So Season 3 has come and gone and there are already rumors circling around Season 4. I've been busy but I had checked out the new costume sets as well as the somewhat new character. I've also gotten DOA5 Last Round for the PS4 recently so it's easier to compare and contrast. Legacy costumes have also been brought in which don't count as part of the season set but bring back outfits from DOA5 with mixed results. Let's check them out.
|Here are the Season 3 exclusive outfits for Kasumi and Ayane. While Kasumi's looks different, Ayane just looks like a more pink/violet version of her classic out.|
So many fans were expecting some sort of Halloween costume set, and while people were hoping for every character getting a different costume, say a Vampire Kasumi and a Zombie Ayane or whatever, I kinds knew better. I predicted everyone would have the same sort of costume in a set, like all of the girls being vampires or something and not each character having their separate theme. I was right, as Team Ninja went with a Witch Costume Set for most of the women. Of course the guest characters Mai and Kula were excluded.
I actually like these outfits. While some people groaned that they were all witches, I liked how everyone had their own different spin on it. Some have witch hats, some use gypsy-like cloaks, some are more fancier dressed than others. I especially like the ones that go with the jean shorts like Ayane and Mila did. Some of the outfits even look great without the witch hats and stuff and just look like fancy dresses like Helena's take. I liked this set.
Energy up! Training Wear
The girls get to work out in yoga pants. That's all I needed to hear. All of the women (minus Mai and Kula) get variations of workout wear slightly based on the anime 'How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?' It's a bit odd because besides the slight homage to the anime, it doesn't look like anybody actually 'cosplays' as any of the characters from the series and just wear standard workout clothes. It's the equivalent of making some sort of 'Street Fighter' shoutout but rather than have the girls dress up like the characters, everyone just wears a generic karate gi of different colors because, hey, Ryu and Ken wear karate gis, right?
Other than the outfits, the girls also get new 'tied up' type hairstyles, which makes sense for the longer hair characters to not have it get in the way of their exercise. Some like Christie, randomly have small weights tied behind their backs and others like Kasumi, replace their weapons with dumbbells. It's kinda funny.
I love this set and got almost all of them. It's a simple idea that I'm surprised wasn't used sooner, and it's a simple look, but Dead or Alive women in yoga pants should have been a no-brainer.
While this wasn't part of the set per say, around this time to go along with the anime collaboration they also released a set of limited time Titles you can unlock by doing certain things, like scoring enough online wins or doing a certain number of Break Blows and whatnot. The titles, I assume, reference the anime and actually have characters from How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift on them, so at least that's something.
I am glad to say that I was able to get all of the titles before time ran out.
NEW Character- Rachel
To the surprise of nobody, Rachel was the next DLC character to be added, joining her Ninja Gaiden co-star Momiji. Both of them were already in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, so almost as soon as Momiji was announced, everyone already predicted the next one up would be Rachel.
You can get Rachel either by herself or alongside her costume pack. Her costume pack includes the Happy Wedding outfit, Pirate of the Seven Seas outfit, Seaside Eden outfit, Summer Breeze Collection outfit and a Santa Bikini.
However, Rachel fell victim to DOA6's attempts to tone down the skimpy outfits of the ladies. To the outrage of many fans out there, the Core Values got to one of her outfits, donning her with some sort of black bodysuit underneath to cover up all the skin. When people first caught sight of this, everyone denied that this would make it into the final cut... but here we are.
|I added a picture from DOA5 Last Round to compare and we can see Rachel is showing a lot less skin. The odd thing is, some of Christie's outfits are just as intense and she didn't get covered up.|
The girls get into the holiday spirit as they show off some lovely Santa-themed swimsuits. All of the ladies with the exception of Mai, Kula and Rachel (who already comes with her own Santa Bikini) get a set.
While they do look nice, the main complaint was that they all look exactly the same. Had they had some sort of different variations, people would have liked this set more. I only got the ones for some of my faves like Tina, Momiji and Phase 4. Of course, Phase 4 gets extra points for wearing a dark version of the theme.
- Extra Content that doesn't count as part of Season 3- Revival Sets-
Here are 3 separate sets of outfits that don't count as part of any season. As the name implies, they're returning costumes from DOA5 Last Round.
Sexy Bunny Costume Set
The girls bring back the sexy with a bit of class as they wear Playboy Bunny outfits. All of the ladies get their own set, and even though Mai and Kula aren't included, they already have their own Bunny outfits when they came out. This set came out before Rachel was released, so who knows if eventually they'll release a spare bunny outfit for her.
Hot Summer Costume Set
The girls get another set for the summer, unfortunately this is where the Core Values strike again. If you're wondering why some of the girls are particularly covered up like Mila or Kasumi, it's because in DOA5, the extra clothes were destructible. However in DOA6 they are not, which angered a lot of fans. I did buy a few that still work like Momiji and La Mariposa, but for many, it wasn't worth re-buying these outfits from DOA5, especially censored versions of them. As always, Mai and Kula are excluded and this was before Rachel was released.
Santa's Helper Costume Set
With it being Christmas time, the Santa outfits return from DOA5. Everyone except Mai and Kula get an outfit, including the guys. Rachel missed the boat so we don't know if she will get one later on. One thing I noticed when I got my copy of DOA5 Last Round was it came with the Santa Outfits already while we had to pay for them as separate DLC this time around.
One thing I find particularly entertaining was that Bass actually got 2 outfits. He got the classic red Santa suit but also a black Santa suit. I guess Bass was going for a Face and Heel version and with him wearing black and donning those shades, he reminds me of Hollywood Hogan.
My Overall Opinions-
This has been an interesting and polarizing season set. Without a doubt my favorite costume sets were the Witch outfits and Energy Up! outfits. I did enjoy hopping online for several matches to make sure I unlocked all of those Titles before they would stop being available. While I can't complain about seeing the girls in tights, their apparent collab with the anime series would have made more sense had they actually dressed like the girls in the series, similar to how the gang was wearing Attack on Titan uniforms in DOA5.
The Santa Bikinis were alright but I wish they had different looks for each character. I would have been more inclined to buy more of them if they looked different. I welcome any new character, so I can't complain too much about Rachel. I love her moves and her Break Blow is awesome. She obviously loses points for getting one of her outfits censored. Again, Christie pretty much wears the same thing and this one of the outfits already included within the game, so I don't know what the deal is there.
As for the 3 Revival Sets, I like the Playboy Bunny ones but I barely bought any of the Hot Summer ones due to them not being complete. Then the Santa Outfits had the same problem as the Santa Bikinis, they are all the exact same, so I only bought a few for my favorites.
So basically guys, if Team Ninja wants my money, they need to release outfits where even though they all follow a theme, every character gets their own take on it. If all of them look exactly the same, I won't be buying them all due to the sheer redundancy. And if you're going to release older outfits, at least include all of the features that came with the original set, or why bother. That ruined the Hot Summer set.
For those that care about the male characters, Season 3 had literally nothing to offer for them. The only thing the guys got were the Santa Helper outfits and that Revival set doesn't count as part of the season.
On a lighter note, sometime during the Fall/Winter months, Team Ninja did release Lei Fang's classic DOA1 leather outfit and it was for free. Seeing that it was one of my favorite looks for Lei Fang since DOA first made its debut, I couldn't hop online to unlock the new outfit fast enough.