Review: Akibas Trip Undead And Undressed (PS4)

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This suburban Tokyo ward’s seen it all, from Japan’s post-war reconstruction to the economic bubblegum crisis of the ’80s. Always on the cutting edge of progress, with a little something to offer even the most fetishistic of appetites, it was almost inevitable that this singular technocracy of indulgence would give birth to a whole new kind of appetite altogether.

Enter, the “Synthisters” – vampires who prey upon the life energy of the town’s unsuspecting figurine-chasers, maid café connoisseurs and cosplayers. Those victimized by Synthisters take on the properties of their attackers while also withdrawing from society and becoming veritable shut-ins due to their newfound fatal weakness to sunlight.

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Pros:

  • Lush HD graphics coming at you with an Anime style. Marvel at them as they entrance you through the cut scenes and various in game art.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Text and voice can be changed between English and Japanese.
  • Three difficulty options: Easy,  Casual and Gamer.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial.
  • Auto,  Skip and fast forward buttons for cut scenes and conversations.
  • Four control type layouts.
  • Invert sticks option.
  • Sounds can be played through the TV or the DS4 controller speaker.
  • Toy box mode: Here you have free roam of the Akibas and have all abilities and items unlocked.
  • Toy Box mode has the same 3 difficulty options as the main game.
  • Entertaining story loosely based off Vampire equivalents. You can answer and set branching questions and answers.  Answers given affect the story in a multiple of ways.
  • Lightening fast loading times.
  • Smartphone, Your hub contains all the options and menus. Here you can read emails,  read Potter and change game options like save/load.  The whole phone can be customised with pictures taken from cut scenes etc.
  • Combat: your aim is to strip your enemies of all their clothes.  you have a high medium and low attack which are used to target specific pieces of clothing. Once that particular piece of clothing is flashing,  You can then rip off the garment.
  • Fast travel around the map at any point.
  • Random street fights.
  • Music is a mix of J-Pop meets techno with a layer of nuts to it all. Hear music booming from hops and cars as you stroll the streets.
  • Huge living,  breathing world.
  • defeated enemies drop loot.
  • marker in game for main story missions and a few key side missions.
  • Combat relies heavily on combos and you can actually chain moves together,  Wrapping them into a strip frenzy where you can strip a whole gang in one chain.
  • get arrested by cops for fighting,  Pay a bail out price penalty.
  • Save/Load whenever.
  • Shops are scattered all over the area and each seller is unique in terms of pricing and stock.
  • Battle arenas. Fight off against waves of enemies,  Rank up and earn loot and cash.
  • Side missions are optional and plentiful.
  • Fuse (craft)  items together to make new ones, make current weapons stronger and much more.
  • Digital file size: 3.45GB.
  • Collect flyers from sales people in the street.  These flyers are for real world shops that you can visit.
  • New game features unlock as you go through the main story missions.
  • Ui is clean and bright.
  • Weaponry is crazy with such weapons as laptops,  umbrellas and even suit cases can be used.
  • Earn experience and level up and learn new moves and gain better stats.
  • Finishing moves can be performed where you take your opponents underwear.
  • The game is very fast paced but so playable.
  • The definitive version of the game for both looks and performance.

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Cons:

  • Slight learning curve at the begininng.
  • Fighting is the trickiest part to learn especially with no proper lock on options.
  • Watching out for when to strip is hard especially in group fights.
  • You can bring up a marker on screen but it’s only for main missions,  We could do with one for active side quests.
  • Picking up items is a pain,  Especially after fights as you have to quickly grab them all,  Due to the crazy weapons,  some can be crazy small.
  • No cross save with the PS3 or Vita versions.
  • Some of the shop fronts in the world look bland,  pixel aged and dare I say it,  PlayStation 1 era looking.
  • Pervert,  Sexual tone through out.  I mean you expect it somewhat from a game that evolves around stripping your enemies but it kicks it up a notch.  You can zoom your camera in on your female party members and actually jiggle their breaststroke.

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In Summary, This is the third outing for this particular game and I can say it is third time lucky as this is the definitive version. Graphics are crisp,  Music is top notch and the performance cannot be touched.  Jumping from area to area is only a few seconds of loading away. Fighting is funny but tricky and has a feeling of been there done that to it all.  The stripping being the only real game changer.  Yes the game has you feeling like a pervert at times but it’s not always forced upon you,  you can skip over the most raunchy parts. So in short it is worth a look for sure boasting hours of game play and a whacky story just mental enough to keep you hooked.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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