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.

20 comments:

Jamie said...

Wow! I had no idea that card packs were so expensive. I went to a really geeky XBox 360 preview thing in Osaka last year and won a set of them on a raffle. Suffice to say, I was a little dissappointed I didn't an Xbox, but oh well. Then one of the assistants took a shine to me because I was foreign, and gave me a million hentai posters... Which my girl then banned from the house. I don't blame her, I guess. The cards have been sitting on my shelf ever since.

piyo said...

Great summary. And willpower is good.

"Crystal Boutique" and "pre-glitch patch": At least it's an option nowadays. Remember the time when you put in your "game genie" and put in hexcodes to unlock stuff?

"There’s a whole new sense of motivation now that the hours of work have some sort of monetary value." From the reverse angle, it's good that they don't make you go the only-money option on the unlockables.

onan said...

The worst part is that it is NOT a la carte. You buy entire collections (like "Helena's Elegant Collection"), everything an indvidual girl can buy in her own shop, which is about 30 suits. Each pack is about 5 bucks (400 points?), and you need 9 to get a full collection for each girl, so do the math. I'm not sure about the figures either because I also am not patching my game.

You also do not get achievements when you use collections purchased through the boutique.

On the bright side, they finally documented that secret achievement. It looks like you need to buy everything there is to buy in the game, so essentially you get it when you unlock your 9th virtual pictorial mode.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/home/showachievements.php?type=Retail&gameID=150

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