Monday, June 17, 2013

Plus or Ultimate?

I checked out the Dead or Alive Plus Vita demo over the weekend and came away extremely impressed. It really makes the Mortal Kombat port look a full generation behind. Ended up playing the demo A LOT and it’s left me in a bit of a bind.

My plan was to eventually pick up Plus, but at a discounted price so I can justify purchasing some overpriced DLC. I was also going to avoid Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate entirely. 

That all changed with the latest reveal that Rachel is in the game. Upping the ante further is the fact that several DLC costume packs will be included in the game for free and the retail price is $39.99. The major downside is that Ulitmate is console only at this time and hasn’t been announced for the Vita. It’s no sure bet there will be a Vita version, although if there is one, it won’t be for another 6 months after Ultimate. 

As of today, DOA5 Plus is not discounted by much. The only semi-decent deal is a digital bundle on the PSN store that include Plus and the PSP DOA Paradise for $49.99. 

So either I wait for further discounts on Plus, wait two months for Ultimate or wait 6 months (?) for Ultimate Plus that may never come.

The sensible answer seems to be to purchase Plus right now if that’s the experience I’m craving. Skip the DLC for now and pick up Ultimate if I’m still hungry for more DOA in September. 

If I do end up picking up both Plus and Ultimate, I would own three versions of DOA5 for a total $140 out of pocket (DOA5 $59.99, DOA5 Plus $39.99, DOA5 Ultimate $39.99).  

I have no problem throwing money at games I love, but $140 within a year seems excessive. Then again, if I knew this spending would lead to Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 being greenlit… well $140 would be a small price to pay indeed. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Upcoming GET 2013

Although my backlog is absolutely ridiculous, I can't help but look at upcoming releases to see if anything piques my interest.

Dead or Alive 5 Plus (Vita) - This one is a no brainer. All the footage I've seen looks great and it should be even better when viewed directly on that nice OLED screen.

Injustice: Gods Among Us - (PS3, 360) - Coming off the stellar Mortal Kombat reboot, I've got high expectations for the latest from NetherRealms Studios. The gameplay videos shown so far look sharp, but some of the combos have me concerned about balance. 

Resident Evil: Revelations (PS3/360) - I'm super psyched this is coming to the consoles and slightly bummed its skipping the Vita. I played through the 3DS demo and thought it was a faithful continuation of classic RE themes.

Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) - The Wii version was great and the Vita one looks even better. Probably the best Vanillaware game yet in terms of tight gameplay. Now they just need to update Odin Sphere for Vita with quicker load times and no slow down on boss fights. 

Dragon's Crown (PS3/Vita) - There is still no solid release date, but I can't think of any other game I'm more desperate to play.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) - Luigi's Mansion was one of my top 5 GameCube games so I'm quite interested in this follow up. Of course I still don't own a 3DS. The release of Fire Emblem is further weakening my resolve. I'll probably wait till another sales special. Perhaps close to E3.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Second Best Dead or Alive Game Ever

It’s taken forever to get to my final impressions of Dead or Alive 5 done, but I was grappling with a serious question. Within the first two weeks of playing I already knew the game was something special. The greatly improved character models/faces, the interesting stages, and the fantastic (although still confusing) story mode kicked all kind of ass. The strongest showing for the new Team Ninja by far.

The big question I was wrestling with was “where does this rank in the history of DOA games?”. I went back and forth on this quite a bit and I nearly declared it the best ever. So what’s the best? The first Dead or Alive on the Saturn. It’s easily the one I logged the most hours on and very playable to this day (this past weekend actually).


The overall rankings look like this:

1)    Dead or Alive 1 (Sega Saturn)
2)    Dead or Alive 5 (PS3/360)
3)    Dead or Alive 2 (three-way tie between the US PS2 Hardcore edition, the Japanese Dreamcast  version, and the Ultimate Xbox version)
4)    Dead or Alive 4
5)    Dead or Alive 3

For the purists out there, the Japanese release of DOA 2 hardcore featured the most unlockables until the Xbox version rolled out later on although it supposedly didn’t have everything the Japanese Dreamcast version had (it gets really confusing and I may be wrong).

But I digress. Dead or Alive 5 is fantastic. The only thing that annoys me about it is the insane prices for the DLC content. I have not purchased any. At. All.

I do want to support the series and the way to do that will be to buy the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the Vita which appears to include a lot of the DLC  for the console versions (hence the “plus”).

This all leads me to hope for a new Dead or Alive Xtreme game. If the new Team Ninja can ramp up the X series in the same way they have for DOA 5, I will be supremely satisfied. In case you were wondering, here is how I would rank the DOA series if the X games were included:

1)    Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Xbox)
2)    Dead or Alive 1 (Sega Saturn)
3)    Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Xbox 360)
4)    Dead or Alive 5 (PS3/360)

And the rest of the ranking are the same.

So as you can see, I LOVE me some Xtreme. The combination of collecting/gifting, gambling, and relaxing island “scenery” is pretty random, but it hit a nerve somewhere deep in me. Despite Xtreme 2 being a warmed over sequel, I still grudgingly enjoyed it for 80+ hours.

On a somewhat related note, I finally picked up a copy of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 for the PS3. If I ever get around to playing it, look for a post eventually.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

CostumeGET! 2.0 - UPDATE

I started CostumeGET! way back in Feb of 2005. A LOT has changed since then. I've started a family, changed careers and companies, and saw a drastic reduction in my free time to play games. I still play of course, but not nearly enough to update this blog as often as I would like.

The one thing I have had more time for was photography. It was always a big part of my life, but having a family made it more convenient to explore it further. A while ago CostumeGET! expanded to include live action cosplay coverage. Most of it was on the Twitter side, but I did feature an interview with a cosplay photographer I admired and will do that more often soon.

I began photographing events and recently started studio work which has given me an opportunity to combine my two passions - videogames and photography.

My 500px and Flickr pages will be the main place for my latest shots. WARNING: some NSFW shots in those links. I'll post articles here as well that require more background information or just other tidbits.

Thanks for the hardcore who have stuck around for the past 7 years!

I've decided my main photo places would be 500px and Flickr since I'd rather spend any writing energy I have back to this blog instead of Facebook. I also have worked up 160+ followers in less than two weeks on 500px so it seems to be the better place for sharing photo works.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 quick impressions

I played around with the game for about two days and had quite a good time. The huge cast, customization options, and upgraded visuals are all good stuff.

My favorite feature are the character endings. Sure some are pretty forgettable, but the amount of really great and downright adorable endings make for a quality package.

The default difficulty seems tougher than previous installments. I might just be getting old and rusty though. The series of end battles in arcade mode are particularly brutal.

I'm pretty sure I'll buy TTT2 eventually, but my hands are full with Dead or Alive 5 at the moment. Impressions on that coming very soon.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Dead or Alive 5 E3 footage and screens + Yakuza

The latest trailer looks good with a nice surprise at the end. Old time Virtua Fighter fans might be feeling a case of dejavu as the opening seems to mimick the Virtua Fighter 3/Model 3 arcade board trailer.  I tried to find it on youtube and failed, but the old footage basically showed Aoi going through her moves in the snow with impressive (at the time) snow effects.

Also some new screens here.

While I was looking for the old VF3 trailer, I stumbled upon this mini game trailer for Yakuza Dead Souls. I tried out the game a few weeks ago and really dug it. I had no idea that later on you had access to such crazy mini games. It just landed on my games wishlist on Amazon now. The price is $43.90 which looks pretty reasonable to me.

I also downloaded VF5 Final Showdown and bought the 2 DLC packs last night. Hope to have some impressions up soon.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown for FREE

There are many times over the course of the year where I felt my PlayStation Plus subscription was well worth the cost, but this month is totally bananas. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is FREE for plus subscribers this month. AND the two DLC bundle packs are on sale for $11.99 vs $14.99 non-plus member price. So the game and all the DLC for $24? Deal!

This reminds me that the official Hori VF5 stick is up for pre-order and shipping June 22nd. $139 is a bit steep so I could always opt for the similar Soul Calibur stick for PS3 or Xbox 360 for only $99, on sale from the usual price of $149.

While I'm psyched for a bunch of games revealed at E3, it's always nice to play something RIGHT NOW.

Can't wait to check out all the costume customizations in the two packs.