that’s where all the ‘vocalness’ is.

  40. darke
    darke
    November 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Censored audio; censored artwork; and also expected censored story/dialogue given what they were saying.

    Getting it is fine, just don’t assume that all you’re missing is some voices.

  41. bf313
    bf313
    November 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Never bought a limited edition from NISA before but that package looks like a great deal, and i’m a sucker for art books! Really excited to play this for more than just the fanservice.

  42. artemisthemp
    artemisthemp
    December 8, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Looks like EU ain’t getting this LE.

    That bring the US exclusive LE to 3 ½ (Fairy Fencer F green Cover)