Summary: Remember when Dead or Alive wasn't just a fan-service, minigame-ridden, volleyball-infused, T&A bounce fest? These characters were actual fighters, who regularly beat the crap out of each other in a tournament instead of lazing on a beach in a strange pseudo dating sim. When are they going to go back to the series' roots? When will Dead or Alive be a fighting game again? Oh, wait. How about now?
Conclusion: Passing up Dead or Alive 5 could be one of the biggest mistakes you may ever make. Remembering something called “Butt Battle” ( Dead or Alive Extreme 2 ) makes you question what you may actually be purchasing, but that needs to be pushed aside. This game has solid gameplay with highly addicting fighting that will keep you hooked for hours. The poor story mode is a letdown, because it has potential, but it can easily be overlooked in the grand scheme of things.
Excerpt: On first glance, it's hard to take the Dead or Alive (DOA) franchise seriously. On the surface it appears to be a regular fighting game, but its otaku-friendly vibe shows through upon closer inspection. The skimpy clothes, jiggling breasts and general over sexualisation of female characters sometimes overshadowed its fighting roots.
Excerpt: What can you really say about Dead or Alive that hasn't been said before? The fighting game series originally made a splash because of its physics... you know what I'm talking about. The kids don't know, but you know. The Dead or Alive ladies, um, "ladies," we'll call them, have bounced and jiggled their way into the fighting game hall of fame, and even inspired some rather insipid spin-offs in the form of beach volleyball simulators, I mean G-rated porn.
Conclusion: It's a return to the PlayStation for Dead or Alive , but not an especially triumphant one. This is a great looking game that fails to separate itself from a crowded field of fighters and relies a bit too much on a tired gimmick.
Excerpt: Player(s): 1-4 Extra Features: Local Multiplayer (1-4), Online Multiplayer (2-16 players), Download Content, Leaderboards If you've been playing fighting games since the days of the original Playstation or the early days of the Playstation 2 then you will most likely remember the Dead or Alive series for its highly stylized visuals and eye-popping female cast.
Excerpt: The petite Leifang no longer looks like she might easily win an arm wrestling contest against the hulking behemoth that is Bass, for instance, which lends encounters between certain characters some of the impact that they lacked previously. Even among the girls, newcomer Mila (a sexy and confident MMA boxer) appears much taller and lankier than diminutive scrappers such as Ayane and Pai.
Excerpt: After an extended sabbatical presumably, at a volleyball beach resort, the femme fatales of fighting return seeking to win a different fight in the ring. Coining the catchphrase “I’m a Fighter,” Dead or Alive 5 sets the tone for a sterner kind of game with a maturity that reflects more on its aged up mechanics than the series’ noted fondness for fanservice.