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DOA Bible :)
on October 1, 2012
I usually get strategy guides for the extra art or content, but since I already got the collector's edition of the game, I was surprised to actually use the guide for learning strategies for my Lei Fang against online players. I've been with DOA since the first one and have moderately been competitive.
I forced myself to be a more balanced player with some of my favorite characters, especially Lei Fang. With other fighting games, I usually button mash because I don't like combo memorization. I admired others who can use quick reflexes and execute intricate combos in these games. It's only in DOA, that I understood how to do some combos because of their tutorials. DOA5 has become more technical than previous installments, but the controls have evolved into a more fluid and tighter play to compensate for the increased move set.
That being said, I found this strategy guide very helpful in improving my game. I am starting to understand frame data and applying stuns to achieve combos I learned from my own gameplay. My combos are what I discovered during training mode AND online play. Getting feedback from this guide made me fine tune my arsenal.
I always considered myself a rookie when it comes to even my beloved DOA and fave fighters like Soul Calibur. Yet, I like the idea of fighting in a 3D plane, instead of 2D ones like SFIV, MVC3, or BlazeBlue (my other faves). Being able to sidestep to avoid attacks is crucial in martial arts, such as kendo and boxing, as well as spacing and baiting your opponent. I also like that DOA has a variety of throws and holds, which was hard to learn, but satisfying to "master".
I still consider myself a beginner, but with this guide, I developed a comfort zone for how I fight in my next online encounter. I like to adapt to my opponents, but having a book like this one helped me cut the time on my own research and solidify my own experiments with certain strategies.
I wouldn't apply this book to unlock the higher difficulty settings in the game. The AI is too fast for beginners to form an enjoyable strategy. For that, I would practice my reflexes and find the fastest way to beat a mindless, yet brutal computer.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to play versus with friends or online play. Hopefully, it can improve your gaming experience. I can proudly say, "I'm a fighter" because of it.