Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed takes place in the famous Japanese shopping and social district of Akihabara. Players are a young otaku, Nanashi, who is transformed into a Synthister, which are man made vampires weak to sunlight but without a thirst for blood. Before he can be fully brainwashed a young girl, Shizuku, who, along with the Akiba Freedom Fighters, vow to take down the Synthisters. But how does one destroy a Synthister? Easy. Tear their clothes off and expose them to sunlight. The plot is absurd, but peppy dialogue and a likable cast of oddball characters will keep players engrossed in an otherwise mediocre narrative.
The game is essentially a RPG brawler with a few twists to the mechanics. Battles consist of laying waste to enemies, weakening their clothes by fist, sword, laptop, or whatever else is lying around, which is then followed up by ripping off their clothes. As perverted as this may sound, it’s actually quite fun and comes off as goofy rather than sexually gross. To aid in battles, Nanashi and his comrades can be customized with various weapons, clothes, and gear. Nanashi’s sister can even synthesize, ha, new gear from old stuff all while calling him cute nicknames like Broccoli, Brotaku, Brotato, and more. It’s basic and repetitive, but it’s easy to jump in and do a few quests for quick bursts of fun: pure unadulterated, clothes ripping fun.
The cel-shaded look fits perfectly well with the setting of Akihabara. That said the city is rather bland and small, making the frequent backtracking stick out like a sore otaku. Tag on frequent load times and this combination bogs the adventure down. Thankfully fast travel alleviates a lot of these grievances, but it’s still not perfect. The voice cast is good, but the music is unfortunately unmemorable which is sad for a game based around video games and anime.
Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is a great concept that goes underutilized. Character customization is excellent as well as the whacky, if not somewhat basic, combat. A better story, faster loads, and bigger landscapes could have made Akiba into a gamer’s dream. Still, to those with an open mind, Akiba’s Trip is a good time.
Score: 3/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review code for the game. This article was originally published on August 12, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.