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  • Summary: Fight on through impactful stages as you knock your opponents off of an exotic waterfall, into an exploding oil rig and more. Over twenty of the most popular characters in fighting games including ninjas, assassins, roughnecks and wrestlers. The enhanced story and training modes will acclimate newcomers to the signature Dead or Alive Triangle System, and the online modes will enable the best fighters in the world to compete with one another. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    92
    Beneath its erotic appearance there's solid gameplay that keeps improving. New challengers (including three from Virtua Fighter), new fighting styles, bigger and better stages, Tag mode, a very complete multiplayer and a great story mode. All those features are certainly enough to bolster the notion that DOA 5 is one of the best fighting games in a long while.
  2. Dec 12, 2012
    85
    Dead or Alive 5 is a solid beat'em up. It has great visuals, and the intricacies of the gameplay entice both the novice and the expert alike. [Dec 2012]
  3. Sep 29, 2012
    81
    Best played in tag mode with mates, not solo mode in the duff story mode. [Nov 2012, p.96]
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    75
    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.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Dead or Alive 5 is just as unique as it is awkward. On the surface it still wants to be the kooky, over-the-top brawler that is known more for its breasts than it is its fists. However, underneath that fa├žade is a high-quality fighter still struggling for acceptance within the fighting game community.
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Despite originally pitching itself as a more serious fighter, Dead or Alive 5 stays very true to its roots by offering a gentler introduction to the genre. Tits, thongs and throws, it still offers everything you'd expect from Team Ninja's famous fighter, though maturing fans might find themselves put off by all the titillation.
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    60
    Dead or Alive 5 can be a decent fighter when you're settling into a good match, but the overall package just doesn't deliver what a sequel should. New characters Mila and Rig are fun to control, and some cameos from Virtua Fighter are a nice bonus, but this series simply hasn't progressed in the same way that its peers in the genre have. This may have sufficed as a sequel in 2007, but Dead or Alive is getting lapped by its competitors in 2012.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Oct 3, 2012
    10
    Pros.
    Best Fighting Mechanism out there. Brutal and hard hitting, like a Beat em up should be.
    Good looking characters. Long lived through
    online play and difficult challenges. Waste diversity in combat styles and customized looks.
    A lot of fanservice



    Cons.
    Require some time to understand the mechanism. The patch that fixes online lagg has not yet reached the western marked. Lipsynch to voiceacting in storymode could be a lot better. Conclusion.
    This game should be graded 8,5-9,5 out of 10 depending on your preferances. Criterias open for subjectivity:
    Fighting mechanism - This game allows for comebacks and turnarounds, and leave very few pauses for both players. Other mechanisms may rely on X hit combos and airlifting, ultimatly making it a 1-player games at 10 sec periods at the time. If you like fast paste and constant thrill, then this is something you'll like.



    Good looking characters - Both the men and women looks above average, however from eider practical, realistic or ideological view this may be viewed as a con. The fighters rarly look battle scared, even though they may turn sweaty or dirty if you put on this function, their faces will never become pummeled, bloody or utherly destroyed. There also is the aspect at practicality as some costumes would be really hard to fight in, (like a clown uniform.) and some may view strong female fighters as unrealistic. Lastly arch-conservatives may view some of the costumes to be too revealing or unethical.
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  2. Apr 8, 2013
    10
    Fantastic game. Excellent graphics, good story line. I found my self laughing at some parts.
    People shouldnt complain about online pass. If
    you want to support developers then pay it.
    If you bought it preowned for cheap, then play it offline.
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  3. Sep 27, 2012
    9
    Coming from Tekken and Soul Calibur, I didn't exactly know what to expect for DOA 5, being my first DOA game. The one button for punch, kick, throw and counter needed some getting used to from my part but when I got the hang of it, I realized how solid DOA's gameplay actually is.

    Amidst the obvious style-over-substance generalizations the fighting game community labels on DOA and its fan service and jiggle physics, I found out that it's actually a fun and moderately deep fighting game which will keep me going on for a long time.

    On the PS3, after installing it, no game compares to how short the loading screens are. Excellent performance. Also, DOA 5 is by far the most beautiful looking fighting game I've played.
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  4. Oct 12, 2012
    8
    DOA 5 really is just a prettier/updated version version of DOA 4 but that's okay. This series has always been fast and furious and the newest installment is just as challenging as the others. The characters look great, the controls are tight, and the training mode is nearly perfect, even demonstrating the moves for you. There is a ton of unlockables (titles, outfits, etc) and the online works well (at least I haven't had any problems). The story is stupid but then who cares about story in a fighting game? This is DOA at its best and they even offer simpler control setups for those who are new to the series. I definitely recommend this game to all fighting fans. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2012
    8
    Great fun and very easy to get into. Graphics are great. Craziness is turned up high. And it's not as intimidating as some other fighting games - anyone can get the basics and enjoy it. There's also plenty to do and a good variety of characters to get to grips with. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. May 27, 2013
    7
    It's surprising that this game has not been praised more by critics given that few Virtua-Fighter style fighting games have managed to capture the excitement of fighting games in recent years. With Street Fighter IV series dominating the 2D fighting games, Dead or Alive 5 makes for a pleasant change. Not only is this the best-looking, most detailed and best animated fighting game of all time, it's also very solid and easy to pick up and play. Everything from the stage graphics to character models are life-like; with good variety in stages too and enough space to fight in. The game is based on old-school mechanics of a 3-button (punch, kick, hold) triangle system. The rock-paper-scissors mechanic makes it easy to understand for beginners, and the lack of meter management, fancy super moves etc. means this game is a pure brawler rather than full of gimmicks and flashy animations. The controls and mechanics are intuitive and easy to grasp without the need for a tutorial. However, despite the simple controls and easy execution, the game is quite deep and satisfying to play regardless of your skill level. You can also play this game cooperatively with up to 4 players, since there is tag match where it's 2vs2. All the elements of a modern fighting game are present. Trials (command training), time attack, survival, arcade mode, story mode, online, replay channel, titles etc. My only criticisms of this game are that there isn't enough variety in the characters, but this is excusable given that in these kind of fighting games differences are naturally more subtle than for 2D ones with special moves and such. Also, at beginner level, it's difficult to judge when to attack after blocking since there's no clear visual indication of active frames. All in all though, DOA5 is by far one of the most fun, exciting and high quality fighting games available. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    0
    Beware of the online pass. You need to buy a new game to play it on another console. Don't support this evil practice. The game is okay though but nowhere as good as DOA4. Expand

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