Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    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
    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. Oct 3, 2013
    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
    Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is, simply put, more Dead or Alive 5.
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    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
    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
    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. 60
    An entirely shallow addition to the fighting franchise, but it's slick and stylish nevertheless. [Dec 2013, p.87]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    I 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. Jan 14, 2014
    Doa5u is a very fluid game with beautiful womans, but that's all about this game.
    The story is very boring, you have to wait a very long cg
    animation before enter in the fight.
    This game is just a re release of the previous doa5, with old characters back, and a minor improvement of the mechanic.
    But unfortunately TN worry only about the breasts physics and the expensive and not worth dlc's.
    In general is not worth paying the full price for the game.
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  3. Dec 31, 2013
    In a positive sense DOAU5 has fluid and easy to grasp combat, that at the very least is enjoyable to watch. However, everything else about this game drags it's good features overwhelmingly into the dirt. First, this is the same game you got in Dead or Alive 5, except now you are required to download a free "costume compatibility pack" to even be able to play it. So, make sure you have a connection. Second, when sifting through the marketplace to find this costume pack, you will notice that there are over 250 downloadable costumes, all priced at $2 a takes a few minutes just to find the packs you need. In fact, you soon realize that this game isn't about the fighting anymore it's all about the "sexy" costumes. Considering that you can get the same exact game for cheaper, it is not worth your time. Team Ninja has been trash for awhile, worrying more about unrealistic breast physics and microtransactions than the actual game. Factor in that the "Story Mode" is complete, nonsensical garbage and that even with a golden internet connection, not enough people own this game (compared to the original) to find a quick match up. This game isn't worth it, even for the fluid gameplay, especially when other games have been doing the fighting genre so much better than Team Ninja has been able to. (Check out Injustice, Moral Kombat, BlazBlue, or pretty much anything else for your fighting fix. For your big breasted videogame fix, just look up hentai online. Seriously.) Full Review »