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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
    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
    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
    Best played in tag mode with mates, not solo mode in the duff story mode. [Nov 2012, p.96]
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    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
    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
    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
    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 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Oct 3, 2012
    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

    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.
  2. Apr 8, 2013
    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.
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    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.
  4. Sep 27, 2012
    The short-sighted reviews who wrote this game off as only t&a with no depth have already been disproved by the community so I don't need to go on about that. This game lets you string moves together easily to make it immediately enjoyable, and our job is to figure out which moves string together best. With VF (my favorite ever) and Tekken, it is really obvious which moves are not meant to combine, and that's great, but I don't mind a game which gives me the best of both worlds. And the counters, while difficult, are very rewarding and I am gonna spend some serious time trying to get good at them. It kinda feels like a very fast vf with little recovery between moves. Reviewers who said this was just t&a: do your job for crying out loud and actually play the game and open your eyes before you write a review. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    Probably the #1 thing about this DOA is that we PS3 owners finally FINALLY get a version after being passed over for Xbox. I also have SF, MK, VF, SC, and T6 and all play very differently so I won't compare DOA5 as far as fighting mechanics but I will at least say that easy level is just that on DOA if you only want a fun little beat-up session compared to so-called easy on T6 where every match gets progressively more difficult based on your character's increasing rank. In short, while a game like T6 pretty much requires mastery of the previous Tekken's, you can simply pick up DOA and get right into it with very little previous experience. Graphically, T6 has the edge with models and scenery detail but DOA is breathing down its neck and is, of course, unmatched in the sexiness factor. There may not be ending sequences in arcade mode, but story mode (as far as I've gotten) has good cutscenes, decent voice acting, and where you can't enjoy any AI vs AI in T6, you can go into spectator mode with DOA and just take in the hands-free action until you're ready to join in the fun. Missed DOA since Hardcore on the PS2 and I'm glad they decided to bring it back to Sony's console again. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2012
    Dead or Alive is still one of the best fighting game franchises for 15 years since its debut on the Playstation in 1997. I thought the new Dead or Alive 5 game was the perfect nail in the coffin to all fighting games like Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The game was great, I played the demo version. However, there's only one problem: Where's the "S" in sexy, Tecmo Koei? Some fans were not too happy on the fact that the director of the game said he has to tone down the sexuality and add more to the flavors of the game. I agree with the fans and I want more bigger breasts so that newcomers of the game will see a much needed feminism when it comes to M-rated sexed-up titles. More nudity and more boobs = more geeks. Think of it, Lara Croft, back in the day, has one of the hugest knockers on the face of the video game world. Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw not only has the comedy and cheerleading, I wonder if her large boobs looked like a giant lollipop to lick anything that a zombie can even handle. And although I still like the DOA girls. Whether their playful on the beach, show their breasts to the camera, or still manages to throw down the gauntlet. you don't know what they are gonna have in store. The story mode is far from a disappointment, but adding new fighters like the first female MMA fighter to be appearing in a Dead or Alive game, Mila (which has a lot in common between her and Tina Armstrong, also a bonafide wrestler), and characters from DOA's console rival, Sarah Bryant, Pai Chan, and Akira Yuki from SEGA's Virtual Fighter series joining the elite lists of fighters look totally awesome. So Dead or Alive 5, is a great game. But I'm feeling that it's needs to be upgraded like scanning more big boobs. Expand
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    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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