Dead or Alive 5
Breasts breasts breasts! Upon
first glance and play of Dead or Alive 5 (DOA5), you might be
mistaken in thinking that this game is all about the titillation factor
and to an extent it is, however upon further investigation, DOA5 has
some really great fighting mechanics behind the gameplay.
from the bevy of beauties in this all-star line-up that include familiar
faces and bodies such as Helena and Kasumi, the cast also includes some
Virtua Figther inclusions such as Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant
which actually work well with the familiar Dead or Alive cast.
story of Dead or Alive 5 is set two years after the previous game (Dead
or Alive 4) which saw the destruction of the TriTower and Helena Douglas
becoming the new head of DOATEC. Opposed to DOATEC's nefarious past,
Helena has ceased the biotechnology and military departments of this
company and as a gesture of good faith to the world that DOATEC has
changed, she is hosting the new Dead or Alive Tournament.
story mode is quite fun, over the top and it's great for newcomers as it
introduces each of the characters, their motivations and serves as a
great tutorial for the fighting mechanics. For those gamers who may have
missed the previous games, it's a great little way to catch-up and best
of all, the story mode has an auto-save feature after each main fight.
Add in some gorgeous cinematics and there's plenty of reasons to
complete the story mode.
from the story mode, there are a variety of gaming modes in DOA5 such as
Arcade, Survival and Time Trial... not to mention some fun online
options. Unlike Tekken, Dead or Alive 5 is considerably more
accessible, especially when it comes to the fighting mechanics and is
not as convoluted as the aforementioned game with its detailed move
players can easily jump straight into the game and veteran gamers will
be challenged by the higher difficulty levels. At its basic core, the
fighting mechanics are broken into strikes (punches and kicks), holds
and throws which must be used in conjunction to defeat your opponents.
Attacks can be stringed together and you have access to a variety of
powerful combo attacks.
Another new addition to the gaming mechanics are critical bursts and
power blows. Critical bursts increase the damage you deal against your
opponents which sets them up for a finishing manoeuvre. The other new
attack is power blow which can only be initiated when your health is
below 50%. Once initiated, this creates a devastating attack upon your
opponent and due to the nature of the damage, it can only be used once.
to your fighting skill, you need to use the environment to your
advantage such as getting your opponent trapped against a wall and then
using multiple strike attacks while their defences are down or knocking
them into a totally different area. It's so cool. In relation to throws,
when your opponent is blocking your strikes, nothing is more fun than
getting a throw in and them slamming them onto the ground. These rock
paper scissor fighting mechanics work well, especially as you juggle
them around trying to outwit your opponent.
most fighting games, as you progress through your fights, the difficulty
of your opponents increases. By default, the game does start on casual
mode but this can also be increased by the player to match their current
skill level. By progressing through the various fights and levels,
players are awarded a few bonus like new costumes for their fighters.
There are also some premium "swimsuit" costumes available as well!
multiplayer is equally as satisfying as local play which allows you to
test your fighting prowess with other DOA fans from around the world.
Ranked matches are available as are leader boards for those users who
want to fight for their recognition with the rest of DOA gamers from
around the world. Online play will keep you busy for hours upon hours...
provided your skill level is high enough.
Graphically, Dead or Alive is a good looking game on the PlayStation 3
and the fighting physics are great. Of course, I'm sure the developers
would like us to spend a sentence or two on the physics of the buxom
players. Interestingly enough, this animation can be quite distracting
at the start and at times, it appears that their movement has a mind or
two of their own. However Dead or Alive has always been about the sexy
female fighters and DOA5 is no exception to this rule.
Characters, both female and male are modelled well with some great
animation techniques used. Facial features look realistic and all the
characters move with this real-world grace that flawlessly melds with
the gameplay. Backgrounds are a little simplistic at times but overall,
DOA5 is a decent looking title on the PS3. Voice acting is clichéd as is
the almost porno inspired soundtrack that adds to the quirkiness of the
DOA5 franchise, especially the theme song of Zack which is first played when Hayate is flying to DOATEC's
headquarters with the enigmatic Zack. Together with the gameplay,
graphics and audio, DOA5 creates this fun fighter that is accessible to
or Alive 5 may not have all the fighting complexities of Tekken Tag
Tournament 2 (even though this game features a "small" tag" system) but
it still has its place in next-gen gaming as a good mid-range fighter.
Dead or Alive 5 provides some well balanced fighting mechanics that
ensures endless hours of fun on your PlayStation 3 as you pummel the
absolutely living daylights out of AI controlled opponents and online
opponents. Thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously which goes in
its favour of one of the most entertaining fighting franchises
Definitely worth checking out!