System: PC, PS3, PS4, & PSVita
JP: November 7, 2013
NA: August 12, 2014
JP: February 4, 2017
WW: May 26, 2015
NA: XSEED Games
Full of fan service, that’s what this game is about. Player will take control of the main protagonist and he will have to strip enemies’ clothes to defeat them because they are no longer a mere human and vulnerable to the sun. Yes, you read that right, both men and women. How very unusual is that? However, player who expect some eroge scenes will be disappointed, because this game only offers tease (both from 3D & 2D graphic) the most.
Below is the game official trailer.
Set in Akihabara city, the shopping area has been invaded by creatures known as Synthisters who prey on the patrons of Akihabara, feasting on their social energy and will to live. These enemies can only be stopped by direct exposure to sunlight, meaning they must be stripped off their clothes to expose them to sunlight.
The storyline revolves around the main protagonist when he signed up for a part-time job that claimed to pay in rare character goods, but surprisingly it was a ruse and he almost wound up becoming a human guinea pig for experiments. Fortunately, he was rescued from his fate by a mysterious girl and they escaped the compound together. Now he works together with his friends in the Akiba Freedom Fighters to find out what’s going on around Akihabara city, his humanity hanging in the balance.
I feel the story is kinda unique, especially if you’re a true anime otaku you might feel related to some characters. The gameplay and the setting complement the story.
Basically, the battle system will require player have to beat enemies repeatedly barehanded or with equipment. And when the enemies clothes are in a mess which is marked by having a dark aura around them, player will have to take the chance to strip them naked. Strip them all by taking off their top, bottom, and headgear.
Even player can create combo by stripping many enemies in a row if player had messed up several enemies clothes. After many combos, the main protagonist will show pose like a kung fu master. After the game progress, player can also perform a unison strip attack with a heroine that tag along with main protagonist after her gauge is full. The gauge can be gained from beating the enemies. When the enemies get you, you must wrestle to not let them strip you naked instead. If you do get naked, no top, bottom, or headgear left, then it’s game over.
Player can get unlimited amounts of heal by fixing their messy clothes (it’s like healing without potions). This will take several seconds, and at this repairing state player will be vulnerable to enemies attack.
For the equipment, main protagonist’s sister can boost the stats of any weapons and clothes player want by fusing them, you can even fuse more than 2 items.
Player can also change the heroine they want to spent time with, completing missions together, go to battle arena together, etc. There’s even a character that can help player to identify heroines’ feelings. Very useful if you are targeting someone’s ending.
Beside the battle system, player can roam around the Akihabara city, talk with NPC (non-player character), or go to shops to purchase some clothings, weapons, and items. And can freely rotate the camera angle.
Conversations within game mostly have visual novel like appearance with 2D designs. And sometimes player will be presented with multiple choices of words.
The downside is, some weapons will always be useless (low stats). Regardless of what level you unlock them as, some clothing will always be better than others (its stats far higher than any other clothes, and fusing some clothings doesn’t do a great deal of difference), even if the player enjoys the appearance of certain clothing.
Nanashi (Male Protagonist)
An average 17 years old male otaku that loves to collect rare goods and breaking otaku-related scoops.
The protagonist’s childhood friend, and a member of the Akihabara neighbourhood watch. She is always positive and gives off a role older sister to Nanashi. She has a high stamina can’t resist lending a hand whenever she sees someone in need. A bit outdated at technology and it was shown when she kept her old cellphone.
A girl with a mysterious power and a friendly Nighteater. At first, when she met the protagonist, the protagonist take a fatal attack to save her, she has no choice but to turn him into Synthister to save him from imminent death.
A popular national singing idol. Rin Is kind of pushy and a tsundere but inside she is really caring. As the game progresses, she is revealed to be Shizuku’s sister.
A 26 years old female CEO of a pharmaceutical company and acquaintance of the protagonist. She is the one who made the Synthister-found app. Has a mature charm.
The main protagonist’s little sister who lives in a room behind the bar at MOGRA. She is a hikikomori (shut-in) and so reluctant to go out. She thinks it’s a brother’s sacred duty to care for his little sister. She can help fuse weapons & clothes. And may sometimes ask for a side mission.
A Finnish girl who came study in Japan, because she’s fond of anime and JRPGs. She works part-time as a maid in the bar Mogra. She loves cosplay and dislikes horror games.
A younger twin brother of Kaito. A sophomore in college. Mild-mannered, and he has no interest in otaku subculture but has a weakness for cute girls (especially younger ones). He regards the Akiba Freedom Fighters as important people in his life and intends to do what he can to ensure that the mystery in Akihabara is solved before either enemy agents or the police are able to harm main protagonist in any way. He can help you to identify which heroine is currently likes you the most.
An older twin brother of Yuto. Old acquaintance of main protagonist and also ultra-hardcore otaku. Likes 2D girls, making figurines and other models. He dislikes real women like you would find in typical otaku. Despite main protagonist being transformed into an inhuman monster of sorts, Kaito is indiscreetly envious of him for living out a trope-filled anime fantasy life.
Kihachi Sugiyama (Pops)
He is the owner of the game bar Mogra, and the original founder of Akiba’s Freedom Fighters. He likes video games and often talks about hero based video game, which is ultimately led to MOGRA’s existence.
An assistant to Shion, later he revealed himself to be a servant of Soga.
A member of the evil group behind the Synthister epidemic in Akihabara. He is the first major antagonist introduced. Formerly a regular businessman and a die-hard otaku, joining up with “the bad guys” in pursuit of a bigger paycheck so he could spend more on his hobbies. His job is to gather humans under false pretenses to be transformed into Synthisters. Often think highly of himself.
The main antagonist of the game. Secretly related to Shizuku and Rin. He had been alive for far longer than most could ever know. Because of his appearance, he often gets mistaken as a foreign tourist in Akihabara. He wishes to turn all of Akihabara into Synthisters. Just antagonist character being antagonist and stayed as antagonist too.
Overall, after the main protagonist turned into something inhuman, there’s not much character development, only the heroine whom player choose her path. They become had more determination. And since the only thing main protagonist talk are sentence from multiple choices or when in battle. His character development solely depends on player’s choice of words.
Graphic & Sound
The setting in this game is in Akihabara city. It was pretty well-detailed, and you can feel the atmosphere of the bustling city. Several advertisements in game made the game felt more realistic too. It was clear that the developer put some effort to make the setting.
The 3D models and 2D designs for the characters are good. And protagonist’s and heroines’ attire can be changed too. It has quite a wide variety of fashions for both genders.
Personally, the sound effects in this game give stronger impression than the soundtrack itself. All the punches and stripping sound effects sounds so comical. And the voice acting for both Japanese and English are good.
Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed has paid DLC costumes (no story DLC). It has a bunch of side quests, some will have a short conversation, they are useful to gain some money. Going around exploring the Akihabara city in this game alone is fun, you can really feel the atmosphere of the city. The setting really looks like the real deal.
Player will also find a lot of advertisements within the game. The advertisements including other games made by the same company and pamphlets (you got from talking with random NPC) about real-life restaurants, shops, etc. There are over 130 real life Akihabara shops that the player is able to visit. Of course it applies to the time when the game was released. I’d say this is a very clever way to advertise.
There’s a lot of items to collect too. After completing a certain event, CG scene from the event could be selected as phone wallpaper.
And then, there’s a battle arena (by rank) in which a player together with heroine will have to defeat several opponents in consecutive fights. Player will get a reward for ranking up as well as the item drops by the opponents.
Player can also initiate random fights in the street by making NPC angry by shoving them up. Using camera app to find Synthister or scan what items NPCs have, it’s useful for practicing to level up and to collecting money & item drops.
Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed main story is short. Perhaps even too short. I personally beat the first playthrough with less than 14 hours, and I kinda take my time in the game too. This game has a record of everything so you can check it.
On a second playthrough, player can change their avatar. You can even customize girl avatar as a base. And even if your level come back to default, you still have all the equipment you got from the first playthrough. This can make a significant difference, especially if you have the one that has a high stats, so you can choose an even harder difficulty for more challenging battle. The main story is still the same, it’s just how you pick heroine will make a difference. And I’d say the different heroine’s path is worth the replay.
+ Nice graphic
+ Setting exactly like Akihabara city, even the atmosphere
+ Unique & fun gameplay
+ Multiple endings
+ Suitable plot for Otaku
+ Shortcut buttons
+ Able to fast forward conversations
+ Characters’ outfit can be changed
+ Main protagonist avatar appearance could be changed on the second playthrough
+ Over 130 real life Akihabara shops that the player is able to visit
– Outfits determining characters status (outfits player like may have lower defense than the other)
– Some scenes might feel silly
– The main story is too short
Final Score: 3.7/5
Graphic & Sound: 4
Additional Appeal: 4
Replay Value: 3
From Destructoid, Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed got a score 7 out of 10. From Metacritic got 64%. And 9 out of 10 from Steam. Ratings from those websites are taken when this review is being written.
Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is suitable for mature player. This game is definitely screams fan service. Great for otaku player. The game provides player will multiple choices and unique stripping battle system with a make sense plot that you would never find on other games. The main story might feel too short, but its replay value definitely cover it up.
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