Opinions: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune
Please note this Opinions article is created using the free to play edition. As many people will know Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune will not see a western release. This fact nearly tempted to me to import the game, just on the point this would never be available to the western market any other way. However, I managed to stop myself.
Then I was informed that a free to play version was available on the Singapore Playstation Store, and I have a Singapore account for the sole reason of it was needed in order to use my download content code I received with my imported copy of Gundam Breaker 3. So very little legwork was need in order to get the free to play version. Last night I found myself booting it up in order to offer an opinion on this game, and offer the first sort of blog on this sort of subject Tattastic Gamer.
As mentioned above this is the free to play version I have played, so I am not sure what is missing from the full game itself, but what is available with the free to play version is one character (Kasumi), six activities (which will be covered below), and the Relax mode. What I can see is missing from looking around the game is the Casino, which is an option available once it becomes night time and you return to the hotel. As mentioned already there is only the option to be Kasumi, and alternate costumes for Kasumi can not be selected.
Visually they have just used the character models from Dead of Alive 5 Last Round (the fighting game entry released on the Playsation 4 and Xbox One), only its just the female characters in bikinis really, with the same over the top physics for the parts you would expect since the release of the Dead or Alive first game. I think the environments in the background are quite bland, but I am not sure that is what the designers thought the people playing it would be concentrating on, but I was pleasantly surprised how good the water and the water effects look in the pool games.
Sound wise the game is a lot of different grunts while playing the game modes, apart from the volleyball where you get lines of dialogue every now and then, and as with the fighting games each round you will get a line of dialogue from once of the characters (although in Dead or Alice Xtreme 3 it’s not necessarily the winner). Other than the character noise there is the back ground ambiance noises and as you would expect it’s the noises from being on Island, sea, wind and seagulls, but over these noises they have added music that in my opinion wouldn’t be out of place in a Sonic game – I found that you could mute the TV and play your own music over it it and you wouldn’t be taking much away from the game.
Now lets cover the six activities that are available (the video below shows each activity being played + relax mode)…
Pool Hop: So the aim of this game is to beat your opponent across the pool by pressing the corresponding button with the pad in front of your character, however, if there is a gab you must hold down the button to jump further, and this could also be used in the cases when there are three pads together to miss out the middle pad. Now believe me the concept sounds easy, the game mode looks and seems like it should be easy, but did I struggle, like most things with time and practice I think it would become easier, but in my time playing it for this opinions post I never got to the other side once, from either holding the button when I shouldn’t or pressing the wrong button, which will automatically puts you in the pool and you loose. This is the activity I probably found myself spending the second longest spell on while researching for this article.
Butt Battle: Another activity for the pool section of the Island, the name says it all Battle with your Butt, basically you are on platform/float and the aim is knock your opponent off using only your butt. From first reading the aim of this activity to playing it, you could tell this was put in as total fan service, and with only fan service in mind. The simple nature of the activity is played also showed this, the left analogue and the circle button being the only ones needed. I only found myself struggling to win this on hard mode. To me this activity got boring very quickly, even going back to it after other modes, it just didn’t hold any sort of longevity.
Tug of War: The third and final activity from the pool area, I think everyone will know what Tug of War is, this is just on a small platform/float played on the pool, with the idea of using the rope to pull your opponent off their float. I would not put this in the realm of fan service like Butt Battle, but the controls are just as simple, with the use of the left analogue stick to tighten or loosen the rope and the X button to recover if your off balance, but although it has a simple control system this mode got a lot more challenging on the higher levels of difficulty. As with Butt Battle it got quite boring quickly just due to the simplicity of the controls, but unlike Butt Battle I did find myself going back to this one and trying it again as a filler between other activities.
Beach Volleyball: Like Tug of War I don’t think I need to explain what Volleyball is to anyone, but maybe this should be said with embarrassment but I actually found the Volleyball a decent/solid activity and spent a lot longer than I thought playing this mode, it was only when editing the footage I captured for the video at the top of the activities part that I noticed the time I had spent playing game after game of Volleyball, and again with some embarrassment I never won a single game, even against the characters for the easy difficulty. Again with practice and time with the game I think this will become easier, and you’d end up white washing the easy mode, but I think the hard mode could be a challenge for some time. This mode is made a bit more difficult as you have different button for things like lay ups and shots and you have to position your partner with the right analogue stick, which makes things a bit more difficult. In relation to your partner these are assigned in one of two ways, another character will approach you, or you can approach them – but be prepared as they might turn you down, but you can build friendship with them by buying gifts and so on. Being totally honest here I can see myself going back and playing more of the Volleyball in the future.
Beach Flags: Another beach activity available is Beach Flags, basically you and your opponent start laying down, you have to get up, and then run and the first one to the flag wins… simple premise with simple buttons, but I just struggled with anything over easy difficulty, won by a long shot on easy, come close on medium and got no where near on hard, seems to be a big spike in the medium and hard difficulties but not that bad between easy and medium. So, how does it work control wise, remember the old sports games where you had to press a button to set of and then tap a button to run and the faster you tap the faster you go?… well that is it, you press X to get up, tap X to sprint, and then you can press circle to dive to get the flag. To be honest it is the sort of simple controls I remember from my childhood gaming and that gave it a bit of charm from me, and I did find myself going back to try and win on higher than easy, and feel I would go back more to try it again. One last thing that got me a few times when playing this mode is a false start results in an automatic loss.
Rock Climbing: Again I wont explain what Rock Climbing is, this another beach activity but is only available at once of the beach locations (unlike volleyball and beach flag). Rock Climbing is basically a quick time event, you have to press the corresponding buttons that are shown on the rock front, the quicker you get them the more points you get, this is a very simple premise for games of this generation because a number of games use these now. I am not sure what happens if you press the wrong button or miss them as I never did (maybe I should have to offer some insight) but I am guessing it will just result in a fail. Not much more can be said about the rock climbing really, but I don’t think it is something people would play loads, unless you are given a challenge for it by Zak.
I am not sure if there is more activities than the six in the full version of the game, with previous instalments having Jet Ski’s and things, but those are the modes in the free to play version. As I have mentioned it a number of times above I will explain how the difficulties work… each character on that part of the Island basically has a difficulty under there picture, and you can choose which on to play by pressing left and right on the d-pad.
Other than the activities you can also use the relax mode, be it by the poolside (as shown in video), or parts of the beaches on the Island. As with the Butt Battle this part is just total fan service, with the relax mode including a camera to take pictures during the sequence you get, saving the images then saves it to your PS4 under the share folders.
Outside the modes there is shops, from these you can buy gifts and costumes/bikinis. How do you buy these, just by completing a day (3 activities) it returns you to your room(where you can sleep, go to the casino, check out your costumes, or save and quit), each time you are returned you get in game currency to spend. You can also earn extra currency awards by completing mission related to the activities given you by Zak.
Now do I think the game is worth getting/importing from my experiences with the free to play edition? To be honest I am sort of torn on this one, part of me says No this is really all about fan service and the is the longevity really there, and does what it have warrant more than a free to play title? And part of me says Yes, I mean the Volleyball did really get me hooked, and it’s the sort of game you can sit down and take as an easy laid back game when in that sort of mood. Also the casino mode on the night time could actually be good, but I have not tried that as it is blocked on free to play (maybe I will look around for gameplay or opinions on that myself).
Anyway, if I find myself importing this I will offer an updated full review, and insight into the parts not available to me now.
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