DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round ©2012-2014 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. & Team NINJA All rights reserved.
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Dead or Alive is often portrayed as a fan-service game with mediocre fighting mechanics; and while the game certainly has fan-service, the core fighting mechanics are balanced and remarkably solid. Having attended Final Round in Atlanta, I have come to know some of the tournament-level DOA players and have seen what remarkable skill both in math and reflexes one must master to play this game at a competitive level. The pros will study frame data, bait their opponents into attacks, and strategize on how to defeat people with different playstyles. There are over 30 characters, each with their own unique fighting style, and while there is a tier list which recommends some characters over others, the game is pretty remarkably balanced-- no character is terrible. The game is also fun for novices to pick up, play, and button mash. The game has online play, and a small, but active community which often will help new players, as well as organize tournaments both online and offline. I highly recommend this game, and now that it is pretty old, you should be able to pick it up for cheap, making it a terrific value. The Good: - Intricate fighting mechanics with incredible depth and balance. - A small, but active community of players. - A large roster of characters, each with their own unique fighting style. - A story mode which is completely bananas (both good and bad). - Fan-service, if you're into that. The Bad: - A story mode which is completely bananas (both good and bad). - Sometimes difficult to get into ranked matches-- and there are rage quitters and people who will decline to fight you if you beat them. - Fanservice, if you're not into that.
I love the Dead or Alive series, I really do, and the core part of this game does not disappoint at all. A lot of fun fighting in great detail with all of your favorites from past games in the series. When it comes to the main game, there is nothing that I can really complain about. That is why it pains me to only give this game 4 stars. While I can look past the DLC for some games, this game charges over $500 to get all of the DLC for one game. And $500 is being nice since on Steam when you check the total for all the DLC, or at least when I did when writing this, the total comes to $1,249.31. I don't care that a lot of it is vanity and I do agree that the owner of the game has the right to charge what they want for a game, but this is just plain crazy. I almost knocked 2 stars off because of this as to me it just screams unabashed greed, but I stuck with just one star because the main game itself is still fun.
Its difficult to find decent fighting games on PC, DOA is a nice game, it's pure arcade fun mixed with female breasts which bounce all over the place but this is main attraction of the series since day one. Only think I don't like is how the developer want to make money from the players charging money for every DLC costume pack. Which if you count all the money you would have to spend to have complete version it would be several times more than the regular game. Also if you want to play online you will be disappointed because it's hard to find players online.
Finally we get Dead or Alive on PC. Remember the silky smooth combat , the rock paper scissors type encounters, the cool characters and risque costumes? They've all made the transition over. There are a boatload of costumes included for the characters. However this isn't quite the definitive version of the game. The soft engine physical and extra effects included on the console version is baffling absent. There aren't many playing the online multiplayer either.
DOA5LR is a very fast , and deep game.Fighter models are gorgeously detailed and there is many effect like water, dirt and body physics. But Pc performance of the game isn't great and some aspects of game looks like last generation. Carrier and training mode make a good job to teach you the basics of the gameplay but definitely it takes really much time to master game's famous triangle system.There is also arcade mode for a quickstart fight and online mode matches you a player base on your skill but there isn't so much people to find on this mode unfortunately. Also game has insane amount of dlc dressing content that is a bit weird. Despite it's flaws DOA5LR is a great fighting game and only 3D one on PC for now.
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