Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate
ABOUT: DOA5: Ultimate released worldwide for PS3 & Xbox 360 in early September 2013. The series also returns to arcades for the first time in 13 years, with a Japanese arcade version of DOA5: Ultimate set for a Winter 2013 release. A "free to play" version of DOA5: Ultimate is also available exclusively on PSN, which features several playable characters and modes. In this version, additional add-on content can be purchased and unlocked through the game.
Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate is the expansion to DOA5 featuring 5 new characters, including: Momiji & Rachel (crossing over from the Ninja Gaiden series), Leon & Ein from past DOA installments, and Jacky Bryant (from Virtua Fighter). In addition, a new character named Marie Rose debuted in the arcade version (and later will be released on consoles). In March 2014, another new character called "Phase 4" was announced for the arcade version.
In typical DOA fashion, the Ultimate update features a variety of new stages and costumes. In addition, DOA5: Ultimate introduces a brand new gameplay mechanic called Power Launcher. This new move launches the opponent high into the air, enabling an easy combo possibility. Power Launchers can only be used once per round when a character's life is below 50%. Several gameplay changes were also made to Tag mode. Health regeneration for the tagged out character has been toned down, and a new Tag mode exclusive attack called the Force Out was added. Force Out is similar to "Snap Back" from MVC2, as it knocks the active opponent out of the ring and forces them to use their partner for a period of time. Returning characters have also gained new "game changing" combos.
Several features from the PS Vita version of DOA5 have made the cut to DOA5: Ultimate, such as new training modes - Tutorial & Combo Challenge. These modes are specifically designed to help players improve their game. Survival Mode, Team Fight, and Movies Mode are also introduced in DOA5U. Lastly, there's a 2 VS 2 online tag mode, enabling co-op gameplay against other teams (similar to TTT2's online Pair Play feature).
Page Updated: March 4th, 2014 Developer(s): Team Ninja Publisher(s): Tecmo Koei Designer(s): Yosuke Hayashi Platform(s): Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Arcade () Release Date(s): September 3rd, 2013 ( PS3/360)
September 5th, 2013 ( PS3/360)
September 6th, 2013 ( PS3/360)
December 24th, 2013 ( Arcade)
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, Marie Rose, Phase 4
Related Games: 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
Gameplay Engine Story / Theme Overall Graphics Animation Music / Sound Effects Innovation Art Direction Customization Options / Extras Intro / Presentation Replayability / Fun "Ouch" Factor Characters BOTTOM LINE First Impression: Vanilla DOA5 didn't really impress me as a wholesome fighting game package, so I'm not in a rush to buy the sequel. On the bright side, DOA5: Ultimate does seem like it's what the original DOA5 should've been.
I planned on renting & reviewing DOA5U, but Gamefly still doesn't carry the game, oddly enough. I did try out Core Fighters (the free version) on PSN for a while, but it's obviously not enough to review the entire game. In the past I've bought games just to review them... but I'm holding off on this one. Sorry guys. (You know I'll get around to reviewing it eventually). ~TFG Webmaster