Akiba’s Trip

Akiba’s Trip

I spent a good portion of my youth playing a wide variety of games, but you could probably categorize most of them into either “Western RPG” or “Game from Japan”. This was because the two primary gaming platforms I played on were the PC and my PS2. The Playstation 2 had an extensive library but my attraction to the weird and unusual means I usually would find something like Katamari Damacy more enticing than the newest WW2 shooter. Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed is a game that would have been right at home on my PS2 (which makes some sense, since it’s a game ported from Sony consoles).   In the game, you find yourself a newly created half-vampire. You’re stronger than most, but you also have a weakness to the sun. You’ll hunt down synthesized vampires who have the same weakness and you’ll expose them to the sun via a novel method: stripping their clothing off. And when you’re not beating the pants off of Vamps and often some humans, you’ll be working along side a group of freedom fighters who are trying to make Akibara a safer and better place.   There’s a mountain of content here so if you’re even mildly interested, I’d suggest seeking out videos to see how the various mechanics work. You’re going to spend your time gathering and upgrading equipment, doing side-quests, talking to your friends (very visual novel in that respect) and exploring the city of Akihabara (interestingly, modeled off of the real world location from between 2012 and 2013, meaning you could visit the locations in the game in real...
52 Week Challenge – Week 17 – World of Goo

52 Week Challenge – Week 17 – World of Goo

World of Goo is another one of those games that I purchased forever ago, and never got around to beating. Oh, I beat the first ‘world’ but I sort of ended it there. It’s a puzzle game and a very tough one at that. Nothing that will melt your skull but some puzzles will certainly take more than one attempt. The big problem with writing up this game, is that there isn’t anything new here. Everyone (or mostly everyone) knows World of Goo and if they want to play it or not. It’s nothing revolutionary (although at the time it was) and there’s nothing other than a good solid puzzle game here. If you like good solid puzzle games, you probably have already played and beaten World of Goo. If not, go give it a...
52 Week Challenge – Week 16 – DOTA2 Tutorial

52 Week Challenge – Week 16 – DOTA2 Tutorial

One may disagree with the inclusion of a multiplayer exclusive game in this listing. And that’s fine, it’s my challenge not theirs. But more importantly it’s to complete games. DOTA 2 has an enormous skill curve, but the majority of that lies within playing game after game. Experience shows in a game like this.   The nice thing about DOTA 2 is that Valve has taken great strides in promoting a positive community as well as proper training to ensure everyone has a good time. Nothing is worse than someone who has no idea what they’re doing, coming into your game and boosting your opponents so much that you don’t have a way to offset that advantage.   The tutorial is the thing. In this case, the tutorial gives you a non-interactive view of your goals. Then you’re asked to play through as Dragon Knight and learn how buying items works. The next part of the tutorial is ranged combat. Then upgrading your character. Then defeating a single lane as ten different characters and finally you’re required to play 5 complete games vs bots.   I want to take a note here, people who make tutorials, that Valve has chosen your foes in the 1v1 single lane challenge so that you’re always fighting someone who has a slight skill advantage over you, requiring you to get good with that character to...