Buying fighting games

Buying fighting games

Written by: SHO 6 0 on January 15, 2014.
I recently purchased Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate while it was on sale on Xbox Live for $13.19 USD. DOA5U was released on 8/13 which I was very reluctant to buy since I bought Dead or Alive 5 when it launched in August last year. DOA 5 is a good game but does not have the polish of its predecessors. Considering the great Tomonobu Itagaki had left Tecmo it shouldn't come as a surprise, but it's still not an excuse. DOA 5 has beautiful graphics, a excellent fighting engine and none of the features that have made the DOA series great. (Tag team survival mode and every character having own individually theme music which ate staples of the DOA series to name a few!!) To make matters worse DOA5 released as a full retail price of $60.00 USD and wasn't worth $30.00 USD. DOA5U came out a year later added 5 new characters, new stages, old stages and new features such as (tag team survival mode and every character theme since DOA2!!) and only cost $40.00 USD.

We've seen this business model in the video game industry for decades especially in regards to fighting games. I.E. Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition, Super Street Fighter 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (which we won't rant about out of love and respect for its tournaments and online communities) Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition and the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter 4. They make a game and sell it for a price then make a better game and sell it for a cheaper price. I'm usually okay with that, but in this instance as a long-term fan and consumer I can't stand it. I refused to buy DOAU5 until it was a price I deemed necessary even though its by far the best entry in the DOA series.

I'm stating all this to say that unless you're a hardcore fighting game enthusiast choose your fighting game purchases wisely because a better cheaper version is around the corner.

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