Being a lifelong fan of the weird, transgressive, bonkers and otherwise not acceptable in polite company means I cross paths with Japanese culture an awful lot. The films of Takashi Miike and Shion Sono. The short stories of Edogawa Rampo. The insanity of Junji Ito’s manga. The list is endless. I unapologetically own Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad on 360 AND Wii AND I own the movie (which are all pretty terrible). So when you tell me there’s a video game on PS4 about fighting vampires in broad daylight by stripping them to their skivvies in the busy streets of Akibahara, Japan… I say: sign me up!
Enter Akiba’s Trip, a 3D brawler with with some romance visual novel stuff thrown in. It should be noted that the game is really best played on the Vita. The areas are so tiny that it feels like you’re in loading screens as often as the game itself. The actual fighting feels clunky and imprecise. On a technical level it’s not a great game. But as a delivery system for the batshit crazy, it’s loaded to the gills. The PS4 exclusive Twitch integration and the Toybox mode (as well as some technical upgrades) are nice, though. The cast is likable and the dub is actually pretty decent. Chaining a ten hit combo of pantaloon snatching is never not worth a laugh… and in a faithfully recreated Akibahara, complete with fliers for existing IRL locations, too.
I love that I live in a world where weird shit like this gets made and, having switched from Microsoft to Sony for this console generation, I’m sure to get plenty more. Never stop being you, Glorious Nippon.
Oh, and apparently there was a holiday too. Ionno.
Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.
If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.
If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.
LittleBigPlanet 3 Nanners 7:00 Nanashi707 Nanners will be playing at any time between 7 and 3AM so message him and he’ll jump in.
Killzone: Shadow Fall CornflakeJustice 8:00pm CornflakeJustice Co-operative or competitive!
The Last Of Us: Remastered Nanners 9:00 Nanashi707 Be sure to buy all the hats and death animations to support starving indie devs!
Calladoots: Advancing Warfarts CornflakeJustice 10:00pm CornflakeJustice
Battlefield 4 Nanners 11:00 Nanashi707 Battlefriends Unite!
Warframe Cornflake Justice 12:00am-ish CornflakeJustice Space Ninja Death Machine Party
Assassins Creed 4: The One That Works Nanners 1:00 AM Nanashi707 Hot pirate on pirate action!