Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

ABOUTDOA5: Last Round is the third and final expansion of Dead or Alive 5, featuring all previously released DLC characters and stages. In addition to being a downloadable upgrade on PS3 & Xbox 360, DOA5: Last Round made its debut on PS4 & XB1 with upscaled 1080p graphics, buffed-up particle effects, enhanced skin shaders, and realistic "soft" body effects using Koei Tecmo's all new "Soft Engine" (which turned out to be PS4 exclusive). Fans who picked up other previous DLC costumes / content for DOA5 or DOA5: Ultimate can also access that content in Last Round (cross-platform as well). A free-to-play version was also released on PS4 & XB1, similar to DOA5: Core Fighters.


If you had to sum up the entire DOA series in one screenshot... this might be it.


Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
originally introduces new playable fighters: Raidou & Honoka, along with DLC guest characters Naotora Ii (from Samurai Warriors) and Mai Shiranui (from SNK franchises). Including DLC add-ons, DOA5: Last Round also adds 5 new stages: Danger Zone (Kasumi's stage from DOA1), Crimson (returning from DOA2: Hardcore), Azuchi (from DOA3), Fireworks (a variation of Zack Island), and a stage based on the Attack on Titan anime series. A new select screen for alternate hairstyles & costumes was also added to PS4/XB1 versions. Several crossover costumes from various manga / anime publications also made their way to DOA5: LR's years after the original release, include: Attack on Titan, Tatsunoko Franchises, Guilty Gear, and BlazBlue.


This screenshot sums up DOA5's evolution... a disgusting business practice.


DOA5: Last Round
was originally priced at $39.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the PS3 & Xbox 360 versions retail for $29.99. It should be noted that the PS3 & 360 versions don't include certain features of the PS4 & Xbox One version. The PC version is also missing some graphical polish from the PS4 version (such as the Soft Engine). Future DLC may also not be supported on PS3 & 360. The full priced version of DOA5: Last Round includes all the original characters and over 300 unlockable costumes. Purchasing additional characters costs $3.99 each (PS4 pricing) and DLC costume prices vary.


Well this was a decent surprise.... yet, not surprising at all that they chose Mai. -_-



Page Updated: January 23rd, 2021
Developer(s): Team Ninja
Publisher(s): Tecmo Koei
Designer(s): Yosuke Hayashi   Producer
Platform(s): PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Arcade 
Release Date(s): Feb. 17th, 2015          PS4 / XB1 / 360
Feb. 19th, 2015          PS4 / PS3 / XB1 / 360
Feb. 20th, 2015          PS4 / PS3 / XB1 / 360
Feb. 24th, 2015          PS3
Mar. 30th, 2015        PC
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, Alpha-152, Marie Rose, Phase 4, Nyotengu, Raidou, Honoka, Naotora Ii (DLC), Mai Shiranui (DLC)

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Related Games: Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, 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, Dead or Alive 6, Soul Calibur 5, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Revolution

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First Impression: Let's be honest... my interest in DOA dwindled after the last few iterations. It took me over a year to finish up my DOA5: Ultimate review. I guess that means I've been busy with more important fighting games... but it also means DOA5 just can't seem to hold my interest, no matter how many bunny underwear costumes they add.  *Please note the sarcasm.

Something I will include in my review: I find it utterly ridiculous that the producers of DOA5: Last Round are selling people $92.00 "season pass" costume packs. No game should EVER have DLC costume packs that reach anywhere close to $90... not to mention several of them.

FUN FACT:  To own every costume and all content in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, it would cost you over $1000, making DOA5 (potentially) the most expensive fighting game ever made for consumers. Actually, the exact price for all DOA5 content stands at $1,117.34 (not including the Arc System Works costumes). Thanks to Rice Digital for recently pointing that out.

Is DOA5: Last Round a fighting game or a money grabbing scam based on selling the sexuality of virtual women? The manner at which countless DOA5 DLC has spammed up the PSN store makes it seem like the latter. Sorry, but the "If you don't like it, then don't buy it" philosophy doesn't apply here. I write reviews on fighting games and the practices of companies who make them, so these are my thoughts on Tecmo Koei's "business practice". Some of the costume collaborations are cool, but clearly... gameplay and fighting are not the company's main focus.

DOA5 is like that weird, obnoxious kid in high school who tells perverted jokes, and comes around at the worst time to remind you that he still exists on this planet. "Ohh, hi again DOA5, it's been 4 years since you arrived... and... you're still using new costume DLC and female sexuality as your main selling point." Your sense of humor is bland, you're tacky, and I hate you. How clever, you got a chance to do a crossover with SNK... Freakin' SNK... and you decide to put Mai Shiranui in the game, over all the other possible options? ...Mai "Big Boobs" Shiranui. Koei Tecmo clearly has 2 major priorities... (_)_). Actually, it's just plain "creepy obsession" at this point. In fairness, Mai does look pretty good in DOA5. I guess she "fits in" with the rest of the roster, for two obvious reasons.

As I mentioned in my DOA5: Ultimate review, the DOA5 "series" seems to blur the line between fighting game and softcore porn. Perverted photo modes and objectifying sexual costumes just ain't my thang. More importantly, DOA5's string-heavy fighting mechanics are random and borderline sloppy, along with much of the actual fighting animation. All of these elements have contributed to my lack of interest and "condescending tone" when it comes to DOA

However, I haven't turned my back completely on DOA... there are actually a few things that I like about Last Round, as minor as they are. Stay tuned for my full review and thanks for your continued patience. Currently, I have better and more important things to do right now than write a third DOA5 review.
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