Dead or Alive 5/Ultimate/Last Round & Core Fighters
For about two years, I’ve been playing Dead or Alive 5 off and on. At first, it was a solid fighter with a MUCH better effort into making a story mode, like many of the current fighting games are doing. (Which was mostly non-existent before DOA 3)
It still retained many of its other features from the last 4 entries into the series. Which were: a basic Arcade mode, Versus, Survival Mode, Time Attack and Training. The system in Dead or Alive, if your not familiar with it is based on timing, juggling and countering; except it’s highly simplified as opposed to more technical fighters like Tekken, Street Fighter or Virtual Fighter. Overall, Dead or Alive is a solid fighting game.
The online system is well implemented into ALL of the modes, which allow fight invites EVEN in practice mode!! (Which can be turned off!) Training is executed well and most of the most of the modes have remained the same. (Which is a good thing!) The story mode will actually last a couple days and about 4 hours of dedicated time, if you don’t skip the scenes!
However, there is something VERY different with Dead or Alive…which is the excessive emphasis on overly sexualized characters. Which means that EVERY girl fighter is blessed large boobs, Playboy bunny bodies and skimpy outfits. (Its been like this since DOA on the Playstation.)
The develops have known that “sex sells”, which went from having unrealistic breast physics that moonbounced as you played. (seriously) To having them be more contoured to a female characters body and steadily as each title came in, the physics became more realistic. To me, it seems like the developers are far too obsessed with Japanese swimsuit idols.
Because people REALLY want to see a 14-year old girl in skimpy outfits! *obvious sarcasm*
Don’t FIGHT me…MOUNT me!
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, and all shapes and shades are always appreciated. But it doesn’t make it sexy, only sleezy. Which is what has bothered me in terms of Dead or Alive, they can’t get beyond their over-sexualized presentation. Tecmo has a good fighter and fall back on the teen aged presentation of lady characters. If your going to make them sexy, stop giving them one-dimensional personalities, better and realistic dialogue and give the ladies some real shapes and proportions.
This is actually a statement made by the Tecmo/Team Ninja Staff!
You know what I smell?!?!!?!
Courtesy of blackreverend @deviantart.net
Also, a horrible practice of Tecmo/Team Ninja’s is how they release and price their DLC. After you’ve purchased a game that around $33. However, COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, there are costumes for all of the characters, that could’ve been priced or made available through a freemium money system. But NO, you MUST lay down cold, hard, cash!!! These are the numbers for DOA Last Round, which is most recent update.
“Actually if you didn’t buy anything previously there are:
3 season passes for $92.99 each
The Ultimate Content Set also for $92.99
The Honoka Debut set for $7.49
The Last Getaway set for $24.99
Ninja pack bundle for $5.99
The Premier Sexy Set $14.99
and finally the Showstoppers Encore for $11.99
That adds up to $437.41 .”
Thanks to GameFAQ.com user, Sky7176 for this post. You can find the full discussion here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/835976-dead-or-alive-5-last-round/73036324
For those interested in their DLC here is a few picks of the good and the bad from my opinion.
I’m gonna give you a clothesline, you can’t refuse, capiche?!
I’d gonna let this out now, DoA 5 is the best example of a game milking players out of their hard earned cash out of the gamers… When it was first released, it already had enough content, but Team Ninja/Tecmo kept churning out costume DLC for this game and setting Apple-like prices for the content. To be honest, I shouldn’t support their game, NOT because of the over-sexualized costume design and unrealistic boob physics it has. But because of the way market their product. My opinion; don’t buy this game, avoid the trap of getting ANY DLC for this and play the FREE core fighters version. (but don’t rope yourself into buying the characters, they change them around every week for FREE!) IF you like it, buy the full game at Amazon/Newegg/etc for a THIRD of the price it’s listed on PSN.