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Akiba's Beat is both a stellar role-playing experience and a heartfelt yarn with bite. One of 2017's best RPGs so far, and a new personal favourite.
While the game might not be better than its peers, it would fare better if it were judged separately.
Akiba’s Beat is a strong entry in the series, and one that I absolutely prefer over the previous ones. It’s a shame that the game received such poor critical reception, because I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an addicting battle system, fun and engaging story, and interesting characters. There are some negatives that can’t be ignored though, such as the amount of backtracking required, the times when the story just falls flat and isn’t as interesting as other portions, and not streamlining other features. All of that aside though, I still found enough enjoyable with Akiba’s Beat, and hopefully the series will continue on and continue to get even better!
Akiba's Beat is a music based combat game that rarely misses a note. When it does miss, however, it loses its beat.
At the end of the day Akiba’s Beat is an alright JRPG, even if it gets by mostly by just ticking the boxes in the checklist for all games in the genre.
Your experience is less about the thrill of the fight, and more about watching characters you love annihilate enemies in creative and spectacular ways.
You'll spend far more of your time watching cutscenes then you will exploring dungeons and defeating enemies, so while the combat system is quite basic, the eclectic mix of characters and twisting storylines will hold your interest through to the end. Thus, if you think of Akiba's Beat as a visual novel with some light gameplay elements instead of thinking of it as an action RPG, then you'll probably enjoy it a whole lot more.
For all of its noticeable issues, Acquire's risk to try something new in Akihabara pays off.
Akiba's Beat may not set the JRPG world on fire but it is quirky enough to enjoy.
If you can appreciate a trope-filled homage to Japan’s nerd culture as a whole, Tales and Persona-style gameplay, and enjoy a game with plenty of dialogue, then this one’s for you.