A Fast and Exciting 3D Fighter With Incredible Depth and Balance

User Rating: 10 | Dead or Alive 5: Last Round PS4

Dead or Alive is often portrayed as a fanservice game with mediocre fighting mechanics; and while the game certainly has fanservice, the core fighting mechanics are balanced and remarkably solid. Having attended Final Round in Atlanta, I have come to know some of the tournament-level DOA players and have seen what remarkable skill both in math and reflexes one must master to play this game at a competitive level. The pros will study frame data, bait their opponents into attacks, and strategize on how to defeat people with different playstyles. There are over 30 characters, each with their own unique fighting style, and while there is a tier list which recommends some characters over others, the game is pretty remarkably balanced-- no character is terrible. The game is also fun for novices to pick up, play, and button mash. The game has online play, and a small, but active community which often will help new players, as well as organize tournaments both online and offline. I highly recommend this game, and now that it is pretty old, you should be able to pick it up for cheap, making it a terrific value.

The Good:

  • Intricate fighting mechanics with incredible depth and balance.
  • A small, but active community of players.
  • A large roster of characters, each with their own unique fighting style.
  • A story mode which is completely bananas (both good and bad).
  • Fanservice, if you're into that.

The Bad:

  • A story mode which is completely bananas (both good and bad).
  • Sometimes difficult to get into ranked matches-- and there are rage quitters and people who will decline to fight you if you beat them.
  • Fanservice, if you're not into that.