Yeah, I only got the chance to play the demo for about 20 minutes. Ran through Brad Wong’s command list in training and then played a match or two. I really like the presentation, the graphics, and the added moves and new options make the game feel fun. My initial reaction was “yep, that’s DOA.” But the more I thought about it, the more I decided to make the preorder. It’s a series that my wife and I have both enjoyed since DOA3 (and me since DOA2), so at the very least, I know I’ll have some fun 1 on 1 local matches.
The only thing that bums me out about it, and I know it’ll bum her out too, is that they decided to stick with the T&A, even after saying early on that they were going to tone it down this time around. We’ve both always liked the series in spite of that nonsense, but apparently because it’s something that’s been in the series since the beginning, it’s sacred and can’t be adjusted at all or some fans will lose their ■■■■.
Thing is, if they hadn’t said anything early on, I’d have been okay. Yeah, I don’t love the whole “women who talk and sometimes act like their 15 years old yet have bodies even Victoria’s Secret models would envy” aspect. I think it’s unnecessary at best and exceedingly creepy at worst.
But the fact that they kinda got my hopes up a little by saying they’d tone it down, only to apparently reverse that either due to developers messing with their fans or caving in to fan rage, kinda sucks. Either way it sucks.
Of course, for every game that decides from the beginning to go in a new direction, like Killer Instinct or Mortal Kombat 11 that get a ton of flak from that part of the fanbase, people seem to be eerily silent on DOA6. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right places, but no one seems annoyed that the devs seemingly caved to the screeching of angry fans who couldn’t even wait to see how the game turned out, even though they had to realize they’d get a ton of options that fit their taste via DLC, but whatever.
At this point, I’m just hoping that the game ends up being fun and that both my wife and I enjoy the gameplay as we always have, even if some aspects of the game make us both roll our eyes so far back in to our heads we can see what our brains are up to. It sucks, I wish some of my favorite games weren’t like this (same goes for Soul Calibur, the other fighter my wife and love to play against each other), but that’s the creative direction they’ve decided to go. Definitely understand you giving it a pass though. I honestly felt kinda dirty when I hit the purchase button tbh.
Oh and PS on this, I didn’t write that post as an invitation to start a T&A vs censorship argument or anything like that. I know what DOA is and I’ve always known. Just giving my two cents on my reaction to the demo. Not trying to start an argument and divert this thread by any means.