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Hands-On with Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Nyotengu VS Ryu - 'Dead Or Alive'

For those of you who are going through cold lonely nights like our Frank Inglese (especially on Valentine’s Day), then fret not, come February 20 the fine gals of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be taking care of you (and most certainly not judge you). We recently had a chance to sit down with the final build of the title, and based on what we’ve played, fighting fans should be looking forward to the first next-gen debut of the celebrated 3D fighting franchise later this month.

Now granted, this is a remaster of a game that came out some years ago on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and Last Round is in fact the third (and apparently final) expansion to Dead or Alive 5. Now until a true Dead or Alive 6 happens, this is what we’ve got for our DOA fix, but honestly Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is looking to be less of a consolation prize and more of a definitive fighting release for your Xbox One or PS4. Something that both newcomers and existing fans should look forward to.

Dead or Alive 5 pushed the last generation hardware to its limits, and you could really sense it in the graphics engine that was barely breaking the glass ceiling. Next-gen remasters aren’t exactly a new thing, and in fact the remastered releases of games like The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, and soon DmC, have been appreciated rather than criticized. These remasters allow games that were already great to reach their full potential, and that’s exactly what Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will do for Dead or Alive 5.


From the outset, the visuals and graphics look a lot cleaner, smoother, and more detailed thanks to the revamped engine. These improvements are immediately apparent, in particular the textures that look more crisp and sharp, and have none of the muddiness found in the previous editions. In terms of content, Last Round assembles the series’ largest roster to date, adding five new characters to bring the cast to over 30 combatants. Apart from this, Last Round will also add some new stages, and a wealth of character costumes and accessories. As far as content goes, this is as complete as Dead or Alive 5 will ever be.

We quite enjoyed our hands-on time with Dead or Alive 5: Last Round…well except Frank, because he kept losing to me. As someone who has poured nearly 100 hours into the original Dead or Alive 5, and also a devoted follower of the series (and its women) since it first made its bouncy debut on the SEGA Saturn back in 1997, I can say that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has that new game smell about it. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is set to launch on February 20 and you can look forward to the full review on SnapThirty very soon.


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