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.