How Close Is Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed to The Real Akihabara?

By Spencer . August 11, 2014 . 3:38am

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Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed is set in Tokyo’s famous electric town, Akihabara. One of the main selling points is players can visit real world locations like the retro video game heaven Super Potato. Not all buildings could be recreated so there are parodies like Sister Donut instead of Mr. Donut. How accurate is the game?

 

"It is crazy accurate," said Tom Lipschultz, Localization Specialist at Xseed said to Siliconera. "You can actually spot Acquire’s office in the background. Actually, the game is across the street from Acquire’s office. If you had towards it you’re in a holy place. You’re in a shrine, for some reason."

 

Lipschultz continued, "One of my favorite things is when we were in Akihabara speaking to Acquire about the game, in Akiba’s Trip there is this art gallery near the [train] station. If you get anywhere near there, a woman carrying a painting will browbeat you to come into her gallery and force you to buy a painting. These people are known as "artliens" in the game. They wander around and force art on people, basically. It seemed really weird, but when I was in Akihabara after our meeting with Acquire I happened by that exact spot and had a woman holding a painting trying really hard to get me into her gallery. I was like, ‘Holy crap artliens are real!’ They really hit the nail on the head for Akiba atmosphere."

 

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed comes out this Tuesday on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. A PlayStation 4 version is slated for release later this year.


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  • SpeeeeedowaGOOONnnn

    Does anyone know if there’s is cross play between the ps4 and the ps vita version?

    • Vanslain

      i think xseed said there wasn’t, though it may have just been about cross buy.

    • wyrdwad

      No cross-play, I’m afraid.

  • Brandonmkii

    Thank you based Tom

  • heartless141

    i can confirm that Art lady! most aggressive being in the whole neighborhood.

    • Kai2591

      I second that confirmation, as a similar thing happened to me when I visited (the real) Akihabara! However, she was selling me postcards but hey those postcards had some nice art on them (I ended up buying some lol~)

    • http://www.twitter.com/christaran Chris Taran

      Kind of glad I missed her when I was in Akiba last year!

  • Tarkovsky

    Time to do some stripping YEEHAW!

  • Lemski07

    TOMORROW I SHALL VISIT AKIBAHARA! no one could stop me!

    • Max Leo

      I WILL STOP YOU!

      ….wait why would anyone stop you!?

      • MXC

        STOP THAT PERSON BEFORE THEY RUIN THEMSELVES INTO POVERTY FROM BUYING TOO MUCH STUFF!

        • Lemski07

          I GOOOT MINE COPY NOW nom nom nom

    • QNA Kunai

      Watch out for people who will try to strip you.

    • Guest

      Ohhh I got mine copy nom nom nom

  • Limbless

    yay for waiting for international delivery

    • Zoozbuh

      I know right? Mine got dispatched early, but it’ll probably be like a 2 week wait + possible taxes on delivery. Loool :/

  • Rintarou

    After seeing the unfortunately frequent and slow loading screens on the Vita version I figure I’ll wait until I get a PS4 and get this later for that. :D

    • Rintarou

      Waiting another week for SAO:HF and Xillia 2 got that much harder though. ;(

      • Cev256

        That’s why I imported Hollow Fragment last week, some of the english translations are bad but they are still understandable. And it’s worth dealing with the so, so translations for a physical copy.

    • ReidHershel

      Pick up the Vita version if that’s your main issue, the guys on Gamefaqs say that the PS4 has more slowdowns than the PS3/Vita versions.

      • Rintarou

        Whaaat. Link to thread? I frequent GFAQs pretty often and have only read about how superior the PS4 version is to the other two and only read about any slowdowns being on Vita and to a lesser extent PS3.

        Also slowdowns don’t really bother me that much, just load times.

      • wyrdwad

        They are incorrect. The PS4 version runs at a smooth framerate with no slowdown whatsoever.

    • wyrdwad

      The load times really aren’t all that bad, mostly because they’re fairly infrequent. The game only loads when you enter a new area, and since there’s fast-travel, you’ll literally only be doing this one time before each major battle, story scene or side quest. So you’ll load for 5-8 seconds, then get a good 10-30 minutes of playtime in before you have to load again.

  • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

    I work in Akihabara so I’m pretty familiar with the place, and the recreation of it appears to be very impressive. :P

  • Robert Backland

    Can you go into some of the stores, or do you just look at the outside of them?

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      I’m going by trailers here, and also Japan’s history with games like this, but I’m gonna say, “Not really” when it comes to going inside buildings.

      In the trailer though, you can see conversation scenes take place inside buildings. So there’s that. If “Static backgrounds obstructed by 2D character art and text boxes” counts as going inside, then you’re all set! :D

      Here’s an example: http://youtu.be/OYY2i0FwbKk?t=33s

      Haven’t seen anything in the way of exploring a 3D modeled recreation of building interiors. There’s probably a few though – think like how Yakuza does it, I’d imagine. They’ve gotta be really notable places story-wise. So I wouldn’t expect much.

      • Robert Backland

        Thanks for the info guys.

    • wyrdwad

      You can enter select stores, but they’re just photographs with shop menus. The sole exception to this is Game Bar MOGRA, which serves as your home base.

      For the most part, this is a recreation of the streets of Akihabara only.

  • MistahBlob

    The game is dual audio iirc right?

  • luckgandor

    “If you had towards it you’re in a holy place.”

    had –> head?

  • idrawrobots

    This is one of the major selling points to me. I really enjoy playing games set in Japan.

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      I totally agree. “Virtual Tourism” is something more devs should focus on, and more gamers should enjoy. It’s why I played Sleeping Dogs for as long as I did – that’s the closest I’ll ever get to Hong Kong for a looong time. I don’t even have a passport yet ( T – T )

  • Shippoyasha

    Stripping, knocking people around with props and sightseeing all in one!

  • mojack411

    The recreation of Akihabara looks fantastic but from what I’ve seen of the game from videos and articles, the combat system looks repetitive as all hell. I feel like if the gameplay itself is stale, the no amount of accurate portrayal of the district will keep me interested. Can anyone attest to this?

    • wyrdwad

      It’s only as stale as you make it. Literally every weapon in the game controls COMPLETELY differently — baseball bats have you wind up your hit, glowsticks have you rave-dancing, synthesizers have you doing aerial flips and spins for some reason, etc. — so if you get bored of using one particular weapon, just switch to another and the dynamics of gameplay completely change.

      Also, this is the kind of game that doesn’t show as well as it plays. What looks repetitive doesn’t really FEEL repetitive when you’re playing it, as the combat gets pretty intense at times — especially when you’re fighting an all-out brawl where it’s you versus like, 30 people at once. You’re constantly trying to figure out who needs to have what article of clothing stripped, who’s in danger of hitting you, and where the safest spot might be to run to if you need to take a few seconds to adjust your clothes and heal up (leaving you completely vulnerable in the process).

      It’s simple combat, but it’s a lot deeper and more fun than it might appear, especially if you’re just watching a Let’s Play from someone who hasn’t been paying much attention to tutorial windows and isn’t really using the game’s combat system to its full potential.

      • r0gamer940

        I can attest to that as well, have put 16+ hours in the game so far and it’s a lot of fun

    • Shippoyasha

      It IS a beat-em-up so there’s some degree of repetition involved. Like Tom has said, you can mix up the combat by yourself by using different moves and weapons.

  • Learii

    can’t wait until tomorrow

  • Tinye

    I really don’t know how I feel about this game. All I know is I want the ps4 version if I want it at all, so I’m gonna wait.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Getting it today! Time for undressing! XD

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