Rated 4 out of
Most fun RPG/Beat 'em Up I've ever played
I figured I'd write a review on this game since it's not quite getting the attention it deserves. This game is not perfect by any means, but it is definitely worth the $40 purchase.
The game has you run around a replica of the actual Otaku city called Akihabara (Akiba for short). You play as what appears to be a teenager who has just been roped into a scheme that is turning people into vampires, or what they call "synthisters." You are then saved by this young woman named Shizuku who has you drink her blood which makes you more reasonable than normal synthisters. Your goal after that is to rid the world of the synthisters by stripping them and exposing them to sunlight while avoiding having yours ripped off. You are also a part of the Akiba Freedom Fighters, which is a group of about 7 people at the start, but continuously grows throughout the game. Along with upgrading your weapon and clothing, you also level up to increase attack and defense.
Now I know a lot of people are judging this game pretty harshly based on its ridiculous concept, but the gameplay is a total blast! It's similar to the fighting style of Kingdom Hearts 2, so if you like that, you'll probably like this. First off, the game is in fact pretty short, but the different endings and unlockables make it worth playing many more times than just once, so don't let that discourage you. The game concept might seem pretty out there, but it feels like ordinary fighting when you're actually playing. It's not quite as... revealing as it probably could have been which makes it pretty great. As far as battling goes, you strip head, torso, and bottom items separately using the triangle, circle, and X buttons. You can also chain strip where you continuously strip off damaged items, and once you reach 7 consecutive items or above, you're able to do a strip finisher. This is what takes off peoples' underwear (It doesn't reveal anything, the naked body parts just have a glowing light). There are also unison strips that you do with your partner which are pretty neat. All of these are quick-time events. The game is also part dating SIM and you have 4 girls to have fall in love with you through choices you pick in a conversation, all of which give you different endings. There are 5 endings in total. The game also has 4 different modes: easy, casual, gamer, and otaku. The game doesn't really get very difficult until you reach Otaku mode.
Another point to make is about the setting. There are a lot of shops that are actually located in the real city of Akihabara. There are also women who you find around the city that hand out real life flyers from food places and shops. It's a fantastic game to play if you ever intend on visiting Akiba in real life.
Okay now to the point of why I gave this game a 9 instead of a 10. The game definitely has some frame-rate issues, but it's nothing game breaking. Sometimes during a conversation or in a battle, the frame-rate drops a bit. The camera can also be a little wonky, but again, nothing that should keep you from enjoying the game.
Well, there you have it. I hope this was helpful to you. I tried to hit all the important points so nobody will have any question about the quality of the game. It's not a game for everyone, but I sure did enjoy it. I actually just started my 6th playthrough of it yesterday~
Date published: 2014-09-26