Gaming Thoughts... Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate trying to pull in new gamers

Just a quick hit article this morning, but I have seen this article pop up in a few places, and the premise interested me. I have really enjoyed the Dead or Alive series over the last few releases. I have reviewed Dead or Alive 4, Dead or Alive 5 and Dead or Alive Dimensions. The fluid combat and excellent visuals combine with a variety of modes to make this series one of the better members of the fighting genre out there.

Well there will now be two versions of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate being released. There will of course be the full, purchased version with all of the bells and whistles immediately available at once, but Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja has also said that a base version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be available for free on the PlayStation Store.

This base version will have Ryu Hayabusa, Hayate, Kasumi and Ayane available from the outset. They are still toying with the idea of week-long or weekend releases where characters may be available, but this base version will include a training mode and online connectivity. There is no timer or deadline - the idea is to get as many people to try the series as possible, and then you can purchase additional content if you prefer that over buying the full retail game.

It is an interesting model, and if it brings in more fans to the fighting genre, I think it is definitely worth a try. A few friends have joked that with these additional releases, Dead or Alive 5 feels a bit like Street Fighter right now, just without the ever-expanding list of over-the-top adjectives (think Hyper, Super, Championship, etc) that tend to get tacked onto the Capcom fighting title.

Now mind you - this has only been announced for Japan so far, but I wonder if it will gain traction elsewhere? What do you think? Will you be willing to give the base version of this game a try?
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