It seems to me the next big thing may be “free-to-play” fighting games. Last June, Tekken Revolution was released to the general public. Soon after (just a little more than 2 months ago to be exact), Tecmo’s flagship one-on-one fighter, Dead or Alive was made available on the PlayStation Network for PS3 users.
Like I mentioned in my Tekken Revolution review, I’m a Street Fighter fanboy. But it doesn’t mean I ignore other fighting games. It’s just that the Street Fighter series is something I hold in such high regard that I never really bothered getting into other fighters. However, I can’t ignore a good deal, especially since Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters actually seems to be a good game.
When I finished downloading Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters (I’ll be calling it DoA5U:CF from now on since the name is extremely and annoyingly long), I was expecting to get a stripped down, bare-bones entry. After all, it’s free and Tecmo wouldn’t want to give too much for free, right? But I was pleasantly surprised with the number of features that were included.
Unlike Tekken Revolution, which even limited the number of times you can play per day unless you buy “tokens,” DoA5U:CF lets you play an unlimited number of times. Not only that, Tecmo was incredibly generous with the number of features available since the only feature you need to purchase would be Story mode! All of the stages are available from the outset as well! It’s great that they included a full-featured Training mode because you get to practice all of the moves of the four available characters.
Also, the selection of the four initial available characters was excellent. When you do get DoA5U:CF, you’ll be able to select Kasumi, Ayane, Hayabusa and Hayate. These characters can be considered the four main characters of the entire Dead or Alive series, so including them is an idea I definitely approve of. I do wish they included at least one of the crossover characters from Virtua Fighter (since I have no idea how they would interact with the Dead or Alive fighting system).
Each character moves and controls differently from each other and each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses as far as I remember. But the initial selection of four fighters doesn’t really display any variety since they all pretty much the same way: speedy strikes. Maybe it would have been better to include a power character as well.
And the character models all look great! You can’t use most of the cast but you do get to fight them if you play the game in Arcade mode. Which leads me to the thing that turned me off from the series in the first place: the difficulty of the computer AI. Even when it’s set on Easy, the computer will be able to counter most of your moves like some psychic mind reader, especially on the later levels. I wish the AI was a little more “realistic” in the sense it’ll only do that if you keep on repeating the same attacks.
Still, for a free game, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: CF is an excellent package. The big question is: has it enticed me to get the full version of the game? Well, I have to say, yes. But I’ll wait for it to be discounted. Besides, they’ll probably make a whole lot of money from me when I buy the extra costumes!
Still, for a free game, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: CF is an excellent package. The big question is: has it enticed me to get the full version of the game? Well, I have to say, yes. But I’ll only get it if it becomes discounted heavily. Besides, they’ll probably make a whole lot of money from me when I buy the extra costumes!
Did you get Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters? Did it make you want to get the full version? What did you think of the game? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!