Akiba’s Trip arrives on PS3 and PS Vita this August

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You ever heard of the Ahkibara District? It’s an iconic part of Japan, a nerd mecca for anyone who digs everything from gaming, electronics, toys and various other collectable stuff. Naturally, it’d be the perfect setting for a game, and that’s where Akiba’s Trip comes in. The game has been in development for a while now. And it’ll finally be out next month.

August 12 to be exact. And it’s going to be another game that can only be described as Japanese. According to the official website, Akiba’s Trip is all about a lone player who “must repel a brooding malevolence that has fallen over Tokyo’s popular Akihabara (Akiba for short) electronics district. Akiba has been invaded by creatures known as “Synthisters” who prey on the anime- and game-obsessed patrons of Akihabara like vampires, but feast on their social energy and will to live rather than their blood. Only direct exposure to sunlight can stop this menace.”

Taking the role of a young man named Nanashi who was transformed into one of the walking undead himself, players must identify which of the outwardly human men and women of Akiba are Synthisters with the help of a handy in-game smartphone app, then free them of their clothes, exposing them to sunlight and sending them to the netherworld. To achieve this, players will use everyday objects from baseball bats to comic books to motherboards as weapons, beating enemies into submission before attempting to literally grab the shirts off their backs. Once enough stripping experience has been gained, each of the enemies’ unique clothing items can be claimed by players for their personal use as well.

Strangely, exposure to direct sunlight can also stop most over-obsessive nerds easily. I’ve got the sunburns to prove it. To get you in the mood for the strip to win mechanics, here’s a whole bunch of new screenshots:

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The game will be available on the digital PlayStation store, and it’ll cost ya $39.99. A PS4 version is also on the way, in case you wanted to strip vampires in higher-definition and avoid being tackled by the police.

Last Updated: July 24, 2014

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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