Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Review

Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is a supposedly beefed up version of the original DoA5 which was released one year ago. DoA5: Ultimate fixes all of the known bugs and issues with the original game as well as adds some extra content in an attempt to make it more appealing to gamers who already own the original.

Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate includes five new playable characters: Momiji and Rachel from the Ninja Gaiden series, Jacky Bryant from the Virtua Fighter series, as well as Leon and Ein – two returning characters from previous DoA games. In addition to the new characters, there are also some new costumes available for all of the characters including some additional downloadable content. Existing characters also got a couple of new combos so they feel a bit different than before though you probably won’t be able to tell what’s new unless you already had the character mastered.

Aside from the expanded roster, the biggest change is the new “Power Launcher” game mechanic which works similar to the Power Blow from DoA5 in that it can only be used once per round and only after your health falls below a certain amount. The Power Launcher will, as the name implies, launch your opponent high into the air which will allow you to follow up with a combination of attacks before they helplessly fall back to earth. Maximizing the damage of a Power Launcher is more difficult to pull off since the move itself only does a little bit of damage. The real punishment comes in how successful you are in your follow up attacks.

For the more pervy DoA fans out there, Ultimate also has an unlockable “OMG” breast physics setting which wasn’t in the original. Just lose a match with ten different characters and watch their “lose pose” to unlock it.

Aside from the new stuff outlined above, it’s still pretty much the same game as before. There isn’t any new story or single player levels for the new characters which kind of sucks. All you’re getting is some new characters, some new attacks, and some new costumes. It feels almost like it could have been downloadable content, albeit a huge pack of content and one that is disc-based rather than something digitally downloadable.

Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is currently priced at around $40 but is it worth the price? Well that depends. If you don’t have the original game then definitely pick up Ultimate. The original has clearly been made obsolete after the release of Ultimate. If you already have the first game though, it will come down to how often you play it. If you’re a die-hard DoA fan that plays the game online all the time, the new characters are going to make it much more fun for you so it may be worth picking up Ultimate. Otherwise, it might be wise to wait for the price to come down. All in all it’s a rather unremarkable entry to the series.

Overall Score: 7 / 10

Developer: Team Ninja

Publisher: Tecmo Koei

Played on: Xbox 360

Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Arcade

Review Copy Info – A copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Alexander Hinkley on 20130909 and was last modified on 20131109 .