2 weeks in a row! Go me! Anywhooo, this week’s game is a very…quirky title. Whenever I walked around Gamestop I would see it on the shelves staring at me, begging me to take it home and play it. So I decided to succumb to the game box’s glare and check it out. The game that I’m talking about is Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed. After playing it for a few days, 4 to be exact, here’s what I thought about this week’s #GOTW!
In Akiba’s Trip you play as a young teenage Otaku who is turned into a “vampire” or as the game likes to call them, Synthisters, by an real fucking evil corporation that just wants to take over the world by draining everyone’s energy. Real spooky, evil shit. Before this evil entity can get their claws into you, a mysterious girl saves you. After she saves your ass, she joins you and your band of friends called the Akiba Freedom Fighters and together you all set out to save the city of Akihabara from those wascally vampires.
Now these vampires do like to drink your blood and steal your energy, yet you can’t defeat them with just holy water and garlic. Nope, you gotta these vampires BUCKET NAKED. Yeah in order to win a fight against these vampires, you need to strip them down so their skin is exposed to the sunlight and they dissolve into the abyss.
Since we’re on the subject of combat, let’s talk about it. It plays like a simple beat-em-up: punch them until their health gets low. As you fight, you target 3 sections of the body, head, upper body and lower body, in an effort to get the durability low enough so you can get them BUCKED NAKED (everything is pixelated though so you won’t see any nipples or vajayjay). You can use tons of different weapons such as laptops umbrellas, fans, and other random shit; and you can also accessorize your character in a variety of ways, which is one of the things I liked a lot about the game. I’m a sucker for character customization in games too, part of the reason why love games such as Dragon Age Inquisition so much. (Insert Link).
Along with the main story missions, there are also side missions that you can go on which can range from teaching someone a lesson by beating them up, to taking pictures of people in maid outfits. Akiba’s Trip is deep into the culture of the avid anime/manga community and contains a lot of inside jokes that went over my head.
Now, this definitely is not a perfect game. As interesting as the story sounds on paper, this shit was really boring. It was like looking forward to getting Popeye’s chicken for dinner, only for someone to bring you home Church’s chicken. It was bland out the ass fam. After about the first 2 hours of playtime, I grew tired of the combat system as there wasn’t much more strategy involved other than swing, swing, swing, run away, heal yourself, and then go back swinging.
I’ve never been to Japan (hopefully one of these days I’ll get to go) so I can’t tell you how accurate Akihabara looks in comparison to its real life counterpart. However, I’ve seen pictures of shopping districts in Japan, and Akiba’s Trip does a good job of matching the atmosphere of a busy shopping district. There are stores and food places on every corner, and the streets are definitely crowded. But, looking at all this stuff isn’t aesthetically pleasing. I know that it is going for a unique look but considering that this came out after the Vita and PS3 versions of the game, more work could’ve been done to take advantage of the PS4 power. Can’t just throw in some extra features, slap a $50 price tag on it and expect someone to buy it.
Maybe. It’s a decent game, but grossly overpriced on the PS4. As I said earlier, this game won’t be up everyone’s alley, but if you’re into this sort shit by all means play it. Don’t pay $50 for it though. Rent it from Gamefly or buy it for much cheaper on the PS3. To keep up to date with my random games of the week, sign up for the D Plays Games newsletter. I promise I’ll send you new post updates and the occasional cute puppy picture.