You know that Dead or Alive 5 must have done something right when I am actually playing this game on my PlayStation 3 more than Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with both of them being inducted recently on the same day. I personally almost gave up on the DoA series because they felt too similar when it comes to the mechanics and graphics after the revolutionary second entry but I am so glad to have given it another chance because this latest entry feels quite different - it has finally matured into a serious fighting game so the inclusion of several of the characters from the Virtua Fighter series actually makes a lot of sense now. But today, I just want to discuss the interesting but incredibly flawed photo mode found in the game. You see, even though DoA 5 states boldly that "I'm a Fighter", in which it strongly is now, it should also admit that it's also a quite the pervert. All the fighters, male and female, are very good looking with nothing but the most perfect of bodies and of course the females have breasts that seem to bounce just for the sake of bouncing without gravitational help... They even wobble from side to side now - it's actually rather sad to know that the developer spent so much time on this and then gave us a really ugly and stiff looking kimono for Kokoro that is not even close to the silky smooth, cloth physics-ladden one she wore in the attract sequence of DoA 4.
"I'm a Fighter" it says as a horny Kasumi stares wantingly at you.
Back to the photo mode: You can take pictures of replays and the computers beating each other up in real time and to view these pictures, you have to load them individually in the Album mode. It's here that things become really ridiculous because to view the photos, you have to scroll down the list of pictures you have, load only one of them into the system, and then select it again to finally be able to view it. You then have to repeat the process to change to a different picture. Wow, really? Why can't we just get a small preview window of all the pictures and then be able to view them immediately when we select the picture? Who programmed this mess? Surely this person should be fired immediately and be banned from joining any game development team ever again? This is a real shame because taking photos in the game is a lot of fun, especially when you realize that the pictures you've taken ended up being a little uh, risque? By accident of course. You know what's worse though? These photos can't be accessed in the Xross Media Bar because they are archived as game save files and if you exported them to the Personal Computer, you only get a really tiny photo images from them. Disappointing. As you can see in the examples below, there are so many opportunities to share fun shots of the "fighting". I had to use unconventional means to get these pictures here because of the problematic way the game saves all the photos. I surely hope they will fix this problem in a future patch. Since I am already spoiled by the greatly implemented screenshot feature on Steam, this is just unacceptable.