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Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 85
  2. Negative: 12 out of 85

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  1. Oct 3, 2012
    +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 preferences. - CRITERIA 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, ultimately 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 rarely 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 utterly 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. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    Best fighting game ever since SFII. Great graphic, simple gameplay and best of all great fanservice. The story mode is much better this time with everything being canon instead of a bunch of fake ones with only one ending being canon.
  3. May 9, 2013
    This game is absolute perfection. The game features a good amount of playable characters, including ones from the Virtua Fighter series. All the old modes are present, with a brand new Story Mode filled with tons of action and quality. My two complaints are the Online Pass, which forces you to pay 800 Microsoft Points to play online if you buy the game pre-owned, and the missing character customization is kind of annoying. However, the game thrives with tons of DLC costumes, and the game even has a free costume pack available at the Marketplace. I prefer this game over SFxT, TTT2, or Injustice. Expand
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    Truth be told this is one of the best fighting games to come out this generation besides mortal kombat. The characters are beautiful as always but this time around it comes with a much more in depth fighting style plus fully destructible arenas to keep the action over the top. Plus this entry has alot more content than the previous entries. And from all these extras there is plenty of fun to be had whether you are a hardcore fighter or just a causal player so dig on in. Don't miss out on the fun! Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    In response to @Overshine: Online passes are account specific, and can be re-downloaded free of charge from any console as long as you are using the same Xbox Live account, simply recover the gamer profile onto the console of choice, go to your download history, and click "download again". As for the game, it's a lot of fun and there's enough fanservice and asskickery to make one hell of a great fighting game! Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2012
    it was exactly what I wanted... some balance tweaks... a broader story. still a little goofy, still fast paced. Thank you team ninja, after what you did to ninja gaiden, I see this as redeeming. I'll see you bama's in the ring!
  7. Sep 26, 2012
    Dead or Alive 5 is a solid game if you can open your mind and see past the fan service. The game is loaded with modes of play. Solo/Tag Arcade modes, Survival/Time Attack, Online Ranked and Player matches, stat tracking and tons of unlockables will keep you busy for a long time to come.

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  8. Sep 30, 2012
    The game brings in the classic style of fighting from the original Dead or alive games and performs very well. Graphics are great and the stage effects are nice. Old and new comes will enjoy
  9. Sep 30, 2012
    Dead Or Alive 5 is a solid entry to the series. The fighting mechanics seem flawless and well balanced. Graphics are gorgeous and really exciting interactive stages to fight in. Story mode is somewhat cheesy and short, but its not the main reason i brought it. My only complaint is the online as I keep getting chucked out but i'm hoping this something that will be patched up and sorted out soon.
  10. Sep 25, 2012
    A nice addition to the fighting game genre. The game is faster paced than Dead or Alive 4 and overall is put together better. There is better balance and the story isn't as absurd or confusing as DOA 4. The best part of DOA 5 is definitely the graphics. Characters pick up dirt on their clothes when thrown to the ground and you can see sweat on the fighters. The game looks absolutely fantastic. This a good buy for fighting game fans and even novices to fighting games such as myself. Collapse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Jan 16, 2013
    Dead or Alive 5's a very good game, but one that also seems slightly confused in its intentions-the neat new mechanics and impressive environmental interactions seem to be butting heads with Team Ninja's desire to make it a more competitive fighter-and by extension, a more traditional one. That said, it's still the best game in the series and incredibly enjoyable, regardless of whether or not it'll finally appease the hardcore fighting gamers out there.
  2. Dec 5, 2012
    Dead or Alive 5 is a serious contender for the best fighter of the year with interesting characters, an in-depth fighting system which is easy to play yet hard to master so appeals to a wide range of players and also brings something new from its predecessor. If you're only buying one fighting game this year, Dead or Alive 5 would find a perfect space on your shelf.
  3. 70
    Dead or Alive 5 is still enjoyable for the dedicated fans.