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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Review: A great place to start for series newcomers
7 October 2013
Summary: A high quality re-package that gives series newcomers the best bang for their buck while remaining lots of fun for competitive and casual gamers alike. Still, the Ultimate edition perks aren't substantial incentive for current Dead or Alive 5 owners.
Pros: Beautiful graphics, unafraid of controversy, Diverse character roster, New songs destined to be fan-favorite classics
Cons: No online compatibility with DoA5 and 5 Plus, Feels more like an update than a standalone game, Tag team controls devolved from DoA5
Summary: With five new characters, improved online play and extra modes, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a great deal at $40. Fans who own 2012's model may not like buying a brand new game, but everybody else needs to pick it up on the strength of the single-player story mode. Trust me; you've never seen anything like it before. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: With five new characters, improved online play and extra modes, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a great deal at $40. Fans who own 2012's model may not like buying a brand new game, but everybody else needs to pick it up on the strength of the single-player story mode. Trust me; you've never seen anything like it before.
Excerpt: It's Dead or Alive 5, but more ultimate this time... which means, like, five more characters. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate ports the features back to home consoles that improved the original port on PS Vita, particularly the Training mode being separated from the Story mode and dropping the touchy-feely first-person battles.
Excerpt: Portions of this review are taken from my previous review of Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PlayStation Vita. The fighting genre has become infamous for its re-releases of original titles that come with added content and updates for an upcharge (usually $40). Dead or Alive continues that trend with the release of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate , a $40 release that adds a new character (Momiji, from the Ninja Gaiden series), some new moves, updated modes and some game balancing...
Excerpt: Player(s): 1-4 Extra Features: Local Multiplayer (1-4), Online Multiplayer (2-16 players), Download Content, Leaderboards Around this time last year many fighting fans most likely played Dead or Alive 5 (DOA5) for the home consoles or the follow-up Dead or Alive 5 Plus for PS Vita. DOA5 had many returning DOA characters from past games along with some new faces and Virtua Fighter guest characters.
Summary: Along comes Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate which attempts to take the best of both worlds and release it in a couple of different entry formats.
Pros: New game modes bring added fun, Tag team revamp creates a more competitive environment, DOA5 PS3 Unlocked titles, costumes, and Story mode progress carries over, Free-to-Play version should create new fans of the series
Cons: The story is still a mess and unchanged, It's still Dead or Alive 5, just revamped and reworked, then given a $39.99 price tag.
Conclusion: To be fair, I'm not a fan of full fledged re-releases. Especially now that we have DLC to "fill in gaps" or offer newly developed stuff, I just don't see the point. Routinely, though, fighting games continue to get this treatment. Laying my subjective bias aside, I have nothing bad to say about Ultimate. I've been a fan of this series since DOA3 and I loved the standard DOA5 last year.