Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed Reviews
Combine Undead & Undressed's disturbing sexuality and sexism with its poor graphics and combat and $50 price tag, you get a game that not only should definitely not be purchased, but probably never should have been made in the first place. If you want to spend money on the PlayStation Store this week to take part in the spend $100, get $15 back deal that is currently going on, I would advise you to spend money on anything at all besides this game. You'll thank me later.
The PS4 version of Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed does carry some extra features (like Twitch chat integration, and modifiable visual filters), but none of it alters the core – a funny idea embedded in mediocre combat. Endearing character interactions allow you to overlook some of the mechanical elements, but the rampant sexualisation drags the whole thing down.
Even if you can tolerate the inane stripping mechanic, Akiba's Trip does little with its battle system or narrative to warrant your time.
My final opinion and score for this game really comes down to the audience. If you are a fan of Japanese pop culture, or you are an otaku yourself, you are sure to find something to love in this game.
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed features a clever story, but its repetitive combat and bland graphics make it hard to recommend.
Akiba's Trip is a weird game. Bringing it to the PS4 didn't change that, in fact it just made it more peculiar. There is certainly an audience for this type of brawler, but it is a niche one for sure. If Pantynado sounds appealing to you, this game might be in your wheelhouse. Otherwise I would steer clear of its mediocre combat, and limited world to explore.
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.
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is a strange game that might satisfy the anime faithful. The technical elements are mediocre at best (even worse when compared with the best the PlayStation 4 has to offer), the story is absurd, and the gameplay mechanic is original yet flawed. I'd say the game was only about a 5 on PS3 or Vita and the better frame rate and new features in the PS4 version are worth another point.
Akiba's Trip is a funny old chestnut; it manages to have a lead mechanic that would make most discerning gamers turn their noses up in air, and yet it delivers that mechanic in a fun story shell that fully understands where the decency line is while working hard throughout to successfully lampoon most tropes and stereotypes of otaku culture that you could probably think of. It's certainly not a joke game, and the writing quality does elevate it for those who have an appreciation of the material that is being targeted, but the whole combat mechanic becomes so tiresome so quickly that you can't help but wish the game could have been shorter, the story more focused, instead of the more positive elements of the game losing some of their sheen from hiding behind the rest of it.
If you're accustomed to the themes and genres that the anime world offers and you want a humorous and customizable beat 'em up game, feel free to look into Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed.
Although not the most aesthetically appealing game, the strong writing and weird non sequiturs make Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed an engaging enough experience. The combat system could use some refining but you'll plow ahead just to reach the resolution of the story. The RPG elements aren't as deep as some may like but, for someone who comes from a Final Fantasy/ Legend of Zelda background there's enough here to keep gamers invested for the game's duration.
If you can hunt down a demo or rental, giving it a chance isn't a waste of time. There are enough positives so it's worth a look, even if I doubt most will want to see the game through to completion. I'd love to see developer Acquire refocus its efforts into something more substantial, and I hopefully the lackluster combat here remains the exception, and not the rule, for future Acquire-developed titles.
Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed is on the cusp of being something special on nearly every front, but thorough mediocrity can be just as damning as incompetence. It exploits a few of my weaknesses – namely anime wackiness and widely customizable outfits – and anyone with similar vulnerabilities will find themselves with a similar added affection for it, but strictly on technical merit it leaves something to be desired with its short draw distance, load time issues, and overly simple systems. Unless you're a particular fan of the concept behind it, this is a decent but safely skippable title.
Akiba's Trip is made for the people who love otaku culture, the combat system is simple and fun but can be a bit irritating at times when crowds of enemies gang up on you, but for the most part, it's enjoyable and rewarding. With a wide range of weapons to use, clothes to wear, side missions to complete and multiple endings to view, there is a lot of reasons to pick it up even after you've finished your first play-through.
If you really want to play Akiba's Trip, you've probably already picked it up. The PS4 version does improve, but the limitations of previous systems really hold it back from being the best it could be. If I could go, Basque, I would play this on a handheld, it just doesn't feel right on a home console. Is it a good game? Corset is! It just doesn't warrant a premium price for a portable game. It's still a great nod to otaku culture and is filled with both clever and not-so-subtle jokes, and if you can look past its flaws as a PS4 title you'll enjoy its depth and atmosphere.
It's very hard to describe a game like Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed. It's got its highlights, but there are some major flaws to consider before buying.
Despite the lack of tightening up the original game's flaws, the PS4 version of Akiba's Trip is without question the definitive version, thanks to a smoother graphical performance and a few other extras to round out the already robust package.
Enhanced visuals and broadcast interactivity easily make this the definitive version, but it's disappointing that Acquire didn't do more with the console's more powerful hardware. The developers have somehow managed to play it safe with what seemed destined to be a zany, inappropriate and devilish experience.
While it may have its fair share of shortcomings, like its clunky combat and relatively few places to visit, there is plenty of here to to enjoy such as the high degree of customization and a script that the translators appeared to have a lot of fun working with. That along with the strong presentation, beautiful art design, and slick UI, there's plenty here to enjoy and a definite purchase if you're big into otaku culture. For everyone else, you may want to consider your options a little more carefully more before diving in.
Akiba's Trip can easily be mistaken for what it's satirizing, but beneath that façade is an intelligent game with a surprisingly noble purpose.