DOA 5 Ultimate’s “Sexy Costumes”

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You wouldn’t believe it, looking at pictures or even video, but Dead or Alive 5 from Tecmo’s Team Ninja is actually a fighting game. Instead, you’d be more likely to think it was some sort of Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition modelling simulator. The game’s latest DLC is a collection of skimpy beachwear for the game’s femme fatales.

Don’t get me wrong. i have nothing against the fine female form, and it would be rather hypocritical of me to deride its use here, but but Tecmo has said in the past that it wanted to ensure that the game had more class in future, and would be doing away with the overtly sexualised nonsense the series is known for.

“In the series up to now we focused on some kind of… Sports Illustrated [aesthetic]. Like a magazine for high school kids, with women portrayed in that sense,” Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi said in 2012. “We’ve always had the sex factor in the game; in the past, the female characters had to have big breasts, they had to have scanty dress.”

Hiyashi said back then that the team was looking to portray women more realistically.

“We’re trying to focus on the real women that surround us; the voice of a female, the mannerisms. We are being realistic about it,” he said. “We want to show something that’s more high class, that adult males of our generation could look at a woman [character] and be impressed with her as a woman, not just as a pin-up.”

Obviously, they’ve forgotten that, or sales of the game just haven’t been as good as hoped, because it’s devolved back in to this. There’s the video above, complete with cheesy porn music, and a gallery of screenshots.

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Last Updated: February 4, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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