Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fans requesting more fan service in Dead or Alive 5

Yeah really, this seems kind of sad to me, but I guess I can understand it as well.

Apparently fans aren't too happy about Team Ninja's choice to bring back the sexual nature in Dead or Alive 5. In past Dead or Alive games the females had over sized tops, "boob physics," skimpy outfits, and quite a bit of fan service which could be seen during fights. Sure there wasn't actually any nudity, but it was flat out fan service.

Well, with the release of Dead or Alive 5, everything changed. Team Ninja stated that in the Japanese culture showing off a woman's body is one way to show them respect, but it isn't quite seen that way elsewhere in the world. So to go with the rest of the world, Team Ninja decided to respect women the way other countries (such as the US) would. In short, they made the game much more realistic, cut down on the "boob physics," gave the characters more realistic clothing, and kept the fan service to a minimum.

So, how did fans react to this? Apparently not too well. It turns out fans are requesting/trying to get Team Ninja to change the game, and make the female's breasts larger. Yep... I'm not kidding... In an interview Shimbori actually stated the following:

"We actually got a lot of feedback from people who were playing it, saying, 'We want bigger breasts. Make the characters more like that.' That was kind of surprising. There's definitely still room for having sexualized aspects If you have a solid fighting game system there, there's nothing wrong with having beautiful characters as a layer on top of that--that's another layer of entertainment that there's a need for. If there wasn't a need for it, people wouldn't have responded to the alpha demo like they did, and send us feedback."

Really, I myself would rather see the game stay the way it is. The truth is, Dead or Alive 5 is a solid fighting game, it has a nice story, it's characters are great, and it is flat out fun. A good fighter doesn't need to use sex to sell it's games, and I really don't see the game gaining anything from adding in more fan service. Yeah the female characters are attractive, but they don't need to be half naked to show that. In DoA5, for once, the characters look real, they have some pretty cool costumes, and overall they are just great characters.

Although I can understand fans being a bit upset over their fan service being cut back, the fact is, it really isn't needed. Maybe some people do play it for the fan service, but many others, including myself, play it because it is a great fighter.