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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Is it just me, or is Akiba's Beat just a little reminiscent of Persona?

News by Matt S.

Another of the endless stream of JRPGs that we have to look forward to is Akiba's Beat, the follow up to Akiba's Trip that is different in every single way imaginable.

Related reading: Nick's review of Akiba's Trip.

That game was a lighthearted brawler that was all about ripping the clothes of people. If you're anything like me you basically forgot about the rest of the game after that. Not that it was bad by any means, but stripping is was what it was best at doing.

Akiba's Beat, meanwhile, is promising to be a far more serious kind of game, complete with deeper, darker themes and more traditional JRPG action, and less schoolgirl skirt tearing. This game centres around the theme of "delusion," and, while it's based in the same Akihabara we love from the first game, there seem to now be dungeons to explore, people to free, and some nasty things happening within the town.

In short, it looks like this game will have a deeper and more involved narrative, and the trailer, below, also seems to imply that the relationship between the characters is of importance. And you all know what that means, right? Yep, Persona!

The aesthetic design of the game is also clearly taking a couple of nods from that most classic of JRPGs. Not that there is anything wrong with being inspired by Persona, of course, and if this game ends up being even a fraction as good as that one, then this will be a favourite of mine.

E3 trailer below!

- Matt S.
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Is it just me, or is Akiba's Beat just a little reminiscent of Persona?
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