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  • Summary: Imagine the rain-soaked neon streets of Mega-Tokyo. You, your loyal katana and hordes of mad Yakuzas. There’s no happy ending this time. Take down as many thugs as you can with you.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 21, 2019
    90
    Akane is a delightful twin-stick shooter that focuses primarily on melee combat, and wants the player to use their firearms sparingly. Mix this with the delightful graphics and upgrades, and there is a lot of fun to be had with this game.
  2. May 16, 2019
    85
    Akane always ends in violence, bloodshed and the death of the titular hero. It’s the journey towards that inevitable conclusion, that makes this retro-styled experience one of the finest examples of its genre as it deftly weaves a subtle strategy with some of the tightest action on the market today.
  3. Jun 3, 2019
    80
    Akane is a sleek, stylish arena fighter that feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch. The simplicity of its premise and the stylish presentation are equally matched by its fun one-more-go gameplay. Akane is a game that does one thing and does it exceptionally well; its biggest flaw is that there simply isn’t enough of it.
  4. May 15, 2019
    70
    While it might not share the intricate levels and levelling up mechanics of Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition, Akane balances out its lack of topographical variety with a simple yet challenging set of rolling objectives and an increasingly tough variety of enemies to slay. Death is constant in those first few hours, but persevere and you'll discover a hack 'n' slash survival game that rewards precision, position and quick-thinking. With a brilliant chiptune/synth soundtrack and an art style that wears its influences front and centre, Akane has plenty of charms for those willing to learn to wield its blades – even if it does become slightly samey over time.
  5. Sep 26, 2019
    67
    If you just want some stylized kills, of course, then you probably won’t mind the repetitiveness or the lack of story. And make no mistake, there are few games that are more stylized than Akane. But if you want anything more than style, then keep looking, because this isn’t a game with a whole lot of substance.
  6. Jun 1, 2019
    60
    Akane contains intense action with fantastic controls but the repetitiveness of it all ends up making it a somewhat limited experience.
  7. 50
    On the surface, Akane is a super difficult game that requires absolute dexterity with a controller. It has some fantastic ideas which sadly are all cancelled out by mechanics and design choices that fight against the good stuff. It looks gorgeous, and can be enjoyed in really short spurts, but unfortunately there’s just not enough substance in this game to consider recommending it above the vast array of games available on the eShop right now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 9, 2020
    9
    Love it. I got it for $1, but would have paid full price. It's the most bare bones videogame I've ever played, but what it does do isLove it. I got it for $1, but would have paid full price. It's the most bare bones videogame I've ever played, but what it does do is fantastic. I really wish they made a meatier game with this gameplay. It's the perfect time waster. Expand
  2. May 18, 2019
    9
    this game may look little but it knows what it wanna be and it accomplishes amazingly, you want fast paced battles against multiple enemiesthis game may look little but it knows what it wanna be and it accomplishes amazingly, you want fast paced battles against multiple enemies where u dash everywhere, coordinate when to change to the pistol to gain stamina and then make a dragon strike to kill a bunch ok enemies?

    No? Well, do you want to play a game that is easy to control but mastering the controls makes u go further in every battle that is like 30 seconds long, play this.

    i would give a ten if it had an option to remap the buttons.
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  3. Oct 1, 2019
    8
    I have spent so many hours on this... hard to believe when it is basically the same thing all the time. The feeling of improving on eachI have spent so many hours on this... hard to believe when it is basically the same thing all the time. The feeling of improving on each attempt on the same level is great, but a more varied content would have been better. This game is awesome for its cheap price. Expand
  4. Jul 17, 2020
    7
    A respectable action arcade-style arena hack-n-slash sort of game. Very fun, for what it is. Appropriately priced for what you're getting. IfA respectable action arcade-style arena hack-n-slash sort of game. Very fun, for what it is. Appropriately priced for what you're getting. If this gameplay was implemented into a fully fledged game...holy crap, it could potentially be pure indie gold, up there with the best. Maybe in a sequel? One can only hope. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    7
    Akane is a fun fast action game with lots of replayability. Very cheap and worth the price.
  6. Dec 18, 2019
    6
    A fun topdown hack 'n slash/shooter game for a while, but it needs a lot of skill and practice before you can defeat bosses. I don't play itA fun topdown hack 'n slash/shooter game for a while, but it needs a lot of skill and practice before you can defeat bosses. I don't play it much, not because I don't like it, but because I'm not that good at it, and that almost destroys the fun. Still a fun minigame for when you have a too short amount of time to play a big game like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which takes longer to start playing. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2020
    6
    Following a short cut-scene Akane throws you straight into the action (although it's recommended to play the tutorial) and simply asks you toFollowing a short cut-scene Akane throws you straight into the action (although it's recommended to play the tutorial) and simply asks you to survive as long as possible against wave after wave of enemies. The core gameplay is fairly enjoyable as you mix melee attacks with a limited number of ranged weapon shots, and it'll certainly test the ability of even the most seasoned of gamers, but it does begin to feel fairly repetitive after only a short while. Expand

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