Dead or Alive 5 Xbox 360
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Released on 28-Sep-2012
In DEAD OR ALIVE 5, players will once again take on the roles of the cast of DEAD OR ALIVE fighters in an intense, action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world. The famed DOA hand-to-hand combat returns, supported by completely new 3D stages that update the series’ characteristic style with a fresh look and feel.
DOA5 stages are more than spectacular visual backdrops, instead playing to a fighter’s strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Skilled fighters will be able to utilize these dynamic stages to pit their opponents against fresh obstacles to create a new fighting experience. This fusion of combat and dynamically changing backdrops is a formula for the evolution of fighting games as “Fighting Entertainment”.
With a sensual yet realistic style, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 characters are rendered in incredibly lifelike detail. From smooth, lithe muscles to emotive facial expressions, every character comes to life. Characters can even perspire as they fight, with realistic depiction of wet skin, damp hair, and moist, semi-translucent clothing as the match progresses.
Along with a rich array of single player modes including story mode, DOA5 offers new online options with arcade-style matches, tournaments, and social features. Players can be paired into one-off matches or work their way up the leaderboards for the honor and prestige of competing with players from around the world for top spot on leaderboards.
No longer content to be eye candy with a deadly kick, the female fighters of DEAD OR ALIVE 5 show a whole new level of character and style. The unique style of each fighter, both male and female, will be accentuated by their individual personalities as they battle with a new look and feel for an intense new generation of DEAD OR ALIVE combat.
- Intense DOA Fighting: DOA5 expands the signature fighting style for which the series is known with a variety of new martial arts techniques and styles
- Realistic and Sensual Graphics: Characters come alive with a new visual style combining stunning realism with a warm, naturalistic feel that conveys every facet of each character—from raw power to sleek sensuality
- Dream Lineup: Play as Ryu Hayabusa, Hayate, Ayane, Kasumi, and Hitomi as well as numerous additional characters yet to be announced
- Interactive Blockbuster Stages: More than a backdrop, spectacular locations from around the world provide a changing and interactive showcase for deadly battles
- New Special Moves: Use power blows to interactively trigger the Danger Zone of a stage, including crashing cars, collapsing glaciers, and an exploding oil rig—distract your opponent or drive him into danger
- Online Battles: A full-fledged online experience awaits players that allows for both beginners and experts to compete head to head in a variety of playing fields and battle modes.
Following on from the success of Dead or Alive: Dimensions on the 3DS, Dead or Alive 5 updates the series for the modern console generation with a style that's flashy and cinematic. All the old favourites make a welcome return including Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Tina Armstrong with her brutal wrestling skills, Jann Lee with his swift strikes and the red-haired Kasumi with her iconic blue dress. And with this being a numbered sequel rather than a lacklustre sideshow, the game introduces some new and yet strangle familiar faces.
We don't know how Team Ninja managed to pull it off, but Dead or Alive 5 goes the extra mile by adding Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan from Sega's legendary Virtua Fighter series. Each one makes the transition with most of their signature moves intact, and while Dead or Alive has always been a more accessible fighter than a lot of its 3D contemporaries, the depth has always been there for those who're willing to dig deep.
The basics of combat revolve around a deceptively simple rock-paper-scissors system that explains how strikes beat throws, throws beat counters and counters beat strikes. Master that basic principal and you'll be well on your way to understanding the lightning fast pace that Dead or Alive runs at. But if you just want to learn some simple combos while taking advantage of the multi-tiered arenas that let you slam an opponent against an electric fence or knock them off a building, this game will make you feel empowered. It's like watching a kung-fu movie in fast forward with impossibly dexterous glamour models.
A common criticism with fighting games is that they don't offer enough single player mileage for the solo enthusiast. So in a similar style to the narrative infused BlazBlue and Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive 5 spins a yarn about nefarious corporations and their experiments to create the ultimate fighter. It's not going to win the Booker Prize, but by splitting the story into 71 chapters that gradually teach the nuances of the fighting system, the game strikes a fairly even balance between ease of access and progressive challenge. Advanced players will also learn the importance of the new Power Blow and Critical Stun systems.
For those who just want to beat up the AI challengers or take on another human opponent, the classic selection of Arcade, Versus, Time Attack and Survival modes will cater for your one-on-one needs. The long-standing Tag Match mode has also been reinstated with the MMA armbars and triangle chokes of Mila being the perfect partnership for the Taekwondo prowess of Rig. Both these characters are entirely new additions that are worth discovering in the fully equipped Training mode before you take the fight online.
One criticism we'd level at Dead or Alive 5 is the pass system that restricts all the online modes to the original purchaser unless you buy a new code - just like Tekken Tag Tournament 2. But while this limits the game's second hand value, the familiar spread of Player, Ranked and Lobby Matches are all present and correct. Playing a match online is a pleasantly stable experience whenever you fight someone on the continent, and while Dead or Alive 5 doesn't stamp out lag completely, it ranks as one of the more consistent fighting games we've played.
As a package, Dead or Alive 5 offers a well-rounded experience that draws the newcomers in with its flashy visuals and explosive combos, while offering ample substance under its porcelain exterior to keep the more dedicated fans entertained...
- A stacked roster of 25 characters
- Subtle but meaningful improvements
- A story mode that teaches and challenges
- Plays it a little safe in places
- Yet another Online Pass system
- No character customisation mode
The fnarr-fnarr-fighting series is back in Dead or Alive 5. But, what's this? Developers Team Ninja has taken the focus off 'babes'? And put the fighting itself front and centre instead?
Let's be frank - the DOA series has been raising pulses of a certain type of fighting fan since 1996. With its liberal use of female anatomy, you sometimes wondered whether you were supposed to be playing or simply gawking at the screen. And when the DOA: Xtreme series touched down, such confusion reached epidemic levels as you sat there buying skimpy bikinis for your volleyball-punching 'beach babes'.
This time round though and Team Ninja has made a 'readjustment'. While 'realistic and sensual graphics' remain (their words, not ours), it's the gameplay that now grabs you, with absurdly-dressed female characters dialled back enough not to be a complete embarrassment if your partner/parent/anyone happens to walk in on you while playing.
All your favourite DOA elements are still here though but now cranked up to the max - for instance, the fantastic multi-tiered stages will see you pummelling someone into a subway carriage or dropping them 50 foot off the side of a building. The roster of characters has also swollen, introducing Akira and Sarah Bryant from the Virtua Fighter series plus two newcomers, the grizzly Rig and MMA fighter, Mila; all depicted in silky smooth, fluid graphics that make you really feel that barrel exploding in your face.
Most importantly, DOA's accessibility remains. While other titles revel in their fan service to the hardcore, the DOA series remains the best of both worlds; plenty of button mashing to appease the casual gamer but with enough depth to satisfy any wannabe tournament player.
And with the latest instalment, a host of new moves, counters and martial art styles have been introduced including the brilliant Power Blow that lets you gut-punch your opponent into, say, the nearest collapsing glacier. Framing these improved game mechanics is a wildly comprehensive set of game modes from a deep solo mode and training programme through to tag team and online play.
While the DOA series will be forever associated with heaving lady bits by some, this latest instalment shows that Team Ninja has finally taken its eye off cleavages and put its focus firmly on fists and feet instead. About time, we say...
Dead or Alive 5 - Review (10/10/2012)
As a package, Dead or Alive 5 offers a well-rounded experience that draws the newcomers in with its flashy visuals and explosive combos, while offering ample substance under its porcelain exterior to …
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The fnarr-fnarr-fighting series is back in Dead or Alive 5. But, what's this? Developers Team Ninja has taken the focus off 'babes'? And put the fighting itself front and centre instead?…
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