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.
Momiji from Ninja Gaiden
joins the DOA roster!
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).
So on April 12th (2014), I finally picked
up DOA5: Ultimate. I was waiting for some sort of discount on this one,
and the $19.99 DOA5U "Million fighters" characters + costume
pack was a pretty good deal. Sadly, buying the game this way doesn't enable
trophies for the game?
Weird. Never ran into that problem before with a PSN game.
Anyway, to repeat myself from earlier.... I wasn't very impressed with the original DOA5,
but from everything I've seen so far, Ultimate is pretty much what vanilla DOA5
should've been from the start, and I'm ready to give the game another go around.
Thank you for your patience... my DOA5U review should be finished