Dead or Alive 6 Preview E3 2018
The Dead or Alive franchise was speculated to have been concluded earlier this year due to the announcement made at the NEC18 tournament to all DoA fans. However, little did everyone know that the next big instalment in the franchise was actually in the works. We here at COGconnected had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with Dead or Alive 6 at E3 2018 to give you some of our thoughts on it.
The pro player Emmanuel Rodriguez greeted me as my opponent which made me feel at ease in terms of being able to learn from the best about the new mechanics in the game, but also hopeless in terms of actually being able to win. Emmanuel Rodriguez was no simple player as he executed moves smoothly and truly showed off the key moves that Dead or Alive 6 could effortlessly be played with.
Unlike the moves list in other fighting games like Tekken, Street Fighter, BlazBlue, or Guilty Gear, Dead or Alive 6 can look flashy, powerful, and execute moves that balances the learning curve, as well as skill level between new and veterans players with only a handful of moves. It shows the accessibility it has, but also the nitty gritty elements that distinguish how pro players utilize such simple moves through proper timing, observation, and execution.
As I played against Emmanuel Rodriguez I was enthralled by the game’s visuals, all while getting accustomed to the moves. However, while I’ve had my fair share of Tekken and the like, I am still fairly new to Dead or Alive but wasn’t taken back or overwhelmed when playing the demo. In fact, I felt decent executing moves and seeing Kasumi land her punches, but as you may have guessed, I lost against the mighty Emmanuel Rodriguez. Nonetheless, getting countered and beaten only made me want get back up and hope to do the same.
Like previous Dead or Alive titles, pieces of clothing can be broken off by landing certain moves in Dead or Alive 6. While it was stated that this instalment has turned into a more conservative title with characters being more clothed, the game still is a Dead or Alive game to the core. You won’t lose out on any of the rather titular visuals, that’s for sure.
All in all, Dead or Alive 6 looks to be another solid fighting game title to make its way onto the market. With more of an emphasis on fighting mechanics, it may enter a more competitive scene in the FGC community like other fighting game titles have.
Dead or Alive 6 is slated for a early 2019 release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.