Summary: Last year, we returned to the sometimes strange but always beautiful Dead or Alive series; not in a leisurely beach title but in the series hallmark fighting genre. What we got was a deep, technical fighter that wasn't too technical and remained accessible to old and new fans alike. This year, Tecmo Koei has seen fit to port the title over to Sony's newest handheld powerhouse, adding a few modes specific to the features of the system.
Conclusion: Dead or Alive 5 Plus is another stellar fighting option for the Vita. This little handheld is quickly becoming the king of fighting games in my book! While the visuals have taken a slight hit in the transition to mobile, the options and performance more than live up to the console original. This may be the best version of the game you can get.
Excerpt: What was the original Dead or Alive famous for? A deep combo system? Incredible character parity? Revolutionary new game modes that would shape the genre for decades to come? No. Slinky breasts. There really is no way to sugarcoat it. Think about that for second: Tecmo’s series was shaped from the ground up on a foundation built on Slinky breasts. Literally and figuratively, that just might be the most unstable foundation to build anything on.
Review: Dead or Alive 5 Plus (Sony Playstation Vita)
22 April 2013
Summary: : Dead or Alive 5 Plus , on its own merits, is a strong port of the game that is functionally, technically and mechanically sound, but doesn’t make a strong argument to add it to your library if you have the console game unless you’re heavily into having it on the go. DOA 5 Plus brings the console experience to the Vita mostly intact, as the play modes are mostly identical, the plot is identical, the visuals hold up very well, the audio is spot on, and the gameplay holds...
Excerpt: So it seems that Tecmo KOEI is eager to get the latest of their current gen offerings on the PlayStation Vita. Dead or Alive 5 Plus is the latest, and also the greatest. It's the same great fighter that launched last year, and little (if anything) has been sacrificed to bring it to the small screen. If you liked Dead or Alive 5 and would like to take it on the go, now's your chance. Dead or Alive 5 Plus captures the visual essence of its console version with no problems.
Summary: If you’re looking for an enjoyable fighting game, then Dead or Alive is well worth picking up. It may not have the brutality of a Mortal Kombat or the super flashy 83-hit combos of a Street Fighter/MvC, but the combat engine is solid, the characters are unique and fun to play, and the cross-play feature means you aren’t limited to finding Vita owners to play against online.
Conclusion: If you already own another version of Dead or Alive 5, there isn't enough new material here to recommend a purchase unless you are die hard fan and want a portable version. The Touch Fight and other extra modes are nice but are more of a novelty than a reason to run out and pick this one up. Other extras like the Zach Island arena and the other difficulty modes are already available on Xbox Live and PSN as DLC.
Excerpt: The Dead or Alive franchise has been successfully ported to the PS Vita with Dead or Alive 5 Plus that features the same awesome graphics and gameplay of its big brother console, the PS3. Even though the controls have been modified for the PS Vita, the gameplay is incredibly sturdy and is equally as fun the PS3 version.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive 5 Plus on the PlayStation Vita isn’t anything fancy. Owners of its console companion won’t be greeted with a slew of new portable features that can only be achieved using the Vita’s unique technology, and while additions exist, this is essentially last year’s console game on a new, smaller screen. However, that may be the greatest compliment I can pay Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei’s latest entry in its staple fighting series.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive 5 Plus is easily one of the best examples of a console fighting game done right on a portable system. It’s still lacking in extra modes and the one new Vita-exclusive addition feels unnecessary, but the expanded training options and the natural transition of the game mechanics from console to handheld make this a fighting game worth owning.