So many of us love the fantasy aspect of video games where we enter another world unlike ours, although some games still aim to emulate the real world. Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed does exactly that as it takes place in a virtual Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan, except with a much more fantastical, silly, and thoroughly perverted premise. Seriously, it’s pretty perverted, but the hilarity of it all makes it cross the threshold of offensiveness and more in the satirical. And it needs that. Without the tongue-in-cheek humor, the premise of this game would just be flat-out creepy. The premise of the game is essentially to fight people and strip them of their clothing to determine whether or not they are one of the humans overtaken by the vampire invasion.
Yeah, it’s not exactly like the actual Akihabara, as you likely won’t find people smashing each other with manga books or umbrellas on the street and tearing off each others’ clothing for the greater good. Although the developers did go to great lengths to add an authentic feel to the virtual world by getting tons of licensed posters of real shops and locales throughout Akihabara. If anything, the biggest thing that pulls you out the world is that there are no cars or anything on the streets, and it seems like nearly all of the action takes place on narrow sidewalks, making the roads/backgrounds feel a bit barren. Still, that’s not the focus of the game.
The focus of the game itself is, well, everywhere. Really, Akiba’s Trip tries a whole lot of different things all at once. When in battle, the game becomes an interesting brawler, but then it’s a sort of visual novel sim-type game when you’re interacting with people in shops or at home, and then it’s a slew of different games as you can play the many in-game minigames present in various buildings.
Put together with full outfit customization, multiple partners with respective special attacks, side missions, and weapon synthesis, Akiba’s Trip seems like a huge, strange, and ambitious game. While the combat controls could use a bit of polishing, and it’s got a whole lot going on, I’m interested in seeing how well everything will fit together in the end. Nevertheless, Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed may certainly be something to look out for when it comes to North America on PS3, PS4, and PSVita sometime this Fall.