Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ultra Street Fighter IV sale

Even cheaper if you have PS Plus which sadly I do not currently.

Ultra Street Fighter IV, which is one of the games on my black friday watch list, just went on sale along with a host of other PSN titles. There is also a 10% of your total order code that is good till 12/1. I'll keep USFIV in my cart for now and wait for more sale festivities on friday so get maximum discount code value. Come on Fallout 4 sale! You can do it!

I just upgraded to a 2TB hard drive so it's totally ready for a digital download extravaganza. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Friday videogame price watch

I should be done with Legacy of the Void or close to it by the end of next week and that means looking out for good gaming bargains!

Fallout 4 PS4 – I’m trying to wait as long as possible so more bugs can be patched. The best thing woul be to wait for a Game of the Year edition with all the DLC, but I’m such a huge Fallout nerd that it’s taken every ounce of will power to have sat out the launch. $30-40 will push me over the top. That will take some of the sting off the season pass. Of all the games listed, this has the highest costume potential although I will eventually end up in power armor most of the time. Haven't decided yet whether to play as male or female. Played Fallout 3 male and New Vegas as female. 

Ultra Street Fighter 4 PS4 – Hoping for a PSN sale on this one since I won’t play it a ton. SF4 is the only installment of the series I don’t own. Guess that's not a great reason to purchase it. Maybe cross this one off then...

Image from PS Blog flickr

Wasteland 2 Directors Cut PS4 – My kickstarter version was upgraded to the DC for free, but my Mac was already struggling running the game with decent fidelity. I can’t imagine how it will handle the upgraded DC requirements. I think this will be fantastic on the PS4 and it will look a lot better than on my Mac as well. Since this is a double dip, I’m waiting to get this on sale from it’s current asking price of $39.99. Half that and I’m sold.

Image from GameSpot

Deception IV: Nightmare Princess PS4 – I owned this on the Vita, but the small screen size was a huge hindrance for a game where you need to lay intricate traps while keeping an eye on your victim(s). I ended up selling it early enough where I recouped a decent amount of money since I knew I wanted the game on PS3 eventually. The Nightmare Princess is the obligatory PS4 re-mastered version complete with added content. Glad I waited. Now I just have to wait a little longer for this to go on sale. 

Star Wars Battlefront PS4 – It’s been talked to death already regarding the relatively thin content and the outrageous season pass, so I’ll simply just say if this goes on sale for $30 or less I’m totally there.

The Witcher 3 PS4 – I’m actually on the fence about this because I’ve kind of had my fill of fantasy with doing Dragon Age and Diablo III back-to-back. Also the second DLC is not expected until the first half of next year and that sounds about the right time to get into the game.

Any other hot titles folks are waiting for sales on?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 trailer

Within moments of my previous post, I received an email alert that Tecmo Koei Japan released a new teaser for DOAX3. No huge surprises expect that at least one of the bikini strings can become undone and the girls will use their hands to keep it in place. It also shows off more of the soft engine 2.0.

We’re back!

After quite a hiatus, what has spurred some action again? The short answer is the talk about upcoming release of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (at least in Asia). The Dead or Alive series is one of the cornerstone franchises for CostumeGet and I was particualarly obsessed with the original Dead or Alive Xtreme. Since that original release, the world of costumes unlocking has totally changed.

Can’t put DLC genie back in the bottle
Dead or Alive used to be the king of unlockable costumes, but they have now gone full bore with DLC. As much as I dislike this trend, I do think that it’s really a matter of survival for franchises like this. The market for fighting games is much smaller now and continues to shrink. The emphasis now is on the competitive circuit and tournament play, which suits titles like Street Fighter or Tekken. Not so much DOA.

After milking DOA5 for the past three years, it was only a matter of time for DOA to return to the beach. The question is what will we get in the main game and how much will be DLC? Unlike the DOA fighting games, unlocking, purchasing (with in-game currency), and gifting swimsuits is a big part the Xtreme series gameplay. You develop close relationships with your partner by spending time with them and giving and receiving gifts.

The following are my main concerns and questions:

1. Paid swimsuits may break the game  
This is the big one. Can you only purchase (with real money) swimsuits for the character you play as or can you gift those to your partner? If you can gift to your partner, is it possible they can still reject it? OR do real money swimsuits get accepted automatically? If only the character I play as gets the suit, does it appear in her inventory when I play as another character and select her as my partner? I mean I paid for her to have it right? Hopefully this gets answered before the game comes out. Speaking on which…

2. Will the game come out for other territories other than Asia?
This is virtually guaranteed to come out for all countries eventually. No way Team Ninja leaves that money on the table. In my opinion, this is a way for them to double dip. The super hardcore will buy the region free Asian release with English subtitles and then will be forced to double dip when the domestic versions come out with more features. Don’t believe any of the bull that only the Asian version will be uncensored and US or European releases will be cut in some way. That’s not the way Team Ninja works. They will pack in more in the US and European releases so they force the Japanese audience to double dip too. It will be a double dip party.

I’ve been mulling over purchasing the Asian version myself, but then I ‘m reminded of my purchase of the Asian version of Onechanbara Z2 Chaos for PS4. The chances of a US release seemed extremely slim at the time and if there was any piece of DLC that would have to stay in Japan, it was the Strawberries and Banana DLC outfits. It is WAY out there. Fast forward a few months and sure enough Z2 Chaos is released in the US AND came with the Strawberries and Bananas DLC. The day the news broke that Z2 Chaos was being released in the US, my Asian copy went on eBay. I’m not repeating that same mistake again.

As for claims that the Asian version of DOAX3 will have swimsuits too skimpy for the west, have you seen all the DLC outfits for DOA 5 Last Round? Things don’t get skimpier than that.

US release prediction
The US version will be unveiled at E3 2016 with a late summer release. That gives the JP/Asian release three months of sales along with whatever crazy season passes they muster for it. There will be pre-order bonuses split among retailers, but a special/limited edition is highly unlikely. So if you wanted an embarrassing mousepad, posters, or playing cards, you are free to purchase the Asian versions. I won’t judge if you do that. Flashing back to my DOAX1 playing self, I totally would have done it.

Summer 2016 or bust!

This may all sound a bit cynical and it mostly is. However, I’m still pumped for DOAX3 and it’s going to be painful to wait for the US release. I’m hopeful we’ll see some innovation the series deserves like walking around the casino, maybe free walking around the island, seeing your players sitting at the poker table or slot machine, or whatever. My late summer release prediction is also based on the release of the PS4 VR headset. Would be a good way to get some free promotion for the game when Sony begins their big VR push.

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.