Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    85
    If you have the original, you should think twice about getting this one. However, if you don't it's a great and a very complete fighting game.
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    83
    Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is the same frantic and funny game that appears last year, but has some interesting improvements like new modes, better Tag mode and a solid new netcode.
  3. 80
    Despite issues regarding its distribution method, DoA5 Ultimate remains a fun, gorgeous, and accessible fighter, made sweeter by the wealth of new content. There's no better time to hop into the ring.
  4. Hyper Magazine
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    Old fan or new, they got you, and they don't have to skimp on nothing do do it. [Nov 2013, p.58]
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is, simply put, more Dead or Alive 5.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    78
    Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is, well, the ultimate version of a nice fighting game we already know.
  7. 70
    It's the Ultimate edition you didn't ask for, but still good fun. [Issue#104, p.82]
  8. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    Existing fans might be wishing for more content or a cheaper price because while the add-ons are a welcomed inclusion, they might not feel like they are worth a full release. For newcomers, this is a very worthwhile package, so if you enjoy a fighting game that is easy to get into, thanks to the rock-paper-scissors mechanics and counter system, then Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is the best place to start with the franchise.
  9. Sep 27, 2013
    69
    The fighting system is solid, the online mode is lag free, the character design is as good as the story is bad. But overall the fighting ladies (and gents) of Tecmo's once proud beat-em-up franchise are just not as entertaining anymore…
  10. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Sep 18, 2013
    60
    An entirely shallow addition to the fighting franchise, but it's slick and stylish nevertheless. [Dec 2013, p.87]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    7
    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF companies making super, ultra, hairy, barf, pink, purple, blue, special, majestic editions of games! GIVE US FULLI AM SICK AND TIRED OF companies making super, ultra, hairy, barf, pink, purple, blue, special, majestic editions of games! GIVE US FULL GAMES! GIVE US FULL GAMES! Stop FOCUSING ON HENTAI, SEX, PORN or whatever Team Ninja is thinking about and FOCUS on giving us more stages, characters and adding on the story mode. Why is there so much POINTLESS DLC out there for this game??? The ULTIMATE EDITION is a 7/10 because it is the same game but just with all the dlc. It's a RE-RELEASE AND I AM SICK OF THEM! STOP IT!! GIVE US FULL GAMES!!! I am sick OF POINTLESS DLC and I am SICK OF SUPER EDITIONS. Isn't it bad enough that Killer Instinct has now fell into the same trap and that Street Fighter IV is coming out with yet another edition of the SAME GAME??? LEARN FROM CAPCOM! DON'T DO THIS AGAIN!!! STOP IT!!! "Stop giving us less and less for the same price! STOP IT!" Angry Joe Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2016
    8
    Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate
    Basic but packed with content
    Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate put your favorite boob physics into a fighting a game,
    Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate
    Basic but packed with content
    Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate put your favorite boob physics into a fighting a game,
    there is an awesomely varied 29 character roster, each having 4 to 12 unlockable costumes,
    24 different arenas with different levels and layers to them as well interactive objects,
    your standard, vs mode, a tag mode, survival, arcade, online mode which works amazingly well when you can find an opponent, which isn’t too rare, but rare enough to be noticed..
    Create your own lobbies, have people drop into your single player matches if you have the option on
    as well as a story mode and a surprisingly deep training modes to help you become the very best like no one ever was.
    Unfortunately, at least for my personal taste, this fighting game is more about combos than it is cool moves...
    This is no mortal kombat, tekken, or dragon ball z…
    this is all about pulling off combos…
    juggling your opponent... which can make the fighting seem fairly repetitive and basic..
    You essentially have a mid-high and low variation of a kick, block, and punch for each character...
    and you take these 9 variants and turn them into combos…
    Which sadly takes any spectacle out of the fighting…
    Even with the intractable stages... there are just no jump out of your seat moments…
    Thankfully each character feels different...
    They all have their own martial arts style, and as a martial artist myself, it was quite satisfying pulling off strikes and grappling moves I was familiar with…
    This satisfaction due to familiarity made of for the pretty lifeless fights…
    But what isn’t lifeless is this games story mode...
    It’s all about the 5th Dead or alive tournament... at least I think… but then it’s about a clone... and people from the tournament for some reason get involved...
    it’s all over the place..
    I have no idea what went on in the story, but it was crazy and I enjoyed it...
    As you play through this impressively hefty 3 hour long story mode, you get introduced to dozens of characters…
    This was my first dead or alive game, and I feel like the story mode did a perfect job of introducing these unfamiliar characters to me…
    The delivery of the story though, not so much…
    While I did find Dead or Alive Ultimate fairly basic...
    It’s full of content for fighting fans to sink their fists into.
    I give Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
    a 7.5/10
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2015
    1
    This game is very boring... But I kinda liked the story mode, but the story mode is... Random and weird! I never seen a game being so stupid,This game is very boring... But I kinda liked the story mode, but the story mode is... Random and weird! I never seen a game being so stupid, this is probably one of the stupidest games I've played! It's not worthy wasting your money with this game, unless you like boobs and anime girls so you have a horrible taste in games, because you only buy and play them to see some boobs, go get a girlfriend! Full Review »