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Dead or Alive 6 hits stores today and while fans of the long-running fighting game series can pick it up the base version for $60, there's over $100 of additional content locked off from the main game. As deep as we all are in the age of microtransactions and loot boxes, the price point for Dead or Alive 6's downloadable content has caused many to do double-takes. 
 
It's a pretty incredible price point to charge for additional content at launch, but maybe it's worth it? Those who purchase the deluxe edition of Dead or Alive 6 will have to shell out an extra $20. The deluxe edition comes with another character, Phase 4, an exclusive costume for series' mainstay Kasumi, 25 additional costumes, and three more tracks for the game's soundtrack.
 
If, however, you happen to be a super fan of Dead or Alive 6, you can opt to buy the game's Season Pass 1, which will cost $93. This season pass contains 52 costumes consisting of the Happy Wedding Costumes and the full Costume Pack, two new playable characters (one of which is Mai Shiranui), five costumes for each new character, and two costumes exclusive to Season Pass 1, NiCO's technomancer gear and a wrestling costume for Nyotengu. Whether or not that will all be worth it to someone who loves Dead or Alive 6 remains to be seen. Almost every negative user review posted so far lists the DLC pricing as a major part of their distaste for the fighting game. 
 
All told, to get everything available in-game for Dead or Alive 6 at launch will cost $113 on top of the $60 for the base game itself. And you see the number 1 in Season Pass 1? Koei Tecmo plans to release more season passes in the future. If this pricing is indicative of where Dead or Alive is going in the future, then fighting game fanatics could be looking at spending $266 for a second season pass if they want to own all of the game they love. 
 
 
On top of all that, there's the distinct possibility that Koei Tecmo will release more than a couple season passes, meaning fans could be asked to spend far more. Taking DLC pricing to the extreme isn't that far out of the norm as the free version of Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, on Steam currently lists all of its DLC for nearly $1,300. That's, quite frankly, absurd and has some fans worried about the future of the venerable fighting series.  
 
What do you think? Is the DLC price point to high? Does the existence of DLC change how you think about a game? Let us know in the comments!
 
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Jack Gardner
You may have noticed a few images floating around the internet that appear to be advertising a game that looks suspiciously like Metal Gear Solid. That game is most likely Left Alive, a new game from Square Enix set in the Front Mission universe. 
 
For those unfamiliar with Front Mission, the series deals with a future where the Earth has descended into constant warfare between supranational states, collectives of countries working together to fend off aggression. All of them rely on "wanzers," large, humanoid tanks capable of sustaining massive amounts of damage while dishing it right back out. Though wanzers inevitably play a large role in each of the games, many of the series' main entries are more interested in the human drama unfolding that makes the use of these weapons necessary.
 
Front Mission began in 1995 and many believed it ended with Front Mission Evolved in 2010. Until Left Alive came out, that is. 
 
Left Alive tells the story of people trapped in the contested city of Novo Slava and features both on-foot missions that mix stealth and action and explosive mech piloting segments. All of this exists in the grounded reality of a city under siege with defense forces struggling to survive and civilians just doing their best to stay alive. If you're wondering why Left Alive looks like Metal Gear Solid, that would be due to the character design and artistic contributions of Yoji Shinkawa, a prominent artist on the Metal Gear Solid series. On top of that, Armored Core V director Toshifumi Nabeshima has directed the reboot of Front Mission (which might also be a possible spiritual successor of Metal Gear Solid). 
 
 
Metal Gear Solid certainly inspired the game, but in interviews, director Toshifumi Nabeshima has stated that he considers it neither a stealth or an action game, that both are merely ways of reaching the end. However, don't go in expecting Deus Ex levels of solutions. Front Mission initially began as a turn-based strategy RPG. Players would move units around a hex grid in an attempt to outmaneuver the enemy in a war game. Left Alive is not that. Instead, Left Alive focuses on emphasizing how devastating wanzers can be by placing players in a position of weakness, where wanzers can annihilate them without a second thought. It's a tale of survival rather than the large-scale picture of commanding a war or a skirmish. As such, players have limited ammo and a broad range of freedom when it comes to achieving objectives that might require them to think on the fly and improvise. 
 
Overall, Left Alive looks really cool. With Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami effectively ending the Metal Gear Solid series, this might just be the thing Metal Gear fans need to fill the void left behind by the series' passing. 
 
Left Alive is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC.
 
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Jack Gardner
Sean, Arakiel, and Pribi fight the unearthly monstrosity known as Infurion alongside McFisto, the greatest fighter who has ever lived (and the man whose house they robbed to get him into this mess in the first place).
 
We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory.
 

 
"Werq"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! 
 
New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday
 
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Jack Gardner
Detective Pikachu returns in a lengthy trailer focusing on the trusty pokémon detective, his human companion, and the mystery they both set out to solve. If the hype surrounding the film can be used to judge how well it will do, expect it to be huge. 
 
Detective Pikachu tells the story of Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), a young man who grew up wanting to become a pokémon trainer, but soured on the idea along the way. As the film begins, he's an unhappy, mild-mannered telemarketer (or at least doing a job that looks very similar to telemarketing). Tim's basically the vision of what happens to trainers in the pokémon world when they can't become successful adventurers. That is, until the night he comes home to find a talking pikachu (Ryan Reynolds)with a caffeine addiction in his apartment. With Tim's father, a legendary police officer on the Rhyme City force, missing, it's up to the unlikely duo to solve the disappearance.
 
The new trailer delves into the backstory of the titular pikachu detective. We learn that he suffers from amnesia and woke up on a lonely country road alone. The only clue he has to go on is the name Harry Goodman written on the inside of his adorable Sherlock Holmes hat (incidentally, that style of hat is called a deerstalker, but it just seems wrong to say that pikachu wears a deerstalker). That leads him to Tim's apartment and the two pair up to find Harry, Tim's missing father. Their journey takes them on a collision course with a mysterious woman, a seedy underground fighting ring run by some shady characters, and a special ops squad of Greninja. Oh, and Mewtwo appears as a possible antagonist.
 
 
Now, aside from these two trailers and a selection of tidbits revealed in interviews, details on the story beyond that are scarce. So, here are a few of my theories: 
 
Tim's dad got wrapped up in a large scale investigation of Team Rocket. My guess is it's going to be Team Rocket rather than one of the other criminal teams that have existed across the Pokémon franchise because of Mewtwo and its history of being involved with Team Rocket. Team Rocket's lower members participate and profit off of the operation of underground pokémon battle arenas that aren't as safe as mainstream ones.
 
Getting wrapped up in all of this, Harry Goodman stumbled across evidence of forbidden experimentation going on at a secret lab, which can be seen during one of the rapid cut moments in the second trailer. However, Harry was discovered and used as fodder in the experiment - which transformed him into a pokémon, the adorable detective himself. This isn't the first time this has happened in Pokémon history and I'm going to guess there will be some nod to Pokémon Red & Blue's continuity with the lead scientist being named Bill. I'm also going to go out on a limb and guess that the Flareon we see form out of light on what appears to be an opulent desk is Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, using the refined transformation tech (which I further guess is based off of the pokémon Ditto's abilities). Flareon also might just be evolving or coming out of a pokéball, but the framing and animation implies that it might be something more important.
 
The mysterious woman we see adventuring with Tim is likely a scientist who escaped from the lab with some hidden agenda either related to the good detective or Mewtwo itself. I'm leaning toward the Mewtwo possibility because she appears to have a psyduck companion and that's one of the few major psychic pokémon we see in the trailers. 
 
 
This new trailer comes on the heels of the announcement that The Pokémon Company would also be releasing a complete remake of the first Pokémon film, Pokémon: The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, using CGI called Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. The remake is slated for release on July 12 of this year.
 
Detective Pikachu releases in theaters later this year on May 10. What are some of your theories for the movie so far? 
 
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