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Akane

Ludeon Studios
Sep 10, 2018 - PC, Nintendo Switch
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

63%

Critics Recommend

TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
COGconnected
70 / 100
Critical Hit
8.5 / 10
Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Screen Rant
4 / 5
FNintendo
7 / 10
Pure Nintendo
9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Akane

Akane is a sleek, stylish arena fighter that feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch. The simplicity of its premise and the stylish presentation are equally matched by its fun one-more-go gameplay. Akane is a game that does one thing and does it exceptionally well; its biggest flaw is that there simply isn't enough of it. Give me more damn it!

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Akane is the kind of game you pick thinking is going to be just a minute... And hours (and many tries) later you realize you are hooked. I mean, how would yo say no to a mix of katanas, cyberpunk and pixel-art?

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Akane is unapologetically fast, tough, and challenging. It’s setting and general yakuza/cyberpunk themes mesh incredibly well together in telling the player everything they need to know about the games’ last stand.

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Akane always ends in violence, bloodshed and the death of the titular hero. It's the journey towards that inevitable conclusion, that makes this retro-styled experience one of the finest examples of its genre as it deftly weaves a subtle strategy with some of the tightest action on the market today.

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While it might not share the intricate levels and levelling up mechanics of Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition, Akane balances out its lack of topographical variety with a simple yet challenging set of rolling objectives and an increasingly tough variety of enemies to slay

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Another potential hurdle for Akane is that it takes place in a single square level and requires players to defeat the same enemies ad infinitum, which runs the risk of getting stale. Thankfully it's an intriguing gameplay experience, so players may not play it for long sittings but the desire to jump back in later is strong. One impression that came up time and again while playing is that this game would be perfect for mobile, with its limited setting, simple controls, and "jump in and play" mentality. While Akane is unfortunately not available on mobile platforms, it's made a solid transition to consoles and is well worth picking up.

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Akane's gameplay mechanics and very simple experience coupled with its variety of objectives and highscore system means this game will easily grab the player's attention and become an easy go-to work for quick and short-term gaming sessions. Akane fares less well on a long-term basis, as its gameplay start becoming repetitive after a while but it has more than enough value to be something fun and enjoyable when it comes to a pick up and play experience.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

Akane is a delightful twin-stick shooter that focuses primarily on melee combat, and wants the player to use their firearms sparingly. Mix this with the delightful graphics and upgrades, and there is a lot of fun to be had with this game.

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