Akiba’s Trip Undead and Undressed Review
Akiba’s Trip Undead and Undressed is every bit as ridiculous (in a fun nerdy way) as the title implies. Brought to us for the Playstation Vita and PS3 by XSEED Games, it is the sequel to Akiba’s Trip on the PSP. Players step into the shoes of the Otaku protagonist as he is turned into a life draining vampire of sorts called a Synthesizer. And as a type of vampire you are of course allergic to sunlight. The only way to kill a synthesizer is to strip them down and over expose them to sunlight hence the title. You and your ragtag group of Otaku and anime crazy friends form a group to take down the evil synthesizers along with Shizuku, a mysterious girl who rescues you from the group that made you a life force draining monster. And as the story is set in Akihabara the tech/gaming/otaku capital of the world, there are plenty of laughs and ridiculous moments along the way.
The story is not very long but is supplemented by plenty of side quests that usually have weird requirements to complete. All these quests are sent to you from the citizens of Akiba and are honestly not essential to anything unless you feel the need to burn time, explore, or grind for a little experience. Ranging from making you dress like a woman to beat up some playboys to helping recruit members for a maid cafe or simply beating up some rogue synthesizers the requests can be completely ridiculous. The best part about these is that you can often find pretty good equipment for your characters along the way that you may not find otherwise. The main story itself though felt a little dry at times and is consisting of the same find the synthesizers, beat them up, repeat routine the entire way through.
The combat system is pretty easy to get a handle of. The whole goal is to wear down the clothes on your opponent so that they become weak enough for you to rip off and expose the enemy to sunlight. There are 3 types of clothing consisting of headgear, chest level gear such as shirts and hoodies, and low level such as pants and shorts and skirts. Three of your buttons will dictate which area you strike and when that area on your opponent has taken enough damage it starts to flash red indicating its ready for you to strip off. Eventually you will learn to do super moves with whatever partner you are patrolling with that drastically lowers the enemy’s defense and almost always results in a strip. You will also have the basic ability to block/dodge incoming attacks, and if you successfully block you have the opportunity to land a counter hit which does more damage than normal. But really, that’s the entire battle system in a nutshell.
The banter and comedy of the game are honestly what kept me going till the end. The characters are all likable and have very diverse personalities that will get you attached to a few of them. The dialogue never really got old and kept me laughing throughout the entire game especially when you as the main character is given the opportunity to respond to your friends. You have three choices consisting of the rational response, the perverted response, and the heavily otaku response. Based on how you respond to different characters you can build a “relationship” with them and maybe score a girlfriend of sorts.
Overall I had a lot of fun with Akiba’s Trip Undead and Undressed but it did let me down in a few areas. The gameplay was very repetitive and didn’t have enough variety of things to do and the game itself was far to short and I had it completed within 2 and a half days. But it had a great atmosphere, good soundtrack, very funny dialogue and great characters to help round it out. This is a great game for a more casual gamer who won’t sit at his console for more than 2 hours at a time, and if you love the games XSEED and NISA produce then this is definitely your thing. I give it a 6.5 out of 10. Happy Gaming.