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Dead Or Alive 6 Review
Dead Or Alive 6 Review

Dead Or Alive 6 is the latest in the Dead Or Alive video game franchise to be released and is currently available on Ps4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The game is of the fighting genre, it comes developed by Team Ninja and is published by Koei Tecmo.

When first seeing the initial trailers for this game, I wouldn’t say that really I was drawn to it all that much. I’ve never played anything in this franchise before and for fighting games I’ve always gravitated more towards Tekken or Mortal Kombat in the past. But as more details emerged about this game and more was revealed over time, I became slowly interested in what it offered. The gameplay looked smooth and the art style and character design looked excellent. I wanted to give it a try and I am glad now that I did.

The main story sections of this game will have you play as one of the many playable characters in the game where you will experience a couple of mini chapters of plot relevant to each character. For example Kasumi’s story would consist of a cut-scene, then a single fight with an opponent, then another cut-scene, then another fight, then repeat until done. As you can imagine a single fight is quite quick so likely players will get through the campaign’s stories quite quickly. Where I guess the game makes up for this fast pace is the fact that there are so many characters in the game, each with their own mini plots. Due to this, it actually feels like it could go on forever at times.

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

The tone of Dead Or Alive 6 is lighthearted, comedic and often fun. Music is upbeat and the art style and animations during the fights are not too gory. This light hearted approach to the game for me meant that I could essentially pick up the game any time of the week and just have some fun with it. There is a real ‘arcade’ feel to the entire game. Even without the campaign at all, a player can just jump in at any time in the versus mode and go a couple of rounds. In this way Dead Or Alive 6 works great as a party game, with everyone taking turns quite easily and the light hearted tone makes it great for most settings.

The art style is actually one of the highest points of the game. There has been a strong attention to detail from the developers into every character in the game. There was quite a lot of effort put into the characters outfits with every character in the game receiving multiple outfits to choose from. You will unlock these outfits by progressing through the game. There’s also customisable hairstyles and glasses for each of the characters.

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

Dead Or Alive 6 does seem to emphasise sex quite a bit as part of its offering. As the saying goes, “sex sells” and it certainly seems that is true as this is now the sixth title in the series and according to Wikipedia it sold so well in its first week in Japan that Dead Or Alive 6 was the number one top selling game of any format with 26000 units being sold in the first week. I do mention this because while the game does do everything quite light heartedly, I wouldn’t say it’s something that’s really kid friendly. There’s also some people in society who may even get offended by the content within the game. But if you are not in these two groups then likely Dead Or Alive 6 might appeal to you.

Although I did feel that the Dead Or Alive 6 campaign was good enough in length for a fighting game. Dead Or Alive 6 does have extra game modes which do increase the longevity for the player. Versus mode is essentially just where you can pick 2 characters, play as one then just go a couple of rounds till you’ve had enough. Then there’s the DOA quest where the player will play as a pre-selected character where they will fight an opponent for a round or two. Within the fight there will be challenges to complete such as doing certain amounts of damage in a combo or performing a certain special move. If all challenges are completed then some unlockable items will be earned. There is also a time attack (race against the clock) mode and a survival mode (see how long you can last). Then of course there’s an online mode where you can spend hours battling other players. These different modes provide a unique variety to the game and test players fighting skills differently, they also add longevity to Dead Or Alive 6 which is a great thing.

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

Dead Or Alive 6 Review

The fighting mechanics in Dead Or Alive 6 are interesting in that they tend to follow a trio of moves. These include strikes (punches/kicks), throws and holds. Each of the options has its fair share of basic moves and special moves to perform. Luckily the game does come with quite a good tutorial to learn these things, which is handy for fighting genre newcomers or people like myself that are new to the franchise. New to the series as well is something known as the ‘break gauge system’ which is essentially a meter that fills up during fights that once triggered allows a player to initiate a ‘break blow’ or ‘break hold’ which both cause significant damage. The variety of fighting mechanics makes for some interesting matches and combos that experienced players can make much use of, but also beginners can still have a lot of fun with.

Overall Dead Or Alive 6 is a fantastic fighting game. The light tone and easy going arcade like feel to the game makes it a great choice at parties or gaming nights with friends. The variety of game modes as well as the main campaign will keep players busy for quite some time. The gameplay and fighting mechanics come with enough variety and difficulty that both seasoned players and beginners can have a lot of fun with. The art style, design of the characters and accessory options for each of the characters is definitely nice to have and look at. I’m happy to recommend Dead Or Alive 6 to people looking for a fighting game, but want something different to the usual Tekken or Mortal Kombat offerings. Dead Or Alive 6 can be quite entertaining at times and I’m certainly glad I chose to take a look at it these past weeks.

Dead Or Alive 6 is out now and is available from Amazon AU right here.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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