PS Vita Review: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus Collector’s Edition [IMPORT]

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Since the first game came out in 1996, the Dead or Alive series had been about fan service. The original game is known as much for Kasumi’s ample polygons and high kicks as it is for its throwing mechanics and fast 3D game play. This fact was not lost on the developer as in the next two installments, more female characters were added with sexy costumes. In 2003, Team Ninja decided to base a game around the girls and have an excuse to show them in sexy swimwear. That’s when Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball for the original XBox came out. Not only were you able to play beach volleyball with the girls and dress them into bikinis, you could also watch them frolicking in the sand or relaxing by the pool. Another one came out, called Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (XBox 360), which added more bikinis, more games (like pool hopping and beach flags) and more girls. Now, after a remake of the second game on the PSP (Dead or Alive Paradise), New Zach Island has reopened and we have new game in the series.

 

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You might want to sit down for this.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (DOAX3) is a beach volleyball/beach game/ girl watching simulator developed by Team Ninja and published in Asia and Japan by Koei Tecmo. There are two version of the game: DOAX3:Fortune, for the PlayStation 4, and DOAX3: Venus, for the PlayStation Vita. This review is for the PS Vita version. This game is NOT scheduled to come out in North America/Europe at this time. The copy reviewed is for the Asia region (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) and was part of the Collector’s Edition. This version is multi lingual and the text will be in English if your Vita is set to that language. The game is PlayStation TV compatible and works on North American systems.

(Note: This Review is my opinion only.  I have no affiliation with Koei Tecmo, Play Asia or Sony.  All pictures were taken by me with my camera, or through the game.)

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The girls play beach volley ball

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The plot is pretty much the same as the last DOAX games: Zack has reopened his resort on New Zack Island and has left you (the player) in charge of the island. He has invited 9 of the girls from the latest Dead or Alive game (DOA5:LR) to enjoy a 14 day vacation and partake in the various activities. There are two modes to play: Girl Mode or Owner Mode. In Girl mode , the player, as the girl he chose at the start, can partner up with one another to play 2 on 2 beach volleyball games. The player will have to try to increase their relationship with her partner though winning volleyball games and giving them presents that they like, ranging from swimsuits, food, drinks or items. If the relationship is low enough, the girls’ partner will leave, and the player will have to find another partner. Volleyball is the place when the player can earn the most currency to buy new items. but other activities pay out as well. At night, you can play casino games like blackjack, poker and roulette.

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Increase your funds through gambling at the casino
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The shops contain swim suits that are specifically for your girl, though some might over lap with the other’s preference. Only Honoka would dig this cow pattern.

In Owner Mode, the player steps back as the owner, still choosing what event to do but not playing as the girl. You can watch them do the various activities, even taking pictures of the events. You also have to try to improve your relationship with your chosen girl through giving them gifts that they like. If you give them a swimsuit that they like they will even change into it on the spot. You have to keep your eyes closed. If you peek (press the circle button) they will get upset (obviously) and it will negatively affect the relationship. You can also give gifts to the other girls and your relationship level carries over to subsequent play throughs. You can switch between the modes at any time when not in an activity.

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Rock Climbing is a new activity

There are missions, goals from either Zack (for the Owner) or from the girl to achieve. It might range from buying a girl a swim suit to winning a hand of poker with two pairs. When you complete the missions you get a reward of Zack dollars for the Owner. Missions given by the girl can increase her satisfaction level and you want that as high as possible by the end of the vacation. Any Zack dollars earned in Owner Mode is kept by the owner and the girl and owner have separate funds. If the mission is too had, or you do not have enough funds to do it, you can always cancel it.

 

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Momoji is also here

The game features only 9 of the female fighters from Dead or Alive 5: Last Round: Kasumi, Helena, Ayane, Hitomi, Kokoro, Momoji, Nyotengu, Honoka and Marie Rose. Now the choice of which girls were in this game was apparently voted on through download of themes of the girls for the PS4 and Vita. in Japan. Unfortunately, my favourite girl, Mila, didn’t make the cut, but all time favourites Kasumi and Ayane did. It was a bit surprising that new comers like Honoka and Nyotengu won out over old favorites like Lei Fang and Tina, but it is not surprising and a little sad that little Marie Rose got the most votes. But it is all okay, because canonically, all the girls are over 18 in the game (Marie Rose included). It even says their age in the selection menu, so ogle who you want to. The oldest is Nyotengu, who is 1,018 years old (and doesn’t look a day over 25.)

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Marie Rose: Upgraded from Jail Bait to Barely Legal

The graphic are good on the PS Vita. The game use a modified version of the graphic engine used in the PS4/XBOne versions of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Soft Engine 2.0). Called the Soft Engine light, it helps to render realistic skin tones and effects like clothing wetness. It also helps advance the breast physics, giving them a more realistic, albeit slightly exaggerated bounce and the girls move. It also boast an advanced “booty physics,” meaning their butts are getting as much attention as their breasts. Though not as detailed as the PS4 version, the graphics run smoothly with the latest update with no slow down of glitches.

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Behold the advanced Booty Physics!

The controls have not changed much from the previous versions. the volley ball and other mini-games control like they did in the PSP version with touch controls used to poke and prod the girls in gravure mode. IT not as creepy as in Senran Kagura Estival Versus, though. The second thumb stick allows you to manipulate the camera and in volleyball, move your partner around to better receive the ball. Note that, since this is an Asian version (and it is the same in the Japanese one),in the controls in the menu, Circle is used to select and X is used to cancel, which is the opposite of most Western release games. People who import this game should be aware of this.

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Everything on the box is still mostly in Japanese, even the Asian edition. The game does include English menus and subtitles

 

Both the PS4 and PS Vita versions come in either a stand edition of a Collector’s edition. The collector’s edition for each version comes with different items. The PS Vita version, the Venus Edition comes with the game on a Vita card, of course. It also has a set of playing cards featuring images of Honoka on Diamonds, Kasumi on Hearts, Kokoro on Clubs and Nyotengu on Spades, with the Jokers being Zack. It also comes with a hard cover art book, Venus edition, featuring images of all 9 girls from the game (the text is in Japanese, though). There is also a Honkoa mouse pad, the type on which you rest your wrists in her ample bosom. There is also two download codes for DLC. The first is a bonus for early buyers of the game, featuring (for the PS Vita) and angel-themed swim suit for Honoka. The second is the Extreme Sexy Costume V set, featuring a new swim suit for all 9 grils that resemble leaves, vines and flowers. Now the PS4 version has different DLC (Costume set F and a Devil swim suit for Marie Rose) as well as a Marie Rose mouse pad, a different playing card set, different art book and, of course, the game for PS4. Note that the DLC codes will only work in a PlayStation Network Account for the Asia region (Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan), but entitles you to be able to download it for both PS4 and PS Vita.

 

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The swag you get with the Venus Collectors edition
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The PS Vita DOAX3 Venus Collector’s edition comes with this angel swim suit for Honoka
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The Sexy Costume V Set DLC consists of these leafy bikinis for the girls
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There is some variation in each of the girls’ V costumes

Now, because Koei Tecmo believes that it would not be received well in the West, due to recent events like Gamer Gate and immature boys posting derogatory things at women who are in the industry and ones that play video games, it is not receiving a Western release. I do not think that preventing this game from releasing in the west would change a damn thing, especially because online store like Play Asia has had record orders from people importing this game. Now, I have said it in the last two posts: I do not agree with censorship because a game has partial nudity (i.e. in bathing suits) and fan service. The only this that will change attitudes about sex and nudity is if we stop demonizing it. Look, I like Senran Kagura, but why is a game that allows you to fight and strip opponents (with other females) release out here when what is a pretty much a beach vacation simulator is deemed too racy? Why is DOA5:LR, which has scantily clad females (with more racy DLC costumes coming monthly) punching and kicking other fighters of both sex allowed when a game with some of the same girls playing sports and buying each other bathing suits is not? Our priorities are weird, if you think about it. Gun and violence are okay, but show a bit of skin and everyone freaks out. Might as well release DLC that has them all in burkhas.

 

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And miss out on this?

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will not win any awards. It is pretty much the same game form 2003 with a altered cast , and better graphics and some new modes. But it is not a terrible game nor is it a morally reprehensible game. Sure, it has the women of DOA in some racy swim wear, but you’d see that at a resort in real life. They are not fighting, or plotting to kill each other. The worse this they can to is reject your offer to team up. It is not deep, but it is fun to see the ladies of DOA have some down time and not fight some evil plot to created bio-engineered ninja to sell as a weapon.  Just enjoy the virtual scenery and get some good picture of the girls while you are at it.

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Pool Hopping plays like it did in DOA Paradise

Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 for the PS Vita can be bought online through Play Asia.  Make sure you get the Asian copy, not the Japanese one if you want it in English.  Check their site for pricing and availability.

3.5/5

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I can see all the hard work that went into “booty physics.”
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Yup, high quality.

 

PS Vita Review: Moe Chronicles

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Moe Chronicles

Moe Chronicles is a First Person Role Playing Game developed by Compile Hearts and publishd (in Asia) by Sony Computer Entertainment.  It is the second game in Compile Hearts Genki series (which includes Monster Monpiece) though playing through the first game is not required.  It is not compatible with the PlayStation TV micro console.

(Note: This review is my opinion only. All pictures are captured in-game with the PS Vita’s screen shot feature.  This is not a paid review.)

Monster Girls are going Bad and attacking humans!
Monster Girls are going Bad and attacking humans!

Moe Chronicles takes place in a fantasy work where humans live alongside monster girls.  Monster girls are all cute girls that look human, save for some features like cat ears, wings or even a non-human creature they ride..  You play as Io, a young man who is a lazy dreamer who can’t talk to girls without looking like a creep.  When monster girls, who are usually friendly, start attacking people for no reason, Io is send out to find the cause.  Along with his childhood friend, Lilia, a pink haired monster girl, he sets out to solve the crisis so he can return home.

Io and his friend, Lilia
Io and his friend, Lilia

As they set out, Io and Lilia encounter another being investigating the monster girl problem.  His name is Otton and, well, the only way I can describe him is that he’s is a talking seal. A talking penis seal.  Just take a look at him!

Look at Him!!!
Look at Him!!!

That’s Exhibit A.  Now, you might think that’s just the way the cartoon seal was drawn and I have a dirty mind.  True, but, I give you Exhibit B;  Otton is a Panty Hunter.  That’s right, he defeats Monster Girls and takes their panties as his prize.  That thing around his neck?  That isn’t a bib;  that the panties of some poor Monster Girl he beat.  And then there’s the fact he ejaculates gold coin from the top of his head if he gets too excited.  More on that later.

 

Io can't help but admire the guy.
Io can’t help but admire the guy.

Combat is all menu driven.  Io doesn’t fight.  He can store his desire energy, release it to one of the party to increase their stats that round, use an item or order the party to escape.  The girls can attack, use a skill/magic attack, defend or charm, which increases Io’s desire energy.

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Otton has a simple goal.

 

The game has you explore mazes in a first person view, where you will randomly encounter monsters as you explore.  The monsters, drawn in 2D and with minimal animation vary and include bee-like creatures. UFO’s with faces and  blue monsters with a panty over their head.  You will occasionally encounter a monster girl, either at a checkpoint or an occasional wondering one.  There you can attempt to defeat it and have it join your party.

The battle screen
The battle screen
Even the monsters like panties!
Even the monsters like panties!

When fighting the Monster Girls, you can either aim at their body to get them to faint or aim at her armour pieces.  if you manage to destroy a piece, Otton gets  excited and his excitement gauge, shaped as a heart, starts to fill.  If you manage to strip her down to here underwear, Otton gets really REALLY excited, his excitement gauge fills completely and starts ejaculating gold coins all over the Monster Girl. (See?  Penis Seal.).  From there you go into the Bumping Scratch mini-game.

Targeting her clothes can help end the battle quickly. And Otton likes it.
Targeting her clothes can help end the battle quickly. And Otton likes it.
Otton makes it rain!
Otton makes it rain!

For the Bumping Scratch game, you turn your PS Vita screen 90 degrees.  You rub the screen with the picture of the monster girl trying to find their sensitive spots, which will fill Io’s “Postive Desire” gauge as well as Otton’s.  If Otton’s gauge fills up, you will go into Nude Flash mode, where the monster girl is naked, save some well placed hearts.  This will fill up Io’s gauge faster.  If you fill it within the time limit, you mange to bring her to her senses and save her.  If not, she escapes to show up again later.

Nude Flash. The hearts protect her Modesty
Nude Flash. The hearts protect her Modesty

As you recruit Monster Girls, they will join you party.  If your party is full (you can have up to five Monster Girls in your party) they will go back to the in and wait for you.  Each Monster Girl gains skills as they level up.  They also have what is called Moe Traits, which can provide an advantage in certain conditions .  The Moe Traits run from Animal Ears and Innocent to Cute Butt and Tiny Tits.  Yes, having Tiny Tits can give you an advantage, in this case the ability to counter attack if Io’s Desire is over 45%

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The skill page shows both skills and Moe Traits

The graphics are simple but colourful.  As I said, there is little animation with the monsters you fight and the cut scenes use static images of the characaters with only slight changes to their facial expressions or animated question marks being used.  The levels all have 2D back grounds but each level varies in its design.  But the characters are well drawn and the art is good.

The 2D art is well drawn.
The 2D art is well drawn.

The copy I reviewed was an imported copy from Asia.  I do not believe it is coming out in the West.  However this version has the text and menus translated into English, and done quite well.  I haven’t come across any misspelled words or improper grammar.  The voices are still in Japanese, but that’s not that uncommon, even with Western releases.  With the PS Vita having no regional locking (unlike the 3DS) you can play it on any PS Vita, no matter when it was bought.

Some enemies will join your party. Making Pet Packs can give you skills.
Some enemies will join your party. Making Pet Packs can give you skills.

Moe Chronicles is an interesting game.  Sure it is weird (*cough* penis seal *cough*) but it is interesting to see a game like this fully intact like the Japanese release, but in English.  I doubt this game would ever see a Western release, with the partial nudity, the rubbing and the vocal phallic sea mammal,   I took a chance with this game and I can say it was worth it.

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Yes it did, Otton. Yes it did.

Moe Chronicles was released in May in the Asia region.  I bought my copy from Play Asia for about $55 Canadian.  Check online for availability.

4/5

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Nude Flash.
Nude Flash.

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