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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Dead or Alive’s greatest strength comes from its accessibility. Unlike many of its ilk, Dead or Alive rejects complex move-sets and combos for something simpler and purer. Two buttons do the majority of the work: punch and kick, combinations of which allow you to string together simple combos. A throw button and block button round off the face of the controller, leaving the shoulder buttons and triggers to dish out a more powerful punch and kick, a power blow, and a cheeky taunt. It’s wonderfully austere.

DOA is more about rhythm. Shifting the tempo of your strikes, keeping them varied aiming high and low on your opponent, being prepared to sidestep at a moment’s notice, and blocking in time with an incoming strike to counter and stun your foe. Indeed DOA isn’t complex but remains nuanced. Add to that gorgeous looking graphics, exciting transitions between areas within arenas, an intense soundtrack and impactful sound effects, and you’ve got yourself a superb fighter.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round brings all of the aforementioned qualities together in the final version in the Dead or Alive 5 series, bringing together the previous version’s content, along with a few new things, to provide the definitive edition. The modes on offer are standard fighting game fare, not offering anything special but covering all the basics to allow you and the AI to fight it out in classic arcade mode or training, or for you and friends to beat the snot out of each other in one-on-one bouts or tag team locally or online.

The story mode is absolutely nonsensical and ridiculous, offering the flimsiest of excuses to pit two fighters against each other, but series fans will likely get a kick out of the lengthy narrative, and it serves as a good introduction to each character as your control shifts along the roster.

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Over its previous generation release, Last Round offers an obscene amount of unlockable costumes, and unfortunately these primarily reveal more and more flesh of the female fighters, a Dead or Alive trait that the original fifth release had moved away from a little bit. It’s disappointing to see it return. The roster, meanwhile, has been increased to 34 fighters bringing fan favourites back as well as a couple of new characters, but unfortunately this dilutes the quality a little bit. More than a few from the roster clearly haven’t been given the time and care to make their move-sets unique or entertaining to fight with. Otherwise, an increased frame rate and resolution, some mildly improved lighting and particle effects, two new stages, and a basic but fast and stable online mode, rounds off the package brilliantly.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is a terrific fighting game. Although it looks very much like it did on the Xbox 360, the exaggerated, cartoon aesthetic has always looked stunning and it doesn’t look out-of-place on the Xbox One for a second. And despite some superfluous characters the highly accessible combat style and spectacle of launching opponents into other areas during a bout, is just as compelling and enjoyable as ever.

Editor’s note: During our time with Dead or Alive: Last Round we encountered none of the bugs or save data corruption that the title is apparently plagued by. However, Team Ninja have publicly acknowledged that there are some serious bugs being experienced and they are working on fixes.

Thanks to Tecmo Koei for supplying TiX with a download code

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Launch Trailer

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Techmo Koei has today released the launch trailer for upcoming fighter, Dead or Alive 5: Last round. The trailer [below] shows off pretty much the the entire roaster of characters that you can use on the game, including new girl, Honoka – who was announced a few weeks back. You can also see the new danger zones on each level, and some pretty cool double team action.

TK also inform us that there are too be a whole host of unlockable outfits for you to fill the wardrobe of your favorite characters up with.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be launching on the 20 February on Xbox One [digitally, and phsyically] and on the Xbox 360 [Digitally only].

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round in Development

Add the date to your diary, calendar, mobile phone or simply write it on a wall. Spring  2015 see’s the release of the explosive fighting franchise from Team NINJA  coming to Xbox One.

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That’s right TiX readers, today Team NINJA revealed that Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is currently in development for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other consoles. The game is set to be published by KOEI TECMO Europe and will be available at the suggested retail price of £34.99 Xbox One (physical and digital) and £24.99 for Xbox 360 (digital only). That’s already remarkably cheaper  than current releases for Xbox One which can reach as high as £52 in certain outlets.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round represents the zenith of the Dead or Alive 5 series, including the best and brightest content from those games, along with all-new content only found in LAST ROUND, creating the comprehensive Dead or Alive 5 experience.

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DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round marks an exciting step forward for the franchise, and one that fans have been asking for. Bringing the game to a new generation of consoles is allowing us to create the most graphically striking version of any Dead or Alive game ever, and we are very happy to give our fans the chance to experience our signature high energy fighting entertainment as only the latest consoles can deliver it.

said Yosuke Hayashi, Team NINJA leader.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will take the signature DOA fighting style to the ring, wrapped up in the most graphically impressive version of a Dead or Alive game ever seen. The combatants in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will present an unparalleled level of life-like detail, and smooth striking animations that will firmly place every fighter in the heat of the moment. The game’s dynamic interactive stages once again boast a range of visually striking locations from around the world, while offering even more destruction, deadly new danger zones and a higher level of strategic choices for players to utilize in the quest for victory.

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will  also deliver the largest roster of fighters in any DOA game to date. Fighters will include: Hayabusa, Hayate, Kasumi, Ayane, Rig, Momiji, Leon, Kokoro, Tina, Lisa, Brad Wong, Jann Lee, Hitomi, Leifang, Christie, Eliot, Leon, Gen Fu, Bayman, Bass, Zack, Helena, Marie Rose, Phase 4 and newly released Nyotengu along with Akira, Pai, Jacky and Sarah Bryant from the Virtua Fighter series. Character customization options get even deeper, as Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will offer over 300 open and unlockable costumes, and the brand new hairstyle and accessory options will give nearly endless possibilities to adorn the fighters for any occasion. Players can bring their run of rosters, costumes and accessories from Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, as previously purchased DLC content will be transferable from last gen consoles to current gen versions.

Currently in development by Team NINJA, more details about Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be revealed in the coming months.