DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round is a 3D fighting game that was released as an upgrade to the original Dead or Alive 5 (which was released on last gen hardware) that features upgraded graphics, new characters and costumes. It is a cross platform title available on consoles, PC and Arcade.
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Pro Intuitive fighting mechanics
The basics of the fighting system is a rock, paper, scissors mechanic where certain moves defeat others. Say if a user throws a punch at the same time another user tries a throw, the punch will win. While there are more layers to this, this is the basic way the system works, which is easy to grasp, even for those that do not often play fighting games, making this one accessible.
Pro Interactive environments
Players can push others up against walls and there are areas in each stage called danger zones that make for an area where one can fall down to another part of the stage. When in the danger zone the player in trouble also has a chance to grab their opponent, thus allowing for a way to switch situations. This all adds a level of complexity to each stage and each players tactics that can make the game more interesting over a game with static stages.
Pro Allows for original Japanes voice acting with subtitles
While the English voice acting is pretty bad, the game does allow for players to switch to the original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles. This makes for a better experience as well as allows for those that prefer to play with the Japanese on to do so (as not all foreign games allow this).
Pro Every character can use multiple stances
Dead or Alive has always had stances built into the game, unlike other series like Street Fighter where one or two characters may have a stance that can change, Dead or Alive has this for all characters, and multiple stances at that. The stances allow for different moves to be pulled off depending on which stance the character is in. This makes for a great way to mix up the gameplay as there are so many choices and moves to be pulled off.
Pro All original DLC included
Being that this is basically a "game of the year" release all previous DLC is included with the game making for a definitive edition of Dead or Alive 5.
Con Lower quality over next gen consoles
The PS4 and XBone version of the game has better graphics over PC as well as more content. The game was also released months late and missing online play for many more months. This speaks to what priority the devs have over the PC version, which may upset some people.
Con No friend matchmaking for online play
You can only do ranked matches for online play there is no option to play against ones friends. This really limits the multiplayer for those that do not like playing against random opponents.
Con Horrible english voice acting
The english dub for this game is bad. Voices do not match the characters, much of the acting is over the top or just straight up unbelievable. While this can be seen as a non serious game it would have been nice to see the localization team give a bit more care to the voice acting, as is, it is pretty bad.