The original Dead or Alive 5 was released back in 2012 and Team Ninja have felt it necessary to reboot this title a third time with Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
This fighting game is available across many platforms including, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Dead or Alive is well known for its skimpily clad girls and ass-kicking characters. I’d sadly have to say that is all I know it for and from what I’ve seen of this reboot it’s pretty much all I’m going to know it for.
The story mode is not included and requires separate purchases per character. This was a bit outrageous and I certainly was not going to fork out extra cash to play it.
The graphics are quite amazing and the art style is of typical anime kind.
The music on the other hand was quite awful and repetitive. I actually got to the point of simply turning the sound off. You can change the music but there isn’t much on offer to improve the situation.
The tutorial section is very extensive with 42 training sessions to complete. Each session has multiple sub-lessons as well. Free training allows you to practice button mashing and hopefully actually learn a move or two in the process.
Command training lets you specifically practice moves for certain characters and see what moves they have as you fight. Combo is quite similar as it will have a set of moves to execute on screen also helping you learn each characters combos and moves.
Even after some education the regular versus mode had me button mashing to a higher degree than other fighter games I have played. The controls are harder to get a handle on (as the tutorials might indicate) and are a degree more finicky.
There are only limited amount of characters available from the start and the rest it would seem need to be purchased.
There are a few other fighting modes. Arcade has you attempt to beat a high scores. Time Attack is simply a speed orientated to see how quick you can take down your opponent. Survival is a continuous onslaught of combatants to see how many you can beat.
Team Fight which has up to seven characters battling another set of the same number in a tag fashion until the last player or team is standing.
Within most these modes there are eight levels of difficulty, from rookie to legend. So you are not likely to run out of a challenge any time soon. There are some loading problems in the sense I felt it took far too long for what it was loading.
The game had a few odd things to offer as well. You can watch two computer player characters fight each other and then you can creepily take pictures of them.
I’m confident this isn’t going to be used to observe and study fighting styles. But it’s still something different.
Overall Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is pretty game, but I don’t think it really needed another remake and I don’t know who decided micro-transactions for story was a good idea, ‘cause it’s not.
Sound was not the best and I’ve certainly enjoyed other fighter games more so.
I guess if you’re a fan and want it on PS4 or Xbox One then I suppose this is all it has going for it.
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