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Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

53

Top Critic Average

29%

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Based on 36 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCJul 20, 2021
Nintendo SwitchJul 20, 2021
PlayStation 4Jul 20, 2021

Developer: ACQUIRE

Publishers: XSEED Games, Marvelous USA

Genres: Fighting, Action, Arcade, RPG

Take a trip back to the origin of a series that will knock more than just your socks off! In AKIBA’S TRIP, players expose vampiric creatures called Shadow Souls to deadly sunlight by liberating them of their clothes. Now, a fully remastered version of the original “Strip Action RPG” is coming to the West for the first time. Following the success of AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, which was released as AKIBA’S TRIP 2 in Japan and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, AKIBA’S TRIP: Hellbound & Debriefed completely rebuilds the first title in a modern engine, bringing back the beat-’em-up, strip-’em-down gameplay fans know and love in a rich HD setting based on Japan’s famous geek paradise, Akihabara, circa 2011. KEY FEATURES: •Playful Reimagining of Japan’s Electronics Mecca Take a virtual tour of 2011’s Akihabara district recreated in painstaking detail, complete with accurate street layouts and shops based on real businesses operating at the time. •Fight Like a Nerd Wield an arsenal of replicas, collectibles, and other amusing objects as you humiliate vampires into submission, all while wearing a stylish array of customizable clothes and costumes. •Your Choices Matter Choose which faction to support in the fight for Akihabara and watch as your decisions affect the course of the story, culminating in one of several different endings. •Full Dual Audio Enjoy hours of voiced-over banter in your choice of English or the original Japanese.

Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed Critic Reviews

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Most of the time, though, it’s like playing a stripped-down version of Yakuza. You wander a Japanese neighborhood, shop, do side-quests, build up your character, much like in that venerated series. But then the combat sucks and the story is poorly paced. On the other hand, I can’t deny it grew on me. It feels like one of those janky, Japanese, early PS2 titles like Mr. Mosquito or Robot Alchemic Drive. It might not be the most fun to play, but it’s unique enough to captivate.

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Hellbound & Undressed has elements fans will enjoy, and if you dig, you can find quirky and interesting things here, but if it catches you having too much fun, be prepared to have that stripped from you like a finely quaffed set of Shadow Soul clothes. This game is a constant chore to enjoy and should be reserved for the folks that really want to see where the series began.

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God is a Geek

Lyle Carr
2 / 10.0
God is a Geek

Between lackluster combat, outdated graphics and the horrendous stripping mechanic, it's very hard to think of a reason to recommend Akiba's Trip: Hellbound and Debriefed.

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There's a fair amount of side-quest stuff to do such as playing mini-games in the maid café or helping out locals with their problems, although none of it is particularly innovative or memorable. There are also loads of different quirky weapons and hundreds of different clothing options to collect. Roaming around Akihabara while wielding a keyboard and wearing a Gundam cosplay made out of cardboard boxes is kinda fun, despite how average the game is overall.

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