All characters unlocked from the beginning...? WHY?

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#1 Posted by blankd8ta (87 posts) -

Since when did fighters start having all characters unlocked from the start? I bought Tekken 6 and Mortal Combat a while back and pretty much everything was unlocked. The orginial MvC3 had unlockable charcaters, but why didn't Ultimate MvC3? Why did companies start doing this - is this to cator to the competitive online players?I'm not very good at fighters and don't feel like putting in the hours and hours of practice remomorizing complex button inputs so there doesn't seem to be much incentive for me to buy fighters anymore since all the characters are unlocked from the get-go. Costumes really isn't big incentive for me to keep playing a fighter which is usually the only unlockable thing besides music and sounds and stuff usually in current-gen fighters.

My first fighting game was Tekken (infact my first game that was actually mine) and in the past all the characters were locked. That ment when you unlocked a new character it was exciting and you couldn't wait to try them out. Now in my opinion its too overwhelming to have access to 40 or so characters at a time. Furthermore kinda getting tired of casual fighters with the names Naruto and Dragon Ball in the title as the devs seem to be watering down aspects from past games just to make the online more lag-free and such. So, are there any fighters out that have most the characters locked from the beginning? I know a new Tekken and Dead or Alive is coming but im skeptical of getting them seeing as all fighters now have literarly no single-player, only alittle characters in which all charcaters are unlocked from the start.

#2 Posted by EichiroNobunaga (710 posts) -

Not everyone wants to waste time and have to unlock everything.They just want to get into it.

#3 Posted by Mikesta13_ (3 posts) -

Honestly I agree. I understand the concept of not having to unlock characters but that was always half the fun. In some games there weren't even that many characters to unlock in fact. Take killer instinct, the only real character to unlock was the boss but this was back when people actually sat next each other to play. Unlocking characters was fun except for MvC2 which was more fulfilling when you finally bought the last character, after weeks of playing constantly. I do miss unlocking characters. Fighting games these days don't have anything else to do either than play online or play arcade mode. Naruto Generations started you off with about 8 out of maybe 35 -45 characters which could be unlock through first playing the story mode. I had fun unlocking them too. My thing is fighting game are fairly boring today because there is nothing to do but to play but not every player plays competitively. Some just want to play the game, for fun, which is what video games in general are meant for. There is no fun in repetitive play in versus mode, expecially where there is noone to play against.

#4 Posted by thebest31406 (3377 posts) -
Today's developers are basically pandering to the competitive game market and rightly so. Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to play with a console that doesn't have all the characters unlocked? Well, that was a long time ago. Saying that, I do kinda miss the old scheme. There's nothing like that "who is it gonna be this time?" felling; the kinda feeling you get when you're watching Royal Rumble?
#5 Posted by Falru (81 posts) -

It's completely incompatible with competitive play is why, which is basically the only market for fighters now.

Unlockable characters have been replaced mainly with unlockable artwork and bonuses now (i.e. alternate character costumes) which, if done right, are way cooler anyway in my opinion.

#6 Posted by Ovirew (6375 posts) -

Well, the fact of the matter is that eventually you will have everyone unlocked, so I guess there's no big deal if they are available from the start.

I can understand how unlockable characters make the game more fun, and give you more time to try out each character and get a feel for them. In a game with 30-some characters, it can be overwhelming to pick your character and to remember which characters can do what.

#7 Posted by V_G_Fan (64 posts) -

I totally understand where you're coming from. It used to be that you had to unlock extra costumes or characters. That was half the fun. Now you may have to pay to have it unlocked or downloaded so that you can use them. Times are different now as you know since you hit the nail on the head with your statements about who the developers are catering too.

#8 Posted by thebest31406 (3377 posts) -

I totally understand where you're coming from. It used to be that you had to unlock extra costumes or characters. That was half the fun. Now you may have to pay to have it unlocked or downloaded so that you can use them. Times are different now as you know since you hit the nail on the head with your statements about who the developers are catering too.

V_G_Fan
paying for characters is an absolute crime.
#9 Posted by OneSanitarium (6906 posts) -

[QUOTE="V_G_Fan"]

I totally understand where you're coming from. It used to be that you had to unlock extra costumes or characters. That was half the fun. Now you may have to pay to have it unlocked or downloaded so that you can use them. Times are different now as you know since you hit the nail on the head with your statements about who the developers are catering too.

thebest31406

paying for characters is an absolute crime.

It's really not.

#10 Posted by PumpkinBoogie (3366 posts) -

I totally understand where you're coming from. It used to be that you had to unlock extra costumes or characters. That was half the fun. Now you may have to pay to have it unlocked or downloaded so that you can use them. Times are different now as you know since you hit the nail on the head with your statements about who the developers are catering too.

V_G_Fan
This. It's sad thing, really. That was the most exciting thing for me w/ a new fighting game--especially Tekken (all the more reason, I can relate to OP's lament). It was a blast for me and daddy to sit all not playing through to get everyone unlocked. Man, 'tis be the are a changin', indeed.....:(
#11 Posted by dragonps (1667 posts) -
I used to love completing the story/arcade mode and unlocking a new character that I could then try out in training mode. Even better when you beat the boss and then unlocked him for play, he was so tough to defeat so the reward to play as him was rather satisfying. As for the whole competitive angle NOT all fighting games cater to the hardcore crowd matter of fact only a few actually are hardcore in that sense.
#12 Posted by TAMKFan (32748 posts) -

Unlocking characters was nice, but it doesn't really bother me too much that they took it awaw. What bothers is that instead they now charge for the characters as DLC, as recently seen in Street Fighter X Tekken.

#14 Posted by Matthew-first (3012 posts) -

Not everyone wants to waste time and have to unlock everything.They just want to get into it.

EichiroNobunaga



Honestly, I miss the old tekkens...

It'd be nice to unlock... ANYTHING! :|

#15 Posted by DynamiteRoll (130 posts) -

They should just make things unlockable, and bring back cheat codes for the lazy folks like me. Best of both worlds.

#16 Posted by D3dr0_0 (3495 posts) -
In order to unlock characters the old fashion way you now need to use whats in your wallet in order to get it. Yeah I know sucks right.
#17 Posted by WicthBalder (1924 posts) -

It's better to unlock characters through the game instead of paying for them.