A couple of months ago I bought PlayStation Vita and Akiba’s Trip was one of the first games I got myself for the system (one of the reasons why I haven’t been posting as much). Since the game revolves around the otaku culture and is in general what I would call an “anime game”, I thought that I’d give my thoughts on it now that I’ve finished it for the first time (4 more times to go in order to get all of the endings/trophies).
Note: This wannabe review contains some spoilers, read at your own discretion.
The game takes place in Akihabara, Japan (Akiba for short). It follows you, as the otaku protagonist (duh!) who gets captured by an underground organization and turned into a Synthister (some kind of modern-day vampire creature). In the first few minutes of the game you get rescued by Shizuku and she follows you to MOGRA bar where you meet up with your friends (Akiba Freedom Fighters) and from that point on you’re trying to uncover the reason behind Synthister attacks around Akiba. Story and plot aren’t the strong points of Akiba’s Trip, but despite that it’s enjoyable and interesting enough to keep you playing.
The game is rather short, having only a handful of story missions. However, it does have some other activities that you can do to extend your playtime and make your character more powerful and fabulous (e.g. side quests, battle arena, sister’s quests…). I have to mention that all quests and side activities are either really fun and most of them have hilarious stories; From playboys picking up girls to idols rioting on the streets of Akiba.
Akiba’s Trip shines when it comes to character customization. You can customize your character with bunch of different clothing, accessories and even change your character’s model on your second playthrough. However, this clothing system has one major flaw and that is that no matter how far you are in the game, opponents don’t drop better clothing meaning that you’ll most likely stick to the clothes you’ve upgraded (via your sister’s ability) throughout the entire game.
Another great thing about Akiba’s Trip is the atmosphere. While you’re running around the city you will see advertisements on giant TVs and get handed real-life fliers for stores around Akiba. I believe that it captures the otaku’s fantasy of Akiba really well and if Akiba is half of what I’ve seen in this game, I’ll be screaming like a little girl when I visit it.
The biggest issue I had with the game has to be the frame rate. It was consistently dropping, especially when there were several characters on-screen and during intense fights where there were a lot of particle effects. The sad thing is that there’s always several characters on-screen, because the game is trying to capture the busy streets of Akiba and most of the time you’re fighting with several opponents meaning that each fight is intense. If this would be any other game, I would go back to the store and ask for a refund, but luckily for the game, I’ve enjoyed it despite of the frame rate issues.
All in all, Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is a fun little 3D brawler game. I suggest it to anyone who’s a fan of anime, visual novels and/or manga to give it a go. I would suggest getting the PlayStation 3 version which (I assume) should have less frame rate issues due to being a more powerful machine.