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?
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
With its gameplay backed up with stylish pixelated visuals and a banging soundtrack, there’s a lot to like about Akane. It’s a game that’s easy to pick up but hard to master, fun to jump into for just a few minutes of fast-paced action whenever the urge arises. Play it for much longer, and the feeling of repetition is sure to creep in. But thanks to its budget price, you’re guaranteed to not feel short changed by what’s on offer.
A strong debut title from Ludic Studios and one to play on and off when you want a sword fight with no strings attached.
On the surface, Akane is a super difficult game that requires absolute dexterity with a controller. It has some fantastic ideas which sadly are all cancelled out by mechanics and design choices that fight against the good stuff. It looks gorgeous, and can be enjoyed in really short spurts, but unfortunately there’s just not enough substance in this game to consider recommending it above the vast array of games available on the eShop right now.
Akane contains intense action with fantastic controls but the repetitiveness of it all ends up making it a somewhat limited experience.
Akane’s break-neck pace and cyberpunk setting is not one to overlook. The lack of variety isn’t a huge issue when everything it presents is impeccable and you get as much as you put in with the game. The arcade elements make for an addictive game play loop that’ll keep you repeatedly fighting through the night.
Akane is a game made with great care, with superb gameplay and very well thought out, and a great artistic section with great predominance of cyberpunk. Its main tare is its lack of content in terms of scenarios (only one) and enemies, but a game system that encourages fast games, and a system of equipment improvements will still make the player amortize their purchase, which will also been for a very low price by today's standards.
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GREAT - QubicGames’ Akane is a game that truly emboldens the phrase, “Simple, but well executed.” While it can be lacking in depth and variety, it nails it in the categories that truly matter: gameplay, value, and most importantly… fun! For $4.99, Akane is a great addition to your Switch collection.
Akane makes for a fantastic quick-playing rogue-like game on the cheap. What it lacks in depth of story it makes up for in stuff to unlock and style. It's worth picking up if you're a fan of rogue-like games or arena-based hack-and-slash games.