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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
 

 
ABOUTDOA5: Last Round is (supposedly) the final expansion of the Dead or Alive 5 series, featuring all previously DLC-only characters and stages. Along with releasing yet again on PS3 & Xbox 360, Last Round made its debut on Playstation 4 & Xbox One with upscaled 1080p graphics, buffed-up particle effects, and enhanced skin shaders & realistic body effects using Koei Tecmo's all new "Soft Engine" (which turned out to be PS4 exclusive). Fans who picked up other previous DLC costumes / content for DOA5 or DOA5: Ultimate can also access that content in Last Round (cross-platform as well). In addition to the retail version, a free-to-play version was released on PS4 & XB1, similar to DOA5: Core Fighters.
 

If you had to sum up the entire DOA series in one screenshot... this might be it.

 
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round features 2 new stages to start, including a DOA1-style "Danger Zone" and an updated version of "Crimson" from DOA2: Hardcore. Other new stages were added later on in the game's lifespan. A new hairstyles and costumes options screen was also added to PS4/XB1 versions of the game. New characters in DOA5:LR include Raidou and Honoka, along with DLC guest characters Naotora Ii (from Samurai Warriors) and Mai Shiranui (from SNK franchises). Other crossover costumes from various manga / anime publications also made their way to DOA5: LR's years after the original release. A new stage based on Attack on Titan (along with character costumes) was made available as paid DLC in July 2016. Arc System Works costumes featuring Guilty Gear & Blazblue costumes comes out in March 2017.
 

Ohh yay, it's green JELL-O schoolgirl Kasumi! What an interesting design.....

   
DOA5: Last Round was originally priced at $39.99 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, while the PS3 & Xbox 360 versions retail for $29.99. It should be noted that the PS3 & 360 versions don't include certain features of the PS4 & Xbox One version. The PC version is also missing some graphical polish from the PS4 version (such as the Soft Engine). Future DLC may also not be supported on PS3 & 360. The full priced version of DOA5: Last Round includes all the original characters and over 300 unlockable costumes. Purchasing additional characters costs $3.99 each (PS4 pricing) and DLC costume prices vary.
 

Well this was an unexpected surprise.... yet, not surprising they chose Mai. -__-

    

  
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Page Updated: February 27th, 2017
Developer(s): Team Ninja
Publisher(s): Tecmo Koei
Designer(s): Yosuke Hayashi   (Producer)
Platform(s): PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Arcade ()
Release Date(s): Feb. 17th, 2015       ( PS4/XB1/360)
Feb. 19th, 2015       ( PS4/PS3/XB1/360)
Feb. 20th, 2015       ( PS4/PS3/XB1/360)
Feb. 24th, 2015       ( PS3)
Mar. 30th, 2015       (PC)
Characters Momiji, Ein, Leon, Mila, Rig, Hayabusa, Hayate, Kasumi, Ayane, Hitomi, Christie, Bayman, Lei Fang, Zack, Bass, Brad Wong, Elliot, Tina, Kokoro, Jann Lee, La Mariposa, Helena, Gen Fu, Pai, Akira, Sarah Bryant, Jacky Bryant, Rachel, Alpha-152, Marie Rose, Phase 4, Nyotengu, Raidou, Honoka, Naotora Ii (DLC), Mai Shiranui (DLC)

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Related Games: Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Soul Calibur 5, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Revolution
  

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First Impression: Let's be honest... my interest in DOA dwindled after the last few iterations. It took me over a year to finish up my DOA5: Ultimate review. I guess that means I've been busy with other games... but it also means DOA5 just can't seem to hold my interest, no matter how many bunny underwear costumes they add.  Note the sarcasm.

Something I will include in my review: I find it utterly ridiculous that the producers of DOA5: Last Round are selling people $92.00 "season pass" costume / character packs. No game should EVER have DLC costume packs that reach anywhere close to $90... not to mention several of them.

FUN FACT:  To own every costume and all content in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, it would cost you over $1000, making DOA5 potentially the most expensive fighting game ever made. Actually, the exact price for all DOA5 content stands at $1,117.34 (not including the Arc System Works costumes). Thanks to Rice Digital for recently pointing that out.

Is DOA5: Last Round a fighting game or a money grabbing scam? The manner at which countless DOA5 DLC has spammed up the PSN store makes it seem like the latter. Sorry, but the "If you don't like it, so don't buy it" philosophy doesn't apply here. I write reviews on fighting games and the practices of companies who make them, so I will fully analyze Tecmo Koei's "business strategy" in my full review of DOA5: LR.

DOA5 is like that weird, obnoxious kid in high school who tells perverted jokes, and comes around at the worst time to remind you that he still exists on this planet. "Ohh, hi again DOA5, it's been 4 years since you arrived... and... you're still using 'new costume' DLC and female sexuality as your main selling point." Your sense of humor is bland, you're tacky, and I hate you. How clever, you got a chance to do a crossover with SNK... Freakin' SNK... and you decide to put Mai Shiranui in the game, over all the other possible options? Mai "Big Boobs" Shiranui. Koei Tecmo clearly has 2 major priorities... (_)_). Actually, it's just plain "creepy obsession" at this point. In fairness, Mai does look pretty good in DOA5. I guess she "fits in" with the rest of the roster, for two obvious reasons.

As I mentioned in my DOA5: Ultimate review, the DOA5 "series" seems to blur the line between fighting game and pornography. Perverted photo modes and objectifying sexual costumes just ain't my thang. More importantly, DOA5's string-heavy fighting mechanics are random and borderline sloppy, along with some of the actual fighting animation. All of these elements have contributed to my lack of interest and "condescending tone" when it comes to DOA

However, I haven't turned my back completely on DOA... there are actually a few things that I like about Last Round, as minor as they are. Stay tuned for my full review and thanks for your continued patience. Currently, I have better and more important things to do right now than write a third DOA5 review.
~TFG Webmaster
 

 


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