Friday, February 23, 2007

Passing on these books

I may have bought three sets of DOAX 2 playing cards, but I have to draw the line at these two different 10th Anniversary photo books. One focuses purely on Kasumi and the other gals are crammed into the “Side B” book.

Each book features photos and art from the DOA fighting games, but the majority come from DOAX 2. They also both come with a poster. At a price of 1,575 yen each ($13 before overseas shipping and import dealer mark-ups), they aren’t very pricey.

Still, picking up DOAX 2 Best Shots or Team Ninja Freaks book are more comprehensive collections of these teaser size 10th Anniversary tomes.

I’ve been lusting over the Japanese version of the Okami Complete Works book ever since I beat the game, but the high price and trouble of importing cooled my jets. Imagine the joy when I found out Udon comics was bringing it out over here fully translated. They did a fantastic job with the Street Fighter Eternal Challenge book, so I’m looking forward to this one.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Tekken 6 appears

Wow, this was a surprise. I figured with the release of Tekken 5: DR for the US PSN in two weeks, there wouldn’t be much news on part 6 for a while.

On one hand, announcing it’s imminent arrival for the arcades means a home release is not that much further off. EB Games lists it as July, but that can’t be right. More like Sep at the earliest is my guess. On the other hand, I do wish they could have pushed it further off so it can look as good as possible. At this point, it certainly doesn’t match Virtua Fighter 5 in the visual department.

That said, I’m loving the emphasis on more possibilities for costume customization. It seems like they are really going to town with the feature this time. Above is the super built-up version of Jack (or is it Jack -2?). At the top of this post is nicely customized Asuka Kazama. Two new characters have been revealed so far. It seems likely there will be at least a few more new faces since Namco is promising the largest cast ever.

Speaking of the new characters, well…Leo seems a bit boring. Very ordinary looking outfit. The only interesting aspect is Leo may be a woman if the voice in the preview trailer is to be believed. It would make his/her chest straps make more sense, perhaps holding in, uh, feminine bumps. I’m hoping this angle leads to very contrasting costume upgrade choices.

Zafina also looks a bit blah too. Her fighting style looks cool, but her outfit screams flea market fashion. I mean, tassled armlets and a neckerchief? T-A-C-K-Y. Even so I set her as my desktop image because I’m a man of contradictions.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

DOAX 2 Revival!

I think the last time Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 was in my Xbox 360 was early December. Suffice it to say, my interest had not been anywhere close to my near obsession with the first game. That said, I was curious to go back to the game now that I’ve had a good amount of time away.

Crystal Boutique

I had no idea the online store to purchase bikinis had been up since late December. So if one wanted to, they could buy the complete bikini set of any girl with marketplace points aka real world money. I read a post saying that buying all the outfits for every girl would cost well over $300. Wow. I then began analyzing which outfits I had not yet managed to successfully gift. If I were to go with the Crystal Boutique route, it would cost me 3,200 points ($40) to get the key ones I want (I have no desire to have completed closets for all the girls). That’s almost the cost of the whole game.
It’s funny, but this has me interested again to try to get these outfits in-game. There’s a whole new sense of motivation now that the hours of work have some sort of monetary value. Eventually, I can see maybe paying $10 for the really tough gift combinations. I actually have yet to sign on and check out the Boutique. My machine is still pre-casino glitch patch and I may want to rack a few more zacks to help in the gifting quest. Stay tuned.

Best Shot
This renewed interest spread to merchandise and it just so happened that DOAX 2 Best Shot recently shipped to Japanese book stores. I’m pretty sure it’s readily available online, but I’m going to try to skip it. If I walk into the local import Japanese book store and it happens to be there, well, my resolve may not hold.

Looking through the pages posted by Moeyo, I like how they give you a front and rear view of the suits on each girl.

The provocative positions make me a bit nervous to have it readily accessable on a communal bookshelf though.

Playing Cards
I recalled that there were playing cards promised on the Japanese DOA 10th anniversary site and decided to see if they were on readily available. Japanese sellers on eBay were routinely getting $30-80 (!) dollars per deck and that’s before international shipping. There is a Kasumi, Hitomi, and Ayane deck, so three decks means big bucks. I then checked Tecmo’s US site and found them selling each deck for $25 per, but if you bought two, you get the third for free. Plus buying two at a time cost you $44.98, so you save an additional $5. On the minus side, every shipping option is expensive (starts a $10, goes up to $20) and my order was delayed a day and a half which negated the extra money I shelled out for faster shipping.

It’s still a good chunk of dough, but I really like them. I haven’t compared the card stock to the older decks, but the paper seems slightly flimsier. It’s also disappointing that three of the girls are duplicated (Lei Fang, Helena, and Tina). On the plus side, the swimsuit selections on the cards is very good. There are cool “10th Anniversary” logos” on the packaging, and the Hitomi and Ayane decks came with a sticker sheet with four mini-cards each.

Charge It!
Also on the Japanese site are DOAX 2 credit cards. I can confidently say I would not get this if this were available here although I do think there could be a market for game emblazoned cards.
In case you were wondering, I also passed on the Kasumi faceplate. See? I have some willpower.