With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about the latest installment in Tecmo’s iconic fighting series, Dead or Alive 6.
Title: Dead or Alive 6
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Release Date: February 15th, 2019
What is it?
Dead or Alive 6 is the latest installment in the popular fighting franchise. Compared to Street Fighter, Tekken, and Soul Calibur, the Dead or Alive franchise always felt like the more accessible franchise. Featuring a cast of recognizable characters, including Ryu Hayabusa, from Ninja Gaiden, the series has a lively roster.
What could go right?
Dead or Alive is one of the best series in the fighting genre. Xbox fans should be accustomed to the franchise since Dead or Alive 3 and 4 were exclusive to the Xbox and Xbox 360 respectively. With Dead or Alive 6, Team Ninja is attempting to try new things to appeal to a wider audience. There will be a single-player campaign complete with a narrative, and a new mechanic called Fatal Rush. According to Game Informer, it’s a mechanic that will ease new players into the game before rendering the maneuver useless.
Unlike with most auto-combo functions in fighting games, DOA focuses heavily on reversal mechanics, making Fatal Rushes difficult to use against someone who knows where attacks will be coming from. As a method to make their game friendlier for casual players, the Fatal Rush seems to put a hard ceiling on how far a new player can go with it until eventually it becomes useless for competitive play.
It looks like Team Ninja is improving on a fighting system that has been great for over a decade. If the studio can successfully tweak the gameplay without sacrificing the experience, fans should be in for a treat.
What could go wrong?
The Dead or Alive games are fun to play, but they are problematic in one particular aspect; the sexualization of the characters. The Dead or Alive games and their spinoffs revel in the sexual nature of its characters. This is an aspect that made the franchise notorious in previous console generations; it’s something that doesn’t really work in 2019. In fact, the sexual content in the franchise is so excessive, that it can be off-putting to new players looking forward to trying out the franchise for the first time.
Are you a fan of the Dead or Alive franchise? Are you looking forward to Dead or Alive 6 when it launches next month? Who is your favorite fighter to use? Be sure to leave a comment below.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89