It's not exactly the kind of game I'd expect XSEED to release.
It kinda blindsided us, too, TBH. Acquire approached us with it, sent us a review copy and asked if we'd be interested in publishing it... and we unanimously agreed that we were. Like, every single person in XSEED really liked it -- which pretty much NEVER happens (there's always that one person who plays a game and thinks it's kinda meh).
So we decided, hell, if we're going to do it, let's give it the best shot we can to actually do well -- we'll go dual voice (despite the fact that it's the biggest voiceover project we've ever done by several orders of magnitude), dual text, physical and digital, new content, the works. Might seem kind of weird for us to focus that kind of attention on Akiba's Trip of all games... but we have confidence in this one, as long as players actually give it a shot and don't just dismiss it on concept alone.
It remains to be seen if it'll do well, but hey... it's an experiment. Let's see how it turns out.
I love how this game has a character from Finland, even when she doesn't seem all that Finnish-like. I don't know other Japanese games like that. Once I finally get myself a PS3, I'll be sure to get a copy of this game.
Heh. There are a very, very small handful of Finnish phrases in the game because of her -- though all very simple ones, like "Mitä kuuluu." Still, it was kind of nice that Acquire did enough research to include even that much.
Oh, EVERYONE is strippable in this game. Like, without exception. Though Kati is one of the six partner characters you can have with you as an AI-controlled party member, which means she's also one of the six women in the game with a pinup strip portrait, so she gets special attention.
And she also gets special strip combo moves with you and stuff, too. She's not super-duper important in the overall story -- there's unfortunately no route in which you can romance her, sadly -- but I'd say she's probably the most important female side character in the game, at least.
As for other Finnish phrases from her, there are a total of four, all of which are voiced-only callouts during battle or story scenes:
Moi Moikka Voittaa Joo
For the English dub, "Moikka" was actually replaced with "Hei hei," since it's used as a goodbye. And we also added one: "Näkemiin!", used in place of the Japanese voiced line "Itterasshaimase!" (used as a maid cafe "So long!" line).
Hope we did OK. Especially since the actress voicing Kati in English had no idea how to pronounce the Finnish words, so we relied on Google Translate to say them for us, and she mimicked what she heard.
Can you go inside Super Potato in this? Are the interiors of the more well known stores replicated as well? I'm mostly interested in this from a "getting familiar with the layout of Akihabura" for the next time I visit Japan. : )
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2014 23:42:16 GMT -5 by SkyeWelse
Super Potato is in the game, and I think you can shop there, but the insides of shops are all just still photographs -- there are no building interiors in the entire game, save for Game Bar MOGRA (your home base) + a couple enemy strongholds here and there. Akiba's Trip takes place almost exclusively on the streets of Akihabara, not inside any of its buildings.
The layout is scary accurate, though. If you familiarize yourself with the Akihabara of the game, you WILL be able to find your way around in real life -- it's kind of ridiculous. About the only sticking points are MOGRA and Akimori Shrine, neither of which exists anywhere near where it's depicted.