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Dead Or Alive 6 Desexualisation

No more Boob Physics in a DOA game?

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Dead Or Alive 6 Desexualisation

Every fighting fan knows of the Dead or Alive franchise. Between the fighting games and the extremely sexually suggestive ‘Xtreme Volleyball’ games, developers Team Ninja are the prime example of video game ‘boob physics’. With the E3 announcement of DOA 6, it was clear that they want to reduce the sexualization of their female fighters. The real question is where or not their ‘fans’ want that.

Dead Or Alive 6 Desexualisation

Let’s face it. The Xtreme Volleyball franchise that accompanies the Dead or Alive franchise is cringy to watch and play. Everything from cutscenes to odd poses to skimpy bathing suits that almost come undone made it clear that the purpose was not to make a quality volleyball game. Even the fighting game itself had the female fighters in some questionable outfits and poses that were highlighted by the ridiculously unnatural bobbing and wiggling of the womens’ oversized busoms. While the fighting game mechanics themselves were never bad, it was clear that it wasn’t much of a concern in the past.

Dead Or Alive 6 Desexualisation

At E3 producer and game director Yohei Shimbori told Eurogamer that their concept for this game is “intense fighting entertainment”.

“This is a fighting game. We felt people were not looking at this as a pure fighting game. They were looking into something that was in the wrong direction. So, we wanted to make sure this is a fighting game first”, Shimori said.

He went on to explain that this was done for two reasons:

– Global trends for sexualisation to be toned down, “so everyone can play without being embarrassed.”
– To “avoid the silliness” (which is probably referring to the exaggerated breast physics)

Instead, DOA6 seems to be focusing on a more realistic take on fight inspired by mixed martial arts. With the ‘intensity” in mind the producer went on to talk about showing the damage the fighters are taking as well as details like sweat flying and injuries.

Dead Or Alive 6 Desexualisation

With this turn in focus, it is pretty clear that Team Ninja is aiming for being a staple in Esports (most notably EVO). From stills and various press impressions, the ‘watchability’ of the game was something Team Ninja focused on. Hits look more painful. The action seemed more focused on powerful blows rather than strings of ticky tack hits in some of the previous versions of the game.

“In some cases, it’s really hard to enjoy an E-sport, or even a regular sport if you don’t understand or know the rules,” Shimbori said in an interview with Variety. “But that can be ignored if a game is extra interesting to watch, that’s why we added a little bit of slow motion, the fatal rush move, and the break gauge– all things that make the action more exciting to watch and participate in.”

Dead or Alive already features a dedicated community of fighters and is regularly featured in fighting tournaments as is. Now that their focus is changed to natural ‘body physics’ and less revealing costumes, we’ll see if their fans (and potentially new ones) respond with the same enthusiasm for their newfound realism.

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Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

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2019 has already had some awesome released, but even more, great games are on the way. Here are just a few of the games due out in the coming months that need to be on your radar.

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

Yoshi’s Wooly World was a fantastic game and this follow up looks to be taking things to the next level. The Yoshi series has always been about having fun and fun is what Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like. Hopefully, it will have as many collectibles as Wooly World did as I loved collecting all the different yarn Yoshi’s.

UPPERS

Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

There are not enough beat em up style games in the style of things like Final Fight or even a Power Stone. UPPERS though is a game that is bringing the beat em up back. Full of kick-butt action, crazy combos and a ton of attitude! UPPERS is one of the more underrated games that is due out this year. Make sure you take a closer look at this one.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

Full disclosure here I am not the biggest fan of The Division, but I know that a lot of people are super stoked for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. This is If you loved the open world RPG style action of the first game, you are no doubt going to be all in with the sequel.

Devil May Cry 5

Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

I thought that DMC was a great game…. Not joking I really did, but I did want something that would follow on from the excellent Devil May Cry 4. That is what Capcom is doing with Devil May Cry 5. The action looks slick and insane and that is exactly what you need in a Devil May Cry game.

Dead or Alive 6

Top 5 Must Buy Games March 2019

The Dead or Alive series is pretty awesome and while the fighting game genre is getting pretty overcrowded these days. Dead or Alive 6 is doing more than enough to make it stand out from the crowd. Dead or Alive 6 features a whole new game engine. This makes the game smoother, faster…… and bouncier than ever before. Seriously this game is just pure eye candy! The way the fighters display damage as the fight goes on is really cool. You cannot go wrong with the Dead or Alive series and this game looks to breathe some new life into the franchise.

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Nintendo Directs Big Games!

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Nintendo Directs Big Games!

February 13th was the first “real” Nintendo Direct in what felt like ages. There were some great games shown and today I want to talk about a few that really caught my attention.

The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening

Nintendo Directs Big Games!

There was a rumor that a new 2D Zelda game was going to be shown at this Nintendo Direct and the one that was shown did not disappoint. This is a remake of the GameBoy game, Link’s Awakening which was the follow on from Link to the Past. The game looks like a million bucks and Link has a real chibi look to him. The gameplay looks to keep the classic overhead Zelda style and that is awesome!

Super Mario Maker 2

Nintendo Directs Big Games!

While it was not the 3D Super Mario Maker that I was hopeful for, Super Mario Maker 2 looks to be a lot of fun. There are loads more things that you can use this time around such as slopes, new enemies, power-ups and so on. They have also included a bunch of stuff from Mario 3D World so it will be interesting to see how that translates into a 2D Mario game. What is crazy is that Super Mario Maker 2 is coming in June!

Astral Chain

Nintendo Directs Big Games!

Of all the games that were shown at this Nintendo Direct, it was Astral Chain that really blew me away. This is an action packed 3rd person action hack and slash game from the people at Platinum Games. It looks fantastic and like it is going to be a whole lot of fun. It features mechs, monsters, a robot dog, crazy fast combat and just a whole lot of over the top action that makes it look like one of the most interesting Switch games for 2019.

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Crackdown 3 Is Not The Great Exclusive We Hoped For

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Crackdown 3 Is Not The Great Exclusive We Hoped For

Crackdown 3 was supposed to be the first huge Xbox One exclusive of the year. It was the game that was going to show Xbox One fans that Xbox still has some awesome exclusive games just like the other two consoles do.

Crackdown 3 Is Not The Great Exclusive We Hoped For

In all honesty, a lot of people were very excited for Crackdown 3 and with good reason too. The trailers showcased a game that looked like it was a ton of fun and it even had Terry Crews in the trailer so that was awesome.

Now that the game is released though, many major gaming sites are not all that impressed. Over at both GameSpot and IGN, Crackdown 3 has been given the middle of the road average 5 out of 10 score. Both sites call the game underwhelming, rather boring and not all that great!

Crackdown 3 Is Not The Great Exclusive We Hoped For

On Metacritic, you can see that the game (as I write this) is sitting at a rating of 60 from game review scores and at a 4.0 from player review scores. Clearly, Crackdown 3 is a game that is disappointing a lot of people out there. It is kind of like what happened with Sea of Thieves. It was billed at this huge exclusive game that was going to be awesome, but then when it was released it was very underwhelming.

Crackdown 3 Is Not The Great Exclusive We Hoped For

Perhaps it can be turned around and have more fun elements put into it like was done with Sea of Thieves. The problem with that is while for Sea of Thieves players that has been great many people simply lost interest in the game and I have a feeling that Crackdown 3 could end up being the same.

This console generation Sony has been nailing it with the exclusives and of course, so have Nintendo. You have to wonder why Microsoft has found it so hard to compete in this regard?

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