Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed (PlayStation 4) Review

By André Eriksson 07.12.2014 2

Review for Akiba

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed offers a visit to the lively streets of the electronics quarter of Akihabara, home to several videogame and Manga stores. Over the years Akihabara has transformed more into an otaku Mecca where people from far and wide go to shop for anime and meet like-minded individuals. However, will the gameplay of this title be good enough to make this a worthy trip? After Cubed3's look at the PlayStation Vita version earlier this year, now it is time to tackle to the home console edition, on PlayStation 4.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed starts off with the main protagonist getting kidnapped by an organisation after signing a contract where he basically sells his soul for Manga, videogames and special edition figurines. If this plot hook does not sound appealing, run away and run away quickly because it doesn't get any saner than this. If it sounds right, welcome to several hours of fun otaku jokes and stripping ladies.

Basically, the lead character, Nanashi, gets transformed into a vampi... erm... Synthister, which is this game's name for the classical mythological blood sucking creature. When Nanashi refuses to work with the organisation behind his transformation for any reason - ranging from not wanting to help them do evil to the fact he simply did not get the special edition figurines he was promised - he has to be saved by a mysterious girl as the head honcho tries to kill him off.

Screenshot for Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed on PlayStation 4

Nanashi gets hurt during the rescue, and for strange reason he has to drink Shizuku's blood (the mysterious girl) to heal, which most likely is solely there to satisfy someone's fetish for blood. It does get weirder, though, so hold on. Now Nanashi and Shizuku must defeat the vam...sorry, Synthisters by exposing them to their one weakness: the sun. How to do that? Easy, strip them! This also seems to be included to satisfy any perverted minds out there.

To disrobe the enemies, Nanashi must hit them on a particular area where they are currently clothed. Head, torso, legs are the areas that must be removed, and each area has its own button, so it is easy to target where to hit. However, during the fight Nanashi also has to avoid getting hit - and stripped - due to him also being a Synthister, and if someone gets completely bare, they die. When the clothes are damaged enough it is simple enough to pull them off the enemy who is left exposed to the world and, more importantly, to the sun.

Screenshot for Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed on PlayStation 4

The fighting system, which could have been fun if done right, does, however, feel like nothing more than a chore. The fun of stripping someone disappears very quickly after doing it constantly. The main selling point of this should be its take on otaku culture.

The main story of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is nothing to brag about either. The issue is that it is drawn out in all the wrong places and rushed where more story focus would have been a plus. Over half of the main story quests are about Nanashi going on patrols to find and kill Synthisters and story defining moments are only given brief moments of exploration; even the climax is extremely short and appears out of nowhere in quite a horrible way. More emphasis should have been given to story-defining missions and less on simply going out to unclothe some Synthisters.

Screenshot for Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed on PlayStation 4

The point where this game performs best is on its take on said otaku culture and its jokes and cultural references. First off, Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed takes place in Akihabara, a place where anime shops and maid cafés are located on every corner. Then there are jokes that consist mostly of references to otaku media and personalities. Here is where the true value is decided. The issue is that a lot of the jokes are references to media most might have never seen. Sometimes during the main story it is simple Internet memes anyone should have stumbled upon. Too often, though, there are extremely obscure jokes like one side-quest where the aim is to go after a "Boy's Love" fan-girl who has gone out of control and her friend wants help to make her snap out of it because she has a reputation to care about. This might, to some, seem homophobic, but it is basically a joke that is in reference to the fact that Yaoi fan-girls have a horrible habit of pairing together people in an out of character way that takes no account of how the characters in question are as persons and how they would be seen in such a relationship with that character, which in some otaku circles is extremely frowned upon. This is seen when she instantly tries to pair the hero with all male characters she sees comes by. A joke that is extremely easy to miss and be mistaken for simple homophobia if gamers are otherwise unexposed to this phenomenon. The list could go on and on…

If these jokes strike a chord, though, then this game is worth buying just for its comical value alone. Otherwise, it has no other redeeming qualities to make it worth getting. Between a perverted and boring fighting system, and an at best whimsical story without deeper meaning, this is a mediocre adventure that could have been done so much better. Not even the story is engaging as it focuses on the wrong parts while rushing through those that have any interest to the player. Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is a game that has its audience, and its audience will love it, but it completely lacks appeal to anyone else.

Screenshot for Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is not anything other than a decent game that offers nothing special beside otaku jokes and a fast visit to the Mecca of Japanese pop culture. The game could have performed so much better if the fighting system was more fun and the story did not rush through important parts. As it does do that, though, a higher score cannot be given. For any otaku out there, this is a title worth getting for its comical value and the great spot on jokes. For anyone else, however, this is a title to avoid.

Developer

Acquire

Publisher

XSEED Games

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date None   North America release date Out now   Japan release date Out now   Australian release date None   

Comments

does this still have alot of load times?  hows the frame rate?  is it stable?

The load times are still there.. Not as long though, but still interrupts the flow of the game. The frame rate is mostly stable, but sometimes decreases. I think it happened 5-6 times during my playthrough, but almost exclusively on big "random" fights when there were a lot of stuff going on. Not too bad, but nothing exceptionally good either.

The difference between illusion and reality is vague to the one who suffers from the former and questionable for the one suffering form the later.

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