Dead Or Alive 6 is the latest fighting game to offer a simplified version 'free to play' on PC, a big demo, if you want. Koei Tecmo launched the full game two weeks ago. Today, the Core Fighters edition of DOA6 gives players access to four characters – Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego and Bass – and to several game modes, including DOA Quest mode and character customization, DOA Central. This is a respectable slice of free fights, although the a la carte rate for characters and features to unlock is brutal. Check out the launch trailer for the Core Fighters edition below.
While the series has always been better known for its comic bouncy breasts than for its action (an image they try without conviction to flee in this game), the series Dead Or Alive releases a distinct impression. Similar to Sega's former Virtua Fighter series, but with more emphasis on parries, markers and defensive reactions. It's a quick and lively game, more agile and aggressive than Soul Calibur, with less memorization combo than Tekken. If you have never tried a DOA game before, this is the perfect time to try it out and the four free version characters offer a wide range of game styles.
The Core Fighters version also includes a brief overview of the story mode. It's a flagship Koei Tecmo game, it's nonsense, but at least it gives Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden series) something to do between games. There is your basic arcade mode, your quest mode, a complete workout mode for training and a complete online game. Although you only have four characters, you can at least unlock additional outfits for them in DOA Central, though the ridiculous ones (like a range of wedding theme outfits for all characters) carry heavy price tags , unlike the generous Tekken. series.
Dead Or Alive 6 – Core Fighters is now available on Steam, free of charge. Individual character unlocking costs £ 3.29 / $ 3.99 / $ 3.99, the full 20 Core Fighter game at £ 50 / $ 60 / $ 50, and unlocking the Core Fighter Story mode costs £ 16. / 20 € / 20 $. Honestly, it's better to buy the full set if you like the demo, which costs £ 55 / € 70 / $ 60 – an approximate price for Europe. How do they even calculate these exchange rates?