Note: This review is for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.
The first thing that come to mind about the Dead or Alive series is fanservice
and jiggle physics
. While that is still true, there is more to this game, and this is not a bad game to introduce people into the fighting game genre.
Learning how to play the game is easy. The tutorial for each character is straight forward and teaches most of their capabilities. However, like in most fighting games, some characters have moves with Some Dexterity Required
– such as Ryu Hayabusa's Izuna Drop – that most people will not bother using the move
. Furthermore, the story mode also acts as a tutorial, while providing decent challenges as it progresses. While the game is easy to learn, and players will likely breeze through the lower difficulty levels, don't think that you can take on legend difficulty
out the box immediately – it will result in a curb stomp battle
Graphics wise, the characters look great and more realistic than previous games, where they had a more anime-esque look and feel. They sweat and get dirty, which I am sure that adds on to the fanservice. The stages are fun to play and as always in the series, are interactive.
Replay value is like any other fighting game – it mostly depends on player versus player
, and there is both online and local multiplayer for that. The challenges presented in the storyline of the game will provide some entertainment and challenge – even if you believe the story is ridiculous. (And some of you will.)
If you bought the original Dead or Alive 5, the main reason to upgrade to Ultimate is the new characters, as the costumes are so-so – unless it is just about fanservice. (And if you bought them in 5 as DLC
, will make you mad.) However, the reason Dead or Alive 5 was not a tournament fighter is because the characters are not balanced. (90% of players would pick Ayane or avoid Bass if they want to win competitively.) Sadly, this was not fully addressed in Ultimate.
Overall, I give the game an 8/10. It is still fun to play, and a good introduction to fighting games. Just don't get distracted by other things too much.