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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 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.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Developer Diary 2

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Earlier this morning Team NINJA let loose (released) the 2nd  episode of the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer diary series. This second video explores the creation process of the franchise’s first cyber ninja, Yaiba Kamikaze, from conception right through to execution. Find out what makes Yaiba’s cybernetics tick, why Yaiba is the ninja to drink with and more with observations from Executive Producer, Yosuke Hayashi and Producer, Conceptor, Keiji Inafune, Art Director Shinsuke Komaki (comcept), Game Director, Masahiro Yasuma (comcept), Lead Game Designer, Cory Davis and Producer, John Garcia-Shelton (Spark) in “Yaiba: Ninja Badass”.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available for the Xbox 360 on 21st March this year.

YAIBA:Ninja Gaiden Z Special Edition Announced

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It has been announcedtoday that a Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available at launch in limited supply for fans that purchase the retail game for either the Xbox 360 when it launches on 21stMarch.

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The Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will include an exclusive full colour comic book by Dark Horse Comics, exclusive Yaiba themed DLC costumes for both Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji for use in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and an original soundtrack for Xbox 360 which is included on physical disc.

I got to play the demo of this at last September’s Eurogamer Expo, and really loved it. The demo was a very early alpha build but the combat was fluid and smoothed and cell shaded style and animation really suited the game and story.

 

Dead or Alive 5 DLC brings bondage gear…

Team NINJA released a sleek and sassy selection of downloadable content packs for DEAD OR ALIVE 5, the new generation of DEAD OR ALIVE. Available now for download via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace, these new packs feature various DOA all-stars in everything from martial arts attire to gangster garments – along with a smattering of sexy swimwear and more!

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