Friday, 6 July 2012

More Thoughts on DOA5

Less fanservice apparently now means only one or two swimsuits per female character.

So, if you've been following this blog for a while you might remember back in March when I made my initial impressions of the latest instalment of the Dead or Alive fighting game franchise. Among my thoughts I had to admit that I was impressed with the notion that Team Ninja leader Yosuke Hayashi put forth in terms of giving actual depth and development to the female characters. To again quote his remarks; "We want to show something that's more high class, that adult males of our generation could look at a woman [character] and be impressed with her as a woman, not just as a pin-up."

A noble goal, right? Well, recently some of the preorder bonuses came to light, including this:

"Players who preorder DEAD OR ALIVE 5 at GameStop or Amazon will get an exclusive set of in-game bunny-style swimsuits for three female characters. At GameStop purchasers will get a 'DOA Angels' set of white swimsuits for Kasumi, Leifang, and Hitomi, while Amazon players will get a set of three 'DOA Devils' black swimsuits for Christie, Tina, and Ayane."

Now, I'm not really bothered by this, honestly. I am disappointed, although not really surprised to any extent. Really, my reaction pretty much parallels the one that the Checkpoint team have in their most recent video (skip to roughly 2:50 for the relevant section). To sum it up, it basically feels like a bit of a cop-out from the earlier statements. As I've noted it's really nothing that is going to cause a whole lot of rage or anything, but at the same time some people (like myself) are going to be unhappy with it.

Now, I can understand when some people say "Well, if you don't like the swimsuits then don't use them. And if you come across people playing using them as the costumes online then just bear with it." Honestly, that's not the issue I have with the things, if people want to use them then fine, I don't really care. It's the fact that they were included in the first place that I feel bad about.

I dunno, perhaps it's just the fact that I was hoping that this series, which has for so long been mocked by a lot of people as being the fighting game equivalent of a softcore porn film, might finally be growing up, trying to target an audience that, you know, actually likes the game on its merits as a fighter, rather than because "she kicks high". This isn't going to stop me from buying the game when it comes out, but it does sort of make me leery as to what to believe in terms of all of Hayashi's comments, not just the ones regarding the women.

Perhaps I'm wrong, and I'm just being a prude (although given how much I tend to swear and ahem appreciate the female form I somehow doubt that's the case), but to me it was just like seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, only for it to turn out to have been a neon sign for a sleazy dive bar.

On a lighter note Grahf Games is turning one today, July the 6th. I still have no frigging idea how the hell I write five articles a week on a regular basis. Still, thanks to everyone that's a regular or even occasional reader for stopping by, putting up with my occasional rants, and the comments, which I do read and appreciate even though I don't respond to them because I'm an airheaded twit. Here's to year two going even better!


  1. My theory is that the intention was to make the series a little more highbrow (in line with Hayashi's claims), but another team member or higher-up decided to body-check him and demand bunny girl outfits.

    That aside, congrats on hitting the one-year mark. Looks like I've got something to aspire to with my blog.

  2. You write a whole thing about DOA5 and no comment about the new Canadian fighter, Rig?

    That is a video if you haven't seen him. As far as the fanservice goes. I am totally fine with it(I do own both DOAXs). Even the hardcore of hardcore fighters Virtua Fighter has bikinis for their girls now.


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