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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 91
  2. Negative: 13 out of 91

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  1. Oct 24, 2012
    2
    DOA5 is lacking in innovation and creativity. Considering how small the game is, with its small roster, few stages and modes available, it's very hard to recommend this game given what other fighting games are offering out there. Character design is quite poor. You can totally tell they used the same template when designing Jann Lee and Akira, or Rig and Bayman. Their facial features are too similar, lacking character in them. The story mode is extremely short and quite lame as well. Walks into a bar and someone comes up to you and says they don't like strangers. Then BAM!! Let's fight each other. Another annoying bit of the story mode is Zack!! Why?!! And finally, the story mode is quite embarrassing at times, especially parts involving Leifang and Hitomi....Ugh, really childish!! Outside of story mode, you have VS mode, and all the typical modes you'd expect like survival, practice, online etc plus a spectator mode. As you play you will unlock a few characters and new costumes (around 7 for each character). FULL STOP. There is no other rewards. There is no customisation mode. This makes the game repetitive and quite boring quickly. Of course, not all of it is bad.. The first thing you'll notice when you play this game is how fluid the animation is during fights. Interactive environments are also well implemented. And finally, this game can be quite challenging in normal difficulty and beyond. You will need time to invest in your skills. However, overall for the lack of content DOA5 as to offer, this game will be a waste of money unless you really are a diehard fan of this franchise. Otherwise, I'm telling you -Don't fall for this!! Wait till the price drop at least.. Expand
  2. 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.
  3. Sep 30, 2012
    2
    Missing characters, Missing any acknowledgement to the past 7 years of inventive ideas in Fighting Games, Missing any redeeming qualities as a fighter with dozens of bugs, issues, and missing features. Everything about this game defies the previous Dead or Alive games, never mind **** on what is widely regarded as the pinnacle of 3D fighting games, Dead or Alive 4. Dead or Alive 4 paved the way for almost every fighting game release in the past 7 years. Fighting games have adopted one thing or another from Dead or Alive 4 and incorporated them into their own design, be it the "bounce" combo mechanic, Online ranked lobbies and network inspiration, or even Motion Blur as a detail enhancing visual feature. In one way or another, nearly every fighting game made in the past 7 years has taken notes from Dead or Alive 4 in hopes to compete. Dead or Alive 5 doesn't aim to be better than, or even as good as Dead or Alive 4. It lacks features from previous DOA games, it lacks network capabilities from previous DOA games, it lacks balance from previous DOA games, it simplifies combat immensely by **** the **** out of Counter-Holds making them relatively useless, thereby ruining the "Triangle System" brand of combat that DOA is famous for. It's buggy, rushed, highly in favor to the over-sexualization of it's female characters (even more-so than previous DOA games) so much as to be called misandry.

    Dead or Alive 5 is the biggest fighting game scandal in the history of fighting video games. Please understand that the Team Ninja that made the previous four DOA games no longer exists. In 2008, Tomonobu Itagaki and over 36 key members of Team Ninja quit and sued Tecmo for business malpractice. leaving Tecmo's Team Ninja with a shell of what once was a development studio. The publicized departure of Itagaki and around 40 people caused a stir up that dissuaded prospective engineers, programmers, animators, artists, and designers from choosing to work for Tecmo/TeamNinja, and because of that - they could only end up hiring people who were not entirely capable. This game is as much of a bastardization to the Dead or Alive series and fighting games as a whole as Ninja Gaiden 3 was to the Ninja Gaiden series and action-adventure hack-n-slash games. Anyone who praises this game either doesn't play fighting games or is simply lying through their teeth. This is one of the cheapest Lie Detectors available, while still being the most expensive Fighting Game without content.
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  4. Oct 3, 2012
    0
    This game is just lame. Bugs, lags and bad performance make it the worst beat'em up in the last 12 months. Don't buy this game, it's not worth it. You can't believe how damn stupid the story is and the trophies are just ridiculous
  5. Sep 30, 2012
    0
    Missing characters, Missing any acknowledgement to the past 7 years of inventive ideas in Fighting Games, Missing any redeeming qualities as a fighter with dozens of bugs, issues, and missing features. Everything about this game defies the previous Dead or Alive games, never mind **** on what is widely regarded as the pinnacle of 3D fighting games, Dead or Alive 4. Dead or Alive 4 paved the way for almost every fighting game release in the past 7 years. Fighting games have adopted one thing or another from Dead or Alive 4 and incorporated them into their own design, be it the "bounce" combo mechanic, Online ranked lobbies and network inspiration, or even Motion Blur as a detail enhancing visual feature. In one way or another, nearly every fighting game made in the past 7 years has taken notes from Dead or Alive 4 in hopes to compete. Dead or Alive 5 doesn't aim to be better than, or even as good as Dead or Alive 4. It lacks features from previous DOA games, it lacks network capabilities from previous DOA games, it lacks balance from previous DOA games, it simplifies combat immensely by **** the **** out of Counter-Holds making them relatively useless, thereby ruining the "Triangle System" brand of combat that DOA is famous for. It's buggy, rushed, highly in favor to the over-sexualization of it's female characters (even more-so than previous DOA games) so much as to be called misandry.

    Dead or Alive 5 is the biggest fighting game scandal in the history of fighting video games. Please understand that the Team Ninja that made the previous four DOA games no longer exists. In 2008, Tomonobu Itagaki and over 36 key members of Team Ninja quit and sued Tecmo for business malpractice. leaving Tecmo's Team Ninja with a shell of what once was a development studio. The publicized departure of Itagaki and around 40 people caused a stir up that dissuaded prospective engineers, programmers, animators, artists, and designers from choosing to work for Tecmo/TeamNinja, and because of that - they could only end up hiring people who were not entirely capable. This game is as much of a bastardization to the Dead or Alive series and fighting games as a whole as Ninja Gaiden 3 was to the Ninja Gaiden series and action-adventure hack-n-slash games. Anyone who praises this game either doesn't play fighting games or is simply lying through their teeth. This is one of the cheapest Lie Detectors available, while still being the most expensive Fighting Game without content.
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Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    DOA5 plays it too safe, coming across as more of a revision or remake of DOA4 than a full sequel in its own right. [Dec 2012]