Explore Akihabara on your PSP with Akiba’s Trip

Akihabara is a Mecca for the modern otaku. The Tokyo neighborhood is famous for its proliferation of anime and videogame stores. It’s also the setting for Akiba’s Trip, a new PSP title from Way of the Samurai developer Acquire.

‘Akiba’ is a common nickname for the bustling shopping district, and it looks like Akiba’s Trip will accurately portray the real Akihabara, right down to street layouts. As with the Yakuza series, a familiarity with the real-life inspiration for the game's setting will help you out. The characters in the game seem to be the kinds of people you'd see in the real life Akiba including the cosplaying maids on the street handing out flyers for 'maid cafes.'

Above: Checking for vampires...

Your character in the game will fight a group of vampires called Kageyashi. While exploring the area, you'll have a lever of freedom similar to that found in the Way of the Samurai games.

The name of the game originally caused confusion as most Japanese sites simply listed the game phonetically in Japanese or in English without punctuation (Akibastrip.) Is it Akiba Strip or Akiba’s Trip? Famitsu settled that issue with a post on the game today.

A free roaming action-adventure game set in one of our favorite Tokyo neighborhoods? Let's hope if gets a western release soon.

Jan 20, 2011

Source: Famitsu

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  • Shinn - January 23, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    Akihabara is the single greatest place on earth, you can buy absolutely anything you want there.
  • Wriggly - January 21, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    This has to be one of the most niche games ever imagined. I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't come out here. The PSP is already niche enough in the west.
  • sepirothpk - January 21, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA Hey, it worked for The World Ends With You. Awesome game with the setting in Shibuya
  • Letter11 - January 20, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    This is hilarious and I hope (although I have serious doubts) it comes to our shores. Going to Akihabara was one of the coolest things I've ever done and I'd love to relive the experience playing whatever this game is LOL.
  • Forte - January 20, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    One more to the [TO BUY] PSP List XD Looks fun.
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 20, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    This seems like a novelty at best. Sure, Akihabara is cool, but does it justify an entire game? Maybe, maybe not.
  • Wolverine08 - January 20, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    oh Japan, how I love you...
  • 510BrotherPanda - January 20, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Looks like Akiba Strip to me. That maid skirt is going pretty low...
  • Nodoudt - January 20, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    Vampire hunting eh? I think I've found a new career.
  • RamenChimera - January 20, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    A lever of freedom? lol

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