The long awaited installment to the Dead or Alive series (seven whole years!).Nearly all the fighters of the previous game (except Leon) were back, as well as two newcomers named Rig and Mila. The game had a deep graphic upgrade from DOA4 (not surprisingly, since it had been 7 years since then) and an aesthetic redesign that showed more realistic characters, with smaller and less anime-like eyes, the same to what was shown in Ninja Gaiden 3. Special mention to the girls, who have more realistically proportionate bodies, although the Jiggle Physics were still in full display. In collaboration with Sega, Dead or Alive 5 also features Guest Fighters from the Virtua Fighter series. Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, and Pai Chan are the chosen Virtua Fighter representatives to Dead or Alive 5. The games was release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, plus a port to Play Station Vita half a year later.The game's playable roster includes:
In May 2013, Team Ninja announced an Updated Re-release of DOA5 for PS3 and 360: Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. The game includes new stages and characters and rebalancing. The game was released on Fall of 2013.Characters added in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate:
From Dead or Alive 2: Leon, Einnote Hayate's amnesic persona that originally debuted in that game, separate character in DOA5: Ultimate
In August 2014, Team Ninja announced the game would be ported to Playstation 4 and Xbox One as Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.Last Round would include the three new fighters introduced in the arcade port (which had been Downloadable Content in console versions of DOA5U), as well as two additional characters, two new stages, new costumes and customization options included in the package. Last Round will also get a release for 360 and PS3 as a downloadable add-on for current Ultimate owners.
Desperation Attack: The Power Blow, a move that, if it connects, unleashes a cinematic combo and ends with the player aiming where they want to launch their opponent, like into a stage hazard. However, Power Blows can only be used when your fighter has less than half of their health remaining.
Downloadable Content: There are a massive number of costumes available for purchase, and some free stages as well. Ultimate also had extra characters available for purchase.
Earn Your Fun: DOA5 challenges the hardcore among the hardcore players if they want to unlock 3 extremely skimpy swimsuits for Tina, Christie and Lisa; the game features a whopping total of 8 levels of difficulty: Rookie, Easy, Normal, Hard, Champ, True Fighter, Master and Legend, with the last three being unlocked after the preceding difficulty is beaten; rest assured that your average player canít go through Hard without losing continues, if you want those Rare Swimsuits you must mow through Legend Ė 4 difficulties beyond Hard Ė without losing a single continue on Arcade for Tinaís, Time Attack for Christieís and on Survival for Lisaís. Simply put itís a nightmare to get these pieces of clothing for the girls, the computer on Legend is on an whole new level of reading and countering any attack the player tries to connect, just beating this mode is a nerve-cracking task, but beating it without losing continues is absurd, and thatís not enough, even though the task on Arcade and Time Attack is already beyond insane to complete, at the end of the day is just 8 Stages each, on Survival though, itís 100 Stages, a-freaking-hundred quasi-unbeatable opponents to defeat with one small recovering life bar, so yeah, even some of the most hardcore players stop at Tina and Christieís swimsuits. Luckily it can be avoided. All you have to do is fight 200 online matches.
Fanservice: It could hardly be called a true DOA game without it.
Subverted. He was knows who he is, but he's faking it to move on with his father's plans
It's a Small World After All: All the fighters seem to run into each other in completely obscure corners of the world (whether it be New York, the jungle, or Antarctica) and they recognize each other as well with no introductions needed.
Perpetually Shiny Bodies: Averted. The fighter's sweat and get dirty, though this can be toggled off in the options menu.
Revenue Enhancing Devices: You can fight people who have purchased costumes you haven't, but in order to see those costumes, free costume catalogs have to be downloaded. You need the catalogs to see them even after purchase.