This is my first review on Amazon so I’ll do my best to give you an entire overview of this game. To start off, this is an amazingly fun and unique type of game that will most likely fly under the radar for most gamers due to the zaniness concept of stripping clothes off from people.
Story/Presentation: You play as a boy named Nanashi (You can change the name and his appearance) and he took a part time job that will pay him with rare and collectable anime merchandise. Your character describes himself as an “Otaku” basically it’s an equivalent of calling him a Nerd or a Geek. He prides himself with the knowledge and collection of anything that is related to anime; hence why he signed up for the part time job. However, the “job” was a front for something more sinister. You start the game by waking up and realizing that you are strapped and chained. You are soon introduced to a man named Zenya. In reality, Zenya drugged Nanashi and converted him to modern day equivalent of a vampire. Zenya’s ambition is take over Akihabara (Where the game takes place) and drain the resident’s life energy away from them with the help of vampire minions. Fortunately, you are able to break away from your chains by a girl name Shizuku. After battling Zenya and his henchmen, you were able to escape and temporarily stop his evil plans. Both of you head back to the game’s headquarters called Mogra (A Videogame theme bar) where you meet the other main characters and also when the game and story begins.
For the visuals, it takes place in a very bright environment. Throughout Akihabara, it is constantly bustling with NPC’s (Non-playable characters) and filled with Japanese music. It also gives a nice recreation of Akihabara and portrays how lively it is. I read that the company that made the game, meticulously studied and researched Akihabara to get it close to 100% resemblance to the real counterpart. It even has actual advertisement (You can see them during loading screens) of real businesses and services that are in Akihabara. Also, the game has a lot of tongue and cheek jokes and satire that portrays themes like: Anime, Videogames, Social Media, and even breaking the 4th wall. The game does not take itself too seriously by having many comical and fan-service moments in the game.
Gameplay: For the most part the game is an Action RPG. The combat centers a simple but intuitive control scheme. There are multiple types of weapons ranging from Markers to a Glowing sword. Also there is a vast amount of clothing that allows you customize your character and find your own unique style. Your overall health, is represented by the health of your clothing. You can wear up to 3 levels of clothing: Head, Torso, and Lower Body. These clothing and weapons can be enchanted to increase its durability and attacks (Also can be applied to your female companions). In order to win a battle you must completely strip all the enemies clothing from head to toe. There are three forms of attacking: High, Medium, and Low attacks. Also, these attacks correspond to the position of clothing the enemy has. So for example, a high attack is useful with enemies that have headgear while low attacks are good for pants/skirts. For most battles, you will have a female companion or allies that will aid you in battle. There are useful ways to get the clothes off the enemies’ back either by force, chain-stripping (When you successfully strip a piece of clothing there is a chance you can strip more clothing by pressing a button via quick time event) or triggering a finishing move (Most female companions have a finisher) that can hit and stun a group of enemies at once. The gameplay is solid, however it can get repetitive down the line and also the overall framerate could drop due to a lot of action happening at once. However, the framerate is not entirely game breaking.
Also, as the story progresses it’s like reading an interactive novel. There will be moments in the game where you are given three options of how to respond to a situation. For the most part, you pick a decision that is based on your personality but there are certain situations that affect how the main female characters react to you based on the choices you picked. These choices, will affect the ending of the game as well.
Once you’ve completed the game, you can start a New Game + where all the clothes and weapons you’ve acquired from your first play through will carry over to the new one. Since there are multiple female companions in the game there are multiple endings so it gives the game some replay value and also entice people that are completionists (Like myself).
Sound: For the most part, the voice acting is amazingly well done. Each English voice actors/actresses did a tremendous job portraying their characters. All of them match the personality of the videogame characters quite well. The conversations are quite dynamic and there is no extra filler or tangents in the game that take away from the plot. If you like, there is an option to switch the voices and text from English to Japanese at anytime.
Overall, this is a very good game. Yes, there are slight hiccups with the gameplay but it does not take away the full enjoyment of playing this game. I have a feeling this game will have a cult following. I hope they make a sequel for this game and show that niche games can do well in the United States; which in turn allow many gamers to play games that only came out in Japan. I hope I was able to help you decide to get this game or not. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.