Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

November 25, 2014

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Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is an open-world action RPG in which players undertake numerous missions in a virtual recreation of Akihabara, Tokyo's popular ”Electric Town” district. The player's goal is to identify vampires called “Synthesizers” with the help of an in-game smartphone app, then engage them in battle to strip their clothes off so their bodies are fully exposed to sunlight. Boasting a unique combat system in which everyday objects become weapons, multiple story routes, a varied cast of characters based on common anime and video game tropes and a narrative dripping with social satire and subtle nods to Japanese pop culture, Akiba's Trip is a present-day supernatural adventure for the gamer in all of us.

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  • Developer(s):
    • Acquire
  • Publisher(s):
    • Xseed Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 25, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • Akiba's Trip

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 4GB Minimum
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 28 Hours
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Welcome to the world of 'Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed". This game was developed by Acquire and published by XSEED Games across all of the great SONY consoles. The 'Trip' released for the PlayStation 4 in 2015 and it instantly became one of the most intriguing titles on the platform. The game promises a combination of a slew of different genres and it puts them all to the test in a package that is really quite beautiful, replete with classic anime art stylings. The game is a sequel to the game 'Akiba's Trip' though it is not considered a must play in order to enjoy the series.

So what's this game about?

Well, to accurately discuss 'Akiba' we have to accept the fact that there are some pretty strange video games out there in the world. This game, which plays like a beat 'em up mixed with a JRPG, has a pretty insane premise. You start the game located in Akihabara, a popular shopping hub in Tokyo. It is here that you find out that there is a whole other world that exists beneath your own. There is a race of vampire and zombie like creatures that prey on the living. They suck out their energy and let them live, left behind as a shell of a creature. The only way these creatures can be defeated is by being put into direct sunlight. Obviously this plays off of the vampire myth and that isn't that odd, to be honest. What is odd is how thorough the sunlight has to be applied. In the game you are put into encounters with different 'creatures' and the only way to 'reveal them to sunlight' is to strip them off. This leads to a bounty of fanservice as the many different, cute, anime women are stripped down in the game. It's bizarre, it's Japan, it works.

You are a man by the name of Nanashi. You are considered an otaku (outsider) at your high school and you are in love with the Akihabara. One day you are kidnapped by the Magaimono Organization, the gang of evil beings behind the vampires and zombies, and there they try to perform some pretty crazy experiments on you. Fortunately you escape, but not before being turned into a 'Synthister'. A Synthister is just another name for the zombie/vampire creatures we discussed above.

So that is the scope of the game. You are tasked with uncovering the goings on inside of the Magaimono Organization while simultaneously avoiding being stripped in battle. You'll do plenty of stripping yourself as you face off against the hordes of enemies that will come after you.

So how does the game look?

'Akiba's Trip' is a gorgeous game and there are some optimizations that make sense. We have a semi cel shaded style of artwork that is juxtaposed against the iconic style of modern anime characters. The girls are beautiful, the eyes are huge, and the men are slightly androgynous. The colors of the game pop off of the screen and we quickly find ourselves reveling in the fictionalized version of Tokyo that we are forced to play through and, eventually, save.

What are some PS4 improvements?

The fact that the game was so popular on an older generation of console should make many prospective buyers raise an eyebrow. If it worked so well on the PS3, why bothering what could be considered a cash grab of a port? There are a few upgrades that make the purchase worth it. Loading times have been dramatically reduced and they no longer slow down the rhythm of the game. Instead of waiting for 10, 15, seconds you are only waiting for a fraction of that amount. Without fearing the poor loading times of the old version of the game you are more free to explore the fascinating Akihabara at will.

As well as loading faster, the game looks ever better than it did before. The game has upgraded the draw distance so that you can see even more of the city than ever before. You truly feel like an ant wandering through a colony of other ants as you traverse the city. With this smoothness in graphics comes a smoothness in fighting. The game plays like a knife through hot butter, no complaints.

A few neat features.

The PS4 version of 'Akiba's Trip' gives users the ability to go in and edit the world that they will inhabit. Open up the 'Visual Editor' in order to manually change how the world looks around you. Change colors, sharpness, saturation, and so much more in order to make the game exist how you want it to. This could lead to a whole array of fascinating artistic choices for those inclined to give the editor a shot.

PSN has also managed to add in a streaming service to 'Akiba's Trip' that allows users to stream to their audiences all over the globe. A nice wrinkle in this feature is that the original gamer can call in back up from his or her viewers and they can contribute in real time during the game.

The last feature that we will discuss is the 'Toybox Mode'. In the Toybox mode you can set the game to have unlocked all of the special weapons and items available without having to actually work for them on your own. This is a fun and quirky way to add some longevity, though it shouldn't be the first experience that anyone has.

'Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed' on the PlayStation 4 is a neat little title that pushes for weirdness in a genre that will allow it. While a ton of people will raise an eyebrow to the style of the game and the prevalence of almost-nudity, others will be completely unfazed. The game plays well and has a slew of special features to keep even the most hard to focus gamer coming back. We strongly recommend 'Akiba's Trip' to gamers looking for an odd JRPG to add to their collection.

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