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Mini Review: Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed (PS4) – Remastered JRPG Is Fun But Flawed

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How time flies! The Akiba’s Trip series has been going for 10 years and to celebrate Acquire has remastered the first game in the series, which was previously only released on PSP in Japan. The game takes place in Akihabara, an area in Tokyo that is famous for its maid cafés and abundance of stores filled with manga, anime, and videogame collectibles. It’s pretty fun to be able to walk around and explore some of the sights, but of course you are not here just to shop.

The game’s protagonist, with the help of his friends and a shady government organisation, must fight back against a supernatural foe called Shadow Souls who are drinking the blood of the local populace turning them into depressed shut-ins. While Shadow Souls may look just like regular people, if you strip them of their clothes they disintegrate into dust. The story is silly enough to raise a smile and while many of the characters are clichéd it’s easy to forgive due to how endearing they all are.

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