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Akiba's Beat - PlayStation 4 (PS4)

Akiba's Beat - PlayStation 4 (PS4)
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Format: PS4
Developer: Acquire
Publisher: PQube
Genre: JRPG
Release Date: 19th May 2017
Also Available On: PS Vita
Other Editions: NEET Edition: PS Vita, PS4
Akiba's Beat is an action RPG from the makers of Akiba's Trip. Set in world-famous Akihabara, Asahi Tachibana and a rag-tag group of chosen ones must fight to take down the people's freakish delusions that threaten to destroy life as they know it!
Akiba's Beat - PlayStation 4 (PS4)

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What is Akiba's Beat?

Anyone who knows Japanese culture knows about Akihabara -- perhaps one of Tokyo's most well-known districts, especially for otaku. Tech and culture come together in neon glow for both tourists to Japan, and those who frequent its streets every day. Acquire themselves have their offices right in the middle of it! Akiba's Beat features a recreation of the district, a love letter to the area!
 
But it's not always been full of anime and moe. Akihabara has been a constantly changing district of Tokyo since World War 2. Music scense, electronic parts, video games and arcades, anime and memes. Everything has thrived in Akihabara. Now, memories and desires for what Akihabara could be and what it represents is being twisted by sinister magic.
 
Asahi Tachibana is a self-professed NEET who dropped out of school and spends most of his time playing games, watching anime and reading mangas. He’s considers himself a career NEET and is quite proud of the fact that he doesn’t do anything but lounge around all day. 
 
Self-described NEET Asahi Tachibana finds himself trapped in a looping Sunday Groundhog Day-style, interuptting his usual gaming, anime, and maga routine. Forced to do something about it, he must team up with other locals of Akihabara to figure out what's going on, and to quash these distorted "delusionscapes" that are cropping up around the city. They must save Akihabara!

 

Realtime battle system similar to the 'Tales of' series
Fight the delusions of your enemies in real-time with Akiba’s Beat’s ARPG system. Set strategies for your allies to follow, switch characters, and get slashing and dodging as you move around the arena. Performing combos and aerial combos increase your AP, allowing you to unleash devastating moves with the right analog stick. Build up the Imagine Meter and then unleash Imagine Mode, blasting Japanese music and powering you up as you strike to the beat!
 
Attacks and special movesare mapped to the face buttons and direction input. Stronger moves use AP, and you can combo together normal attacks and special attack, creating your own playstyle depedning on the moves you choose to map to the inputs. You can spec to be more physical, more elemental, more ground-based or more aerial focused. The choice is in your hands.
 
Build a team of friends - all with unique skill-sets and enter the minds of the delusional
Along his journey to shatter the delusions in Akihabara Asahi Tachibana will team up with a whole bunch of unique and interesting characters, all with their own skill-sets and styles that you can play as. Dual audio and text is available. The English dub features some great voice talent, including Ray Chase (Noctis, Final Fantasy XV), Erica Mendez (Eleanor, Tales of Berseria), Robbie Drayomond (Prompto, Final Fantasy XV), and more!
 
Imaginative dungeon worlds based on the delusions of other - from music fans to Idol obsessives
Asahi is trapped within a repeating version of a Sunday in Akihabara, just like in Groundhog Day. A malevolent force has corrupted Akihabara, bestowing the power on certain individuals to be able to warp and distort the city to their whims – to create “delusions”. These Delusions are the game’s dungeons, and take the form of how they wish the district was. For example, one antagonist yearns for the days Akihabara was less otaku-centric and more of a music mecca, so their Delusion reimagines it as it once was; another is J-Pop idol obsessed and everything is pink and poppy.
 
Customise the ultimate collection: Equip your characters with new skills, weapons, weapon enhancements, clothing, and trading cards.
Characters can be equipped with new skills, weapons, enhancements to your weapons, clothes, and even trading cards. New skills are unlocked as you level up to spruce up each character’s four skill slots. Weapons can also be enhanced to upgrade a piece of equipment’s stats too. While wearing something nice will also improve stats, it can just be nice to freshen up a bit. On top of all that, trading cards can also be found around Akihabara that provide a whole host of benefits, giving you brand new abilities – whether it’s increase defence against an element, or reducing the AP cost of skills. You’ll want to keep your eyes open for these bad boys.
 
Explore Akihabara in a perfectly mapped 1:1 version of this legendary district
Akihabara, where Acquire’s offices are actually based in real life, has been lovingly recreated with a tonne of attention to detail. Anyone who has visited the “otaku mecca” that is Akihabara in real life will be able to pick out some key landmarks, from the station, to Electric Town. In Akiba’s Beat you’re free to explore as you please. Akihabara acts as a sort of hub world from which you can discover and explore the Delusion dungeons from, but it’s more than just a level select. It’s the bones of the story and of the game’s structure, and you’ll come to love the time you spend just chilling out in Akihabara.
 
Incredible art and animation with characters brought to life using 2D Live
2D Live breathes a lot of life into what once would have just been static 2D portraits. While the gorgeous 2D artwork is still retained, the 2D Live system adds a lot of character, making the characters feel alive. Vibrant and colourful, Akiba’s Beat is one of the most stylish JRPGs out there!
 
Combine special and normal attacks in time to the music for increased damage
Build up the Imagine Meter and then unleash Imagine Mode, blasting Japanese music and powering you up as you strike to the beat! You can customise the music different characters experience in Imagine Mode for different effects!
 
Maid to Order
Using the “maid system” non-combat characters can be used both during battles and outside of battles, effectively as a 5th member of your party. While they don’t jump into combat themselves, they can still help out with navigation and highlighting dangers. For instance they can call out when an enemy boss is about to use a big attack, or alert you to any party members that are in imminent danger.

 

Additional Information
Format
PS4
Developer
Acquire
Publisher
PQube
Genre
JRPG
Release Date
19th May 2017
Also Available On
Other Editions
NEET Edition: PS Vita, PS4

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