There’s nothing fishy about these gorgeous anime and video game costumes.
Dead or Alive
Finally, fans of the boob-centric video game franchise will get the wrist support they need.
Spinoff video game series continues to cater to its fanbase with another helping of T and A.
Admirers of the virtual female form are claiming victory as they point to the growing discrepancy in the view-count between promotional videos starring the bikini-clad vixens of Dead or Alive Xtreme and the battle-ready Princess Zelda of Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Like the boobs of its busty characters, the chances of a western release for video game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 seem to be swaying back and forth.
You want the boobs? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE BOOBS!
After Sega got the 3-D fighting video game craze rolling with Virtua Fighter in 1993, latecomers had to do something to differentiate their own games in the genre. Namco added accessible controls for its Tekken series, Tamsoft spruced up its Toshinden, and Tecmo added attack reversals to Dead or Alive. Oh, and also large, heaving breasts.
Over the years the supersized busts of Dead or Alive have sort of become the tail that wags the dog, or the bouncing bosoms that lead the torso and shoulders. So after releasing Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the third upgrade to the fifth game in the main series, publisher Koei Tecmo is taking a break from the fighting and doubling down on the eye candy with a new beach volleyball game, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, starring its female martial artists, and the first gameplay video has just been released.
In the sequel-driven world of video games, it’s important to have a phrase or two that serves as your franchise’s guiding light. You could apply the term “playful challenge” to any of Nintendo’s Mario games, with their mix of depth and accessibility. “Constant tension” is an apt description of playing Dark Souls or its spiritual predecessor Demon’s Souls, and “wide-open amoral freedom” has seen Grand Theft Auto through its most successful installments.
So what’s the theme for Koei Tecmo’s fighting series Dead or Alive? That’s easy: sex and violence.
Those aren’t my words, either. That’s exactly how creator Tomonobu Itagaki defined the Dead or Alive series back when it was getting its very first sequel. And while Itagaki may no longer be involved with the franchise he lovingly refers to as his “daughter,” the current caretakers of Dead or Alive are keeping its bouncy spirit alive, as shown in this comparison video of the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of its newest chapter, which shows how much more breast detail the more powerful console gets.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the fighting game series that spawned a bikini-packed beach volleyball spin-off and whose developers included the option to change how much female fighters’ breasts jiggle likes to get sexy. Dead or Alive has always been about scantily clad females, enormous boobs and gratuitous close-ups and poses; it’s not especially tasteful, but to each their own.
But the latest round of downloadable costumes for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, called the “Bath and Bedtime” series, seems to be confusing “sexy” with “creepy”, as it pits female martial artists against each other while wearing naught but their jammies and bath towels.