Getting a piece of clothing down below half percent will let you enter a tug-of-war to yank off the piece of clothing, as simple as just mashing the right button to drain that clothing’s stamina. Getting down to zero stamina and ripping off the clothing doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get that piece however. Repetition, or reading a skill guide to boost your experience with that style of clothing, will raise a skill gauge up. Once maxed, you can rip off that particular article without tearing. Any piece of clothing that’s intact can be added to your inventory and worn at any time. Midway through Akiba’s Trip, I learned the art of chain stripping, dashing from one person to the next stripping off clothing in a methodical fashion. After a certain combo was achieved, a flash of light would fill the screen and I’d be able to land a finishing blow. These special moves knocked the underwear off of my marks, leaving them bathed in a pool of light. These finishers are the only way to acquire new underwear, so they’re handy to pull off if you’re tired of seeing the same pair of white undies on the main character. The MC can even cross-dress around Akihabara once a certain sub quest is finished.
As such a good Samaritan, the main character and the other members of the ADF routinely perform extra acts and sub-quests to aide the people of Akihabara. Some of these range from the mundane fetch quests to go locate a particular item to the downright bizarre. One request had me facing all 48 members of a popular idol group and stripping them down in public all because they were high on a sugar rush and being a nuisance. This was one of the more challenging fights in the game, as these idols frequently mobbed around me and kept attacking/juggling me up in the air that my clothes were damaged and stripped off even before I could hit the ground.
Akiba’s Trip is not a game that takes itself seriously by any means. A game solely focused around stripping down vampires really doesn’t need a serious tone to drive the story forward. Much of the game is just based upon a slice of life in this small little town. People carry on their daily activities, shopping, snapping up pictures of cosplaying idols, conversing about some game they’re playing, and more. It’s as thought the threat of synthisters don’t even affect them. Akiba’s Trip never really tries to be this grandiose ‘save the world’ story. Instead, it’s just the tale of some otaku trying to defend their fair city from those that would look to change it. The story doesn’t end the same way twice, as there are multiple story and paths and endings depending on which heroine you harbor the strongest feelings for.
Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is a light-hearted take on the action RPG genre. Fans that enjoyed the Yakuza series and are still awaiting a localization of Yakuza 5 would feel right at home in Akihabara. Even without the stripping gimmick, Akiba’s Trip is a solid little RPG to help fill out the collection; however, it’s that stripping that gives Akiba’s Trip its unique charm and it isn’t afraid to bare it all for the sake of amusement.
[Editor’s Note: Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed was reviewed on the Playstation 3 platform. Review code was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed (PS3) Review,