Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed Review

Stripped bare.

The fact that a game called Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed isn’t completely tasteless might be its greatest accomplishment. This is a beat 'em up in which the ultimate goal is to strip all enemies of their clothing--a premise that proves a difficult hurdle to leap. The camera draws attention to the skimpy underwear and bouncy breasts of your bloodthirsty foes as you methodically expose their bodies, but--believe it or not--it goes beyond simple eye candy. The goofy story does its best to justify the sheer volume of bare skin, and the equal spread of male and female characters means you'll see just as many lacy undergarments as you do tighty whities. Unfortunately, Akiba's Trip just isn't any fun to play, and that makes the incessant panty shots and uninspired humor even more difficult to stomach.

Bear with me as I explain the convoluted narrative. You enter Akihabara, Tokyo's electronics district, during an outbreak of vampiric foes called Synthisters. These powerful enemies were once human, but now roam the streets hoping to suck the life energy from the city's unsuspecting residents. Your customizable protagonist, along with a medley of colorful freedom fighters, commit themselves to cleaning up their home the only way they know how--by stripping the opposition down to their undergarments. Like actual vampires, Synthisters are sensitive to the sunlight, so revealing their skin causes them to burn and return to human form.

The yarn unravels to expose seedy corporate involvement and a series of unlikely villains, but it isn't enough to mask the disquieting nature of Akiba's Trip. You spend the bulk of your time ripping off as much clothing as possible to expose nearly naked anime bodies to the world, which is intended to be the real draw here. Stripping bosses will often lead to more detailed views of their often unrealistic, hand-drawn figures, so if it's scantily-clad anime bodies you're looking for, you'll find them here in spades. The unremitting innuendos within the dialogue only weaken the already thin narrative justifications for the partial nudity, and while the focus on bare skin isn't the only attraction, I still felt uncomfortable with what was being asked of me.

You can party up with both male and female freedom fighters when patrolling the streets, but most of your time will be spent impressing your buxom allies. How you choose to respond during conversations determines whose affection you garner, and there's even a set cast member who can provide updates on which woman in your life has become the most smitten with you. It's a mostly shallow mechanic that leads to extraneous exchanges during otherwise heated scenarios. Talk of how you're going to save your city or discover the source of the Synthister menace is often followed by awkward complimentary phrases aimed at your busty childhood friend.

Even if you manage to overcome the fact that Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is about stripping enemies down to their skivvies, you won't be rewarded with much more than a mindless brawler.

The carnal themes and prosaic dialogue would be a bit more palpable if the game played well, but repetitive combat and a painfully inconsistent framerate muddy the action. In battle, you're often surrounded by five or more enemies at once, swinging a weapon at each foe's head, body, and legs in order to score a knockout. A combination of high, mid, and low attacks damage the different pieces of clothing to their breaking point, making it easier to strip them right off of someone's body.

You can combo these strips together if multiple articles of clothing are weak enough to remove, but this strategy isn't enough to spice up an otherwise tedious process. Breaking down the pants, shirts, and hats of a swarm of foes as you protect the durability of your own wardrobe is a chore, and your ability to restore your clothes to full strength during battle by holding down a single button removes any semblance of tension. The systems aren't broken, and less populated arenas tend to produce smoother, more enjoyable action, but I had less and less fun with the mechanics as additional enemies flooded the screen.

The combat's lone saving grace comes in the form of upgradeable weapons, each of which has its own set of unique combinations. Heavier objects like arcade monitors deal serious damage, but your character lumbers with each swing. Boxing gloves, on the other hand, allow for more nimble striking--though you'll often focus on a single enemy at a time instead of the full group. It's enjoyable to find, buy, and upgrade different objects with varying attributes, and the same can be said for your clothing. Whether you prefer to go into battle sporting a three-piece suit or nothing more than a tattered pair of brown slacks, you’ve got options.

There's little to do outside of the nonsensical story and lackluster battles. The main quests often take you from the home base to a different segment of Akihabara that's been invaded by Synthisters, while the side missions drag you through dull fetch quests and additional combat scenarios to earn extra spending money. There's a New Game Plus feature that opens up fresh character customization options, but I had more than my fill of Akiba's Trip well before the story’s resolution.

Even if you manage to overcome the fact that Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is about stripping enemies down to their skivvies, you won't be rewarded with much more than a mindless brawler. The monotonous combat only grows more tiresome as you progress, and it's almost too easy to predict the twists and turns of the formulaic plot. Akiba's Trip has a bizarre concept that might turn a few heads, but once you strip away the promiscuity, there's little left to keep your attention.

The Good
Equipment upgrades greatly vary combat
The Bad
Action often grows tedious
Stripping mechanic is just uncomfortable
Story beats are easy to predict
Poor framerate kills flow of battles
4
Poor
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About the Author

Josiah Renaudin spent most of his childhood maxing out any JRPG that he could get his hands on. He still enjoys exploring some of the most obscure Japanese titles that hit PlayStation consoles, and played Akiba's Trip to completion for the purposes of this review.
124 comments
totlmstr
totlmstr

Is this game filed under "Ecchi" (because it sure looks like it)? If it is, then we're really running on hentai logic (or somewhere pretty close to it). Honestly, the story is probably the last you may want to complain about, since they're all wacky nonsense.

And you can find some really weird stuff if you wanted to.

pheria
pheria

How to tell you picked the wrong person for review:

 "Stripping mechanic is just uncomfortable"


When they're uncomfortable with the main game mechanic.

xentros
xentros

Sad that a game offering a a bit of unseen nudity as it's most "immoral" trait is essentially black labeled. At least you acknowledged it's existence, so you are a step above IGN and other review sites.


Look... either we treat all people the way we do in video games or we do not. Whenever the character is a woman suddenly gamers become sexist zombies reproducing every action. As long as the characters are male, we're given some credit, and understand media vs. reality.

Feminists and their counterparts act like this game, and any remotely similar, is a travesty, then happily review and advertise ultra-violent games and support freedom of speech for Charlie Hebdo.


And yes I know some people don't want violence or sex in video games. They want us to play scrabble and read <Religious Text Here> all day. But at least those folks are consistent!

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

just go around the net and play a hentai game 

you'll find a much better experince 


to name a few? dragon bride- a fun side scroller combat with a hentai (magic,might and a really akward story about a futa who's the last male on the kingdom) 


project X love potion disaster, i warn you though, this game might be great but it got some super wierd fetishes 


and if you seek a light hearted hentai game, there is peach's untold tale 2 which is pretty much that 

of course all these games contain actual gameplay, and it's advised to be 18+ to play those games 

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol :P fun for kids 


if ur getting some this wont be interesting.... hmm unless u both like games :D

Tluhdatsi
Tluhdatsi

For those of you defending this reviewer, here's why his review is bad...


He's way too hung up on one element of the game, the stripping mechanic. If you're as adamant as he is that this is a bad thing, then you may find this review helpful. I don't think most gamers share this view, though.


Consider the game Catherine. Imagine a socially conservative, born-again Christian had written the official GameSpot review of that game. He would've thrown in a few words about how it's a fairly pedestrian block-dropping puzzle game, but most of his review would've probably been focused around complaints about the game forcing you to cheat on your fiancee several times, something said reviewer would never do, himself. And thus he gives the game a lower score than you feel it deserved, because you still find it enjoyable.


You'd consider that to be a poorly-written review, wouldn't you?


Here, for comparison, is a well-written bad review of Akiba's Trip...


http://www.gamecritics.com/brad-gallaway/akibas-trip-undead-undressed-review


This is from a reviewer who's okay with the stripping mechanic, but found the game lacking in other areas, and goes into that in enough detail to give you a real idea of this game's flaws.


The game does have its flaws. I still find it enjoyable. I totally understand why Brad Gallaway did not enjoy the game, and even though I disagree with him on whether it's actually a fun game, I would still listen to him before I would Josiah Renaudin, because Gallaway is not coming at this game from a premise of "It's a witch! Burn it."

punisher1
punisher1

Kind of funny I get the anime joke. But honestly this should not be more then $20.

sasami_adachi
sasami_adachi

I wholly enjoyed this Vita game from start to finish, much more than I imagined I would when I picked it up. If you are into anime and Japanese video games like me, you will find a lot to like about the game. On the upside, the graphics is clean, the music pleasant, the plot predictable but interesting, the characters charming, the dialog humorous, and the battle mechanics simple yet effective. In particular, two hilarious epic battles involving 48 idols will likely stay fresh in my mind for a long time. On the downside, the game suffers from several technical issues such as inconsistent frame rates and frequent loading screens (especially if you don't use fast travel), but truth be told, they did not bother me at all.


Kudos to Xseed Games for a fantastic localization effort. In fact, their translated dialog is so awesome that I had to constantly "will" myself not choose the funniest response (often the last one) in conversations. I only played the game with Japanese audio and English subtitles, so I don't know how the dub sounds.


So far I have gone through the game twice, accounting for 52 hours of total play time. On my first play through, I got the true ending for Shizuku, with a special "guest" appearance by Nana (who is too cute for words) at the end. On my second run, I got the true ending for Rin.


Anyway, if you like games specifically catered to fans of the aforementioned genres, you should definitely pick up Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed.

Fhiend
Fhiend

Thanks for reviewing this. IGN decided not to review this because "google analytics says no one is searching for it".

Then they blocked me from the comments when I told them I thought that was a stupid reason and should have kept it to themselves.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@vault2049 @expeditopaz2008 @THE_DRUGGIE @SillySkeleton 

I have read the review on Digitally Downloaded, but I don't agree that it is "good".

I have the impression that the reviewer is rather forgiving of a few aspects about the game. It's either that, or the reviewer did not clarify on a few details. Perhaps the reviewer did not even play the game thoroughly either.

For one, the reviewer said that the voice acting is "excellent", but did not refer to either the Japanese or the English voice-overs. I have listened to the Japanese ones before (mainly through YouTube), and they typically match the theme of the game. However, I have listened to the English ones too, and I find these bland. (Do watch Giant Bomb's Quick Look of the game.) 

From this, I believe that the reviewer hasn't completely evaluated the game's sound designs (or to be more specific, its localization).

The only thing that I think this reviewer does "better" than Renaudin here is that "Nick H." (whatever his/her full name is) is that he/she is a lot more open-minded than Renaudin is.

Also, do take note that "Nick H." criticizes the gameplay a lot. He or she is not being kind to the game in this regard.

tempura13
tempura13

When I played this game on Gamer difficulty, it demanded me of my full attention during heavy brawls and you can't just button-mash every fight. In fact, you're just asking to get stripped. The core mechanic may be simple, but it works and it's pretty tight too.

Enemies dodge, counterattack, and force strip when the opportunity presents itself. If you turtle too much, they'll perform unblockable moves to send you flying. There are even situations where you can only watch as your character is being juggled into the air while his clothes get torn. If they hit very hard, they'll just maul you until your clothes turn to shreds. You can grind for levels and upgrade equipment, but the outcome of every fight still depends on how you control your character.

Calling this a 'mindless' brawler is just stretching it. You'll have to use every trick given to you or you'll have a hard time. While it can be repetitive, you have lots of customization options at your disposal to make things fresh every now and then.

And how is it that the story is nonsensical? I thought it was pretty straightforward and enjoyable. Also, what about the multiple paths and character endings? What about the characters themselves?

The reviewer did mention that he's not comfortable with the game's premise (that is, stripping people), so I guess the low score is already expected. I can understand that.

Lastly, this game does little in terms of sexual fanservice. It’s more of a fanservice for people in the know of the otaku culture. You won’t be missing too much when you’re not familiar with it, but it surely helps to appreciate the game more. 


That said, XSeed really did a fine job with its localization. Kudos to you guys!

Insomniak1
Insomniak1

I think a lot of these reviewers thread on the side of political correctness. Since he claims to have finished it, I bet he enjoyed it to some degree. I also think a lot of these reviewers want to show how eloquent they can write. I wonder how many times he edited the same sentences over and over, thesaurus on hand?

Dragerdeifrit
Dragerdeifrit

This is the kind of s$%t  that gives japanese games and anime a bad name. seriously how can a professional team on a game studio would give green light  to this, in top of making it a mediocre game. i mean, there's absolutely nothing wrong with erotism on games or other media, but they could at last do it intelligently and with good taste.    

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

This game looks awesome! ...Is what I'd say if I was 14 year old.

packtop
packtop

Wow, so it's fine to have game with senseless killing and bloods flying around, but a little stripping and it's uncomfortable ???


And worse it isn't even realistic in the less...


God grow up a bit, we would think you are a 10 years old kids, that get disgusted just from seeing a kiss...

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

I thought the game had a pretty whimsical sense of humor; in fact, it felt like the original devs just gave the translation team free reign to put in whatever they wanted. Also, the narrative isn't really convoluted - just silly and dumb like the rest of the game. You're a bunch of nerds trying to fight vampires to save a geeky area of Japan, and anything beyond that is just subtle (and blatant) parodies of Japanese nerd culture, as well as some Western meme stuff I bet the translation team shoved in there for good measure.


Also, most of my time wasn't really spent impressing anyone - funny thing is, the game gives you a great way out of that by peppering in a bunch of wonderfully ridiculous (and utterly antisocial) dialog choices.


I do have to say the gameplay needs polish, though, especially the targeting system; that is to say, the outright lack of one. I've taken tons of blind swings because there isn't a button to lock on to an enemy and it gets pretty troublesome late in the game. Another problem would be the lack of switching up the gendered words when you play as a female character model.


Still, I have the Vita version and it's pretty fun to have a quirky brawler that works out pretty great in bite-sized chunks of gameplay sessions.


(also, I like Genshiken and the free Sue Hopkins DLC made the game infinitely more hilarious to me)

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

Hmm, a weak Kenka Bancho ripoff with Shojo fan service. 

futureops
futureops

Japanese devs are a bunch of pedos.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

That guy in the PlayStation ad before this is an asshole.

"Hey baby, ready for our game night?  I got two controllers out so you can pretend to be doing something while you watch me play BIOSHOCK INFINITE BY MYSELF."

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

Thought the game was kind of fun. 


This review was not very inciteful. Its one note and whiny. 


Gamespot is already suffering from its new direction. Much less daily content, and weaker reviews. 


Better just let Kevin review everything.



Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Just when I thought that GS is finally free from Carolyn Petit's self-righteous crusade, they bring in more prudes like this writer. Why the heck is you being uncomfortable with people in their underwear is a detractor? It's like having my pacifist uncle reviewing CoD, he'd grade it like 2/10 because you kill people with guns.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

I love me some quirky Japanese games, but technical issues like bad framerates are far too common in these kinds of games. I could understand a little more if they were pushing the hardware to its limits, but the graphical fidelity of these titles are consistantly below the bar that others have set while maintaining a stable 30 or even 60fps.

chillock117
chillock117

Spot on with the review I couldn't agree more

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Also, having looked at Digital Trends' review for the game, I don't agree with those of you citing it as "balanced'. Having read it, I get the impression that the reviewer had a good first impression of the game and then made a U-turn by criticizing it for doing what it does.

Furthermore, that reviewer is cutting the game a lot of slack by calling the game a "satire". There are other games out there with far more skilful handling of not-safe-for-work themes, like No More Heroes.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Also, I do wonder if those of you complaining here could get rid of freelancers like you could salaried reviewers. They are quite immune to lay-offs, obviously.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I do wonder why those of you who like Japanese games like these even bother to come over to GameSpot.

I suppose that the likes of you expect people who are biased in favor of such games like these to write reviews for them while  overlooking their other problems - problems which are often typical of such games, i.e. when their themes are already so goofily shallow, their gameplay is shallow as well - usually to the point of being lackadaisical.

(Really, there are very, very few games which have shallow themes yet splendid gameplay and presentation, e.g. Bayonetta.)

Tluhdatsi
Tluhdatsi

By the way, for the record, I enjoy a certain level of perviness in my games. I like raunchy comedy, but I'm not into eroge. I set that threshold lower for portable games, because there are certain things I don't want to do in a video game while I'm sitting next to an old lady on the bus home from work. I won't play Monster Monpiece or Criminal Girls on my Vita for that reason. Turn my Vita sideways and stroke the touch-screen like it's, er, a certain part of me? Yeah, that's not happening.


Akiba's Trip falls well within those boundaries for me, content-wise; I have no problem playing it on the bus. The quasi-nudity in Akiba's Trip is more funny than sexy, IMO. It does sort of become a little sexy to me when you have to strip one of your female friends, but that's because she's a developed character with a name and a personality, and you've already interacted with her in other ways that don't involve her being nekkid. But random female synthisters who jump in on the fight I had to pick for a sidequest are no different from the dudes I was already in the process of stripping.

fatalbanana
fatalbanana

@Gelugon_baat @vault2049 @expeditopaz2008 @THE_DRUGGIE @SillySkeleton Games are and should be reviewed in circumstances that best reflect the average or most players experiences. Taking localisation and different languages into account in a review sounds like a huge waste of time and in the grand scheme of things probably doesn't matter that much. Most players aren't going to know or care so I don't see the point in mentioning that at all.

nesky
nesky

@tempura13 The game is awesome. This reviewer can go fcuk himself. This game wasn't meant for him, clearly. Why bother having him write a review? Meh, whatever d0uch3.

punisher1
punisher1

@Insomniak1 Yea I have noticed a few reviewers over the years that seem to think they need to show you why they have the right to do a review. And usually try their best to talk down too you as if you ever needed to know how much education they have.

Gyrbot
Gyrbot

@Dragerdeifrit


Yeah, at least give us actual nudity or softcore sex. I mean isn't the guy who drew the character designs a porn artist?

personalibera
personalibera

@packtop

"A little stripping"? The entire PREMISE of the game is stripping people.

Your comparison makes complete sense: No, it's not okay for a game to have senseless killing. One thing doesn't invalidate the other, though.

Jasurim
Jasurim

@Gelugon_baat I don't want bias one way or the other, but this review has a negative tone from the start so it can be hard to get a fair idea of the game from.  Also he is obviously uncomfortable with the basic premise/theme of the game so that affects how he rates and discusses the story and everything pertaining to it.  If someone else who was perhaps more comfortable or indifferent to the themes of the game were to review it might give those who are also not bothered by it a better idea of the game as a whole.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@fatalbanana 

If you say that games "should be reviewed in circumstances that best reflect the average or most players experiences", what would -you- say about reviews which praise games like, say, Call of Duty? After all, the mainstream loves these kinds of games.

xentros
xentros

@personalibera @packtop The entire premise of mortal combat type games is fighting and killing. And zombie killers is hacking, shooting, and exploding human bodies to little bits. FPS are about... shooting people, whether disguised under a thin plot or not.


One doesn't invalidate, or justify, the other. But it is rather ridiculous that we freak out about some nudity, while embracing and enshrining violence and killing.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

@Gelugon_baat @Ultramarinus You could have edited that..

Why should I be content with a reviewer that's out of his league?

Better then, we cause a ruckus and they won't employ him again.

b1ank
b1ank

@Gelugon_baat @Ultramarinus I tend to believe that when you review, you shouldn't really put too much personal opinion into the mix. You should look at it at face value, True it's abit hard to do that if you say, don't agree with the story. But it shouldn't be the focus of the review (meaning bringing down the score because you think its wrong or bad). 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Jasurim 

You can say that, but I doubt that the other person would be more forgiving of the game's other problems.

You can look at GiantBomb's Quick Look for this game, and Gerstmann's regard for the game; he's one of the most balanced and open-minded reviewers out there, and he is not amused by the gameplay and presentation of the game.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Ultramarinus 

Well, go ahead and cause a ruckus then - this is not the first time that Josiah Renaudin has submitted a freelance review like this one by the way.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@b1ank @Ultramarinus

I agree, but I would say that I would practice that myself, and not ask that of others too.

After all, a review is supposed to be an article personally written by an individual.

Jasurim
Jasurim

@Gelugon_baat @Jasurim Right and that's fine, but this review is hard to get a read on as someone trying to see if this is a fun game for me or not.  The other review that you mentioned in another comment (digitaltrends) seems to go into greater depths of the game, for better or worse.  I can then judge the points for myself to see if they'd interest/bother me without having to worry if they're being influenced by some initial aversion to the games themes.


I don't have time for the Giantbomb thing at the moment, but that seems to be different thing as you pretty much get to see the game yourself.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Jasurim 

Well, if you would say that, then I would say that personally I have no issues with pre-existing aversions on the part of the reviewer. Even if I spot these - and I certainly can spot these - I continue to read the review anyway.

Otherwise, I would be guilty of having pre-existing issues of opinion of my own.

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    Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is an open-world action RPG in which players undertake numerous missions in a virtual recreation of Akihabara, Tokyo’s popular ”Electric Town” district.
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