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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is Free-To-Play on PS3

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by Azuardo, Sep 28, 2013.

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  1. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    I realise this won't appeal to everybody at a Final Fantasy forum, but I am a huge fan of DOA and find it brilliant that everybody now has a chance to try out DOA5U for free. I thought I'd post this in the hope some people might try it out and would play a few games with me. I'll do a quick FAQ for the sake of it. I'm not expecting anyone here to really go out and try it, but it would be awesome if you did. It's essentially the full game and is completely free.

    What is DOA5U: Core Fighters?
    DOA5U: Core Fighters is a free-to-play version of DOA5 Ultimate.

    What do you get access to in DOA5U: Core Fighters?
    Right off the bat, almost everything that is in the full game except some characters and the Story mode are available. Every single game mode is ready to play on any difficulty. You can play online against everybody else that is using the free version or the full version, too. Four characters are permanently unlocked and playable (Kasumi, Ayane, Hayabusa and Hayate), plus two more characters which changes every fortnight. Costumes and stages can also be unlocked.

    What content is purchasable?
    Extra characters can be bought for £3.19/US$3.99 each; Story mode is £11.99/US$14.99; and music packs from DOA2 and 3 are £0.79/US$0.99 each.

    If I already own DOA5, can I carry saved data to DOA5U?
    Yes. You can carry over your saved data from DOA5 to DOA5U/DOA5U: Core Fighters, inlcuding costumes and titles. Your online record starts afresh, though.

    Can I use the original DOA5 to play with people using DOA5U or Core Fighters?
    No. You cannot use the original DOA5 to play with people that use DOA5U, since the changes made are too different.

    What console is DOA5U: Core Fighters available on?
    PS3 only. Go to the Demos section in the PS Store to download the game.
     
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  2. Stealth

    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    I am pretty sick of F2P but I heard the game i sold physically for ps3 and 360 for all the content
     
  3. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    In this instance? No. It's granting everybody to try the game out completely free of charge and may even do a favour for the online community by boosting it. The full game is still completely purchasable if you want it. I've spoken to many people that play DOA but only use a certain character and don't care for the Story mode, so all they've had to do is download the free version, then pay $4 for their character of choice. It's a win-win in many people's eyes. Choice is the key pointer here. Tecmo is doing F2P properly.
     
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    APZonerunner Network Boss-man Staff Member Administrator Site Staff UFFSite Veteran

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    Free to play is quite possibly the future of the fighting game genre with the right model, but it's a shame DOA is an ass fighting game series on any real competitive level.

    <Fighting game nerd. Big time.
     
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    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    I sure hope its not. In my opinion it makes things worse in the sense a fighting game can be designed around nickle and diming a person but that is another discussion entirely.
     
  6. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree on the first point. Definitely is the way forward in this genre. The two go hand-in-hand very well. Giving people the option to buy the full retail game but allowing others to just buy a couple of their fave characters at a drastically reduced price is well played. I see nothing wrong with it.

    That second point... I do hear that, to be honest. But I've never been a proper competitive player, so it's more just for fun, for me. I love fighting games but I've never managed to get good at them, except maybe DOA, where I'm more of an average player. It's the one I always find myself playing over and over.
     
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    Stealth Red Wings Commander

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    As an option, I have no issues. Unfortunately most companies just want to forcefeed F2P as the only version of stuff.
     
  8. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    Of course. And the key point here is that Tecmo isn't doing that with DOA5U. So people should go and download it and try it : )
     
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    AuroraXIII PSICOM Soldier

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    I bought this at launch, I'm a hardcore DOA fan. It's only one-on-one fighting series I enjoy.
     
  10. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    Well feel free to add me on PSN (Azuardo). I've been setting up lobbies with DOA GAF players the last couple of nights, and hoping to do one tonight, as well. But whenever you're free, would be good to have a few matches!
     
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    AuroraXIII PSICOM Soldier

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    Sounds good! I'll add you as soon as I'm finished with the semester in a few weeks. I haven't touched my PS3 since the week DOA5U released as I'm trying to minimise distractions. xD

    My mains are Hitomi and Eliot btw. But I'm planning to get good with Momiji too.
     
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    gaiages :< Moderator Site Staff

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    That doesn't sound too bad. I like the idea of the rotating characters: I know LoL does that to great extent, and it helps introduce people to new characters they may not know about otherwise. Also, I'm glad they didn't limit the online like Tekken Revolution does--that's just silly, and Tekken is really trying to nickle and dime you by limiting how often you can fight online.

    Anyway, I'll probably give this a try at some point. Seems pretty neat, and the perfect way for me to try a DOA game. :)
     
  13. Azuardo

    Azuardo Materia Hunter Staff Member Moderator

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    That's great! Proof that Tecmo is on to something here. I tried out Tekken Revolution as well, and yep, I didn't like what they were doing with their F2P model, so I deleted it. I guess SoulCalibur Lost Swords will be of a similar F2P model, which will be a turn-off. And that's a shame, because I really bloody liked SC1 and 2.
     
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