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.
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?
Excerpt: We have little use for frame data, nor do we consider ourselves fighting masters, so Dead or Alive 5 Plus had to deliver the following: sexy ladies with enhanced breast physics, non-stop fighting action and smoother play than the 3DS DOA. The results are in, and it's check, check and check. Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja's latest PlayStation Vita release "kicks high," so to speak, with a quality port of the console version on Sony's impressive machine.
Pros: Cross-platform multiplayer with PS3 users, simple-to-learn fighting mechanics, multiple arenas with semi-destructible environments, enhanced training modes, customizing music.
Cons: Weird Touch Fight mode, lag during online multiplayer.
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: “I’m a fighter.” That phrase is the slogan for the latest entry in Team Ninja’s venerable franchise, Dead or Alive. Those words represent the idea that DOA is no longer an exclusive club solely for hardcore fighting enthusiasts, but rather a piece of “fighting entertainment”, a game for the masses. In Dead or Alive 5 , I’m a fighter; you’re a fighter; we can all be fighters. It’s a simple mantra, one that is as powerful as it is silly.
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 The fighting game series originally made a splash because of its physics...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: This is the perfect example of a fighting game that plays it safe every chance it can, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The lack of extra modes and options outside of the basics is a real letdown, and it would have been nice to see the story’s bonus missions given their own separate mode, but the mechanics are still top-notch. Even if you’re new to the series, you’ll find plenty to love about Dead or Alive 5 .
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.